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Progress Vanguard worker tells different story

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence is a long way from Wall Street, but don’t think local workers can’t fall victim to battles between two corporate titans. It is beginning to look like that is what happened to the 55 employees who lost their jobs when Lawrence’s Progress Vanguard plant closed down. “It was a ...

Corporate retreat, mortuary among projects up for review

Chad Lawhorn

Plans for a corporate retreat between Lawrence and Lecompton have resurfaced. Lawrence-Douglas County Planning commissioners at their meeting on Wednesday will consider a request to rezone 58 acres at northeast of the intersection of North 1800 Road and East 700 Road. The rezoning would change the property from Agricultural to ...

Lawrence is hedgehog heaven

Cody  Howard

You might've thought Judson King's 15 minutes of fame were up early this month, after CNN picked up the story of his efforts to make hedgehogs a legal pet in Lawrence, and he was interviewed on Fox News Channel's Fox and Friends show.But the national attention continues. Maybe by this ...

Amyx may be set to enter city race

Chad Lawhorn

Signs are beginning to look like City Commissioner Mike Amyx will run for re-election. Amyx has scheduled an announcement for 11 a.m. Monday at City Hall. Amyx didn’t want to say what he was going to announce, but former City Commissioner Bob Moody was helping Amyx spread the word of ...

Governor's budget produces list of potential local losers

Chad Lawhorn

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ proposed state budget may end one contentious debate at Lawrence City Hall. But it is almost guaranteed to create a whole host of other ones. For the past couple of years, debate has broken out over how the city ought to be spending money in its Special ...

Former commissioner Constance likely to run for city seat

Chad Lawhorn

It looks like the Lawrence City Commission field will have another familiar face, and another leader of the campaign to save the city’s public transit system. Dennis Constance, who served on the City Commission in the 1980s, is strongly considering a run for the City Commission. In an e-mail, Constance ...

Campaign finance reports for city candidates

Chad Lawhorn

And the money game is under way. Two candidates for the Lawrence City Commission got a significant jump on fundraising late last year, according to new campaign finance reports filed with the Douglas County Clerk. Lance Johnson, owner of the Lawrence-based civil engineering firm the Peridian Group, got the biggest ...

Signs of new business coming to O'Connell

Chad Lawhorn

A new grocery store is not on the way, but the first signs of commercial development at 23rd and O’Connell may soon become visible. City Hall staff members currently are processing a request by Lawrence businessman Bill Newsome that would allow his development group to begin building a new road ...

City posts sales tax gains for 2008

Chad Lawhorn

Financial talk in City Hall was gloomy for most of 2008, but the talk didn’t match the numbers when it came to sales tax collections. According to recently released numbers, the city saw a respectable 3.8 percent increase in sales tax collections in 2008. In fact, sales tax collections will ...

Primary election rules still in flux

Chad Lawhorn

Confusion still reigns over how many candidates it will take to trigger a primary in the upcoming City Commission elections. But it is beginning to look a bit more likely that it will take 11 or more, not 10 or more as city leaders once thought. If you remember, there ...

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