Town Talk

As City Commission candidates get ready to talk about adding jobs, here's a look at how Lawrence is actually doing

Chad Lawhorn

We are now officially in campaign season for the Lawrence City Commission. There are several things you can count on: There will be free cookies at the North Lawrence Improvement Association candidate forum; all candidate forums would be improved with the addition of free cookies; and candidates will talk about ...

Kansas City firm seeking financial incentives from City Hall to construct industrial buildings at VenturePark

Chad Lawhorn

A Kansas City real estate company is seeking city tax abatements and free land to construct up to $31 million of industrial buildings aimed at luring the first tenant to Lawrence VenturePark. Officials with VanTrust Real Estate have filed an application seeking up to a 70 percent property tax break ...

New Mexican restaurant with ties to popular downtown eatery opens in west Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

If my wife and I decided to start a business where we had to share space in the kitchen, the specialty of the house would be earplugs. But a desire to work with his wife and children was one of the driving forces behind Jose Pepe Lopez’s decision to open ...

Lawrence real estate market declines as available homes become scarce and buyers are forced to act quickly

Chad Lawhorn

If you have ever had luck in the world of speed dating, then maybe Lawrence’s real estate market is right for you. Speed home buying — out of necessity — appears to be the new trend in the local real estate market. In April, Lawrence homes were only on the ...

Local man to be featured in upcoming Ken Burns documentary about the Vietnam War

Chad Lawhorn

When Ken Burns’ much-anticipated 18-hour documentary on the Vietnam War premieres in September, viewers will see the face of Baldwin City resident John Musgrave. Musgrave, a Vietnam veteran who turned into a war protester and then an acclaimed poet, is featured in the Burns film. But for Musgrave, who has ...

Local golf course signs deal to partner with Kansas City organization; new programs to begin soon

Chad Lawhorn

For me, a partnership on the golf course involves one player yelling “timber” while I do the hard work of improving my lie. For the president, a golf partnership used to mean a hotel deal but now involves his playing partner keeping the launch codes next to the scorecard. The ...

Lawrence tied for tops in the state for population growth; most Kansas communities continue to shrink

Chad Lawhorn

While many parts of Kansas continue to see population declines, Lawrence is tied to be the fastest growing community in the state, according to new Census Bureau numbers. From July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2016, a little more than 1,400 people moved to Lawrence. The city had a growth ...

Store that will sell popular items from Amazon coming to Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Kids don’t watch TV anymore, and the reason is obvious: You can’t fit a 52-inch flatscreen in your pocket. Given that, there may be a whole generation confused about those “As Seen on TV” stores in the mall. What the younger generation may understand, though, is a “As Seen on ...

Clothing retailer coming to 23rd Street; Lawrence a finalist to be named the best food town in the Midwest

Chad Lawhorn

Whenever I think of the phrase “a melting pot of shoes, clothing and accessories,” I’m reminded of the bonfire my wife set using my favorite 1980s wardrobe. Fortunately, there’s another such melting pot. The clothing reseller Plato’s Closet describes itself as a melting pot of fashion, and it has announced ...

New owners to close longtime cable news channel this summer; one of city's largest employers gets new boss

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence soon will be losing its local equivalent of a television news channel. Officials at 6News have announced that the new owners of the cable system have decided to close Channel 6 and its associated news website, 6lawrence.com. [According to what the company has posted on its website][1], look for ...

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