Town Talk

Update on construction at 31st and Kasold; Lawrence residential building numbers at historic lows; skate rink attracts more than 1,300

Chad Lawhorn

The few times I’ve managed to actually keep my eyes open as my wife drives us around the Kasold Curve, I’ve noticed construction work is moving right along on the beginning stages of Lawrence’s newest neighborhood. The Kasold Curve, of course, is at 31st and Kasold, and we’ve previously reported ...

Developer completes purchase of Turnhalle building; new funeral home eyes Lawrence; city ponders earlier start time for City Commission meetings

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve said it more times than my wife cares to remember: Mini-bowling and beer will solve a lot of problems. We may soon put the theory to the test at the old Turnhalle building in East Lawrence. If you remember, East Lawrence developer Tony Krsnich [signed a tentative deal in ...

Rock Chalk Park opponent files for City Commission seat; other campaign updates; pair of restaurants set to open next week

Chad Lawhorn

This is the way it goes in Lawrence these days. As soon as you get your turkey bib, your gravy fountain and your 42-inch pumpkin pie pan put away from Thanksgiving, we jump right into the next season. I, of course, am talking about Lawrence City Commission election season. We’re ...

WOW to increase many cable bills by more than $15 a month; Eudora bests Lawrence in young families ranking

Chad Lawhorn

Wow may not be the first word that pops to mind when you get your cable television bills in 2015. WOW — also known as Wide Open West — has announced rate increases that will add $15 to $20 per month to bills of many cable, Internet and telephone subscribers ...

Handmade stationery and gift shop opens downtown; city considering offer for portion of Lawrence Venture Park; builder asks city to waive development fees

Chad Lawhorn

It is not often you find a new company that builds its business around an early 1900s piece of equipment, but that is indeed what’s going on with a new venture in downtown Lawrence. Could it finally be that my dream of a steam-powered downtown party bus has become a ...

Proposed apartment building near KU seeks another parking exemption from City Hall; WOW in negotiations to keep Discovery Channel; city to host food/toy drive Monday

Chad Lawhorn

I saw you this morning, with your blinker on and a railroad tie attached to your front bumper, as you tried to find a parking space on this Black Friday. So perhaps today isn’t the best day to report on a new plan to reduce the amount of parking for ...

Proposed 120-foot cell tower may spark debate; city finding more bedbugs at apartment complex; date set for Ninth Street corridor meeting

Chad Lawhorn

When it comes to the 1990s and wireless communications, I remember two things: Cell phones the size of a small poodle, and many complaints from area residents about cell phone towers. (A poodle owner in my neighborhood also had many complaints, even though I told him I was just momentarily ...

Retiree housing proposed for 23rd and O'Connell; Lawrence ranked No. 2 in nation for local holiday shopping

Chad Lawhorn

Here’s another reason to keep an eye on the intersection of 23rd and O’Connell: A Johnson County development group wants to build a new retirement housing community near the intersection. The Olathe-based firm Wheatland Investments wants to build 90 units of senior housing on about nine acres of property at ...

Chick-fil-A files plans to build restaurant on South Iowa Street; city sets details for ice rink grand opening

Chad Lawhorn

With apologies to the pilgrims, forget about turkey for a moment. Think chicken, a pile of mayonnaise the size of the Mayflower, and a few pickles just for the heck of it. Yes, renew the cholesterol medicine, do the Chicken Dance, do whatever you need to do to prepare, but ...

Another hamburger restaurant to locate in downtown Lawrence; crews repairing cracks at 23rd and Iowa; Kief's holding auction

Chad Lawhorn

You know the saying: Where there is smoke, there is a fancy hamburger (or sometimes a science fair project that I’ve “helped” my kids with). In downtown Lawrence, it almost always is a fancy hamburger. It looks like we’ll soon have a new place to grab some exotic burgers, gyros, ...

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