Town Talk

Texas Roadhouse files plans for Lawrence location; time for a hoedown fundraiser; downtown construction project to temporarily close about 40 parking spaces

Chad Lawhorn

It is time to let my Willie Nelson beard grow out, begin driving my dually pick-up truck on the shoulder of the road, and start bragging about how the Longhorn football team is going to win the next 10 national championships. (Always starting next year, of course.) That’s right, it ...

Proposal for downtown grocery store at former Borders site emerges again

Chad Lawhorn

The idea of a downtown grocery store at the former Borders bookstore location is back in play. A leader with Lawrence’s Checkers grocery store has told me he’s now focusing his efforts on the former Borders building rather than a more aggressive proposal to build at 11th and Massachusetts streets. ...

Lawrence sales tax collections still up for 2015, but beginning to slump to close out the year

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence sales tax collections are a bit like the Kansas City Royals these days: They’re still in good shape, but concern is starting to grow that I shouldn’t have ordered 150 pounds of bean dip for the World Series party. In other words, both are in a bit of a ...

Credit union files plans to build new location in west Lawrence; city asked to spend an extra $78K for river trail

Chad Lawhorn

New windows for the house, a new ceiling for the basement, a back-up generator for the chocolate fountain: That’s the type of fall home improvement list — I learned this weekend — I’m facing at my house. Clearly only one of the three is reasonable, but it got me asking ...

Local employer seeking to add about 400 employees; longtime liquor store to close; update on Farmer fallout and City Hall

Chad Lawhorn

I’m getting word that one of Lawrence’s larger employers is seeking to add about 400 new employees in the next several weeks. General Dynamics is looking to add about 400 employees to its call center operations in the East Hills Business Park, according to a source with good knowledge of ...

Fallout from Farmer allegations may create questions at City Hall; process to find City Commission replacement gets going tonight

Chad Lawhorn

It arrived with a thud, but it wasn’t exactly unexpected. I’m talking about the other shoe dropping on Jeremy Farmer and his troubled tenure at Just Food. I think for weeks now it has been clear to many folks in Lawrence that there was more bad news to come from ...

New Italian deli and market coming to west Lawrence; informal survey finds neighbors dislike proposed Kasold changes

Chad Lawhorn

For some of us, our experience with Italian food doesn’t go much beyond spaghetti, all-you-can-eat breadsticks and a carb-induced nap that usually ends with the waiter waking you up to tell you more breadsticks have arrived. But that’s not the only type of Italian food that is popular. Lawrence is ...

Free State Festival seeking sizable increase in city funding to keep event alive in 2016; city set to approve host of street parties, rides, parades

Chad Lawhorn

You never know what type of lesson you will learn by attending a Lawrence City Commission meeting on a Tuesday evening. This Tuesday, the lesson may very well be this: Funk doesn’t grow on trees. It takes money to do the funk. All this talk of funk has to do ...

Local aviation business to undertake large expansion; city to consider spending $215k in tax funds to support big sporting events

Chad Lawhorn

Vinland — that small southern Douglas County farming community that is home to the Vinland Fair, old timey tractor pulls and chicken noodle dinners that leave me wringing out my tie for days — is again proving it also is a growing high-tech hub. Vinland-based McFarlane Aviation Products has filed ...

Warehouse project planned near Hallmark Cards plant; Eldridge expansion may land on city's agenda again; city releases more info on candidates for vacant position

Chad Lawhorn

I know I’ve been on family vacations where a hotel next to a set of storage units and a warehouse would come in handy. (A forklift and a hernia belt to unload the trunk also would be nice.) Well, indeed there is a new self-storage and warehouse project slated for ...

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