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Town Talk: Lawrence home sales surge in April; new report finds local housing value growth lagging region; new sights coming to downtown sidewalks

Published May 27, 2015

Perhaps I need to fire my Leavenworth-based tax preparer (his motto: I wish I had an open door policy) because it sure looks like a lot of people’s tax refunds in April were bigger than mine. Or at least something spurred a surge in home buying in Lawrence, according to the latest figures from the Lawrence Board of Realtors. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Plans filed for meat-smoking business in rural Douglas County; large apartment complex near KU tweaks plans; long list of appointments to city boards

Published May 26, 2015

Perhaps your barbecue experiments this long, rainy, holiday weekend have left you looking for a new place to buy smoked meats. (As I’ve said multiple times, I didn’t know we used the laundry room that much, and in my defense, I did fully open the window.) Well, plans are in the works for a new Douglas County business to become a regional supplier of smoked meats. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Seeing double: Artists team up for show at Cider Gallery

Published May 24, 2015

“More Than Meets The Eye.” Those who grew up in the 1980s might remember the phrase from the old “Transformers” cartoons, in which giant robots waged battle by converting into vehicles and other machinery. It’s also the name of an upcoming collaborative exhibition at the Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St., featuring the work of Lawrence artists John Sebelius and Jeromy Morris.

Library's Lawrence Music Project aims to archive, share local music

Published May 23, 2015

During his days in the Lawrence music scene of the mid-'90s, Brad Allen heard and saw some pretty interesting stuff. “I love the stories behind music,” says Allen, whom readers of a certain age may remember from Vitreous Humor and The Regrets. Now, as Lawrence Public Library director, Allen is helping to archive local bands past and present in a new library initiative called the Lawrence Music Project.

The Storyteller from Stax: Booker T. Jones kicks off library’s 780s Series

Published May 23, 2015

It was back in the ’70s that legendary blues musician Booker T. Jones discovered the importance of storytelling. He was living in Santa Barbara, Calif., and found himself in the company of an African storyteller. “He was telling stories about stuff at the time that didn’t really relate to me, stuff that had been passed down through the ancestors,” he says. “It’s important because those things weren’t written down on paper. I think it’s a good thing for society to know what went before the history of music.”

Town Talk: Iowa firm likely to create about 20 jobs at Lawrence foam manufacturing plant; Breezedale markers getting restored; Housing Authority seeks to buy apartment building

Published May 22, 2015

It sure looks like Lawrence is going to be in the foam insulation business and will get perhaps 20 new manufacturing jobs as a result. Des Moines-based Iowa EPS Products has filed paperwork at Lawrence City Hall to renovate about 60,000 square feet of space for manufacturing purposes at 910 E. 29th St. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Movie review: 'Tomorrowland' too much of a good thing

Published May 22, 2015

The first time the Disney live-action fantasy “Tomorrowland” announces a message of hope and optimism, it feels fairly natural to the story. But writers Brad Bird (who also directed) and Damon Lindelof telegraph their intentions ad nauseam, and “Tomorrowland,” a film otherwise filled with plenty of movie magic, starts to lose a bit of its luster. By Eric Melin

Videos: Class of 2015 reflects on graduation

Published May 22, 2015

Watch as the Lawrence high school and university classes of 2015 share their thoughts about graduation. Click here for more photos from local commencement ceremonies

Town Talk: Family fun center opening along 23rd Street; Census says Lawrence population growth among tops in region; word of a new manufacturer along Haskell

Published May 21, 2015

I’m an expert on lasers, no matter what people tell you about that unfortunate incident when I borrowed a laser pointer for a Rotary presentation. So trust me when I say that a new laser tag business is coming to Lawrence, and I’m almost certain that no one will lose their eyebrows this time. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Doug Compton's latest project and the debate over downtown parking; high tech traffic solutions presented to City Hall

Published May 20, 2015

City Hall watchers are still trying to figure out this new Lawrence City Commission. Those of us who had our City Hall watching gear on last night (the most important piece is an emergency bottle of NoDoz hung around your neck) may have gotten a clue that future economic development incentives are going to be more hotly debated. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: New report finds Lawrence among the top destinations in America for college graduates; new child care center opens

Published May 19, 2015

KU graduation ceremonies are done for another year, but there’s still plenty of recent grads hanging around the city. Before you start thinking that they’re still here just because they are trying to remember where they parked their cars, know this: A new report has found that Lawrence is one of the more attractive cities in the country for recent college graduates. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: City Commission to decide fate of debated Quonset hut in East Lawrence; more on a food truck bistro in Warehouse Arts District

Published May 18, 2015

Hut, hut! In some places that phrase signals the delivery of an under-inflated football, but not here in Lawrence, where we like our footballs round and orange. Instead, we’re just getting warmed up for a City Hall debate over whether an old Quonset hut in East Lawrence should be torn down. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Douglas County says Kobach was not shown favoritism in building case; failure to be strict on building codes was result of new, unwritten policy

Published May 18, 2015

A Douglas County resident filed an appeal with the board of construction appeals 10 days ago alleging that the rules were not applied as required when Secretary of State Kris Kobach failed to get a building permit before starting s project. County officials say others also have benefitted from a new, more helpful approach the building department is taking, that Kobach was not the first nor the only one. What’s really at play, they say, is an ongoing effort to rein in what may have been inconsistent and sometimes overly harsh application of the county’s rules.

2015 Summer Arts Preview

Published May 17, 2015

Don't let the heat keep you inside all summer. From art exhibits to outdoor concerts to "The World's Best Slip N' Slide", there's a lot to see and do in Lawrence in the next few months. Here are some of the notable arts, entertainment and culture events scheduled from now through August. And for a full list of everything going on in Lawrence, check out our online event calendar.

Video: Elementary students take part in bike safety fair

Published May 15, 2015

Woodlawn Elementary School students participated in a bike safety fair Friday. The fair was hosted by the Tradewind Energy cycling team, Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop and Blue Collar Press. Students joined the cycling team for some obstacle course racing, safety lessons and installation of safety lights. Video by Mike Yoder

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