WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

Former salvage yard site near fairgrounds purchased; Signs of Life bookstore closing downtown, as escape room operator buys building

When we reported in February that the auto salvage yard near the fairgrounds was closing, I was skeptical of how long it would take to remove the hundreds of broken-down vehicles from the 9-acre lot. (As I’ve told my neighbors many times, gravity will get a car off of blocks, but then the next step gets confusing.) In the end, though, it only took a few weeks to clear the former LKQ salvage yard site, ...

Downtown to replace annual sidewalk sale with new evening event that will be a month earlier and feature more than shopping

If you wanted to fry an egg on a Lawrence sidewalk, there long has been an obvious day to do it: the third Thursday of July, which is the traditional date for the Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale. As a journalist, I can tell you TV crews and others have done such pieces over the years to illustrate how hot it is during the shopping extravaganza. And, of course, it is humanly impossible to count the number of ...

New mixed-use building in Oread neighborhood to house sandwich shop; speculation grows that Baskin-Robbins is returning to Lawrence

Let’s do some news and notes from around town: — I guess the saying is “as easy as taking candy from a baby.” I never bought it. (My kids came with a full set of shark teeth, which made candy removal and braces bills painful.) But I could believe something like “as easy as selling sandwiches to a college student.” It looks like a new venture in the Oread neighborhood will put the idea to the ...

New Census reports shows Lawrence population grew in 2022, but much slower than city leaders once expected

Pick which set of glasses you want to look through today. Lawrence is the fourth-fastest growing city in Kansas. Or, if you prefer, Lawrence is only growing at one-third the rate city leaders expect, and is being outpaced by relatively small communities like Spring Hill, Tonganoxie and Basehor. Both set of facts are accurate, according to the latest population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. ...

Clinton Lake Marina to add waterfront bar to its offerings; company also expanding its growing boat club business to Perry Lake

For years, there have been people talking about how nice it would be to have a Lawrence business offering food and drink with true waterside seating. Despite the interest, and even some publicly discussed plans, such an establishment has never developed along the portions of the Kansas River along downtown’s edge. Maybe the problem has been we’ve been looking at the wrong body of water. The owners of ...

Regents move ahead with plan to make college algebra less common for degrees; proposed tuition increases still moving forward

The days of nearly every college student in Kansas needing to take college algebra are numbered. The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a plan that directs the University of Kansas and other state universities to move away from an academic system that requires an algebra course for most degrees. But Regents in doing so gave university leaders a problem of their own to solve: How can you ...