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Town Talk: Lawrence found to lag behind Manhattan in college community ranking; City Hall and the land of meetings; butcher shop expanding

Published December 18, 2014

It almost should go without saying that Lawrence is the top college community in the region. Just walk through the Oread neighborhood on any Friday and Saturday night and partake in the abundant school spirit. Lawrence is at least the top college town in Kansas. Well, a new ranking says otherwise. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Pair of restaurants proposed for location near Sixth Street Wal-Mart; City Hall tensions rise over East Lawrence proposal

Published December 17, 2014

Plans have been filed for two new restaurants near the Wal-Mart at Sixth and Wakarusa, but we don’t yet have names for them. A 12,000 square foot building will house two “upscale casual sit down restaurants” and a boutique retail type of tenant. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Bus driver, union leader files for seat on City Commission; Salvation Army kettle drive falling short of goal

Published December 16, 2014

If ever there was a City Commission candidate who could make the case for having an actual campaign bus, it would be this one. A Lawrence bus driver who also is the president of the local transit union has filed for one of three seats up for grabs on the Lawrence City Commission. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

When the crime reporter becomes the victim: Learn from my attempted burglary scare

Published December 16, 2014

As the Journal-World’s crime reporter, I hear detailed accounts of crimes and witness their outcomes daily. I’d always thought my job made me hyper-aware of my surroundings, that I was somehow safer than others because I was more careful. By Caitlin Doornbos

Town Talk: Local tech company featured in The New York Times; chicken and doughnut restaurant opens in West Lawrence

Published December 15, 2014

A downtown Lawrence office landed in The New York Times this weekend, which has created new enthusiasm that Massachusetts Street may be home to a burgeoning tech company that aims to change the entire financial industry. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Bringing perspective to Beaty's big weekend

Published December 15, 2014

Newly named Kansas University football coach David Beaty made up for lost time in the recruiting grind last weekend by not only getting 11 members of the Class of 2015 to visit campus and but also by picking up seven oral commitments since Saturday night. By Matt Tait

Jayhawks hold off Utes at Sprint Center

Published December 13, 2014

The Kansas University men's basketball team built a 21-point lead, saw it slip away completely and then flashed some of that signature toughness to survive a heck of a battle at Sprint Center on Saturday, 63-60 over Utah. • Box score

Town Talk: Pachamamas restaurant up for sale, may close after Valentine's Day; Rock Chalk gets set for big basketball tourney

Published December 12, 2014

News that the highly regarded downtown restaurant Pachamamas is about to close is a bit like cold pizza for breakfast: It isn’t quite right, but it is not quite wrong either. Ken Baker, owner and chef of Pachamamas, has confirmed to me that he has put the restaurant and downtown building up for sale, and the restaurant will close in the coming months if a buyer isn’t found. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: New workout gym opens in West Lawrence; hearing on alleged alcohol violation at The Cave delayed

Published December 11, 2014

We all have different types of training we have to do. For example, today I’m judging a holiday cookie contest and will partake in my company’s holiday meal, so I’m training by eating a piece of cake for breakfast. Some of you, however, may prefer lifting weights, tossing medicine balls and running sprints. If so, you now have a new place in town to do it all. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Live game blog: No. 10 Kansas at Georgetown

Published December 10, 2014

In what was equal parts sloppy, spectacular and wildly entertaining, the Kansas University men's basketball team traveled to Washington D.C. on Wednesday night and came away with a 75-70 victory over a scrappy Georgetown team. The victory improved 10th-ranked KU to 7-1 overall this season and dropped the Hoyas to 5-3. • Box score

Town Talk: Mayor wants to restart discussion about police headquarters project; City Commission rejects cell tower plan

Published December 10, 2014

Get ready to start talking about a multimillion dollar police headquarters project again. Mayor Mike Amyx at last night’s meeting directed staff members to begin looking for dates in January and February to get input from the public on what they think the next steps should be in improving facilities for the police department. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Neighborhood group asking city to slow down on downtown grocery store project; update on city's quest to get Google Fiber-like Internet service

Published December 9, 2014

Getting a grocery store in downtown Lawrence may be a bit like me walking down the candy aisle. No, it won’t require hooking a dozen shopping carts together, but I am predicting it is going to take awhile. I say that because the process has barely begun, and the Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods is already asking City Hall to slow down. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Details on proposed changes to Alvamar; speculation about restaurant at Marriott; Wheat State Pizza allowed to reopen after tax dispute

Published December 8, 2014

If you remember, Bliss Sports has tentatively agreed to purchase the Alvamar Golf & Country club in west Lawrence. I recently chatted with Lawrence architect Paul Werner, who is serving as the designer for Bliss. “There are 36 holes of golf today and there will be 36 holes of golf tomorrow,” Werner said. “And if you live on the golf course today, you will live on the golf course tomorrow.” Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Watch David Beaty's first press conference as KU football coach

Published December 8, 2014

David Beaty stepped up to the mic Monday morning for his first press conference as Kansas University's head football coach. Video, player reaction and more at

Beaty an attractive hire for KU football

Published December 5, 2014

Texas A&M assistant coach David Beaty, who is expected to be hired as the next Kansas football coach, has a great reputation as a top-notch recruiter and his ties to the Texas high school scene are as impressive as just about anyone's. By Matt Tait More coverage of the KU football coaching search: David Beaty lands in Lawrence, is expected to be named KU football head coach Sheahon Zenger's first choice, David Beaty, expected to woo Texas talent

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