Town Talk

Presidential vote totals serve as a reminder of how much Lawrence differs from the rest of Douglas County; see how each precinct voted and turnout rates

Chad Lawhorn

It doesn’t exactly take Sherlock Holmes and his goofy hat to uncover evidence that Lawrence is quite a bit different than the rest of Kansas. (Don’t even bring Sherlock’s pipe up in Lawrence, unless you want to get onto an entirely different conversation.) The recent presidential election results were the ...

A look at cameras tracking the comings and goings of Lawrence motorists; study shows how much the average Lawrence consumer should spend on Christmas

Chad Lawhorn

Today’s column is spurred by a reader question. A reader saw something that looked odd along the new South Lawrence Trafficway, and no, it wasn’t my F150 continuously missing my exit on the eastern terminus of the road. (Have you learned by now that when heading east on 23rd Street ...

An all-you-can-eat chain restaurant files plans for south Iowa Street location

Chad Lawhorn

If this isn’t a textbook definition of synergy, I don’t know what is: A national chain has filed plans to open an all-you-can-eat style restaurant just a couple of doors down from the Planet Fitness workout facility on south Iowa Street. HuHot Mongolian Grill has filed plans to locate at ...

Measuring how much time the new South Lawrence Trafficway really will save you

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve had this article on my list to do for nearly 25 years. No, I’m not quite that big of a procrastinator. I’m talking about an article detailing how much time the completed South Lawrence Trafficway would save motorists once it was completed. I bought the stopwatch shortly after I ...

New location for downtown arts store; Lawrence takes high ranking for college graduates; a look at the accuracy of the J-W election poll

Chad Lawhorn

Following Tuesday’s late night of election watching, I suspect many of our lists of “essential goods” includes toothpicks to keep eyelids open, earplugs to drown out the commentators, and I’m sure there is a third item, but it likely varies by party. I don’t believe the downtown store with the ...

Update on judicial retention as Johnson County votes still being counted; Politico report mentions Brownback as possible Trump cabinet member; some numbers to ponder

Chad Lawhorn

Surely the talk of the town today will be about last night’s election, so Town Talk will stay on that theme as well. After all, there are a few loose ends to tie up. Here’s a look at some of what we know and also some of what we don’t: ...

On this most American of days, an update on new restaurants serving the most American of foods: pizza and burritos

Chad Lawhorn

This was discouraging. I asked my 13-year old son last night how he thought the election would go. His answer: Bad — somebody is going to win. Of all the things this election will impact, I wonder if apathy levels of a future generation of voters are among them. Oh ...

Veterinary clinic begins expansion, prepares to celebrate 60th anniversary

Chad Lawhorn

I know one type of veterinary clinic expansion I would like to see: Some type of serum that teaches my dog that the box of Pop-Tarts on the kitchen table is mine. (I tried to electrify the box, but, come to find out, he’s more resistant to the shock than ...

City commissioner raises question about how city is defining affordable housing

Chad Lawhorn

I know in my household that the word “affordable” is one that can have varying definitions. For example, unlike some, I do not consider a 5 percent off coupon to the Coach store to be a de facto definition of the word. The extra large value bag of Doritos? No ...

Budding business may cause school board member to leave board early; a six-mile traffic backup; chamber elects new leaders

Chad Lawhorn

A budding business may cause Lawrence school board member Kris Adair to end her term on the board early, Adair has told me. Some of Adair’s comments also may spark some discussion about what Lawrence does or doesn’t do to keep budding technology companies. As we have reported, Adair and ...

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