Town Talk

Liquor store coming to Ninth and New Hampshire; city set to increase golf fees at Eagle Bend; cost of trees going up too

Chad Lawhorn

I’m in the mood for some this ’n that — and weather that doesn’t require me to wear rubber socks and a life jacket. I can help with one of the two. Here’s a look at some this ’n that items set to occur at Lawrence City Hall in the ...

Longtime Lawrence bar closes; the surprising statistic about local liquor sales; fitness center finds new home

Chad Lawhorn

Thankfully there are still plenty of opportunities around the house for me to wear my captain’s hat and talk like Thurston Howell III. But there’s one less opportunity to do so in the Lawrence nightlife scene. All indications are that the longtime Lawrence bar The Yacht Club has closed. The ...

Latest plans show hundreds of new apartments, condos, retirement units near Alvamar golf course; city looks to get in gear on transit changes

Chad Lawhorn

The future of the Alvamar Golf and Country Club is becoming clearer: It involves several hundred new apartment or condo-style residences around the course. Also on tap is a 15,000 square-foot banquet facility with 24 guest rooms attached to it and a large retirement community that would be built on ...

Kinedyne to close plant later this year; Heartland health clinic moving to space near LMH; a ranking of Lawrence fans

Chad Lawhorn

UPDATE 1:15 P.M. Indeed the speculation is correct. A Kinedyne official has confirmed the company has decided to close its Lawrence production plant later this year. In response to questions from the Journal-World, New Jersey-based Kinedyne released a statement saying the company has made a decision to transfer its Lawrence ...

Signs point to pending closure of 300-employee call center downtown; new proposal to emerge to locate police HQ in former Riverfront Mall; update on city's rental licensing program

Chad Lawhorn

It sure looks like downtown Lawrence is set to lose about 300 jobs, and City Hall is about to get a new twist when it comes to the debate over how and where to build a new police headquarters building. The ownership group of the former Riverfront Mall has confirmed ...

News of a Mexican restaurant for 31st Street; city commissioners struggle with idea of ad hoc committee for police headquarters issue

Chad Lawhorn

I know you felt it. Lawrence’s world was a little bit out of balance, especially near the 31st and Iowa area. A Mexican restaurant —El Potro — had moved from its location along 31st Street to a new location near 33rd Street. And get this, no Mexican restaurant had taken ...

Lawrence construction totals on pace for record year; more details on costs of large apartment project; eco devo leaders confirm details of new manufacturer

Chad Lawhorn

It is time to keep our eyes open for a possible Lawrence record in 2015, and it involves the use of hammers and saws, which is usually the type of record that causes my insurance agent to lose his job. But no worries here because the record in question is ...

Lawrence home sales surge in April; new report finds local housing value growth lagging region; new sights coming to downtown sidewalks

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps I need to fire my Leavenworth-based tax preparer (his motto: I wish I had an open door policy) because it sure looks like a lot of people’s tax refunds in April were bigger than mine. Or at least something spurred a surge in home buying in Lawrence, according to ...

Plans filed for meat-smoking business in rural Douglas County; large apartment complex near KU tweaks plans; long list of appointments to city boards

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps your barbecue experiments this long, rainy, holiday weekend have left you looking for a new place to buy smoked meats. (As I’ve said multiple times, I didn’t know we used the laundry room that much, and in my defense, I did fully open the window.) Well, plans are in ...

Iowa firm likely to create about 20 jobs at Lawrence foam manufacturing plant; Breezedale markers getting restored; Housing Authority seeks to buy apartment building

Chad Lawhorn

It sure looks like Lawrence is going to be in the foam insulation business and will get perhaps 20 new manufacturing jobs as a result. As I briefly reported Thursday, I’ve seen signs that an Iowa company has plans to open up a manufacturing facility in Lawrence. Des Moines-based Iowa ...

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