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City considering becoming a bigger player in local broadband market

Chad Lawhorn

It is fair to say that there already has been quite a bit of pot-stirring lately when it comes to providers of high-speed Internet service in Lawrence. First, The World Company (the parent company of this Web site) sells Sunflower Broadband — the longtime, locally owned dominant provider of Internet ...

Compton-led group set to take over Abe & Jake's building in downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Well, Mike Elwell wasn’t bluffing when he said he had somebody besides the city of Lawrence interested in the unique Abe & Jake’s Landing building along the Kansas River. It looks like one of downtown’s more prominent land owners and a downtown nightclub operator soon will have control of the ...

Downtown Lawrence British restaurant Queen Lizzy's closing Dec. 21, but seeking new location

Chad Lawhorn

I bet you this has something to do with Duchess Kate’s morning sickness. Fans of British cuisine will be sad to hear that Queen Lizzy’s Fish & Chips, 125 E. 10th Street, is closing its doors on Dec. 21. Here’s my theory: Duchess Kate was secretly a regular customer of ...

Work at former Kaw Motors site is for Advantage Metals, but city halts construction until permit issue is resolved

Chad Lawhorn

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me in the last week or so what is going on at the former Kaw Valley Motors site in North Lawrence, I would have eight or nine dollars. (And for a man who has a wife that has put JEWELRY ...

Lawrence veggie burger company to move into new production plant near 23rd and Haskell

Chad Lawhorn

Here may be another example of how Lawrence once again breaks from the herd. Right here in the middle of Beef Country, Lawrence may become known as the Capital of Veggie Burgers. It is still a little early to bestow that title, but one of Lawrence’s emerging, potentially nationwide success ...

Rumblings of Menards coming to Lawrence may be impacted by retailer's decision to pull back on Kansas City area expansion, which it blames on Obama

Chad Lawhorn

There have been rumblings for awhile that Menards — the home improvement chain — may be giving Lawrence a serious look. Well, here’s a new rumbling that may displease Lawrence folks on a couple of levels. The Independence, Mo., Examiner [is reporting][1] that Menards has put its plans to build ...

Questions emerge about how much Fritzel and his foundation will control operations of KU facilities at proposed Rock Chalk Park

Chad Lawhorn

It is becoming a bit clearer that Lawrence may be getting more than just a publicly owned sports complex with the proposed Rock Chalk Park. Saying it is getting a bit clearer, however, is kind of like saying the Kansas River is clearer than a tar pit. But in recent ...

City still needing to pay off KU football bet to West Virginia

Chad Lawhorn

Well, just when you think you have put the Kansas University football season behind you, we drag it back up again. Last week, Mayor Bob Schumm was supposed to pay off on a bet he made with the mayor of Morgantown, West Virginia related to the KU-West Virginia football game. ...

City preparing to name park at 19th and Haskell ‘Chief Jim McSwain Park’

Chad Lawhorn

We reported a few weeks ago that the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board had recommended that the unnamed park near the city fire training facility at 19th and Haskell be named Firefighters Remembrance Park, and that it have a plaque recognizing the late Jim McSwain, who served as Lawrence’s ...

East Lawrence neighborhood leader won't seek city commission seat; other pre-election rumblings

Chad Lawhorn

We reported a few weeks ago that East Lawrence Neighborhood leader Leslie Soden was strongly considering a run for the Lawrence City Commission in the upcoming April election. Well, Soden was, but she no longer is. Soden confirmed to me that she has decided against a run in 2013. Soden ...

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