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New Internet provider seeking to come to Lawrence; residents want new requirements for Ninth Street arts corridor; urban farm battle brewing

Chad Lawhorn

For once, there is a promising Internet deal that doesn’t involve my credit card and chocolatebuytheton.com. Instead, there’s an Internet deal brewing at Lawrence City Hall that may pay immediate dividends for large Internet users in the city, and eventually may benefit regular Web surfers as well. Lawrence City Hall ...

Large comic book, gaming store to open on south Iowa Street; high-tech homebuilding may create new manufacturing jobs for Lawrence firm

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps Allen Fieldhouse won’t be the only famous game venue in Lawrence. A Topeka company has signed a deal to open a south Lawrence comic book shop that also is envisioned to become a regional hub for video game and board game tournaments. I can see the banner on the ...

Update on plans for development near Clinton Parkway and Inverness; roundabout proposed at Wakarusa and Harvard; policy on court usage at Rock Chalk may change

Chad Lawhorn

Let me quash all dreams of an outdoor fun center with go-karts, mini-golf, batting cages and other such features on a prominent piece of West Lawrence property. This is the official notice that we all should return to our previous plan for fun that involves a stiff glass of Metamucil ...

Area construction firm expands, completes deal to open new headquarters

Chad Lawhorn

The Lawrence construction industry may be getting a little more competitive. There’s news of a Eudora-based company expanding through a merger and opening up a new headquarters to accommodate an expected growth in employees. Leaders with Benchmark construction have confirmed they’ve completed a deal to purchase Ron Fowles Construction Management ...

Talk of a new dog park and a $10 per year dog license requirement for Lawrence; Quonset hut debate in East Lawrence on hold; city manager search update

Chad Lawhorn

There are, of course, dozens of reasons why you may see a fellow running with a milk bone in hand, yelling “come back, Toodles, come back.” One of them, though, is his dog likes to run far and wide when taken off a leash at one of the city’s two ...

Kansas City's Jazz restaurant chain sets sights on Lawrence; keeping an eye on list of Gap stores to close; city to address questions about affordable housing tonight

Chad Lawhorn

UPDATE, 11 A.M.: I’ve gotten ahold of co-owner Damian Farris, and he has confirmed that the company has signed a lease to locate in the former Buffalo Wild Wings spot near 10th and Massachusetts. Farris said the company is beginning remodeling work and hopes to be open by late September ...

More than a dozen social service agencies recommended for cuts in city's 2016 budget; downtown July 4 celebration planned; satellite treasurer's office moving

Chad Lawhorn

Wipe off whatever that was that splattered on you from the state’s budget process, and get ready to dive into the city of Lawrence’s budget fun. City commissioners are starting to get a whole lot of numbers about their 2016 budget, and it is easy to see how some of ...

Lawrence-based hamburger chain expanding into Kansas City; a 1,000-foot water slide coming to town; area swimmer signs pro contract with adidas

Chad Lawhorn

You know me, I’m always looking for an excuse to wear my Hamburglar outfit, so my ears perked up when I heard news of a Lawrence business that is becoming a growing burger chain. But, alas, no Hamburglars, no clowns or other such characters. Instead, there’s news that Lawrence-based Dempsey’s ...

Take a look at the new 31st Street and rebuilt Haskell Avenue; federal figures give Kansas economy middling rank; BBQ contest this weekend

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you are like me and you vaguely remember a street — I think it was called 31st Street — that would take you between Haskell and Louisiana. Perhaps you are like me and have had your vehicles filled with a metric ton of concrete by construction crews as you ...

Commercial development, duplex plans filed for property near Clinton Parkway and Inverness; city's Parks and Recreation Department finalist for national award

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you remember back in late 2013 when a business group filed plans to build a “family fun center” with go-karts, batting cages, mini bowling and other such items near the corner of Clinton Parkway and Inverness Drive. Perhaps you also remember that neighborhood opposition killed the project, leaving several ...

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