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City set to go out to bid for $25 million rec center; commissioners asked to OK retail rezoning for area across highway from center

Chad Lawhorn

After a weekend of shoveling snow, perhaps you are looking for a new form of recreation these days. If so, mark your calendars for Tuesday evening to learn the details on the city of Lawrence’s biggest recreation project yet. [As previously reported][1], the city will host an open house to ...

City set to finalize curbside recycling program to begin October 2014; monthly rate $2.81

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence residents, you have about 18 months to come up with an extra $2.81 per month. Before this Lawrence City Commission gets kicked to the curb with the April 2 election, it wants to make sure it finalizes a plan to create a city-wide, city-run curbside recycling program. Commissioners are ...

3 Spoons Yogurt closes Lawrence store

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe the folks at 3 Spoons Yogurt know something we don’t — that winter is never really going to end. Whatever the case, the frozen yogurt business at 732 Massachusetts Street has closed its doors, and an employee there confirmed to me that the company has no plans to reopen ...

Longtime leader of city's Community Development Block Grant program retiring

Chad Lawhorn

Sometimes the job was about building a single sidewalk in front of someone’s home. Sometimes it was about building an entire neighborhood. Margene Swarts has been the official city guru when it comes to all things related to the city’s participation in the federal Community Development Block Grant and HOME ...

Nursery business files plans to open farmers' market in West Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

It is spring, which of course means that my crop of crabgrass soon will take off. (That sound you heard was my neighbor who reads this throwing her computer across the kitchen.) But maybe a different type of crop comes to mind for you with the changing of the season. ...

Member of Lawrence Public Library's management team leaving to take top library post in Chapel Hill

Chad Lawhorn

There is a checkout of note at the Lawrence Public Library. Susan Brown, the marketing director of the Lawrence Public Library, soon will be leaving to become the library director for the city of Chapel Hill, N.C. [According to the Web site of the city of Chapel Hill][1] (which, by ...

Douglas County ranks in top 10 healthiest counties in the state, according to new national study

Chad Lawhorn

I am so glad I didn’t follow through on my original plans for lunch yesterday: A bourbon, a bag of Doritos and a gallon of ice cream. Forget about ruining my health. I could have ruined Douglas County’s reputation. A new study out today shows Douglas County is indeed one ...

Business-oriented political action committee gets big donations, endorses Chestnut, Farmer, Riordan in City Commission race

Chad Lawhorn

The finish line is in sight, and it seems as if the race for the Lawrence City Commission is about to kick into another gear. Last weekend, Lawrence residents saw a pretty clear sign that the competition is about to heat up: Campaign spending by a new pro-business political action ...

La Parrilla set to move into former Tapas building on Massachusetts Street

Chad Lawhorn

I wonder what type of music they play in Mexican musical chairs. Whatever it is, keep an ear out for it on Massachusetts Street. I’ve gotten confirmation that the popular Mexican/Latin American eatery La Parrilla will be moving into the space that recently was vacated by Tapas at 724 Massachusetts ...

Federal regulators end special oversight of The University National Bank

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps this is one more sign that a recovery in Lawrence’s housing market is starting to take hold. Leaders with The University National Bank of Lawrence announced today that federal regulators recently have ended their special oversight of the bank, which was related to the bank’s struggles during the real ...

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