Town Talk: Lawrence's retail sales growth near the top in the state; update on Dale Willey expansion on South Iowa; city commissioners seek more info on solar power

Published May 14, 2015

Whether it be new events held in town or just a new outlook on life, Lawrence shoppers continue to spend more these days, according to the state’s latest report. According to the Kansas Department of Revenue, taxable sales in Lawrence were up 6.4 percent for the April reporting period. That period generally covers sales made from about mid-March to mid-April. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Lawrence-based fundraising company buys building to accommodate expansion; Minuteman Press moving to east side; Sixth Street to get another traffic signal

Published May 13, 2015

Fraternities and sororities are big business in Lawrence, and I’m not just talking about T-shirts and tutoring lessons in the Greek alphabet. Lawrence-based Pennington & Company is one of the larger fundraisers for fraternities and sororities in the country, and now the firm has inked a deal to buy the office building at 501 Gateway Drive that houses Minuteman Press. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: A waffle house coming to downtown Lawrence; city engineers seeking money to rebuild 23rd and Haskell

Published May 12, 2015

I’m getting that paranoid feeling that I’m assuming cattle sometimes get: Someone is trying to sell me by the pound. All this is to say that I’ve gotten news that a waffle house is opening in downtown, right across the street from the Journal-World offices. The Waffle Iron has outgrown its space at East Lawrence coffee shop Decade and will move into a larger space at 7 E. Seventh St. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Prominent goodbye sign from defunct Payless Furniture labels Lawrence 'Obamaville' and much more

Published May 11, 2015

Well, the folks at Payless Furniture at 2800 Iowa St. long have been famous for their crazy signs and the dancing fellows who hold them. As the company closes its doors, it has one final set of signs for the community that it did business in for around two decades. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Video: Lawrence residents and downtown visitors tell us about their mothers

Published May 10, 2015

Lawrence residents and visitors celebrate Mother's Day by talking about what makes their mothers special. Video by Nick Krug

Critic's Picks: Kurt Cobain documentary among May's can't-miss streaming titles

Published May 9, 2015 film critic Eric Melin recommends titles coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime and the new HBO Now streaming services this month.

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

Weekend Picks: Stop Day Matinee, The Ants record release, Mother's Day Gospel Fest, farewell to the Jaybowl

Published May 8, 2015

From raunchy doo-wop to a gospel festival to a scenester-packed record release party to the Jaybowl farewell, there's a wide range of events going on in Lawrence this weekend. Weekend Picks via

Photo gallery: Haskell Indian Nations University commencement

Published May 8, 2015

Photographs from Friday's Haskell Indian Nations University 2015 commencement ceremony. By Mike Yoder

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

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

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

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