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Chad Lawhorn

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Best Garden Store | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Shopping

That’s when William Allen Pine came to the fertile area now known as North Lawrence. He made his living by growing vegetables. Today, Gerald Pine runs the venerable Howard Pine’s Garden Center and Greenhouse, which is named after its founder and Pine’s father, who died in 2002.

Best Delivery | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

Don’t get confused that a gourmet sandwich has to be complicated. In fact, the crews at Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches work hard to keep it simple.

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Best Gift Shop | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Shopping

There’s a word for a family of 350 artists: fun, says Sue Shea, manager of the Phoenix Gallery.

Best Insurance Agency - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Services

Ron King doesn’t have a Flo or a gecko or some guy who is constantly running into mayhem, which in today’s world of insurance makes him a bit unusual.

Best Place to Buy a Car - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Shopping

With a showroom of about 70,000 square feet, Crown Toyota, Scion, Volkswagen has enough to room to do more than just sell cars.

Best Men's Clothing Store - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Shopping

Wardrobe shopping at Weaver’s department store has changed quite a bit since the retailer entered the clothing business 157 years ago: There’s a lot less assembly involved.

Best Utility Company - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Community

Lawrence residents have given an “A” to AT&T U-verse and its bundled package of telephone, Internet and cable television service.

Best Local Store Owner - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Community

There’s been a lot new at Cottin’s Hardware & Rental in the last year.

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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Appetite for production: Slash to make film about Stull cemetery

Former Guns N' Roses' guitarist Slash will produce a film about the cemetery in Stull, rumored to be a gateway to Hell.

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Final Fridays organizers envision full-time city position to promote arts

Final Fridays may just be the beginning. Organizers of the year-and-a-half-old monthly arts event in downtown Lawrence are now envisioning a new full-time city position that would promote the arts and work to bring “creative industries” to the city.

Theatre Lawrence raises more than $5 million needed for new $6.2 million building

Group needs to raise rest of funds by end of September

If we were at the theater, the lights now would be flickering to signal the start of the third and final act.

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Theatre Lawrence awarded $497,600 challenge grant from Mabee Foundation

Efforts to build a new Lawrence Community Theatre in West Lawrence have received a nearly $500,000 boost.

Two Asian restaurants, Mexican grill, shoe store set to join Lawrence dining and retail scene

A host of new restaurants — plus a shoe store — are open now or slated to open soon around Lawrence.

Another downtown property owner expresses concerns about late-night food cart operations

The idea of late-night food carts on Massachusetts Street may have an early demise.

Lawrence Community Theatre to kick off fundraising campaign for new building on West Sixth Street

Plans to move the Lawrence Community Theatre to a new site near Sixth and Wakarusa soon will take center stage.

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Lawrence businesses hope Final Fridays program will draw art lovers to downtown

'Lawrence could be the Santa Fe of the Midwest'

Lawrence tourism leaders are hoping that Friday eventually will be remembered as the day that Lawrence took its first big step in becoming known as the art capital of the Midwest.

Performers to entertain on Downtown Lawrence streets during this week's Busker Fest

El Gleno Grande will be doing a horse act without a horse. Mentoc the Mentalist will bend a spoon with nothing but his mind. And Mama Lou Strongwoman will rip through a phone book before you can tear even a single page.

Burger battle gaining steam

New eateries tweak old favorite

Matt Lawson has cooked for Wolfgang Puck on many occasions. He’d like to cook for the superstar chef again, and there’s no doubt what he would serve — a hamburger.

MSNBC names Lawrence one of top U.S. college towns named Lawrence as one of its nine favorite college towns in the U.S., placing it in the same league as some of the more renowned university communities in the country.

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'Final Fridays' event set to promote downtown Lawrence as a destination for the arts

Civic leaders hope to use festivities as a way to promote downtown as a destination

Downtown Lawrence leaders hope to paint a prettier economic picture with a new arts district that will be operating by August.

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KU fight song lyrics need some tweaking now that Nebraska and Colorado are leaving the Big 12

Nebraska, Colorado references no longer make sense after Big 12 realignment

George “Dumpy” Bowles, we need you, man. Bowles, from the Kansas University class of 1912, is credited with writing “I’m a Jayhawk,” that oldie but goodie fight song that has rung in the ears of Jayhawk fans everywhere. Dumpy, get out your pen.

Arts Center leaders use birthday to celebrate history, look ahead to future

The Lawrence Arts Center is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with several events that will look back on the history of the organization that started out at Ninth and Vermont streets and was led for decades by local art champion Ann Evans.

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Free State Brewery's success built on humble beginnings of founder Chuck Magerl

Chuck Magerl was supposed to be a doctor. It kind of sounds like the beginning of a story that would be told from a barstool at Magerl’s downtown pub and Lawrence institution, Free State Brewery, 636 Mass.

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Restaurant owner takes fake ID case to ‘Judge Judy’

Lawrence restaurant owner Doug Holiday thinks somebody ought to kick-start the process of changing local laws to more strictly punish minors who use fake IDs to purchase alcohol...

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Record store retains relevance in digital age

Downtown fixture now taking a spin in street-level Mass. Street location

So, in walks this kid with the perfect name for an optimistic college student — Will Pass.

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Hot dog vendor enhances downtown flavor

Sun Dog customers relish unique sidewalk dining option

On this morning, at least, the corner of Ninth and Mass. seemed to be a magnet for simplicity.

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Wakarusa Fest may not play on

Organizer compares music festival with Manhattan event, claims discrimination

Lawrence may have partied at its last Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival. Festival promoter Brett Mosiman has accused the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks of bigotry and said he won't return the festival to Clinton State Park unless the department changes how it treats the event and its largely "hippie" crowd. "The situation reeks of discrimination," Mosiman said.

Filmmaker wants to close downtown block for one day

A local filmmaker wants to close down a portion of Massachusetts Street early next month to film scenes for a movie about Lawrence crop artist Stan Herd.

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Moving beyond oil

Local committee urges city to take action

Imagine the day when your vehicle's odometer becomes a tax meter - the more you drive, the more you pay in taxes. When you do drive, you'll be greeted by more toll stations. And when you stop, you'll be greeted by more parking meters. Along the way you'll notice roofs with solar panels, yards with vegetable gardens, construction crews building bike paths instead of roads, and perhaps even large warehouses stuffed with massive amounts of food to deal with an energy emergency that hovers on the horizon.

More concerts could be in store

Strike up the next band. The promoter for Wednesday evening's Wilco concert said he was ecstatic with how the event fit into downtown Lawrence, and he hopes to do three to four a year at the site near Ninth and New Hampshire streets.

Fire-eaters could heat up downtown

Street performers would congregate during proposed Busker Fest 2008

You thought the mid-August weekend when Kansas University students returned to Lawrence was crazy enough. Just imagine what it will be like when you add fire-eaters. It looks like there will be no need to imagine.

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Wakarusa Festival organizers hope to keep location

Lawrence police chief outlines law enforcement's problems with event

Wakarusa Festival organizers want to negotiate a long-term lease with state leaders to keep the concert at Clinton State Park. The festival site has been in question after organizers last month unsuccessfully sought to move the event - which has attracted upward of 15,000 people in past years - to Jefferson County. "The lake is our No. 1 target," said Brett Mosiman, who started the event in 2004.

Corliss ready for new chapter

City manager gets warm response

Change is coming to City Hall, though the face promising to bring it is familiar.

Corliss is named Lawrence's new city manager

Leader has worked for Lawrence since 1990

Lawrence City Commission, which was determined to chart a new direction, stays at home with the pick.

Artist proposes creating sculpture trail by river

Marie Thompson said she knows many Lawrence residents prefer to avoid the Kansas River, though it flows just north of the city's popular downtown.

Off-duty police needed to aid security, owner says

Officers prohibited from working at bars, but city leaders open to revising policy

When it comes to the bar and nightclub industry, city staff members are researching all types of ideas to improve security - ranging from closed-circuit television cameras to more strict licensing requirements.

Regulations for clubs should respect music scene, operators say

City commissioners want more time to think about security options

Figuring out how to quiet nighttime violence and crime in downtown shouldn't quiet the city's music scene, several downtown nightclub operators said Tuesday as city commissioners considered new regulations for bars and clubs.

Nonsense takes center stage as city honors art movement

Mayor proclaims International Dadaism Month during meeting Tuesday

For once, there can be no argument that nonsense was coming out of the Lawrence City Commission chambers.

Sculpture celebrating freedom unveiled in downtown Lawrence

'Freeform' created for Lawrence sesquicentennial

Lawrence residents now have another visible reminder of the city's historical connections to freedom and flames.

Adult store owner determined to stay put

Sex toys don't sell themselves. Richard Osburn, owner of the sexual novelty store Naughty But Nice, said even his business lived by the mantra "Location, location, location." Osburn said that's why he planned to fight any efforts by the city to make him move his business from its five-year home at 1741 Mass.