WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

Election outlasts governor's watch party; slow-moving Johnson County returns breaking Colyer's way

The band made the most noise at an Overland Park watch party for Gov. Jeff Colyer on Tuesday night. As of midnight, Colyer had not come out to address the crowd at the Overland Park DoubleTree Hotel. A representative of the Johnson County Republican Party said he didn’t expect Colyer to make a speech at the rally, given that election returns still showed the governor was in a virtual dead heat with ...

Analysis: It sure looks like Trump made the difference for Kobach

They say nothing good happens after midnight. That certainly was true for Gov. Jeff Colyer in the primary election for Kansas governor. But perhaps more important is that nothing good happens after about midday Monday. That’s when President Donald Trump endorsed Colyer’s main rival, Secretary of State Kris Kobach. The newly released numbers indicate Johnson County voters took Trump’s endorsement to ...

Justice Matters says it will actively oppose mental health sales tax if county doesn't rein in dollar amount

The faith-based group Justice Matters has successfully led one opposition campaign to a Douglas County sales tax proposal. A leader of the group today told me the organization is prepared to lead another one, if needed. While voters in today’s primary elections are focused on races for governor, Congress and other high-profile positions, attention soon will turn to a countywide tax election that Douglas ...

Schwab wins Kansas secretary of state primary, will face Lawrence resident McClendon

Lawrence resident Brian McClendon now knows his opponent in the November race for Kansas Secretary of State. Republican Scott Schwab declared victory around 11 p.m. Tuesday night and immediately began campaigning against McClendon’s California connections. “Our opponent is a Democrat who has been a conduit for California money to invest in Kansas elections,” Schwab said of McClendon, who grew up in ...

As 2-year anniversary nears, East Lawrence's Bon Bon! eyes expansion

The popular East Lawrence bistro Bon Bon! can be a bit Brr, Brr during the winter. That’s a prime reason the restaurant has filed expansion plans that include a new kitchen and a new enclosed seating area. The restaurant at 804 Pennsylvania St. currently uses as its kitchen a food truck that is parked next to the old stone building that houses the actual restaurant. The plans also seek permission to enclose ...

Old Applebee's building being demolished; car wash set to take its place

I don’t know if it is true that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but I can attest that an Applebee’s falls wherever the big backhoe tells it to. Motorists in west Lawrence this morning are noticing that the former Applebee’s at Sixth and Monterey Way is being torn down. No, the demolition doesn’t have anything to do with the mess I left the last time the restaurant had all-you-can-eat ...

Work shut down on west Lawrence senior housing project after company goes out of business

This is the time dozens of residents were supposed to be moving into a unique multimillion-dollar west Lawrence housing project for people 62 and over. Instead, work has been stopped after the project’s construction company suddenly went out of business. Construction work has been halted since July 3 at the Village Cooperative project at Sixth Street and Queens Road, a representative of the project’s ...

Signs that breakfast chain may be coming to downtown; pop-up athletic store set to open

I haven’t quite cracked this case, but there certainly are signs that a major new breakfast restaurant has plans to start cracking a lot of eggs in downtown Lawrence. The commercial real estate firm Colliers International has confirmed that it has finalized a lease for the old Ingredient restaurant location at 945 and 947 Massachusetts Street. The lease is with a company called JE Lawrence, LLC. But Colliers ...

Growing bank files plans to take over former convenience store location

A bank inside a convenience store always worried me. A line of credit and Slim Jims in the same spot could ruin me. But now I have word of a bank that is completely taking over a convenience store location. Plans have been filed by RCB Bank to take over the vacant gas station/convenience store at 3300 W. Sixth St. If you remember, that used to be the old Miller Mart convenience store that perhaps was more ...

Longtime laundromat to become a restaurant; 55-year-old 23rd Street shop to close

I’ve been wearing my Magnum P.I. shirt and doing a little investigating. What I’ve learned so far is if I ever decide to wash the beautiful garment, I’ll have one less place to do so. Plans have been filed for a restaurant to take over one of Lawrence’s oldest laundromat locations. And, in a particularly worrisome development for my shirts, there are some signs the new restaurant may have barbecue. ...

Long vacant building on 23rd Street to become home for dog day care

In the battle between dogs and postal workers, chalk up a victory for the canines. Plans have been filed for a former Lawrence post office building to be converted into a resort for dogs. Woof’s Play Stay Grooming has filed plans with City Hall to move into the building at 1519 W. 23rd St. Some of you may have forgotten that the building once was one of Lawrence’s two post offices. It closed in the ...

KU releases federal subpoenas in college basketball investigation

Story updated: 6:46 p.m., July 24, 2018 The University of Kansas was ordered to turn over text messages from coaches, contracts with Adidas and recordings of internal investigations related to the eligibility of, presumably, a student-athlete, newly released federal subpoenas show. KU officials on Tuesday afternoon released redacted copies of two federal subpoenas seeking information as part of an FBI ...

Chain steakhouse on south Iowa Street closes

I guess “don’t mess with Texas” is a truism — at least more so than “mess with the bull, get the horns.” What am I doing, other than perhaps confusing you into thinking you should poke a bull? I’m trying to tell you that in the battle between the steakhouse chains Texas Roadhouse and Longhorn Steakhouse, it appears Texas Roadhouse has won in Lawrence. On Sunday, Longhorn Steakhouse put up signs ...

Work underway to make old lumberyard into brewery, pizza place

All Lawrence is missing is a Tom T. Hall statue, and an order proclaiming his song “I Like Beer” as the town’s anthem. (If you aren’t a 1970s country music fan, you are missing out on Hall — and belt buckles that double as dinner plates.) All this is to say that Lawrence, indeed, is getting another brewery. Work is underway on Fields & Ivy Brewery at 706 E. 23rd Street. That is the site of the ...

West Lawrence grocery gets new tech that lets people largely skip checkout lines

Grocery shopping is becoming high-tech, and a west Lawrence store is on the cutting edge of it. The Dillons store at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive has become just the fourth store in the Dillons chain to allow customers to use new handheld technology that allows them to scan the prices of their items while putting them in their grocery carts. The technology allows customers to largely skip the traditional ...

Scenes from downtown Lawrence's sidewalk sale, including hemp and poetry

Hemp and poetry is a winning combination at today’s Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale. There are many days that a slight variation of that combination is on display in downtown. But let’s not go there. Instead, let’s do some news and notes from today’s 59th annual sidewalk extravaganza. — First, the poetry. The Raven Book Store, 6 E. Seventh St., has a booth featuring “instant poetry.” For a $5 ...