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

Town Talk: Farmer proposes monthly potluck dinner with city commissioners, other changes if he is elected mayor; study finds Kansas vehicle tax rates among the highest

Published April 6, 2015

Let’s be honest; we’ve all suspected for awhile that the answer at Lawrence City Hall is more pea salad and fruit-infused Jell-O. No? Well, it might be. City Commissioner Jeremy Farmer says he plans to propose, if he is chosen to be mayor, a monthly community potluck with city commissioners as a way to open up lines of communication with residents. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Scene Stealers: Don't be 'Furious,' it's only fantasy!

Published April 3, 2015

This weekend, millions of filmgoers will enter a fantasy world where beautiful, fantastical creatures unburdened by the laws of physics will frolic in the richest kingdom on their planet and pilot customized, futuristic machinery that flies through the air. Movie review by Eric Melin

Mass Street Soda expanding to KC, celebrating anniversary with free soda

Published April 3, 2015

Matt Baysinger and Lucas Thompson, the self-described "soda dorks" behind downtown Lawrence's Mass Street Soda, are taking their love of sweet, fizzy drinks to the Kansas City area. By Joanna Hlavacek

Town Talk: Police PAC issues statement against Soden; Board of Realtors PAC gets nearly $15K from national organization; SLT concept plan could create major changes near Clinton Parkway

Published April 3, 2015

A sturdy seat belt may be a good item for Lawrence voters to have, because the twist and turns in the final days of the Lawrence City Commission campaign have been significant. The two most recent: the political arm of Lawrence police officers is squaring off with front-runner Leslie Soden, and approximately $15,000 in outside money recently has been injected into the City Commission race from a national Realtor group. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Weekend Picks: Kansas Craft Beer Week, punk rock, dance party, 'Life of Brian'

Published April 3, 2015

Spring seems to have sprung in Lawrence, and your nightlife options are growing along with the flowers. LarryvilleLife's picks this week lean heavy on the late-night music scene, but there are a few Craft Beer Week options as well as Liberty Hall's annual "Life of Brian" screening for those who keep earlier hours.

Budget deal may have to wait as lawmakers prepare to go home

Published April 2, 2015

Kansas lawmakers are preparing to wind up the regular session today and are likely to leave without voting on the budget deal that House and Senate negotiators struck Wednesday. By Peter Hancock

Town Talk: 75th Anniversary of The Duke and 75,000 fans in Lawrence; police officers association endorses three for City Commission

Published April 2, 2015

Well, Pilgrim, cinch up your saddle, pull your hat down tight and mosey over to to the popcorn trough. There’s a new excuse for Lawrence residents to watch a John Wayne movie in the coming days. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Lawrence lands on more national lists; a bike repair station at City Hall; details on city's latest affordable housing project

Published April 1, 2015

I am woefully behind on telling you how much other people like us. In short: Quite a lot. That’s my way of saying that Lawrence and some Lawrence businesses have landed on more national lists. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: City Commission campaign finance reports; Rasmussen apologizes, returns donations; Projects delayed if police HQ moves ahead

Published March 31, 2015

It is donation season in the world of Lawrence politics. Voters may be looking for donations of earplugs. (We did, after all, just have two candidate forums within a span of 10 hours, a health forum last night and one with Downtown Lawrence Inc. this morning.) But candidates are seeking campaign donations, and the most recent report on how much they’ve raised is out. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Scene Stealers: Picking the best of what's coming to Netflix in April

Published March 31, 2015

From indie horror gems to "Hot Fuzz" to a new Marvel TV show, film critic Eric Melin recommends the movies and TV shows you should add to your Netflix streaming queue this April.

Town Talk: New numbers out on Lawrence job growth; City Commission to consider $100K in incentives for affordable housing project

Published March 30, 2015

Usually in Lawrence, talk of a streak involves KU basketball, or that unfortunate incident that has you doing community service. But there is another streak we ought to talk about: Lawrence’s winning streak when it comes to jobs. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Work to begin soon on new river trail near downtown; home sales fall in February; Board of Realtors endorse three for City Hall

Published March 27, 2015

I already have a guitar and a straw hat — and really, how hard can a gondola be to make? — so it looks like things are finally falling into place for my secondary career as the Crooner of the Kaw. I’ll start practicing, but in the meantime there is news about Lawrence getting its own version of a river walk. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

I Heart Local Music: Recapping the best SXSW moments from Lawrence bands

Published March 27, 2015

SXSW tends to be a rite of passage for local bands, and this year's event was no different. There weren't a lot of official showcases featuring Lawrence bands. But luckily, Midcoast Takeover helped put a lot of area bands in the spotlight with a five-day stretch of shows on two stages at Shangri-La. By Fally Afani