Town Talk

LMH completes deal to buy one of the largest doctor groups in Lawrence; talk of more health care shakeups continues

Chad Lawhorn

There is a new trend in the Lawrence medical industry, and thankfully this one doesn’t involve a doctor trying to convince me that Doritos — hello, they’re corn — aren’t part of the vegetable group. Instead, it involves independently owned doctors’ offices being bought by hospitals. The latest deal involves ...

A look at a new downtown shop that will sell you jewelry, candles and point you to the man with the straight-blade razor

Chad Lawhorn

When Nicole Manriquez thought about a name for her new downtown store, “Eclectic Magnificent Unique Unicorn” came to mind. In other words a shop full of items unique even by unicorn standards. But it would take an awful big window to house that sign, so she and the owners came ...

Look at the major facelift on tap for a large downtown building; an update on efforts to add rooftop dining to downtown's mix

Chad Lawhorn

I once went to a costume party without knowing it was a costume party. The other guests spent all night trying to figure out what 1980s character I was. I wonder if the large building on the southeast corner of 10th and Massachusetts streets feels a bit like that. The ...

As 30th anniversary nears, a new chapter for The Raven bookstore in downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

The Raven bookstore is like a hero in a bad action novel. It just won’t die. First, Borders —a corporate bookstore chain that came to downtown Lawrence in the late ’90s — was supposed to kill the independent Raven at 6 E. Seventh St. Instead, plot twist. Bankruptcy for Borders. ...

A look at how the city got an unexpected $1.4 million and why it will spend it rather than cut taxes

Chad Lawhorn

It is like finding a dollar on the sidewalk — except instead of one dollar there are 1.4 million of them. That is kind of the situation the city of Lawrence has found itself in. When you find a dollar on the sidewalk, you have a decision to make. Do ...

Open your ears, Douglas County's popular sweet corn stand to close after 35 years in business

Chad Lawhorn

As any farm kid can tell you, a corn field can be great fun — as long as you aren’t in it picking corn. The fun is about done in one of Douglas County’s most visited corn fields. After 35 years in business, the owners of Bismarck Gardens have announced ...

Schumm to revive proposal for multistory downtown condo project, will seek tax breaks

Chad Lawhorn

Longtime businessman and former City Commissioner Bob Schumm has confirmed that he is renewing his request for a set of tax incentives for an upscale condo project on Vermont Street. You may remember that in December, the City Commission on a 3-2 vote rejected Schumm’s request for property tax breaks ...

Sales tax collections in Lawrence still growing, but not as fast as in the past

Chad Lawhorn

I’m no dummy. I’m going to make sure I do any articles that involve math prior to the Fourth of July. That way I’ve got full use of all 20 digits for computational purposes. So, with that, let’s crunch some sales tax numbers. With half of the year gone, Lawrence’s ...

I've silenced Kris Kobach on the issue of voter fraud

Chad Lawhorn

There are some who would say evoking silence from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is akin to a miracle. After all, despite the many criticisms of Kobach, he often isn’t shy to talk. He even has been known to provide information when he didn’t intend to. See a now ...

Popular Lawrence coffee shop and bakery moving to downtown

Chad Lawhorn

I once thought about trying to sample every coffee shop in downtown Lawrence in a day, and then I realized that it would be too expensive to rent a U-Haul to transport my bladder. In other words, there are a lot of coffee shops in downtown. There soon will be ...

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