Town Talk

Worries about the future of Lawrence's Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade; a new amenity for Downtown Farmers' Market

Chad Lawhorn

You should never need an excuse to break out the cowboy hat and yell “Hi Ho Silver,” but you again will have one. The Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade for the 24th year will be in downtown Lawrence this holiday season. But organizers are in need of some silver — and ...

New details on proposed hotel, restaurant development in eastern Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

After a week of vacation, I’ve got hotels on my mind and my credit card. (I learned that in southern California you’ll spend $70 to park your rental car at the hotel. But, on the bright side, it didn’t cost me anything other than blood pressure medicine to park for ...

Report predicts biggest jump in years for Lawrence home prices; date set for SLT ribbon cutting; update on local's effort to win Kelly Ripa contest

Chad Lawhorn

I once was in the market for a beachfront home. I told the realtor my price range. I was encouraged when she didn’t laugh. I was less encouraged when she showed me a blanket. Lawrence’s real estate market hasn’t reached that extreme, but realtors are seeing significant price increases. A ...

More on the latest chicken chain; update on a Lawrence resident's effort to win Kelly Ripa contest; local business awards and Habitat for Humanity fundraiser

Chad Lawhorn

[As promised earlier this week][1], I’ve talked with the executive who is bringing the chicken chain Slim Chickens to Lawrence. Yes, I’ve got more detailed information about when and where that chain will locate in Lawrence, but more importantly we may be one step closer to figuring out why we ...

The challenges of trying to figure out what the Lawrence school board is doing

Chad Lawhorn

Let’s be honest: We members of the public sometimes can be annoying. After having covered Lawrence City Commission meetings for more than two decades, I saw that firsthand on many Tuesday evenings. So many public comments about so many different topics. Even though the length of those public comments, or ...

New sushi restaurant opens near Sixth and Kasold; new Chinese restaurant with lots of spice, exotic dishes opens near Sixth and Iowa

Chad Lawhorn

Fortunately, I’ve never had a problem finding people to throw food at me. But if you rely on one of those Japanese steakhouses with a theatrical chef who slices, dices and then uses a spatula to throw an octopus into your mouth, you have one less option in Lawrence. Lawrence’s ...

Hot spending pace continues in Lawrence with sales up $70 million so far; eastern Lawrence retailer opens; signs of expansion at tech center

Chad Lawhorn

The latest retail sales report shows spending totals surged in Lawrence, and they don’t even yet include the expenditures on earplugs, blinders and vulgarity detectors needed to get through the last month of the presidential campaign. Instead, the latest report from the Kansas Department of Revenue shows spending that primarily ...

Another fast-food chicken chain coming to south Iowa Street; maybe Lawrence has more vacant apartments than once thought

Chad Lawhorn

Heaven help us, the chickens are multiplying, and this time they’ve gotten their hands on a wrecking ball. Plans are in the works for another fast-food, fried chicken chain to open on south Iowa Street, and the project will involve tearing down a fairly large building along the corridor. I’ve ...

Why the latest report to call Lawrence the most expensive city in Kansas may not be right

Chad Lawhorn

“Affordable housing” is as big of a buzzword at City Hall as “Halloween candy” is in my household. So, city leaders don’t need any extra push to work on the affordable housing issue, but they have gotten a national reminder anyway. A new report is out that lists Lawrence as ...

Lawrence resident a finalist to be a co-host with Kelly Ripa on national television show

Chad Lawhorn

A Lawrence resident — thanks to a carrot-eating horse and perhaps even a white pantsuit — is in the running to be a co-host on the national morning talk show "Live! with Kelly." No, Courtenay DeHoff is not in the running to be the full-time co-host with Emmy Award-winner Kelly ...

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