Town Talk

New campaign finance reports in City Commission race; Rasmussen apologizes for accepting Crossland donations and returns funds; City Hall details projects to delay if police HQ moves ahead

Chad Lawhorn

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 ...

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

Chad Lawhorn

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. The latest federal report is out, and the Lawrence metro area in ...

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

Chad Lawhorn

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 ...

Auto dealership opening near 23rd and Haskell; Kansas incomes lag behind nation in 2014

Chad Lawhorn

The auto business in Lawrence is booming, and its latest expansion is set for 23rd Street and Haskell Avenue. Lawrence-based Auto Exchange has filed plans to open a new dealership at the intersection. Auto Exchange has reached a deal to take over the northwest corner of the intersection, the spot ...

A pending addition to the east Lawrence skyline; loads of downtown events set for approval; update on Rock Chalk audit

Chad Lawhorn

Eastern Lawrence’s skyline is set to get a new addition. Plans have been filed by Ottawa Co-op to expand its grain facility near 19th Street and Moodie Road. Plans call for an approximately 75-foot-tall grain storage bin to be installed adjacent to the existing grain elevator, increasing the grain storage ...

Rock Chalk Park audit, incentives for Peaslee Center, Eldridge Hotel tax break set to be decided by city commissioners

Chad Lawhorn

There’s nothing like a long City Commission meeting to take your mind off a season-ending Jayhawk loss, although both occasionally will cause you to stand up and yell, “I need some more !*&#!!$!! cheese dip.” Regardless, here’s a look at a long list of items city commissioners are set to ...

City Manager David Corliss finalist for job in Colorado

Chad Lawhorn

It is time to keep an eye on a possible leadership change at Lawrence City Hall. It has been confirmed that Lawrence City Manager David Corliss is a finalist for the town manager job of Castle Rock, Colorado. The town of about 50,000 people outside Denver hosted Corliss and two ...

Urgent care medical facility slated for Sixth and Folks Road; KDOT wants feedback on possible SLT expansion; leaders launch survey on pedestrian issues

Chad Lawhorn

It won’t be a full-fledged emergency room, but a deal has been struck to bring a major new medical provider to West Lawrence. Oklahoma-based XpressWellness Urgent Care has signed a deal to build at Sixth and Folks Road. Plans call for a nearly 4,300-square-foot building at the northwest corner of ...

Parks and recreation on pace to set record in 2015; get ready for closure of key Ninth Street intersection; parking changes on tap near Hillcrest school

Chad Lawhorn

There was an extra amount of fun at Lawrence Parks and Recreation in January and February, and I’m not even talking about the time I was woefully confused about what’s involved with a sow cow at the city’s new outdoor ice rink. (Sure, now they tell me it is spelled ...

Report contends that Chapel Hill, Orlando, many other cities better basketball towns than Lawrence; National Geographic highlights Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

I guess having the inventor of the game of basketball buried in your cemetery doesn’t get you as far as it used to. While our basketball team is a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, our city doesn’t even merit a top 20 ranking in a new list of ...

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