Town Talk

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 ...

New game store opens in West Lawrence; date set for downtown's annual Zombie Walk; city seeking input on next city manager

Chad Lawhorn

I don’t know what you think of when you hear the phrase “Rolling Gnome,” but I know I’m reminded of a long night with a Halloween bail bondsman. Perhaps in the future, though, you will think of a rollicking good time with a set of board games. All this is ...

Questions of whether city and school district can work together on school inspections; three more names emerge for vacant seat on City Commission

Chad Lawhorn

It wasn’t a great Labor Day weekend for the Lawrence school district. On Sunday, J-W reporter Karen Dillon [had an article about how a former supervisor at the New York Elementary School project quit][1] after he became frustrated by many cut corners, including several that involved safely securing the construction ...

Update on future of former Ramada Inn site; gasoline prices ahead of holiday weekend, and why Lawrence envies Topeka

Chad Lawhorn

If you have booked your mother-in-law to stay in Lawrence’s Ramada Inn this Labor Day weekend, good for you. Bad for your mother-in-law. In case you haven’t noticed, the former Ramada Inn property at Sixth and Iowa streets is largely torn down. I’ve been getting several questions about what the ...

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