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Local man to be featured in upcoming Ken Burns documentary about the Vietnam War

Chad Lawhorn

When Ken Burns’ much-anticipated 18-hour documentary on the Vietnam War premieres in September, viewers will see the face of Baldwin City resident John Musgrave. Musgrave, a Vietnam veteran who turned into a war protester and then an acclaimed poet, is featured in the Burns film. But for Musgrave, who has ...

Local golf course signs deal to partner with Kansas City organization; new programs to begin soon

Chad Lawhorn

For me, a partnership on the golf course involves one player yelling “timber” while I do the hard work of improving my lie. For the president, a golf partnership used to mean a hotel deal but now involves his playing partner keeping the launch codes next to the scorecard. The ...

Lawrence tied for tops in the state for population growth; most Kansas communities continue to shrink

Chad Lawhorn

While many parts of Kansas continue to see population declines, Lawrence is tied to be the fastest growing community in the state, according to new Census Bureau numbers. From July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2016, a little more than 1,400 people moved to Lawrence. The city had a growth ...

Store that will sell popular items from Amazon coming to Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Kids don’t watch TV anymore, and the reason is obvious: You can’t fit a 52-inch flatscreen in your pocket. Given that, there may be a whole generation confused about those “As Seen on TV” stores in the mall. What the younger generation may understand, though, is a “As Seen on ...

Clothing retailer coming to 23rd Street; Lawrence a finalist to be named the best food town in the Midwest

Chad Lawhorn

Whenever I think of the phrase “a melting pot of shoes, clothing and accessories,” I’m reminded of the bonfire my wife set using my favorite 1980s wardrobe. Fortunately, there’s another such melting pot. The clothing reseller Plato’s Closet describes itself as a melting pot of fashion, and it has announced ...

New owners to close longtime cable news channel this summer; one of city's largest employers gets new boss

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence soon will be losing its local equivalent of a television news channel. Officials at 6News have announced that the new owners of the cable system have decided to close Channel 6 and its associated news website, 6lawrence.com. [According to what the company has posted on its website][1], look for ...

School district won't say what it plans to pay Hayden in new COO position; new questions about timing of superintendent's resignation

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence school district leaders won’t say how much they intend to pay soon-to-be ex-Superintendent Kyle Hayden in his new role as chief operations officer. [When news broke on Friday][1] that Hayden intended to resign as superintendent of Lawrence Public Schools — a position that pays him $205,000 annually — and ...

Car lot wants to build at East Hills Business Park; update on gun range near jail, new restaurant on Ninth Street

Chad Lawhorn

There’s news of a potential auto deal at the East Hills Business Park. No, don’t look for a major plant from Ford, Tesla or even one of the companies who are trying to make the world’s scariest technology — self-driving cars. (Think how many more doughnuts I’ll be able to ...

High-tech firm files plans for Lawrence expansion; LMH provides more details on plan to tear down houses for parking

Chad Lawhorn

Finally, a Lawrence business that makes something smaller, other than my wallet. I’ve reported several times over the years about Crititech, a Lawrence-based high-tech firm that makes drug particles smaller. The latest news on the company is it has filed plans to expand its North Lawrence headquarters and laboratory. Crititech ...

LMH proposes to tear down several houses to make way for more hospital parking

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve long joked that everybody who enters Lawrence Memorial Hospital has high blood pressure not because they are ill but because they’ve tried to find a parking space. The hospital has filed plans at City Hall to help address the parking shortage at LMH, but it will involve tearing down ...

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