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Auto dealer confirms expansion plans on south Iowa Street; new population numbers show Douglas County is definitely getting older

Chad Lawhorn

The south Iowa Street car dealers have figured it out. With a plethora of new drive-thru chicken restaurants opening along the corridor, it obviously is easier for me to buy a new vehicle than clear my cab of the hot sauce, chicken buckets and the industrial-strength barrel of degreaser. Indeed, ...

Local business adds minigolf course to offerings; funky art on tap for new Qdoba building

Chad Lawhorn

My scorecard and I have long thought the “mini” in minigolf has been a misnomer. (You’re telling me you’ve never taken a score of 12 strokes and three stitches on the windmill hole?) Regardless, the idea of putt-putt golf in Lawrence is one that has long intrigued but has been ...

New numbers show lack of racial diversity in Douglas County; minority numbers, though, are growing

Chad Lawhorn

No need to cover the furniture or get out the full body smock, but I am planning on painting by numbers. There are new Census numbers out that paint a picture of Douglas County’s diversity. Or perhaps better put, Douglas County’s lack of racial diversity. It has been the case ...

March 2015 fire ultimately causes downtown restaurant to close its doors; downtown beer venture closed as well

Chad Lawhorn

Even when I take a quick break from the office to stroll down Massachusetts Street, I get salsa on my tie. That’s how many Mexican restaurants there are in downtown. Sandwich crumbs in my whiskers? Absolutely. Sandwich shops are everywhere. There’s almost no shortage of any food type in downtown, ...

Another brewery planned for East Lawrence; new gallery and small scale retail also proposed as part of project

Chad Lawhorn

As if that beer can replica of the Egyptian pyramids in your garage wasn’t enough, there is now another sign that Lawrence is going crazy over beer. Plans have been filed for a new East Lawrence microbrewery that essentially would be next door to another microbrewery that is in the ...

Kansas and Lawrence suffer job losses in latest report; Manhattan leading the way in job growth

Chad Lawhorn

If my house is any indication, job numbers have to improve this summer. (There’s the crew of workers filling the Gatorade stations throughout the house, and, of course, the security team that ensures I’m not allowed to turn down the thermostat.) But positive job numbers weren’t the case for Lawrence ...

New study shows Douglas County second least affordable in state; see which city has average mortgage payment of $217 a month

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe you have heard that Lawrence is one of the least affordable Kansas communities in which to buy a home. Maybe you have the empty Ramen noodle packages to prove the point. Well, a new study has come out that reaches much the same conclusion, but this one also tells ...

Locally owned coffee shop, cafe to open in former south Lawrence fast-food spot; timeline update on movie theater upgrades

Chad Lawhorn

Never underestimate the power of coffee. On a day like today, where the heat index is expected to top the century mark, some of us have ice cream on our minds. (And perhaps in our socks and in any other place that we think may provide some cooling relief.) But ...

Chain retailer on 23rd Street files for bankruptcy, seeks buyer; new report says Lawrence one of the more unique cities in the country

Chad Lawhorn

There are signs of trouble at 23rd and Iowa streets, and, thankfully, this time it doesn’t involve an orange construction cone stuck in my grill. Instead, one of the largest retailers at the busy intersection has filed for bankruptcy. The bookstore and DVD chain Hastings has filed for bankruptcy protection, ...

Douglas County getting national attention for Zika virus risk; federal report shows how bad state's economy was in 2015

Chad Lawhorn

Well, it looks like the Summer Olympics won’t be moving to Douglas County anytime soon. Douglas County is gaining some national attention as a hotspot for the type of mosquito that can carry the Zika virus. I know Town Talk isn’t exactly the place you turn to for your health ...

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