Town Talk

Douglas County tries to explain why ballot language for jail, mental health projects doesn't include a dollar amount or debt cap

Chad Lawhorn

Hopefully this doesn’t happen to you every day, but it is conceivable that someone you know may ask for your permission to take out debt that you will be partially responsible for repaying. If so, two natural questions probably spring to mind: For what and how much? Douglas County residents ...

Plans call for longtime bar to be torn down to make way for high-tech car wash

Chad Lawhorn

There was a time period where about four nights a week I went to the Cadillac Ranch dressed in such colorful country and western attire some people thought I should run my outfit through a car wash. I guess those folks will get the last laugh because plans are in ...

If your body hasn't already told you, here are two charts detailing how bad the flu is in Kansas, Douglas County

Chad Lawhorn

Walk into Lawrence Memorial Hospital this week and you’ll think you’ve stumbled into a bank robbers convention. So many people wearing masks. Efforts to defend against germs have kicked into high gear and with good reason. A new report ranks Kansas as being the sickest state in the country this ...

Lawrence real estate market continues winning streak in 2017; questions turn to whether home prices will jump in 2018

Chad Lawhorn

Back in January 2017, there was a bit of worry about whether Lawrence’s real estate market was going to take a downward turn in the new year. (Other than that, I think the world was pretty worry-free in January 2017.) Well, rest easier. The final real estate numbers for 2017 ...

Report looks at the mighty single population in Lawrence; another report lists Lawrence as one of the best cities to live

Chad Lawhorn

It should be no surprise a new study has found Lawrence to be one of the most predominantly single cities in America. Take this week: Most of the male population has blurted multiple times per day “%&$#?@! Poke-a-Doke.” My research has found this is an ineffective pick-up line for 95 ...

Lawrence apartment boom fizzles a bit as City Hall deals major setback to big apartment plan

Chad Lawhorn

A student-oriented apartment complex with more than 500 bedrooms may not be coming to the area near Clinton Parkway and Crestline Drive after all. Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commissioners dealt the project a potentially fatal blow on Wednesday. After hearing from a long line of upset neighbors, planning commissioners unanimously denied ...

Despite million-dollar discrepancy, city still saw better-than-budgeted sales tax growth for 2017; local retail sales better than in most area cities

Chad Lawhorn

Multiple city-produced sales tax reports last year had more than $1.1 million in discrepancies, the Journal-World has found. The discrepancies didn’t result in any missing money for the city, but they did mask a more than $550,000 windfall in sales tax money the city received in 2017. Each month the ...

Plans filed for new apartment complex on the eastern edge of Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe eastern Lawrence was getting jealous. It saw all the apartments being built in west Lawrence and south Lawrence and felt it was getting left out of Lawrence’s apartment boom. Well, fear not. Plans have been filed for a new apartment complex along the city’s eastern edge. Plans have been ...

Empty storefronts become a bit more prominent in Lawrence, new report shows; vacancy rate hits recent high

Chad Lawhorn

With all this talk of a federal government shutdown, the natural question is whether it would include presidential cellphone service? I don’t have insight into that, but this is the time of year that Lawrence leaders look at another type of shutdown: how many businesses have closed and how many ...

Restaurant featuring chili and tamale pie set to open in downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

If a spicy bowl — or hot tub — of chili sounds good right about now, you’ll want to take notice of a new downtown Lawrence restaurant. Lawrence chef Sarah Busse plans to open Archibowls at 125 E. 10th St., which was the former home of Ramen Bowls before it ...

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