Farmer in line to become Lawrence's next mayor, but uncertainty remains ahead of Tuesday's vote

Published April 13, 2015

Get ready for a night of pomp, circumstance and free cookies at Lawrence City Hall. This year we may want to add popcorn to the list as well because Tuesday’s installation of new commissioners and an election of a mayor seem to have more drama than usual. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

2015 Academic All-Stars

Published April 12, 2015

Town Talk: Former Ramada Inn property at Sixth and Iowa to be razed for redevelopment; announcement expected soon on new tenant for BTBC

Published April 10, 2015

Keep your eyes open for a major change of scenery at Sixth and Iowa. Plans are in the works to demolish the former Ramada Inn building that sits just north and west of the busy intersection. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence Civic Choir to celebrate 40 years with Lied Center performance

Published April 10, 2015

Just as individual grains of sand bond to form rock, members of the Lawrence Civic Choir have, since 1975, joined together to create “a mighty song of joy, of love, of light, of peace.” So read the final stanzas of “One Out of Many,” a piece commissioned in honor of the group’s 40th anniversary. The song will premiere Sunday at the Lied Center during a special commemorative concert, 40 years and six days after the choir’s first performance back in April 1975. By Joanna Hlavacek

Lawrence Farmers Market returns Saturday morning

Published April 10, 2015

The Lawrence Farmers Market, which boasts 80 to 100 independent vendors, opens Saturday. Market chairwoman Amanda Cook says one point of pride is knowing every product is made or grown locally. "That Douglas County dollar really does stay in Douglas County," she said. "The vendors buy their fertilizer and seeds in Douglas County, they grow their products in Douglas County and most of these people are Lawrence people coming to buy. It creates such a beautiful business model and community around the area." By Conrad Swanson

LHS athlete tests self by throwing shot put

Published April 10, 2015

Matthew Whaley, a junior at Lawrence High School who was born with cerebral palsy, has been competing in the shot put for the LHS track team. "You have to hit that button that says 'test me,'" Whaley said. "Because if you don't hit that 'test me' button, you'll never know what you can do."

Town Talk: Sales tax collections on the rise in early part of 2015; city sharpening pencil to build $50 million sewer plant on budget

Published April 9, 2015

While the forklift drivers are dutifully unloading all the clearance rack Easter candy at my house, there’s a new report out that shows Lawrence shoppers did a pretty good job of keeping the cash registers ringing during the Valentine’s Day period as well. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Weekend Picks: Charlie Crawl, Farmers Market, Spencer party, 'The Last Unicorn'

Published April 9, 2015

From the Mardi Gras parade to the Zombie Walk to the SantaCon pub crawl, Lawrence loves any opportunity to get dressed up and promenade up and down Mass Street or its sidewalks. Saturday brings a new opportunity with the Charlie Crawl. That and other weekend picks from Larryville Life.

Town Talk: Another urgent care medical clinic slated for Sixth Street; big announcements from Free State Festival; items of note from City Commission elections

Published April 8, 2015

If turkey-on-pita or that wonderfully catchy Spangles jingle was medicine for your body, you’re still out of luck in Lawrence. But soon you will be able to go see a doctor in the Sixth Street location that formerly housed the Spangles restaurant. (And, you can always ask the doctor to sing the jingle. You never know.) Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

2015 City Commission vote, by precinct

Published April 8, 2015

Vote! Lawrence City Commission and school board elections today

Published April 7, 2015

Vote today in the Lawrence City Commission and school board elections! Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find your polling place and more information at the Douglas County elections website. Before you cast your ballot, read individual profiles of the contenders and compare their responses from a Journal-World questionnaire, chats with readers and a number of community forums: • City Commission • School board