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Longtime owner of East Lawrence's Sunrise Garden Center places business and property up for sale

Chad Lawhorn

If there is one thing I know about gardening, it is that change is inevitable. For instance, I’ve observed that plants in my yard are green for about a week and then brown for much longer. Well, change is in store for Sunrise Garden Center, the popular nursery and landscaping ...

From animals to art, library to law enforcement, city has long list of funding requests for 2014

Chad Lawhorn

It is not only the season for George Brett tattoos and Royal-blue face paint. (I assume we’re all doing that to celebrate Brett’s recent return the Royals’ bench. Aren’t we???) Oh well, it is also budget season at Lawrence City Hall. And that means city commissioners have a long list ...

Golf course and area winery team up to offer 'Nine and Wine' events; winery plans expansion

Chad Lawhorn

If you're like me, you’ve been known to have a bad taste in your mouth after a few golf outings. (Not to mention wet socks from playing through he pond, and bunker sand in your shorts from . . . well, let’s move on.) An area golf club is trying ...

City Hall report finds firms with tax abatements exceeding expectations

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you are like me and are still feeling a few aftereffects of consuming approximately 17 packages of hot dogs and a case of baked beans this Memorial Day weekend. Well, there’s new a report out of City Hall, and although I’m not sure reading it will cure us, it ...

Kansas Supreme Court hands neighbors victory in legal dispute over industrial land near Lecompton interchange

Chad Lawhorn

Well, it is not exactly a Perry Mason moment, but a piece of legal drama surrounding one of the more promising pieces of industrial land in the Lawrence area has ended after nearly five years. The Kansas Supreme Court recently has said it has no interest in hearing a case ...

City to flip the switch Wednesday on new traffic signal at 23rd and O'Connell; Sixth and Iowa intersection improvements delayed

Chad Lawhorn

Some of you break my heart. I had a reader ask me recently: “What are they doing out at the old Farmland property?” We’ve only been reporting for the last half-decade or so that the city is working to convert the former 400-plus acre fertilizer plant into a new business ...

Two new senior housing projects getting under way in Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

There are more signs that Lawrence is growing older. There are at least two new projects in the senior housing industry in Lawrence. City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting are set to finalize a sales tax exemption request for a $2.1 million construction project for Neuvant House in west ...

More on city recreation center bids, and a possible city policy on drone use?

Chad Lawhorn

Tuesday night’s Lawrence City Commission meeting ended up being like a baked bean dish at this weekend’s Memorial Day barbecue: It was too much for one sitting. So, here are a couple of leftovers from the meeting. ••• I have had some people ask me whether Tuesday’s meeting ever produced ...

Plans filed for restaurant/retail on South Iowa site once proposed for Olive Garden

Chad Lawhorn

I don’t think that's the smell of Olive Garden’s all-you-can-eat breadsticks in the air, but I can’t be certain. My wife is taking no chances: She’s digging out her massive breadstick-toting purse, and she is ordering me to dust off my dinner jacket with the really big pockets. All of ...

Oklahoma City tornado sparks discussion of building code standards at Lawrence City Hall

Chad Lawhorn

It didn’t take long for the tales of tragedy in Moore, Okla., to cause at least one city leader to begin asking questions of whether Lawrence is adequately prepared for a similar natural disaster. City Commissioner Jeremy Farmer raised questions at last night’s City Commission meeting about whether Lawrence’s building ...

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