Town Talk

Free State Festival seeking sizable increase in city funding to keep event alive in 2016; city set to approve host of street parties, rides, parades

Chad Lawhorn

You never know what type of lesson you will learn by attending a Lawrence City Commission meeting on a Tuesday evening. This Tuesday, the lesson may very well be this: Funk doesn’t grow on trees. It takes money to do the funk. All this talk of funk has to do ...

Local aviation business to undertake large expansion; city to consider spending $215k in tax funds to support big sporting events

Chad Lawhorn

Vinland — that small southern Douglas County farming community that is home to the Vinland Fair, old timey tractor pulls and chicken noodle dinners that leave me wringing out my tie for days — is again proving it also is a growing high-tech hub. Vinland-based McFarlane Aviation Products has filed ...

Warehouse project planned near Hallmark Cards plant; Eldridge expansion may land on city's agenda again; city releases more info on candidates for vacant position

Chad Lawhorn

I know I’ve been on family vacations where a hotel next to a set of storage units and a warehouse would come in handy. (A forklift and a hernia belt to unload the trunk also would be nice.) Well, indeed there is a new self-storage and warehouse project slated for ...

New game store opens in West Lawrence; date set for downtown's annual Zombie Walk; city seeking input on next city manager

Chad Lawhorn

I don’t know what you think of when you hear the phrase “Rolling Gnome,” but I know I’m reminded of a long night with a Halloween bail bondsman. Perhaps in the future, though, you will think of a rollicking good time with a set of board games. All this is ...

Questions of whether city and school district can work together on school inspections; three more names emerge for vacant seat on City Commission

Chad Lawhorn

It wasn’t a great Labor Day weekend for the Lawrence school district. On Sunday, J-W reporter Karen Dillon [had an article about how a former supervisor at the New York Elementary School project quit][1] after he became frustrated by many cut corners, including several that involved safely securing the construction ...

Update on future of former Ramada Inn site; gasoline prices ahead of holiday weekend, and why Lawrence envies Topeka

Chad Lawhorn

If you have booked your mother-in-law to stay in Lawrence’s Ramada Inn this Labor Day weekend, good for you. Bad for your mother-in-law. In case you haven’t noticed, the former Ramada Inn property at Sixth and Iowa streets is largely torn down. I’ve been getting several questions about what the ...

New multimillion dollar medical building set for west Lawrence; future of Clinton Parkway interchange may spark a battle

Chad Lawhorn

I don’t know what you west Lawrence residents are doing, but the medical community sure thinks you need its help. The area around the west Lawrence intersection of Sixth and Folks Road is becoming quite the medical hub, and a new million dollar-plus project aims to add to it. Plans ...

Another national chicken chain files plans for south Iowa Street; shopping center near 25th and Iowa to undergo major renovations

Chad Lawhorn

The next time I’m driving down south Iowa Street, I think there is a good chance that I’ll replace my seat cushion with a nest of straw and start sprouting feathers. Yes, that’s my way of telling you there is another chicken restaurant coming to south Iowa, and it is ...

New running shop to open downtown; signs that Eldridge expansion set to begin; restaurant work begins in former Round Corner drug space

Chad Lawhorn

There’s a new reason for the Lawrence running community to be excited, and it is not just because my family has banned me from ever leaving the house again in short shorts. A new business duo is opening a locally owned running supply store. J. Jenkins and Grant Catloth are ...

SLT project would create major changes for west Lawrence traffic; city auditor urges more protection of certain City Hall files

Chad Lawhorn

I already have enough arguments with my GPS when I’m in west Lawrence. But if the Kansas Department of Transportation expands the western leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway to four lanes, I may have even more. KDOT leaders will be in Lawrence on Tuesday to brief city officials [on ...

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