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Town Talk: Retiree housing proposed for 23rd and O'Connell; Lawrence ranked No. 2 in nation for local holiday shopping

Published November 25, 2014

The Olathe-based firm Wheatland Investments wants to build 90 units of senior housing on about nine acres of property at the northwest corner of 25th Terrace and O’Connell Road. The $16 million project would be limited to residents 55 years and older. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Free State Brewing Co. owner reflects on success with induction into Kansas Restaurant Hall of Fame

Published November 25, 2014

At first, Chuck Magerl was surprised to hear the news. The longtime owner of Free State Brewery Co., 636 Massachusetts St., is the newest member of the Kansas Restaurant Hall of Fame. “It was completely unexpected,” Magerl says. “And then I thought, ‘Well, I guess I have been in business at Free State a little over 25 years now.'” By Joanna Hlavacek

Town Talk: Chick-fil-A files plans to build restaurant on South Iowa Street; city sets details for ice rink grand opening

Published November 24, 2014

With apologies to the pilgrims, forget about turkey for a moment. Think chicken, a pile of mayonnaise the size of the Mayflower, and a few pickles just for the heck of it. Yes, renew the cholesterol medicine, do the Chicken Dance, do whatever you need to do to prepare, but indeed Chick-fil-A has filed plans to open a restaurant in Lawrence. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Kansas cruises vs. Rider

Published November 24, 2014

In need of a feel-good effort to bounce back from last week's 32-point loss to Kentucky in Indianapolis in the Champions Classic, the Kansas University men's basketball team returned home to warm and cozy Allen Fieldhouse and got exactly what it was looking for in the form of a 87-60 victory over Rider. • Box score

Live game blog: KU football at Oklahoma

Published November 22, 2014

As if Kansas University’s football team hasn’t had enough issues winning away from Lawrence, the Jayhawks found it to be an impossible task once again Saturday afternoon at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium, in Norman, Oklahoma, where true freshman running back Samaje Perine set a new FBS single-game record, with 427 rushing yards on 34 carries. Perine’s record day in OU’s 44-7 victory featured five touchdown runs of 27 yards or more, as KU lost its 28th consecutive game away from home, and the freshman rusher broke the week-old record of 408 yards, set by Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon last weekend, against Nebraska. • Box score

Town Talk: Another hamburger restaurant to locate in downtown Lawrence; crews repairing cracks at 23rd and Iowa; Kief's holding auction

Published November 21, 2014

It looks like we’ll soon have a new place to grab some exotic burgers, gyros, hot dogs and other types of food that fit in your hand. The folks at KC Smoke Burgers have confirmed that they have plans to open a restaurant on Massachusetts Street. The company has signed a lease to locate in the space formerly occupied by Shots, the bar/restaurant that briefly operated at 1008 Massachusetts St. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

9 drink wonders of Lawrence

Published November 20, 2014

We polled readers, asked bartenders and baristas and had newsroom debates about what should be included on a list of Lawrence's most iconic drinks. We eventually paired the selections down to nine. Here they are, in no particular order.

Town Talk: Developers seek new zoning to lure retailers next to Rock Chalk Park; new Douglas County income numbers and the pocket of poverty

Published November 20, 2014

There are all types of competition going on at Rock Chalk Park and the city’s new recreation center. But there’s also a competition to get new retailers to locate near the northwest Lawrence facility, and there are signs developers are working on a new strategy on that front. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Lawrence library visitors up 55 percent; city agrees to final library construction bill; solar panels installed at Prairie Park

Published November 19, 2014

New numbers show business is booming since the Lawrence Public Library moved into its new space at Seventh and Vermont streets in late July. Library visits were up 55 percent in September compared to September 2013. And new users of the library grew by an even greater amount. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

2014 Holiday Arts Guide: Local events from now through New Year’s

Published November 19, 2014

Looking for something do this holiday season? Whether you're in the mood for holiday festivities or less seasonally specific events, this list of local activities is sure to keep you busy through New Year's.

Town Talk: Chamber CEO talks VenturePark prospects, other projects; questions raised about arts corridor application ahead of commission vote

Published November 18, 2014

Lawrence is in the running to land a large manufacturer that would employ an estimated 125 people over the next five years, and would occupy about 120 acres of property at the former Farmland Industries site that the city has converted into a business park. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

No. 1 Kentucky steamrolls No. 5 Kansas

Published November 18, 2014

The fifth-ranked Kansas University men's basketball team ran into a buzz saw in Indianapolis on Tuesday night, as top-ranked Kentucky (3-0) raced past the Jayhawks, 72-40, and dominated from start to finish, beating the Jayhawks up along the way. The loss was the worst KU, in terms of final spread, in the Bill Self era, topping a previous worst of 25 against Texas. • Box score

Town Talk: City to consider roundabout for portion of Kasold Drive; city wins big grants for trail projects

Published November 17, 2014

Lawrence city commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting will begin discussing a major $5 million Kasold reconstruction project that could include a roundabout at the intersection of Kasold and Harvard. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Jayhawks give scare but fall short against TCU, 34-30

Published November 15, 2014

Kansas University’s football team put a scare into fourth-ranked TCU on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, but couldn't overcome a two-touchdown outburst in 70 seconds by the Horned Frogs in the third quarter in a 34-30 loss.