Town Talk

Lawrence resident a finalist to be a co-host with Kelly Ripa on national television show

Chad Lawhorn

A Lawrence resident — thanks to a carrot-eating horse and perhaps even a white pantsuit — is in the running to be a co-host on the national morning talk show "Live! with Kelly." No, Courtenay DeHoff is not in the running to be the full-time co-host with Emmy Award-winner Kelly ...

Plans filed for new fire station; west Lawrence Italian deli changes name amid legal wrangling

Chad Lawhorn

Fire safety in the 1970s largely consisted of a crushed velvet smoking jacket to protect the polyester dress shirt — top six buttons inoperable, of course — from stray ashes. A lot has changed in the fire safety world, which is one of the major reasons Wakarusa Township officials have ...

Update on Menards manufacturing plant for Lawrence; Chamber narrows field in search for eco devo leader

Chad Lawhorn

I think everybody but late-night comedians and attention-craving 400-pound hackers are ready for this presidential election to be over. Lawrence economic development leaders may have another reason to root for the finale: They still haven’t heard anything from Menards officials about if or when the home improvement retailer plans to ...

New report says Lawrence one of the slowest growing cities in America; local company wins big round of venture capital funding

Chad Lawhorn

I believe my TV room couch recently was ranked as a top destination for empty Dorito bags and crushed Dr Pepper cans. Yes, there is a ranking for nearly everything. Some make you feel good. Some make you feel bad. Rarely, a few of them make you think. There’s a ...

Clay manufacturing plant to locate in Lawrence; local businesses owned by women propel city to high ranking

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve long thought Lawrence was the clay capital of Kansas. After all, nearly all my teammates in pickup basketball have clay feet on defense. But soon, Lawrence may come by the designation more naturally. A Lawrence firm is undertaking a major expansion to add a clay manufacturing plant. Lawrence-based Good ...

Larger than expected growth causes East Hills firm to sign new warehouse deal; manufacturer to undertake minor expansion

Chad Lawhorn

Coffee after beer has been a strategy for a few things in life, but I’m not sure it often has been used to grow a company. But that is the way it is working, in part, for Lawrence-based Grandstand Glassware and Apparel. The company is adding space and employees. Grandstand ...

A bevy of high-tech car washes set to come to Lawrence; businessman confirms he's looking at commercial, industrial options for site along SLT

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence gets on its binges. One not long ago was fried chicken. For awhile, the only thing more frequent than a new fried chicken restaurant in Lawrence was another sharp pain in my chest. Well, now it appears to be tunnel car washes. Three plans have been filed with the ...

Local restaurant gets new owners, plans to expand; downtown business lands on national list

Chad Lawhorn

Gyro is among a fairly sizable list of words that I neither know how to spell or pronounce but do know how to eat. Well, one of the city’s largest producers of gyros has new owners and is looking to expand. Downtown Lawrence’s Pita Pit restaurant has been bought by ...

Update on Spin pizza coming to Lawrence; keep eyes open for another hotel project; more updates on northwest development

Chad Lawhorn

Fall — it began Thursday, as evidenced by my perspiration having a certain pumpkin spice latte hue to it — makes me think of flannel. Flannel makes me think of lumberjacks. Lumberjacks make me think of the Northwest. So, let’s provide an update on some northwest Lawrence development. Yes, I ...

Longtime area restaurant owner opens new eastside diner; an update on 19th and Haskell Dollar General; Arts Center raises big money

Chad Lawhorn

There are stylish 1980s photos out there that prove I was in some conversations for posting a triple-double on a basketball stat sheet. These days when I talk about a triple-double it most often is to describe the desired strength of my elastic waistband. That change is because of new ...

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