Town Talk

Another fast-food chicken restaurant sets its sights on Lawrence; basketball court promise broken at Rock Chalk Park

Chad Lawhorn

Keep your eyes open and your wet wipes handy. There’s rumblings of yet another fast-food chicken chain coming to Lawrence. I’m hearing that the chain Slim Chickens is close to signing a deal to locate in west Lawrence. I hear the restaurant hopes to locate in the former spot of ...

Keeping an eye on the possibility of a new west Lawrence grocery store; building project slated for west Lawrence business park

Chad Lawhorn

As a man with a 13-year old son who eats his meals not by the plate but rather by the pallet, I’m always keeping my eyes open for word of new grocery stores. Last week I provided an update on the latest efforts to land a store in downtown Lawrence, ...

A look at the city manager's recommended budget, and the heat he is taking for it

Chad Lawhorn

Despite concerns to the contrary, Lawrence is still a city of the arts. These days, the newest creation from artists are arrows — available for free if you promise to shoot them at City Manager Tom Markus’ proposed 2017 budget. Or, perhaps, Markus would tell you they seem to be ...

Are taxes too high here? A look at some numbers and how Lawrence stacks up to other cities

Chad Lawhorn

It is the time of year at city halls, county courthouses and other seats of local government where one of two items usually gets thrown: Sofa cushions get tossed in search of loose change, or rotten tomatoes get hurled at those who instead choose to find their money by raising ...

A look at the city's gravel road that runs by millions of dollars in new homes; work begins on west Lawrence apartment project

Chad Lawhorn

Every queen hides something, and west Lawrence’s queen is no different. Whoa, whoa, before you start dishing on that soccer mom with the bedazzled sweatshirt, know that I’m talking about Queens Road. It is time for an update on that area of the world, as a major apartment complex has ...

Lawrence ranked as a top city in the Midwest; reggae festival coming to downtown; Herbert issues apology for Topeka comments

Chad Lawhorn

Finally, a political platform that I could get enthusiastic about: More breweries and more wineries. That seems to have been the winning combination for a community that recently beat Lawrence in a contest to be named the Midwest’s Greatest Town. If you remember, we reported in January that Lawrence was ...

Plans for downtown grocery store growing; Price Chopper still in the mix on project

Chad Lawhorn

Trust me, I’m familiar with the idea of supersizing at the grocery store. There’s a reason my house has cereal boxes that can double as walk-in closets. But soon, downtown Lawrence and its neighbors in East Lawrence may have to figure out what they think of supersizing the grocery store. ...

Signs that a large chain fabric store is coming to town; Kansas community has best Main Street in USA, and it is not Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

There’s a lot I don’t understand about fabric or sewing. I have no idea why a stitch in time saves nine or how the heck the needle got in the haystack. And don’t even get me started about why the only thing my wife will sew me is a ski ...

Car dealership files plans to build along Sixth Street; Lawrence High and KU alumnus to be inducted into a worldwide hall of fame

Chad Lawhorn

Nothing said “eclectic Lawrence” quite like the limo service at Sixth and Colorado streets, which is right next door to the Lawrence Feed & Farm Supply store. In between the two is a tiny, red A-frame office building that is smaller than most of the limos. Well, say goodbye to ...

Grocery store adding full-service restaurant, bar; state fares poorly in income report, but Lawrence shows some positive signs

Chad Lawhorn

Grocery shopping may really get dangerous. What shall only be referred to as an “unfortunate Dorito incident” ( I still note there was no sign limiting how many bags a fellow could purchase, and my banker signed off on the line of credit) has pretty much barred me from doing ...

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