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Business-oriented political action committee gets big donations, endorses Chestnut, Farmer, Riordan in City Commission race

Chad Lawhorn

The finish line is in sight, and it seems as if the race for the Lawrence City Commission is about to kick into another gear. Last weekend, Lawrence residents saw a pretty clear sign that the competition is about to heat up: Campaign spending by a new pro-business political action ...

La Parrilla set to move into former Tapas building on Massachusetts Street

Chad Lawhorn

I wonder what type of music they play in Mexican musical chairs. Whatever it is, keep an ear out for it on Massachusetts Street. I’ve gotten confirmation that the popular Mexican/Latin American eatery La Parrilla will be moving into the space that recently was vacated by Tapas at 724 Massachusetts ...

Federal regulators end special oversight of The University National Bank

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps this is one more sign that a recovery in Lawrence’s housing market is starting to take hold. Leaders with The University National Bank of Lawrence announced today that federal regulators recently have ended their special oversight of the bank, which was related to the bank’s struggles during the real ...

New downtown store opens with focus on selling locally produced goods; Warehouse Arts District hires promoter, moving ahead with second loft apartment project

Chad Lawhorn

Even if you are like me and know more about pizzas than Picassos and understand mimosas better than Monet, it is still hard to miss that there is a significant art trend underway in downtown Lawrence. There’s the Warehouse Arts District that continues to form around the old Poehler grocery ...

Census rejects city's appeal of 2010 population totals; new Census numbers for Douglas County show growth slowed in 2012

Chad Lawhorn

I suppose all great disputes get to this point: the discussion of fecal matter. That is what it has come to in the dispute between Lawrence City Hall and the U.S. Census Bureau. The city and the Census Bureau still don’t agree on how many people live in Lawrence, and ...

City to host open house on March 26 for proposed rec center, provides renderings of project

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you have heard about it, and now you’ll get to see it too: The proposed $25 million city-owned recreation center in Rock Chalk Park. The city will host an open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on March 26 at City Hall for folks to view plans and ...

Orchards Golf Course in West Lawrence sold, renamed CobbleStone Golf Course

Chad Lawhorn

With weather like this, it soon will be time to hit the golf course. (For my golfing buddy, that also means it will be time to hit course-side houses, vehicles passing by the course, and innocent bystanders in the next fairway over.) Now, you have a new option to do ...

Hallmark now believes about 200 jobs will be added to Lawrence plant when work moves from shuttered Topeka facility

Chad Lawhorn

Officials with Hallmark have revealed more details about their ongoing efforts to close their Topeka plant and transfer the work to the company’s Lawrence facility. And it is more good news for Lawrence. The greeting card company is now estimating there will be about 700 jobs at the Lawrence production ...

Kansas Relays events coming back to downtown; host of other events on the way as well

Chad Lawhorn

Dandelions are the sure sign of spring in some communities. In Lawrence, it is street parties. During the last several years, closing a city street to host an event has grown in popularity. This year will be no exception. City officials are processing a bunch of requests for upcoming events. ...

Mexican restaurant Tapas closes as it loses lease on downtown building; Mexquisito expands into Eudora

Chad Lawhorn

The Trail of Margaritas — you may know it is as Massachusetts Street — now has one less waypoint. Tapas, 724 Massachusetts St., has closed. Its last day in business was Saturday, general manager Dorothy Hopkins told me. But fret not, all you folks who are worried about becoming dehydrated ...

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