WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

Baldwin City bank plans to expand into Eudora as Panasonic expected to produce growth; industrial zoning requested for Baldwin Junction area

There is no shortage of advice that ends with the command “follow the money.” But what does the money often follow? Homes, many times. So, perhaps it should be no surprise that there’s news of a bank deciding to expand into Eudora. Eudora is the Douglas County community that will be closest to the new Panasonic electric vehicle battery plant that is expected to produce 4,000 jobs and $4 billion in ...

JoCo developer files plans to annex land east of O'Connell for townhomes; a look at how much Lawrence could grow to the east

When news emerged that Panasonic was going to build a $4 billion, 4,000-job electric vehicle battery plant in De Soto — about 20 minutes from Lawrence — a natural question followed: Would this massive project put Lawrence on an eastward tilt for the first time in a long time? If you have followed Lawrence development, you know new growth has been pretty westward oriented for decades. But this battery plant ...

City pauses idea of donating downtown parking lot to Bert Nash for homeless housing; site near 18th and Haskell mentioned

A prominent downtown parking lot is no longer set to be donated to the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center for a unique multistory housing project. City commissioners at a Sept. 13 meeting had told city staff to begin working on a plan that could include donating a city-owned parking lot — a to-be determined one along Vermont Street — to Bert Nash for what was anticipated to be a three-story building ...

With three-quarters of the year in the books, Lawrence sales tax collections on pace for nearly 10% growth

I hear people complain that their stock portfolios are creating no growth. I don’t know what they’re talking about. My stock portfolio is growing my ulcer by the day. Given that, you would think news of a nearly 10% growth rate in a multimillion-dollar fund would be unequivocally good news. Yet, that is not entirely the case. In the world of sales tax collections in 2022, a 10% growth rate isn’t what it ...

KU to expand program that covers tuition costs for children of university employees; some employees also to get additional break on classes

More KU students soon may be seeing mom or dad around campus. No, there’s not a new plan to get parents on the campus more often, but University of Kansas leaders are unveiling a new program to get more children of KU employees to enroll at the university. The plan is a simple one: Have the university pay a greater portion of their children’s tuition. Under the new plan, children or other dependents of ...

KU enrollment grows for the year, fueled by largest freshman class since 2008

Updated at 1:50 p.m. Thursday KU leaders for months have said they thought a national championship in basketball and new student recruitment efforts would result in positive enrollment numbers for the University of Kansas this fall. New numbers from the Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday proved them partially right. By one standard, KU’s enrollment grew for the first time since 2016. The Regents counted ...

New west Lawrence restaurant will offer taste of the Mediterranean, ranging from falafel to meat pies

In the end, Sam Mulki’s wife was right. Back in 1988, when Mulki came to the U.S. from Jordan, his wife — an American — always urged him to cook his native Middle Eastern dishes. “But I would say no, no, I came here to America and I want to try American food,” Mulki said. “And I liked it.” Well ... that’s true, but not enough that he forgot his Jordanian roots. So, he would end up making ...

It has now been nearly 12 straight months of falling home sales in Lawrence, yet home prices continue to rise

Economists are infamous for making “on the one hand, but on the other hand” type of statements. I’m not an economist, but here’s my version for the Lawrence housing market: On the one hand there are plenty of signs of a Lawrence housing slowdown, but in the other hand, you had better still have a large wad of cash if you hope to buy a home here. The Lawrence Board of Realtors recently released home ...

Exhibition by 5-time world champ to put Lawrence club on national map for a game you've maybe never heard of

It may be the most excellence Lawrence ever sees involving a ball that isn’t orange. Next month, a small downtown Lawrence club is hosting the No. 1 ranked three-cushion billiards player in the world — and some say the sport’s greatest player ever — for a rare U.S. exhibition. The Billiards Studio — a private club located in a portion of the former Peoples Bank/Sandbar Sub building at Eighth and ...

A 'Haunted Farm,' complete with paintball zombie hunting, set to open on eastern edge of Lawrence

Zombie organization can wear a fellow out. As an owner of a new seasonal business on East 23rd Street, Eric Garrett has heard all about it. A big part of his family’s Garrett’s Haunted Farm will be a zombie hunt, where visitors take a hay rack ride while armed with paintball guns to “defend” themselves against zombies that are roaming the property. The business — which is popping up at the ...

KU wins $2.4 million grant to add degree programs aimed at serving national intelligence industry

Soon, it will be conceivable that the University of Kansas’ Edwards Campus in Johnson County is producing everything from future MBAs to future members of the CIA. KU has received a new $2.4 million federal grant to boost the university’s efforts to become a leader in educating future members of the national intelligence industry, including with three new or revamped degree programs at the Edwards Campus. ...

Accepting Dole Leadership Prize, former Colombian president tells KU crowd 'peace doesn't grow on trees'

Juan Manuel Santos, the former president of Colombia, knows conflict. Thus, the KU alumnus and 2016 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize had little difficulty in answering a question at a Lawrence event Tuesday evening about the morality of negotiating with a political enemy. It was a question he got all the time as he worked to end a more-than-50-year Colombian civil war during his presidential tenure. “I ...

KU reduces suspension of fraternity it found involved in 'systemic hazing'; fraternity recruiting new students again using Jayhawk brand

The University of Kansas has quietly reduced the suspension of a fraternity that earlier this year was found to have participated in “systemic hazing that threatened the health and safety of students,” the Journal-World has learned. University leaders in May signed an agreement that reduced the suspension of Phi Delta Theta to 3.5 years, down from five years. KU in January announced the five-year ...

Kansas Regents taking steps to ensure KU, other schools can't change athletic conferences without prior approval

If the University of Kansas ever decides it wants to change athletic conferences, it is appearing likely that it will have to win some state approvals that aren’t required today. Members of the Kansas Board of Regents are in the process of creating a new policy that would require any Regents university — KU, K-State, Wichita State, Fort Hays State, Pittsburg State and Emporia State — to get approvals ...

KU, graduate teaching assistants settle on 5% pay increase, matching what other employees received

After two years of negotiations, the University of Kansas and the union that represents its graduate teaching assistants have agreed on a contract that will provide GTAs with a 5% pay increase, matching what other university employees received. The Kansas Board of Regents this week approved a memorandum of agreement between KU and the Graduate Teaching Assistants Coalition Local 6403. For most graduate ...

Girod envisions convention center, hotel, possibly medical facility as part of $300M gateway project at KU football stadium

A “gateway” project near the University of Kansas' football stadium could cost more than $300 million, and university leaders are interested in a hotel/convention center and a significant health care presence on the site, KU’s chancellor said Thursday. Major renovations to David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium would remain a centerpiece of any such project, but everything built around the stadium would be ...

Joint KU, Wichita State medical complex slated for downtown Wichita wins initial approval

A more than $300 million plan by Wichita State and the University of Kansas to create a new medical school complex in downtown Wichita has won its first round of approval from the Kansas Board of Regents. Regents on Thursday unanimously approved a program statement for a new $302 million medical center campus that would bring together the KU Medical Center’s Wichita campus with Wichita State’s College of ...

Family Dollar/Dollar Tree combo store to open in North Lawrence; new tunnel car wash slated for west Lawrence

Let’s do some news and notes from around town: — My office vending machine is bigger than yours. At least I’m guessing that’s the case. I treat the Dollar General store in North Lawrence like my own personal vending machine, since it is just a block away from the Journal-World offices. Apparently, word has gotten out in the dollar store world about that lucrative arrangement, because now plans are in ...

Lawrence natural gas provider announces new plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Lawrence’s largest natural gas utility on Wednesday committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions much sooner than once anticipated. Black Hills Energy now has committed to have net zero greenhouse gas emissions in its natural gas utility by 2035, the company said as part of its annual sustainability report released Wednesday. Previously, the company had committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by ...

KU ranked No. 56 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report; it's now the 2nd-highest ranked public school in Big 12

Updated at 2:35 p.m. Monday The University of Kansas has inched ahead two more spots in the closely watched university rankings from U.S. News & World Report, which published its 2023 edition on Monday. KU finished No. 56 among all public schools ranked by the media company, up from No. 58 in last year’s report. Among all universities — both public and private — KU moved up one spot to No. 121. KU ...