Town Talk

Former Ramada Inn property at Sixth and Iowa to be razed for redevelopment; announcement expected soon on new tenant for BTBC

Chad Lawhorn

Keep your eyes open for a major change of scenery at Sixth and Iowa. Plans are in the works to demolish the former Ramada Inn building that sits just north and west of the busy intersection. The building has not served as a Ramada for a long time, and housed ...

Sales tax collections on the rise in early part of 2015; city sharpening pencil to build $50 million sewer plant on budget

Chad Lawhorn

While the forklift drivers are dutifully unloading all the clearance rack Easter candy at my house, there’s a new report out that shows Lawrence shoppers did a pretty good job of keeping the cash registers ringing during the Valentine’s Day period as well. The latest sales tax report from the ...

Another urgent care medical clinic slated for Sixth Street; big announcements from Free State Festival; items of note from City Commission elections

Chad Lawhorn

If turkey-on-pita or that wonderfully catchy Spangles jingle was medicine for your body, you’re still out of luck in Lawrence. But soon you will be able to go see a doctor in the Sixth Street location that formerly housed the Spangles restaurant. (And, you can always ask the doctor to ...

Farmer proposes monthly potluck dinner with city commissioners, other changes if he is elected mayor; study finds Kansas vehicle tax rates among the highest

Chad Lawhorn

Let’s be honest; we’ve all suspected for a while that the answer at Lawrence City Hall is more pea salad and fruit-infused Jell-O. No? Well, it might be. City Commissioner Jeremy Farmer says he plans to propose, if he is chosen to be mayor, a monthly community potluck with city ...

Police PAC issues statement against Soden; Board of Realtors PAC gets nearly $15K from national organization; SLT concept plan could create major changes near Clinton Parkway

Chad Lawhorn

A sturdy seat belt may be a good item for Lawrence voters to have, because the twist and turns in the final days of the Lawrence City Commission campaign have been significant. The two most recent: the political arm of Lawrence police officers is squaring off with front-runner Leslie Soden, ...

75th Anniversary of The Duke and 75,000 fans in Lawrence; police officers association endorses three for City Commission

Chad Lawhorn

Well, Pilgrim, cinch up your saddle, pull your hat down tight and mosey over to to the popcorn trough. There’s a new excuse for Lawrence residents to watch a John Wayne movie in the coming days. (As a bonus, we also can walk around saying words like pilgrim, sarsaparilla and ...

Lawrence lands on more national lists; a bike repair station at City Hall; details on city's latest affordable housing project

Chad Lawhorn

I am woefully behind on telling you how much other people like us. In short: Quite a lot. That’s my way of saying that Lawrence and some Lawrence businesses have landed on more national lists. We’ll start in the world of restaurants. The travel website The Culture Trip has [put ...

New campaign finance reports in City Commission race; Rasmussen apologizes for accepting Crossland donations and returns funds; City Hall details projects to delay if police HQ moves ahead

Chad Lawhorn

It is donation season in the world of Lawrence politics. Voters may be looking for donations of earplugs. (We did, after all, just have two candidate forums within a span of 10 hours, a health forum last night and one with Downtown Lawrence Inc. this morning.) But candidates are seeking ...

New numbers out on Lawrence job growth; City Commission to consider $100K in incentives for affordable housing project

Chad Lawhorn

Usually in Lawrence, talk of a streak involves KU basketball, or that unfortunate incident that has you doing community service. But there is another streak we ought to talk about: Lawrence’s winning streak when it comes to jobs. The latest federal report is out, and the Lawrence metro area in ...

Work to begin soon on new river trail near downtown; home sales fall in February; Board of Realtors endorses three for City Hall

Chad Lawhorn

I already have a guitar and a straw hat — and really, how hard can a gondola be to make? — so it looks like things are finally falling into place for my secondary career as the Crooner of the Kaw. I’ll start practicing, but in the meantime there is ...

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