Town Talk

Local home sales pick up the pace in July; restaurant with a famous connection kind of coming to Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

The seasons are changing, and for new Lawrence homeowners that usually produces a change in heart. You buy a house in July and rave about the tree-filled neighborhoods and all the shade. By Labor Day you are delighted with the hint of fall color. By Halloween — when the leaves ...

Governor set to make major economic development announcement in Tonganoxie; speculation rampant about meat processing plant

Chad Lawhorn

Look for a major announcement from Gov. Sam Brownback today that could lead to a meatpacking plant being located about 10 miles from downtown Lawrence. The governor has scheduled a press conference at 12:30 p.m. today in Tonganoxie to make a major economic development announcement. The press conference comes on ...

Post hurricane, Lawrence gasoline prices highest in the state; Casey's files plans for Sixth Street store

Chad Lawhorn

When you look at the scenes of destruction in Texas, you realize we probably don’t have nearly as much to complain about as we think we do. Yet, Lawrence residents likely still will complain about gasoline prices. Indeed it does appear that Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the fuel markets is ...

Plans filed to redevelop former J.C. Penney building with 3 stores, including 2 retailers new to Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence may not mourn the loss of J.C. Penney for too long. Plans have been filed for three retailers — including two that are new to town — to fill the now vacant Penney’s store on south Iowa Street. Plans filed at City Hall call for Hobby Lobby, HomeGoods and ...

Speculation grows that Casey's General Store will open in Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

In small towns all over the state, one of the best places for gossip and speculation is the Casey’s General Store. You can usually leave with doughnut crumbs in your beard and juicy information in your ears. Well, in Lawrence we don’t have a Casey’s, but one of the more ...

Pizza chain to make its return to Lawrence with plans for west side restaurant

Chad Lawhorn

My wardrobe has proved the axiom for years: Everything old is new again. Now, Old Chicago restaurant is set to prove it too. It once had a location in Lawrence and closed it down. But it has now filed plans to open a new restaurant in west Lawrence. The company ...

Large convenience store project planned for Iowa Street

Chad Lawhorn

There are plenty of times a convenience store has left me contemplating something big and mysterious, but ultimately I always decide to buy the extra large Slim Jim anyway. But today I’ve got news of a big and mysterious convenience store development of a different type. Plans have been filed ...

Questions still surround local Kmart distribution center as retailer closes more stores; a look at other Lawrence firms on Wall Street

Chad Lawhorn

There is a reason these days that Kmart isn’t named OKmart. The latest earnings report from its parent company reconfirmed that financial matters still aren’t OK with the retailer. It announced more store closings, which means local leaders will continue to worry about the future of the Kmart distribution center ...

Comedy theater opens in eastern Lawrence; more on the water bill dispute between the city and local golf courses

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence has a nonprofit comedy club, and no, that is not a euphemism for people who continue to bet on KU football. (They really are going to be better this year.) Instead, there is an actual nonprofit organization that is hosting a weekly comedy show in eastern Lawrence and hopes ...

Popular barbecue restaurant set to open in North Lawrence, expand sauce bottling business

Chad Lawhorn

There are all types of ways to wear crimson as part of your crimson and blue Jayhawk outfit. Trust me, I’ve already discovered that a large stain of barbecue sauce on your shirt is one way, but soon the barbecue sauce may actually be officially licensed by KU. Lawrence-based Mr. ...

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