Town Talk

Whitewater group explains how $70 million Clinton Lake project would be funded; it involves help from the public and a new shopping center

Chad Lawhorn

During this Valentine’s Day season everything is expected to be sugarcoated — the food, the sentiments and the “explanation” about how the flat screen TV got broken during last night’s wild KU game. (I think it was Cupid’s arrow.) One guy who is not engaging in the sugarcoating ritual, though, ...

Plans for whitewater rafting facility at Clinton State Park still alive; developer talks about environmental issues of project

Chad Lawhorn

The great whitewater rafting debates I’ve been involved with generally center on which guy is responsible for carrying the cooler down the bank and to the canoe. (Inevitably, it also involves a debate about who is then responsible for jumping into the river to save the cooler — and possibly ...

Longtime provider of vocational training to close Lawrence campus this summer

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence and Douglas County are the capital of higher education in Kansas, as evidenced by the presence of three universities, a campanile and several houses that make the bell tower sound like a quiet library. There is news, though, that Lawrence is losing one provider of higher education. Pinnacle Career ...

23rd Street shopping center to downsize retail space; new report ranks Lawrence as one of the best cities for singles

Chad Lawhorn

I’m sure we’ve all been in this situation: You’re halfway through your weekly shopping trip and realize you should have rented the full-size semitrailer instead of the large U-Haul. Well, maybe one Lawrence shopping center is trying to address that common problem. It has filed plans to convert part of ...

More details on gun range planned near Douglas County Jail; Lawrence to get national press as retirement destination

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe a gun range is a bit like a barber shop: Every city of a certain size will have at least one. Lawrence businessman Steve Robson has that philosophy anyway, and he says he has just the site for Lawrence’s indoor shooting facility. Robson — who owns Ace Self Storage ...

Plans moving ahead for North Lawrence concert, event venue; business owner opens spot for small businesses to meet for free

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe you are still recovering from your Super Bowl party. I know my arteries still burn from the wing sauce, my dog still regrets eating the leftover bacon cheese dip, and the Australian prime minister is still exasperated that whatever caused Lady Gaga to disappear can’t be used to end ...

New report shows Lawrence consumers were spending freely during holiday shopping season

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe it was shoppers buying an extra large Thanksgiving turkey. Maybe it was voters buying post-election migraine medicine, or maybe it was prescient Atlanta Falcons fans buying choke collars. Whatever the case, Lawrence shoppers appeared to be big spenders during the early holiday shopping season, a new report from the ...

Zaxby's announces opening date for west Lawrence restaurant; update on downtown chicken restaurant

Chad Lawhorn

I promise, at some point I’ll quit writing about fried chicken restaurants. (The grease on my fingers will make it too difficult to type.) But more fried chicken restaurants keep opening in town, and the subject continues to be one I get asked about a lot. So, I have news ...

Final numbers in for city's record-setting apartment building boom; a look at the $1 million-plus projects in Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

We already have reported it has been a record-setting year for apartment construction. By the end of September Lawrence builders already had constructed more apartments than in any year in the city’s history. But perhaps you are asking: What ended up being the grand total of apartments built in Lawrence ...

An update on what is going in the old M&M Office Supply building in downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Effects of KU’s construction boom soon may become a little more evident on downtown’s Massachusetts Street. No, construction crews still seem disinclined to let me take a bulldozer for a spin, but you should look for a new high-profile office of an engineering firm that is expanding, in part, because ...

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