Town Talk: Soul food restaurant opens in eastern Lawrence; don't let signs of redevelopment worry you at The Bottleneck; more than $200K of traffic calming considered for 27th Street

Published May 8, 2015

I try to keep my ear to the ground when it comes to new restaurants in town, and now I’ve found one where you can keep an ear to your mouth too. A soul food restaurant has opened in the shopping center at 19th and Haskell, and one of its menu items is a unique pig ear sandwich. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: New proposal for 120-foot tall tower in eastern Lawrence; hotel owner confirms Holiday Inn to become DoubleTree by Hilton

Published May 7, 2015

Representatives with Verizon have filed plans to build a 120-foot tall communications tower just a few blocks from the site of a previous proposal that brought strong opposition from neighbors and landed City Hall in a federal lawsuit. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

New Crepes & Taters restaurant window offers sweet and savory pancakes, Belgian-style fries

Published May 7, 2015

The former Lebanese Flower food window at 1016 Massachusetts St. stayed in the family and is now Crêpes & Taters, featuring a menu full of international flavor and 20 different varieties of the thin French pancake. By Joanna Hlavacek

Library launches the Lawrence Music Project

Published May 6, 2015

The Lawrence Music Project, an initiative launched by the Lawrence Public Library this month, features tracks and entire albums by local bands, available for download by any card-carrying member of the library. By Fally Afani

Town Talk: Pet food, pet supply chain locating in northwest Lawrence; city decides to make North Lawrence project smaller

Published May 6, 2015

A deal has been struck for Earthwise Pet Supply to go into the multi-tenant building in the Bauer Farm Development in northwest Lawrence. Earthwise will be located in the building that also houses Starbucks and Sports Clips at 4701 Bauer Farm Drive. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Video: Bike to School Day at Pinckney Elementary

Published May 6, 2015

Students at Pinckney Elementary School took part in Bike to School Day this morning. Students biked to school as parents and community members supervised and offered encouragement. Video by Richard Gwin

Town Talk: Free State Brewing Company creates new beer series; AT&T expanding broadband service; City Hall creates new online public forum

Published May 5, 2015

I don’t think I have to wear Spandex to drink this new beer from Lawrence-based Free State Brewing Company, but perhaps I shouldn’t take any chances. Free State has announced it has created a new limited-release brew in honor of the Dirty Kanza 200, a 200-mile bike ride along the gravel roads of the Flint Hills. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: See if your neighborhood is included in $130K worth of sidewalk repairs; meeting about fantasy city government set; city to seek budget comments tonight

Published May 4, 2015

I know I hate it when I’m out running in Lawrence neighborhoods and all of a sudden the sidewalk stops. When you run as fast as I do, you have to be cognizant of fire hazards if you run through grass. So, gaps in the sidewalk system are bad for lots of reasons, and now the city has plans to make more than $130,000 worth of sidewalk improvements this summer. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Lawmakers to hear about privatizing KPERS

Published May 4, 2015

Three committees of the Kansas Legislature will meet Wednesday to discuss the possibility of privatizing the state's pension system. That idea has been circulating among legislators and Gov. Sam Brownback's administration at least since last fall. By Peter Hancock

Moonlighting musicians: Lawrence musicians spread themselves across the scene

Published May 3, 2015

In the Lawrence music scene, sometimes you might think you’re seeing double, triple or even quadruple. That’s because in a town like this, with a strong contingent of musicians, some artists flex their muscles across several projects. Here are just some of the musicians you can see moonlighting throughout Lawrence.

Town Talk: Update on reopening plans for Ladybird, Jefferson's, Biggs on Mass following fires; a guess on when Menards will open

Published April 30, 2015

If anything good comes out of the fires that have temporarily closed three downtown restaurants, it is that the pairing of doughnuts and bourbon may finally get its due. I have updates on reopening plans for the three eateries — Jefferson’s, Biggs on Mass, and Ladybird Diner — and yes, one of them really does involve doughnuts. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Weekend Picks: Major Games Album Release; #MXM2015 Conference; Kansas Food Truck Festival; David Mamet's The Shawl; Taproom Poetry Series

Published April 30, 2015

This weekend isn't as festival-heavy as the previous two, but there's still one major festival to showcase, along with two major rock shows. Also on tap: a music conference, an unusual theatrical event, and an edgy Sunday afternoon of poetry. Weekend Picks from Larryville Life

Kansas Food Truck Festival expands roster in second year

Published April 29, 2015

More than a dozen food-on-wheels vendors will make an appearance at the second annual Kansas Food Truck Festival this weekend in Lawrence's Warehouse Arts District. The event, which also features live music and performances from Lawrence Busker Festival acts, nearly tripled its roster of trucks from last year. By Joanna Hlavacek

Town Talk: Lawrence based advertising agency sold to new owner; get ready for 'Unmistakably Lawrence'; plans in the works for City Hall to take over Convention and Visitors Bureau

Published April 29, 2015

A Lawrence-based advertising agency that does work for everybody from Free State Brewing Company to Westar Energy has been sold. Leaders at Callahan Creek have announced that longtime CEO Cindy Maude has sold her majority ownership interest in the company to Callahan Creek President Chris Marshall. With the purchase, Marshall now takes over as president and CEO of the company. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Column: Addition of big man Diallo makes Kansas Final Four contender

Published April 29, 2015

Newly signed KU big man Cheick Diallo doesn’t need to earn All-Big 12 honors ­­to become a difference-maker for a Jayhawks roster that figures to bring so much more maturity, balance and chemistry than the squad that Wichita State bounced from the tournament in the Round of 32. Column by Tom Keegan