Town Talk

Where is the Rock Chalk Park bump? Sales tax numbers create questions about how much Junior Olympics visitors spent in Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

There is no doubt that the Junior Olympics held at Rock Chalk Park in late July was a great event. More than 8,000 athletes competed, thousands of additional fans attended, and having track and field legend Carl Lewis as a guest speaker gave me an excuse to wear my 1980s ...

Lawrence ranks only slightly above average in the list of great, small U.S. cities

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe it is because today is my anniversary (18 happy years, thank you) that I realize the description “slightly above average” is perfectly fine. If I were slightly above average at taking out the trash, that would be a real win. If I were slightly above average at picking up ...

My conversation about transparency with Lawrence school board candidates

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence school board members receive no pay and probably less prestige. Every candidate who is running for a seat on the board deserves our thanks, and that is one of the reasons I called each of the five active candidates recently. After all, the easiest thing to do in Lawrence ...

Grocery store files plans to demolish building, start anew along south Iowa Street

Chad Lawhorn

The Lawrence grocery store business is a competitive one, evidenced by what seems to be a continual upgrading of stores with new bells and whistles. One of Lawrence’s smaller players in the market, though, is taking that idea to a new level. Aldi has filed plans to tear down its ...

Auto dealership on south Iowa Street files plans for expansion; a look at how much auto dealers paid in taxes

Chad Lawhorn

If my kids come into the TV room and find me crying, there are usually two possibilities. The batteries in the remote control are dead again, or, more likely, I’ve just watched a Subaru commercial. You know the ones I’m talking about: There’s an innocent child running around a Subaru ...

New home decor store opens near Ninth and Illinois streets

Chad Lawhorn

There’s a new home decor store in Lawrence, and its owner already is teaching me something. I’ve learned the industrial look is in style, which is great news. My office has been stylish for years because nothing says industrial like piles of rubble. Yes, there is probably a reason I’m ...

2018 forecast calls for Lawrence home prices to shoot up, as competition for homes remains fierce

Chad Lawhorn

I understand why I’m discouraged from using hammers and saws (although I still contend “load-bearing wall” sounds like jargon you can safely ignore). What has been less clear is why local contractors aren’t using their tools to build more single-family homes in Lawrence. A new report from the Lawrence Board ...

New furniture-making business that uses locally grown timber opens in East Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

As North Lawrence residents have learned, there is a good way and a bad way for that walnut tree in the front yard to end up in your dining room. Last weekend’s storm highlighted the bad way. The storm brought down a lot of trees, and some of them even ...

USA Today ranks a Lawrence business as one of the top 10 in the country

Chad Lawhorn

When I think of escaping in Lawrence, I normally think of things like Memorial Stadium before halftime. But that’s not what USA Today had in mind when it ranked the city as having one of the best escape room businesses in America. Breakout Lawrence at 727 Massachusetts St. has been ...

Plan for large shopping center at SLT and Iowa Street interchange still alive, but delayed again

Chad Lawhorn

Figuring out how to get into a large shopping center is generally not a problem in my household. (A semi-truck and a desire to get discounted Halloween candy can smash a lot of obstacles.) But when it comes to plans for a large shopping center south of the SLT and ...

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