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Dedicated poll workers and what may be in store for tonight's election results

Chad Lawhorn

Who would have thought that the most politically powerful class of people in Lawrence are the folks who own four-wheel-drive vehicles? Just think if candidates would have known a few weeks ago how important a heavy duty truck would be to get voters to the polls. Political rallies at monster ...

Half Price Books to close Lawrence store in coming months

Chad Lawhorn

Silly me, I thought 10 inches of snow meant that it was snow shoveling season. But based on the actions of a few other people in my house yesterday, I guess it is book-reading season. Well, book readers soon will have one less option to feed their habit in Lawrence. ...

City issues permits for $11 million in apartment construction, $600K expansion at Hallmark

Chad Lawhorn

Raise your hand if you believe pajamas ought to be the new business casual. I’m betting today’s blizzard has lots of folks working from home in their pj's today. One group that you won’t find working in pajamas often is builders. (Trust me, if you try to hang a hammer ...

Menards files plans for Lawrence store next to Home Depot near 31st and Iowa streets

Chad Lawhorn

A home improvement center battle in Lawrence is about to begin. Menards has filed plans at Lawrence City Hall to build a large home improvement center right next to Home Depot near 31st and Iowa streets. The company — [as was previously speculated][1] — wants to locate in the former ...

Chamber still considering major, private capital campaign; eco devo leaders hoping to get an assist from Phil Mickelson

Chad Lawhorn

There’s a major economic development project in the works in Lawrence, but it may not be the type you’re thinking about. Lawrence Chamber of Commerce leaders are likely to make a decision later this month to launch a fundraising drive — or in the lingo of the business, a capital ...

Agreements indicate multiple ways for Fritzel entities to profit from Rock Chalk Park project

Chad Lawhorn

An entity controlled by Thomas Fritzel will be the exclusive provider of all concessions on the Kansas University portions of the proposed Rock Chalk Park project, according to documents released today. And that's not the only way Fritzel or his related entities could turn a profit from the project that ...

Fritzel makes public agreements with KU on Rock Chalk Park proposal

Chad Lawhorn

Well, that didn't take long. One day after Mayor Bob Schumm said he wanted to see the agreements between Thomas Fritzel's Bliss Sports and the various KU entities involved in the Rock Chalk Park property, Fritzel has produced them. Fritzel has provided four sets of agreements to Lawrence City Hall. ...

Riordan leads Lawrence City Commission candidate field in fundraising, new reports show

Chad Lawhorn

*UPDATE: Since I wrote this article this morning, Jeremy Farmer's campaign has provided me with a copy of his campaign finance report. It places him in second place in total amount of money raised during the Jan. 1 to Feb. 14 time period. I've added his totals to the list ...

Documentary film crew to do interviews in Lawrence for veterans project

Chad Lawhorn

*UPDATE: Well, Ken Burns fans, don't plan on getting the famed filmmaker to autograph your PBS pledge card just yet. I got in touch with an assistant for the film recently, and it turns out Burns won't be able to make the trip to Lawrence after all. But a crew ...

More twists with recreation center project: KU Endowment now requiring city to pay for land; UPDATE Self's Foundation again planning donation to city

Chad Lawhorn

Think of it like a buzzer beater, or more accurately, like three of them. The buzzer is about to sound on this more than year-long debate on whether the city should move ahead with a $25 million recreation center in northwest Lawrence. City commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday will ...

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