WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

State shuts down Lawrence car dealership over unpaid taxes

If you were in the process of buying a car at 6th Street Auto in Lawrence, you’ve got a new wrinkle to deal with — the state has shut down the used car business over allegations of more than $100,000 in unpaid sales taxes. A red “seized” sign is hanging on the front door of the dealership at 1716 W. Sixth St. A spokeswoman with the Kansas Department of Revenue confirmed the state has taken over all ...

New Japanese steakhouse opens in west Lawrence

To me, “yum-yum sauce” is the phrase I use when Thanksgiving meat sweats prevent me from remembering the word “gravy.” Come to find out, there is a whole different meaning, and a new Japanese steakhouse in Lawrence aims to give diners a taste of it. As I briefly mentioned earlier this month, Tokyo Steakhouse has signed a deal to locate in the shopping center at Sixth Street and Kasold Drive. Well, the ...

Local real estate company expands, opens downtown Lawrence office

On a day like today, you can take comfort that a home in the country doesn’t require you to shovel one of those city sidewalks. Less comfortable may be the knowledge that you need either a tractor or a flamethrower to get out of your driveway. Nonetheless, rural homes remain popular, so much so that a Lawrence real estate company that specializes in rural land is expanding. Heck Land Company has opened an ...

West Lawrence bar and restaurant set for major expansion

After 65 years of hamburgers and pizza, I’m sure I’ll need a bigger place to call home too — plus a titanium La-Z-Boy roughly the size of Texas. That’s what’s happening (minus the La-Z-Boy) with Johnny’s Tavern. While it celebrates its 65th birthday, the Lawrence-based bar and restaurant chain confirmed it is expanding its Johnny’s West location. Johnny’s West, which is located in the shopping ...

As holiday travelers fill up, there's actually good news on Lawrence gas prices

There are signs the stars really are aligning in a nearly unprecedented way this Thanksgiving season. Yes, the all-you-can-eat buffets in the region still have banned my entry, but I might get a heck of a deal on gasoline. Just as you are ready to fill up the holiday cruiser, gas prices in Lawrence are the cheapest in the state. Indeed, you heard that right. According to AAA, Lawrence currently has the lowest ...

A month after KU coach caught on wiretapped phone call discussing recruit and money, chancellor has not talked to coach

On Oct. 16 federal court proceedings revealed a University of Kansas basketball coach discussed on a wiretapped phone conversation a high-profile recruit and potential cash payments that could get him to come to KU. A month later, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod still hasn’t talked to assistant basketball coach Kurtis Townsend about the matter or received an explanation from him. “We are waiting for direction ...