Town Talk

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 ...

A presidential poll that shows how different Lawrence is than the rest of Kansas; new study ranks best small cities in America

Chad Lawhorn

In case you hadn’t noticed, it is polling season. I think we probably agree that poll season would be more enjoyable if it involved politicians and pollsters climbing tall poles. Instead, it involves trying to predict a winner of the presidential race, which now appears is being controlled by Fidel ...

Kansas City firm purchases former site of Jayhawk Bookstore, redevelopment talk on its radar

Chad Lawhorn

When I was a student walking around KU, I know what I always hoped to find “at the top of the hill”: an oxygen tank. Instead, I would find the Jayhawk Bookstore, which thanks to a long-running advertising jingle, everyone knew was “at the top of the hill." The bookstore ...

A shakeup at local United Way; a new beer event for Lawrence; an update on Bowersock power plant; downtown trick-or treat set

Chad Lawhorn

There is a brief bit of important news on the social service front today. The No. 1 and No. 2 leaders of the local United Way have submitted their resignations. Erika Dvorske, CEO of the United Way of Douglas County, and Colleen Gregoire, vice president of resource development for the ...

New fabric and craft retailer opens in south Lawrence; sales taxes continue to surge, while questions persist about SLT shopping center

Chad Lawhorn

Nothing says fall like pumpkin spice and a head-to-toe wardrobe of fleece. There is obviously no shortage of pumpkin spice, as intravenous drip bags of it are now available on every corner. But I do have news on the fleece front. A national chain fabric and craft retailer has opened ...

Worries about the future of Lawrence's Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade; a new amenity for Downtown Farmers' Market

Chad Lawhorn

You should never need an excuse to break out the cowboy hat and yell “Hi Ho Silver,” but you again will have one. The Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade for the 24th year will be in downtown Lawrence this holiday season. But organizers are in need of some silver — and ...

New details on proposed hotel, restaurant development in eastern Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

After a week of vacation, I’ve got hotels on my mind and my credit card. (I learned that in southern California you’ll spend $70 to park your rental car at the hotel. But, on the bright side, it didn’t cost me anything other than blood pressure medicine to park for ...

Report predicts biggest jump in years for Lawrence home prices; date set for SLT ribbon cutting; update on local's effort to win Kelly Ripa contest

Chad Lawhorn

I once was in the market for a beachfront home. I told the realtor my price range. I was encouraged when she didn’t laugh. I was less encouraged when she showed me a blanket. Lawrence’s real estate market hasn’t reached that extreme, but realtors are seeing significant price increases. A ...

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 ...

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