Town Talk

Incentives to attract retailers and other matters up for debate in Horizon 2020; Lawrence job growth outpaces state's; update on south Iowa development

Chad Lawhorn

The Lawrence City Commission is back to conducting it normal business, which means that drug stores around the city are once again stocking NoDoz. I’ve sat through enough City Commission meetings that I can make jokes like that. Indeed, there are some topics at City Hall that average residents may ...

See photos of the mess left behind by former Mayor Jeremy Farmer

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence’s former mayor has left a mess behind. Yes, I know, that is not exactly breaking news at this point. But I’m talking about a literal mess, as in a pile of trash strewn about the front yard of his former home. Journal-World photographer Nick Krug took these photos a ...

Arts and crafts store makes expansion into west Lawrence; talk of banning plastic bags in Lawrence grows

Chad Lawhorn

Anybody who has watched a DirectTV ad lately knows there is an “arts and crafts” Tony Romo out there. Who knows, maybe there is an arts and crafts Bill Self roaming around Lawrence. If so, he’s going to love this news: Downtown Lawrence’s Sunfire Ceramics is expanding with a new ...

Home sales in Lawrence continue on strong pace, above KC market; tax man begins work on property values; more info on Clinton Parkway development

Chad Lawhorn

It seems certain that November’s Lawrence real estate report will show large amounts of activity. Thousands of Royals fans from Lawrence are discovering it is easier to buy a house in Kansas City than to get their car out of downtown following Tuesday’s massive parade and rally. Well, I don’t ...

Lawrence garners ranking in Best Small Places to Live report; host of Kansas communities score higher than Lawrence in new business ranking

Chad Lawhorn

The best type of rankings are those that are determined on a field of play, cause a parade to be held for the victors, and give all of us the opportunity to practice the important art of faking a cough and forging a doctor’s note to give to the HR ...

Plans filed for new fast order food restaurants near Clinton Parkway and Inverness

Chad Lawhorn

I’m sure coffee sounds good to some of you following the historic late-night Royals victory and the celebrations that lasted into the morning. My healthful ways don’t allow me to drink coffee, so I’ve resorted to popping leftover Halloween Skittles approximately every 1.2 seconds. But those of you in southwest ...

Plans filed for cafe along the Kansas River levee; City Commission set to start interviewing city manager candidates

Chad Lawhorn

I’m guessing you are much like me in that when you are biking on the Kansas River levee trail you sure wish you had some biscuits and gravy. Not only are they good, healthy fuel for the body, I’ve also found that well-made gravy that wicks off my Spandex really ...

A new study that says it pays to go to K-State over KU; opening date set for another new south Iowa Street retailer

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you too stayed up later than you intended last night watching a magic show that was billed as a baseball game. Perhaps your alarm clock also did not survive the beating it took this morning from the miniature Alex Gordon bat that you slept with, and now you too ...

West Lawrence restaurant undergoes major expansion; a sneak peek at new Port Fonda restaurant in downtown

Chad Lawhorn

One day after [Ellen DeGeneres gave away World Series tickets to Lawrence fans][1] who could, at the spur of the moment, don royalty costumes, I’m still mad at my wife for excommunicating me from my role of king of the household. (Technically I was never king of the household, but ...

Another Mexican restaurant chain coming to 23rd Street; Jazz opens downtown Lawrence restaurant

Chad Lawhorn

Let the fiesta continue on West 23rd Street. Another Mexican restaurant is coming to the corridor. The latest will be the national chain Qdoba Mexican Grill. If you remember[, I briefly mentioned in July][1] that I had heard Qdoba was looking for a spot along the 23rd Street corridor. Well, ...

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