Town Talk

School district won't say what it plans to pay Hayden in new COO position; new questions about timing of superintendent's resignation

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence school district leaders won’t say how much they intend to pay soon-to-be ex-Superintendent Kyle Hayden in his new role as chief operations officer. [When news broke on Friday][1] that Hayden intended to resign as superintendent of Lawrence Public Schools — a position that pays him $205,000 annually — and ...

Car lot wants to build at East Hills Business Park; update on gun range near jail, new restaurant on Ninth Street

Chad Lawhorn

There’s news of a potential auto deal at the East Hills Business Park. No, don’t look for a major plant from Ford, Tesla or even one of the companies who are trying to make the world’s scariest technology — self-driving cars. (Think how many more doughnuts I’ll be able to ...

High-tech firm files plans for Lawrence expansion; LMH provides more details on plan to tear down houses for parking

Chad Lawhorn

Finally, a Lawrence business that makes something smaller, other than my wallet. I’ve reported several times over the years about Crititech, a Lawrence-based high-tech firm that makes drug particles smaller. The latest news on the company is it has filed plans to expand its North Lawrence headquarters and laboratory. Crititech ...

LMH proposes to tear down several houses to make way for more hospital parking

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve long joked that everybody who enters Lawrence Memorial Hospital has high blood pressure not because they are ill but because they’ve tried to find a parking space. The hospital has filed plans at City Hall to help address the parking shortage at LMH, but it will involve tearing down ...

Lawrence sales tax collections remain strong; a look at how local shoppers are saving the city's budget

Chad Lawhorn

While the Kansas Legislature continues to struggle to find a tax policy to fill a gaping budget hole (thus far the idea of using one hand to point fingers and the other to rub a magic lamp has fallen short), the city of Lawrence continues to receive good tax news. ...

A story of Willfred "Skillet" Eudaly, Lawrence's first hamburger and the pending closure of perhaps Lawrence's oldest liquor store

Chad Lawhorn

If the Kansas City Royals or the resumption of the Kansas legislative session doesn’t cause you to think of liquor stores, then you aren’t watching either close enough. Regardless, there soon will be one less liquor store to frequent in Lawrence. In some ways, Lawrence is losing its ultimate mom ...

In sign of times, Lawrence gas station owner pulls back a bit on alternative fuels; reports show summer gas prices likely to be higher

Chad Lawhorn

I had a reader ask me a question, and this one I can actually repeat in a family-oriented newspaper: Did Lawrence’s Zarco fueling stations give up on selling E-15 gasoline, the ethanol-based fuel that was supposed to put a dent in Big Oil's stranglehold on our wallets? The answer is ...

Kansas ranked one of the least fun states in America; Lawrence housing construction off to best start in years; KC eatery coming to downtown

Chad Lawhorn

Now that I’ve made a weight loss breakthrough (the battery finally went dead in my digital scale), I thought it was safe to offer up a smorgasbord of news and notes from around town: • When it comes to fun, Kansas evidently isn’t, according to a new ranking. The folks ...

Juice cafe with locally grown salad bar coming to downtown; Lawrence startup pitching Uber-like app for restaurants; update on rooftop dining

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe ramen noodles are the ultimate energy food, although that reopens the mystery about why I overslept for so many college classes. Regardless, the owners of Lawrence’s popular Ramen Bowls restaurant have plenty of energy, as evidenced by two ambitious projects: A new downtown eatery, and a tech startup that ...

Did the school district's 2013 bond issue stay within its budget? A look at what voters were told then and now

Chad Lawhorn

When it comes to budgets, I know the one in my household works best when it is written in pencil. However, I’ve maybe picked up a few other pieces of budget knowledge over the years as I’ve covered a variety of governmental budgets in Douglas County. That’s why my curiosity ...

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