Town Talk

Rock Chalk Park audit, incentives for Peaslee Center, Eldridge Hotel tax break set to be decided by city commissioners

Chad Lawhorn

There’s nothing like a long City Commission meeting to take your mind off a season-ending Jayhawk loss, although both occasionally will cause you to stand up and yell, “I need some more !*&#!!$!! cheese dip.” Regardless, here’s a look at a long list of items city commissioners are set to ...

City Manager David Corliss finalist for job in Colorado

Chad Lawhorn

It is time to keep an eye on a possible leadership change at Lawrence City Hall. It has been confirmed that Lawrence City Manager David Corliss is a finalist for the town manager job of Castle Rock, Colorado. The town of about 50,000 people outside Denver hosted Corliss and two ...

Urgent care medical facility slated for Sixth and Folks Road; KDOT wants feedback on possible SLT expansion; leaders launch survey on pedestrian issues

Chad Lawhorn

It won’t be a full-fledged emergency room, but a deal has been struck to bring a major new medical provider to West Lawrence. Oklahoma-based XpressWellness Urgent Care has signed a deal to build at Sixth and Folks Road. Plans call for a nearly 4,300-square-foot building at the northwest corner of ...

Parks and recreation on pace to set record in 2015; get ready for closure of key Ninth Street intersection; parking changes on tap near Hillcrest school

Chad Lawhorn

There was an extra amount of fun at Lawrence Parks and Recreation in January and February, and I’m not even talking about the time I was woefully confused about what’s involved with a sow cow at the city’s new outdoor ice rink. (Sure, now they tell me it is spelled ...

Report contends that Chapel Hill, Orlando, many other cities better basketball towns than Lawrence; National Geographic highlights Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

I guess having the inventor of the game of basketball buried in your cemetery doesn’t get you as far as it used to. While our basketball team is a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, our city doesn’t even merit a top 20 ranking in a new list of ...

Latest breakdown of city commission vote totals show Soden's primary victory was widespread

Chad Lawhorn

If you have ever wanted to watch someone canvass a group of city commission candidates, you missed your chance recently. (No, it didn’t involve bundling them tightly in heavy cloth. I learned years ago that there is a reason there’s an extra ’s’ on canvass.) Instead, what I’m talking about ...

New apartment complex slated for Sixth and Folks Road area; Topeka ENT moving into West Lawrence space; world champion Clydesdale team coming for St. Patty's parade

Chad Lawhorn

The latest thing slated to grow in West Lawrence’s Bauer Farm development is a new apartment complex. Plans have been filed for a 145-unit apartment development near Sixth Street and Folks Road. According to plans filed at the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Department, the apartment complex wouldn’t be right on the ...

Knights of Columbus to close E. 23rd Street events hall; new food cart slated for downtown; SLT project to create long-term lane reductions on K-10

Chad Lawhorn

For decades, the Knights of Columbus building on east 23rd Street has been home to bird shows, gun shows (not at the same time), wedding receptions and a host of other events. I even have been known to put on my best Western dancing shirt and head to the Knights ...

Local health advocate raises idea of smoking ban in city parks, e-cigarette ban in certain city facilities

Chad Lawhorn

Walk your dog in the park? Sure. Toss a Frisbee around in the park? You bet. Conduct catapult-like experiments on a park Teeter Totter? Well . . . I’ll just say it unfortunately isn’t covered under my insurance policy. But what about smoking a cigarette in a Lawrence park? That ...

New Lawrence ordinance would check criminal history of taxi cab drivers

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence taxi cab drivers soon may have to get a new type of license, and, no, it isn’t one to take your taxi cab confession. City Hall officials are contemplating a new ordinance that would require criminal background checks for drivers. City commissioners at their meeting tonight will consider a ...

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