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Knology changes its name to WOW!; lifts usage caps on Internet service

Chad Lawhorn

The changes keep on coming in the Lawrence Internet market. The largest Internet service provider in Lawrence has just announced that it is removing all of its usage caps from its Internet service packages, as the company changes its name from Knology to WOW! That means customers no longer will ...

City estimates it may cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to keep concealed weapons out of city buildings

Chad Lawhorn

It appears the city soon will have to buy hundreds thousands of dollars worth of security measures. Either that, or the city will have to learn to live with a new state law that would allow concealed-carry permit holders to bring firearms into City Hall and other city buildings. City ...

Wicked Broadband project seeks $500,000 city grant; downtown hotel project seeks adjustment to incentives package; historical society seeks $20k for new exhibit

Chad Lawhorn

Reading the agenda for Tuesday night’s Lawrence City Commission meeting is kind of like reading my household’s credit card bill: There are plenty of questions, and all the answers seem to have dollar signs. There are three outside organizations requesting financial assistance from the city, with two of them each ...

Douglas County oil production up 12 percent in 2012; outpaces statewide growth

Chad Lawhorn

Maybe I’ve been prospecting for oil wrong all these years. You remember how [Jed Clampett on the Beverly Hillbillies][1] struck it rich when he was out shooting at some food, and up from the ground came some “bubbling crude” (or “Texas tea,” that is)? I just figured that was the ...

Lawrence restaurant updates: La Parilla's new location, plans for a Sandbar Sub shop and 60 years for Johnny's Tavern

Chad Lawhorn

Downtown Lawrence’s restaurant scene is heating up. Here’s a look at a few updates: • La Parilla has moved into its [new location][1] at 724 Massachusetts Street, which formerly was the home of Tapas. Co-owner Subarna Bhattachan told me recently that the new space gives the Mexican/Latin American restaurant about ...

Contentious issue of lighted tennis courts near LHS to be discussed again by city commissioners

Chad Lawhorn

One after another, speakers with fingertips that lighted up stepped to the lectern at Lawrence City Hall last night. It was like a herd of E.T.’s had come to watch the City Commission meeting. I’ve seen odder things at City Hall, but, no, there wasn’t an extraterrestrial presence at Tuesday ...

Bowersock to host ribbon cutting for $25 million hydroelectric power plant on Friday

Chad Lawhorn

Here’s one company that won’t be sad at all if it rains on its ribbon cutting. The folks at the Bowersock Mills and Power Company will be celebrating the opening of its $25 million hydroelectric power plant on the north bank of the Kansas River at 4 p.m. Friday. The ...

City to use eminent domain to take over dilapidated East Lawrence property; Just Food seeks $25,000 in CDBG funding to expand dairy, meat offerings

Chad Lawhorn

Well, Town Talk is playing catch-up today. As I previously reported, I was off on Friday to help park cars at the annual Lawrence Auto Swap Meet. And I was off on Monday to clean mud out of places that I didn’t know I had. So, that leaves us with ...

Lawrence homes sales up 24 percent; selling prices also on the rise

Chad Lawhorn

The Lawrence real estate community hit a significant milestone in March. It was the 12th straight month that the Lawrence real estate market has posted year-over-year sales gains. According to the new report from the Lawrence Board of Realtors, there were 76 homes sales in March, up nearly 29 percent ...

Duo has plan to convert Teller's into gastropub with heavy emphasis on craft beers; Papa Murphy's opens with special event for Boys and Girls Club today

Chad Lawhorn

In Lawrence, beer is art. If you don’t believe me, drive through certain neighborhoods and behold the beer-bottle pyramids erected on many a front porch. Well, it looks like Lawrence beer lovers may soon have another way to express their love for the beverage: a gastropub. A deal is in ...

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