WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

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 ...