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Signs grow that Obamacare adding several hundred new jobs in Lawrence, job fairs today through Saturday; East Lawrence project wins national award

Chad Lawhorn

One of Lawrence’s larger economic development victories may be going on right underneath our noses at the moment. I’m guessing you have seen or heard the ads for new positions at the General Dynamics call center in the East Hills Business Park. Well, it is becoming clearer all the time ...

News of a big hole at city's Eagle Bend Golf Course; Lawrence startup hopes to tackle video game violence, other phobias

Chad Lawhorn

Keep an eye out for me on the city’s Eagle Bend Golf Course. I’ll be the guy with a shovel in my bag. What’s that? You haven’t heard about the latest trend in golf? Well, it is bigger holes, and soon you may get to see it for yourself at ...

Home sales show signs of rebound heading into fall season; federal report says Lawrence housing prices have almost bounced back from 5-year decline

Chad Lawhorn

With one week of the college football season in the books, perhaps you too are in the market for a new place to sleep after being warned repeatedly that the refrigerator would not make it down the basement stairs to the TV room. Well, it appears some already have beat ...

Checkers owner confirms negotiations on downtown grocery; city set to approve ice rink; food truck debate delayed

Chad Lawhorn

Holy ground round, there’s potentially big news brewing on the downtown Lawrence grocery store front. A deal is not done, but the owner of the Lawrence-based Checkers grocery store has confirmed he’s in serious negotiations to open a grocery in the former Borders bookstore at Seventh and New Hampshire streets. ...

K.C.-based Mexican restaurant coming to old Carlos O'Kelly's spot; food truck battle may be brewing; study finds Lawrence not very average

Chad Lawhorn

In March, when I [delivered the sad news][1] of the closing of Carlos O’Kelly’s on 23rd Street, we left my lovely wife soaking in a vat of cheese sauce and repeatedly whispering “Vaya con Dios, Suiza con Pollo.” Well, I may soon be able to put the vat to other ...

"Speakeasy" open in downtown Lawrence; more on school boundaries near Rock Chalk Park

Chad Lawhorn

I think I’ve finally been to a speakeasy. I think. If you remember, [we reported last month][1] that paperwork had been filed for a new drinking establishment in the basement of 7 E. Seventh St. downtown, and we mentioned that the rumor was that the place was going to be ...

New Zealand animal health firm chooses Lawrence for U.S. headquarters; tax seizure closes Mirth Cafe, but reopening planned; Creation Station shuts down

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence was the belle of a Kansas City ball last night, thanks to an announcement from a New Zealand-based animal health sciences company. As we alerted you yesterday in Town Talk, we believed an animal health sciences company was about to announce Lawrence as its location for its new headquarters. ...

Wicked Broadband launches super-fast Internet portals ahead of city vote; AT&T brings security service to Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

We are entering that time period where the entire U.S. economy becomes highly dependent on super-fast Internet service. Of course, I’m talking about the fantasy football season, and your ability to quickly drop Kansas City Chiefs players off your roster as they hurt themselves tying their shoelaces. Well, perhaps there ...

Lawrence lands on list of quirkiest cities in America; developers to meet again on future of Turnhalle building; group forms to support police HQ issue

Chad Lawhorn

Well, put down your Honk for Hemp signs, park your Art Tougeau cars, and tell the zombies on Massachusetts Street to take a break from the brains. I have some disturbing news to report: The website of Travel+Leisure magazine has named Lawrence one of the quirkiest towns in America. The ...

See what Lawrence firm landed on Inc.'s list of fastest growing private companies in America

Chad Lawhorn

On downtown Lawrence’s Massachusetts Street, a business named Mass Metal LLC could be almost anything. A sword shop. (Remember when we had one of those?) An aluminum recycling business specializing in beer cans that have rolled down Mount Oread. Or even a tribute store for Motley Crue, KISS, AC/DC and ...

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