Town Talk

City ramps up vehicle purchases to replace aging fleet; more than $1.75 million in vehicle purchases approved thus far in December

Chad Lawhorn

I know for most of us, December is marked as the month for accumulating five-pound cheese logs, yule logs and the multitude of other fine culinary logs. But for the city of Lawrence, December is the month for new vehicle purchases. Thus far in December — once commissioners approve a ...

Audit results about special taxing district at The Oread expected soon; questions about Eldridge tax break; eco devo leaders seeking firms to work on Menards project

Chad Lawhorn

Concerns about the operation or management of The Oread hotel’s special taxing district are expected to come to light soon, I’ve learned. If you remember[, City Hall reporter Nikki Wentling reported last month][1] that the city had hired an auditor to review the special taxing district, which has generated more ...

New three-story comic and game store coming to downtown; Lawrence home sales top 1,000 for the year

Chad Lawhorn

I probably need to spend more time reading comic books. As the "Star Wars" fever rises, some in my household are becoming frustrated that I keep confusing Count Dooku with Count Chocula. But fear not, we don’t have to be confused for long because the world of comics (yes, there ...

Large fitness center chain signs deal for big facility on south Iowa; more info on changes in the works at Genesis Health Club

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe they read about the pending explosion of fried chicken places coming to south Iowa Street and figured waistlines were sure to follow. Whatever the case, a new national fitness club chain has signed a deal for a large space along the south Iowa Street corridor. Planet Fitness has reached ...

Cost of affordable housing project likely to be debated again; update on senior living project; Downtown Lawrence Inc. launches new gift card program

Chad Lawhorn

This is the season where I’m reminded that we definitely can have differences of opinion about the idea of what’s affordable. (This is also the season where I’m reminded that the First Amendment protects my right to have an opinion, but does nothing to keep me warm while sleeping in ...

Check out how Lawrence and area cities fared in latest ranking of best college communities

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence is a top 10 city when it comes to being a landing place for college students, according to a new ranking. The financial website WalletHub has ranked Lawrence as the No. 10 small city in the country for college students. Lawrence also ranked No. 24 in the country across ...

Commissioners faced with big questions, high stakes as they prepare to decide fate of south Iowa shopping center

Chad Lawhorn

When Lawrence city commissioners meet on Tuesday, the shopping fanatics among us are going to be asking questions of whether Lawrence soon will get an Academy Sports, an Old Navy and a host of other big retailers that appear ready to move into a new shopping center proposed for south ...

Chamber releases year-end number on new jobs; discussion about environmental issues with Menards project

Chad Lawhorn

You can tell we’re getting close to the end of the year because the numbers are starting to pile up. And I’m not even talking about the fact the credit card statements are now coming on oversized pieces of paper to contain all the zeros. No, groups and organizations are ...

Plans filed for new brewery, restaurant, apartment project in East Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

As anyone who has ever tried, failed and perhaps had to use a stomach pump will tell you, there is a definite art to brewing beer. So, it makes sense that a new brewery will be located in East Lawrence’s Warehouse Arts District. But plans filed at City Hall not ...

Details on new restaurant slated for Round Corner Drug building; city to settle sidewalk dining flap; update on downtown moves

Chad Lawhorn

One of downtown’s more iconic buildings is set to be back in business soon. As we’ve previously reported, the former Round Corner Drug building is set to become a restaurant. Now, I have more details after talking with the owners of the new establishment. Kansas City restaurateurs Zach Marten and ...

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