Town Talk

New center for business startups opens near Ninth and Iowa; city plans to discuss gigabit Internet again

Chad Lawhorn

Figuring out how to help Lawrence residents build new companies is the big talk in local economic development circles these days. Now, there is a new private effort underway to help budding entrepreneurs as well. The Lawrence Center for Entrepreneurship has recently opened near Ninth and Iowa streets. If you ...

How paychecks, pickup trucks and guns fit into the city's budget deliberations; name change on tap for Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau

Chad Lawhorn

Paychecks, pickup trucks and guns: They’re not just the beginning of a Jeff Foxworthy joke. They’re also items to keep an eye on as city commissioners begin crafting a 2016 budget. The new City Commission yesterday spent some time talking about budget issues and other spending matters. As we reported, ...

Bridal shop to take over space of longtime downtown retailer; city considering issuing new citizen survey; project to honor Langston Hughes

Chad Lawhorn

Someday soon, a man going to downtown Lawrence is going to be confused. (Women all over the city are saying, “I’ve already heard this one.”) A man will go into the storefront at 731 Massachusetts St. and expect to revel in the comfort of bats, balls, jerseys and other macho ...

Police and fire put together list of more than $33 million in funding needs for 2016; Sprouts sets new opening date for Lawrence store; former KU basketball player says deal is near on wing restaurant

Chad Lawhorn

So much for a nice welcome basket or even a tin with that wonderful nacho cheese-flavored popcorn. New city commissioners will get none of that when they dig into their first full meeting on Tuesday. Instead, they’ll get memos detailing how the police and fire department need millions of dollars ...

Bill Self and Scot Pollard team up to buy Mass. Street property; BBQ event coming to Rock Chalk Park

Chad Lawhorn

Well, here’s a property to keep an eye on, and a partnership that sets the mind to racing. Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self and former KU basketball star Scot Pollard have bought a Massachusetts Street commercial property. Documents filed with the Kansas Secretary of State’s office confirm that Self ...

Parks and Recreation has long list of projects that could be affected by police headquarters plan; weight room at Rock Chalk to close temporarily

Chad Lawhorn

Police and Parks and Recreation may soon converge. I know what you are thinking, but, no, I did not do that thing with a golf cart at Eagle Bend again. I’m talking about a plan to build a new police headquarters without a tax increase and how I soon expect ...

Potential deal to bring gigabit Internet service to Eudora may delay plans for Lawrence; city committee rejects plan to demolish East Lawrence Quonset hut

Chad Lawhorn

Forget keeping up with Kansas City. When it comes to widespread, super-fast gigabit Internet service, there are new signs that Lawrence is struggling to keep up with Baldwin City and Eudora. There is word out of Eudora that RG Fiber is close to signing an agreement to bring gigabit Internet ...

Large apartment project near KU to set up office in downtown; new report shows T ridership grew in 2014

Chad Lawhorn

The idea of fancy and 935 Massachusetts Street long have gone together in my book. If you remember, 935 Mass is [the former home of Jayhawk Spirit,][1] and my wife once got a bedazzled Jayhawk T-shirt there that is so fancy I still have to wear a welding helmet to ...

Farmer in line to become Lawrence's next mayor, but uncertainty remains ahead of Tuesday's vote

Chad Lawhorn

Get ready for a night of pomp, circumstance and free cookies at Lawrence City Hall. This year we may want to add popcorn to the list as well because Tuesday’s installation of new commissioners and an election of a mayor seem to have more drama than usual. Normally, the election ...

Former Ramada Inn property at Sixth and Iowa to be razed for redevelopment; announcement expected soon on new tenant for BTBC

Chad Lawhorn

Keep your eyes open for a major change of scenery at Sixth and Iowa. Plans are in the works to demolish the former Ramada Inn building that sits just north and west of the busy intersection. The building has not served as a Ramada for a long time, and housed ...

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