WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

Big new bar opens in downtown with kitchen on the way and plans to have rooftop seating

Sports are big business in Lawrence. College partying is even bigger. A new downtown Lawrence bar and restaurant plans to get in on both industries, and soon may have at least three floors of space — including a rooftop seating area — to do it from. Logie’s on Mass has opened at 728 Massachusetts Street in the building that used to house the Tonic nightclub, which primarily was known as a college bar. ...

Haskell president removed from office following investigation and concerns about free speech at university

Updated at 4 p.m. Friday The president of Haskell Indian Nations University has been removed from office following an internal investigation and criticism that he was stifling free speech rights of students and faculty. Brandon Yellowbird-Stevens, president of the Haskell National Board of Regents, confirmed the removal of President Ronald Graham. Haskell’s student newspaper, The Indian Leader, also ...

New apartment project slated for Ninth Street near KU; former auto dealership to become home for Hertz car rental

UPDATED: 2:45 p.m. May 6, 2021 If a film were made about my days living in a college apartment, it would have been a horror flick. A completely innocent protagonist (me, of course) caught between two monsters — an angry pile of dirty dishes in half the rooms and a stinking pile of laundry in the other half. (Remember, I’m innocent, though.) I don’t know that any films are going to be made, but plans have ...

Plans filed to turn 1950s-era industrial building in East Lawrence into restaurant, large outdoor dining, recreation area

The old East Lawrence industrial building along Eighth Street near the railroad tracks frequently leaves me feeling hungry. After all, it generally is shaped like a hot dog. (I could never work at the Pentagon because my pizza bills would be too expensive.) Now, it looks like dining at that site might be a possibility. Plans have been filed at Lawrence City Hall to rezone the old Quonset Hut-like building at ...

After a dozen-year wait, church files plans to build new facility in far east Lawrence

Motorists along O’Connell Road soon will start seeing progress on a building that has been in the works for the last 12 years. No, construction delays haven’t gotten that bad, yet. Rather, a Baptist church that purchased land on Lawrence’s far eastern edge a dozen years ago has now filed plans with the city to construct the actual church building. Cornerstone Community Church has filed plans to build a ...

Lawrence taxes versus those in other cities: We're a bottom three community, by one measure

In Lawrence, there is always a lot of focus on the quest to get to the Final Four. But there are other numerical accomplishments we could focus on too. How about the Last Three? Don’t clear out a space in the trophy case just yet. We’re talking about taxes, and being in the last three is far from a championship showing. Every few years, I compare Lawrence’s tax rates to those of other large cities in ...

Evergy to close coal-fired power plant just outside of Lawrence

Story updated at 4:47 p.m. Friday: Evergy plans to close its coal-fired power plant just outside of Lawrence by 2023, the electric utility company disclosed Friday in a regulatory filing. Evergy, which is the company that was formed when Westar and KCP&L merged, said the Lawrence Energy Center is its oldest remaining coal-fired power plant. The company plans to close the facility as part of a ...

New dealership to sell tractors, mowers, ATVs at former site of Airport Motel; old roadside motel buildings to be razed

A tractor isn’t going to win many races against an airplane, but indeed tractors are going to have the final victory at the Airport Motel property in North Lawrence. A new dealership of tractors, lawn mowers and other outdoor equipment is expected to locate at the longtime motel site this fall. Who knows, a tractor might even help push down the last vestiges of the 1950s roadside motel. A family connected ...

Eight nonprofits to split nearly $50K from St. Patrick's Day Parade; Lawrence's largest movie theater set to reopen

Lawrence’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade was virtual this year, but the money it produced was real. Organizers announced they raised almost $50,000 to benefit area nonprofits that help children. “As they always do, the Lawrence business community came through for us,” Janet Cinelli, co-executive director of the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee, said via email. “As they always do, our parade ...

In what is now a monthslong trend, Lawrence sales tax totals rank near the bottom of the pack

Not everybody was a winner this last Valentine’s Day. (Thinking that I had bought a box of chocolates to share with my beloved, for instance, was not a winning idea.) Lawrence’s economy was not among the winners in February either, but it had quite a bit of company, according to new sales tax figures from the state. The Kansas Department of Revenue has released its April sales tax report (thinking ...

New Indian restaurant opens in downtown Lawrence, will feature lunch buffet, large menu

Buffets are back. Let that sink in for a moment. In fact, take all the time you need because I want to make sure I beat you to the line (and I’m out of practice running with a shovel.) Any buffet is a step toward a return to normalcy, but I have news of a new restaurant — a bit of a rarity in itself — that features a buffet. That may be a double sign. Globe Indian Food has opened at 619 Massachusetts ...

2020 Census: Kansas population grows at slowest rate since Great Depression; state keeps 4 U.S. House seats

Updated at 4 p.m. Monday Kansas will get to keep all of its current seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, federal Census data confirmed on Monday, but the state still had its worst population showing since the Great Depression. The data showed Kansas’ population grew at one of the slowest rates in the state’s history. Over the last decade Kansas added only 84,762 people. Its 2020 population stood ...

Another $26 million in budget cuts likely at KU next school year, but CFO has plan to make 2023 a cut-free year

The University of Kansas’ new chief financial officer said Friday that at least two things were needed in the next school year: another $26 million in budget cuts and some type of plan to get KU growing again. In a campuswide video presentation, CFO Jeff DeWitt said that the days of budget cuts weren’t yet over at KU but that he could see a time when they might be. DeWitt is proposing that KU’s Lawrence ...

In a sign of how hot local real estate market is, 45% of all homes sold above their asking price in March

Sometimes when I’m at an auction and find an item I really must have, I let my right hand bid against my left hand just to double my chances. Lawrence’s real estate market is taking on that type of feel. You’d better have both bidding fingers ablazin', and even that might not be enough. Lawrence home sales fell significantly in March, but average selling prices took a big jump up, according to the latest ...

After nearly 40 years, specialty shop leaving downtown Lawrence but will reopen with a new model for retailing

The pandemic soon will bring to an end a longtime downtown Lawrence business — but probably not in the way you are thinking. Instead of running Stitch On Needlework Shop, 926 Massachusetts St., out of business, the pandemic is steering the shop’s owner to a new way of thinking about retail. Owner Leslie Ahlert will close the store in July after 37 years of doing traditional retail in downtown Lawrence. She ...

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Local health leaders changing vaccine clinics in effort to ease process; appointments won't be needed

Not only is an appointment for a COVID vaccine no longer as rare as a winning lottery ticket, but appointments soon won’t be required at all in Douglas County. LMH Health next month will start hosting a five-day-per-week drive-thru clinic at the hospital that will allow people to get a vaccination without any advance appointment. There is a simple reason vaccinations have gone from lotto to lots of them. ...

Owner of Shawnee Mission hospital set to buy Lawrence medical practice; deal creates questions of whether more is on the way

A longtime Lawrence doctor's office is set to be sold to a large nonprofit hospital corporation, creating questions about whether the local health care market is about to become a whole lot more competitive. AdventHealth — which operates what used to be known as the Shawnee Mission Medical Center system in Kansas City — is close to finalizing a deal to buy Family Medicine Associates, a four-doctor practice ...

Plans call for a Mexican market near 23rd and Louisiana, with hopes that it becomes a key spot for city's Hispanic community

A grocery store with a machine that makes fresh peanut butter can keep me enthralled for hours. Just imagine if a grocery store came equipped with pool tables. If they are next to the snack food aisle, I might bring a tent. Soon, I may get a chance to find out. A local businessman is opening a new Mexican market that will be partially about food, but also about creating a needed gathering place for the Latino ...

KU Endowment ended year with $137M that could plug KU budget holes. But should it?

In the fundraising world, there is nothing quite like a check without strings. Think of a check that doesn’t come with any instructions on a particular building it should construct, a specific academic field it should support, or even a desire to see more wins on the football field. It is simply a check to be used for whatever is needed — or maybe simply wanted – at the moment. In the field of higher ...

KU Endowment by the numbers; total endowment dollars down, but student and faculty support dollars hit new highs

KU Endowment provided just over $160 million worth of support to the University of Kansas during its last fiscal year, financial statements show. That actually was the smallest amount of support in the last five years, but records show that almost entirely is due to a slowdown in construction projects at the university. The amount of endowment funding that goes to faculty support — think endowed ...