Chad Lawhorn

City and neighborhoods reporter

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I've been reporting news in Lawrence since 1992. Before joining the NewsCenter, I was editor, publisher and owner of the Lawrence Business Ledger and the Baldwin Ledger newspapers. I've been with The World Company since 2001, when I sold my weekly newspaper business to the company.

I mainly cover city government and neighborhoods, but I've also previously served as business editor for the Journal World, and have undertaken a variety of first-person journalism projects. In parts of 2007 and 2008, I received some national publicity for a series of articles detailing how I purchased a handgun, received a concealed carry license from the state, and carried the weapon around for a few days.

I also enjoy writing profiles on area people, ranging from a promient nightclub owner to the corner hot dog vendor to a 91-year old woman who still goes to work six days per week. If you know of someone interesting, send me an e-mail.

And from time to time, I like to take people to places that they don't often get to go. Sometimes I even take a video camera, like the night I hung out with a bunch of mixed martial artist competitors.

I have my degree in journalism from Kansas University, and also did some undergraduate work at Emporia State University. I'm a native of the small Kansas town of Melvern, which is about an hour away from Lawrence in Osage County.

My wife and I have two children. In my spare time, I work on writing what I hope will be my first novel, play pool, boat, umpire Little League baseball, and barbecue.

Recent Stories

Best of Lawrence voting ends April 12

Finally, an election without the speeches, the handshaking and the baby kissing.

For 25th anniversary, downtown sculpture exhibit will be local artists only

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission is now accepting entries for its 25th Annual Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition, and a couple changes are in store for the milestone year of the event. By Chad Lawhorn.

City to prepare report on possible move of weekday Lawrence Farmers Market

A proposal to create a new location for the weekday Lawrence Farmers Market will get more study at City Hall. By Chad Lawhorn

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Developer hopes popular project sparks east Lawrence renaissance

Developer Tony Krsnich was pretty confident he was on to something last year when he started converting the 1904 Poehler Grocery Warehouse in east Lawrence into a 49-unit apartment building.

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Happy hour officially returns to Kansas

A new state law took effect Sunday that once again makes happy hours and several other alcohol-related promotions legal in Kansas after a more than two-decade prohibition.

City approves $500,000 in tax rebates for art gallery plan

A plan to convert a former apple cider factory into a new east Lawrence art gallery and event space has received a major boost.

Lawrence Arts Center wants to acquire Salvation Army property for new outdoor performance space

The Lawrence Arts Center wants to buy and raze the downtown Salvation Army building to make way for new outdoor arts and performance space.

Watkins Community Museum to open exhibit on basketball

Fans will have a chance to bone up on a little bit of basketball history prior to this weekend’s Final Four action.

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Entrepreneur catches ear of music industry executives

It won’t sound like Justin Bieber. It won’t look like Lady Gaga. But Lawrence resident Kyle Johnson is betting the next big thing in music will get its start in Lawrence.

Stull residents wary of rock guitarist Slash's film project

According to reports in The Hollywood Reporter, a trade publication that covers the movie industry, Slash’s newly formed film company has signed a deal to produce a horror movie with a plot that centers on the Stull Cemetery and the urban legend that the cemetery about 10 miles west of Lawrence is one of the seven gateways to Hell.

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