Town Talk

More on the latest chicken chain; update on a Lawrence resident's effort to win Kelly Ripa contest; local business awards and Habitat for Humanity fundraiser

Chad Lawhorn

[As promised earlier this week][1], I’ve talked with the executive who is bringing the chicken chain Slim Chickens to Lawrence. Yes, I’ve got more detailed information about when and where that chain will locate in Lawrence, but more importantly we may be one step closer to figuring out why we ...

The challenges of trying to figure out what the Lawrence school board is doing

Chad Lawhorn

Let’s be honest: We members of the public sometimes can be annoying. After having covered Lawrence City Commission meetings for more than two decades, I saw that firsthand on many Tuesday evenings. So many public comments about so many different topics. Even though the length of those public comments, or ...

New sushi restaurant opens near Sixth and Kasold; new Chinese restaurant with lots of spice, exotic dishes opens near Sixth and Iowa

Chad Lawhorn

Fortunately, I’ve never had a problem finding people to throw food at me. But if you rely on one of those Japanese steakhouses with a theatrical chef who slices, dices and then uses a spatula to throw an octopus into your mouth, you have one less option in Lawrence. Lawrence’s ...

Hot spending pace continues in Lawrence with sales up $70 million so far; eastern Lawrence retailer opens; signs of expansion at tech center

Chad Lawhorn

The latest retail sales report shows spending totals surged in Lawrence, and they don’t even yet include the expenditures on earplugs, blinders and vulgarity detectors needed to get through the last month of the presidential campaign. Instead, the latest report from the Kansas Department of Revenue shows spending that primarily ...

Another fast-food chicken chain coming to south Iowa Street; maybe Lawrence has more vacant apartments than once thought

Chad Lawhorn

Heaven help us, the chickens are multiplying, and this time they’ve gotten their hands on a wrecking ball. Plans are in the works for another fast-food, fried chicken chain to open on south Iowa Street, and the project will involve tearing down a fairly large building along the corridor. I’ve ...

Why the latest report to call Lawrence the most expensive city in Kansas may not be right

Chad Lawhorn

“Affordable housing” is as big of a buzzword at City Hall as “Halloween candy” is in my household. So, city leaders don’t need any extra push to work on the affordable housing issue, but they have gotten a national reminder anyway. A new report is out that lists Lawrence as ...

Lawrence resident a finalist to be a co-host with Kelly Ripa on national television show

Chad Lawhorn

A Lawrence resident — thanks to a carrot-eating horse and perhaps even a white pantsuit — is in the running to be a co-host on the national morning talk show "Live! with Kelly." No, Courtenay DeHoff is not in the running to be the full-time co-host with Emmy Award-winner Kelly ...

Plans filed for new fire station; west Lawrence Italian deli changes name amid legal wrangling

Chad Lawhorn

Fire safety in the 1970s largely consisted of a crushed velvet smoking jacket to protect the polyester dress shirt — top six buttons inoperable, of course — from stray ashes. A lot has changed in the fire safety world, which is one of the major reasons Wakarusa Township officials have ...

Update on Menards manufacturing plant for Lawrence; Chamber narrows field in search for eco devo leader

Chad Lawhorn

I think everybody but late-night comedians and attention-craving 400-pound hackers are ready for this presidential election to be over. Lawrence economic development leaders may have another reason to root for the finale: They still haven’t heard anything from Menards officials about if or when the home improvement retailer plans to ...

New report says Lawrence one of the slowest growing cities in America; local company wins big round of venture capital funding

Chad Lawhorn

I believe my TV room couch recently was ranked as a top destination for empty Dorito bags and crushed Dr Pepper cans. Yes, there is a ranking for nearly everything. Some make you feel good. Some make you feel bad. Rarely, a few of them make you think. There’s a ...

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