Town Talk

City betting on hotel stays, liquor sales as part of proposed 2016 budget; commissioners receive report on more than $1.5 million in overtime costs for fire, police departments

Chad Lawhorn

Sack out in a Lawrence hotel room, have an extra cocktail every now and then, and tell yourself that you’re doing Lawrence City Hall budget-makers a favor in the process. City commissioners are close to passing a 2016 budget that makes a bet that hotel stays and liquor consumption both ...

Baldwin City firm plans to start offering gigabit Internet service in Lawrence in early 2016; vehicle accident blamed for WOW Internet woes; Wheat State Pizza closes in Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

A company that is installing super fast broadband service in Baldwin City today, says it likely will begin offering the service in Lawrence in early 2016. Baldwin City-based RG Fiber is close to signing a lease agreement with the city of Lawrence that will give the company access to a ...

More details emerge on pending west Lawrence retirement community; city set to tackle bus hub question; major changes to 21st Street possible

Chad Lawhorn

Plans for a proposed multimillion dollar senior living complex in West Lawrence are becoming clearer. The developer of the property has confirmed it has entered into a contract for an approximately four-acre site near Sixth and Queens Road. We reported earlier this week that a Minnesota-based development firm was planning ...

Builders on pace to obliterate Lawrence's construction record; city pondering whether to allow digital signs along roadsides

Chad Lawhorn

It is frequent that I break something when I get out my hammer and saw for a building project, and it appears that is the case for Lawrence builders this year too. With half of 2015 in the books, it sure appears Lawrence is going to have a record-breaking construction ...

Art gallery plans to expand on Mass. Street; news of a 'secret order'; multimillion dollar retirement project eyes West Lawrence site

Chad Lawhorn

I know when I’m out buying serious art my wallet is so heavy with cash that it is difficult for me to walk up a flight of stairs. (Dogs playing pool are expensive, and don’t even get me started on the price of crushed velvet.) Well, now downtown art lovers ...

A look at pending pay raises for city police, fire and med employees

Chad Lawhorn

I’m sure city employees always fix a big batch of popcorn, grab their notebooks and sit down in front of the TV on Tuesday nights to watch and admire the weekly Lawrence City Commission meetings. But there may be a few more viewers tonight. This is the meeting where commissioners ...

A look at a new vision for Lawrence and Douglas County and the questions it may create

Chad Lawhorn

I once had a vision, and then I got married and soon discovered that talking my lovely bride into living on my 1960s cabin cruiser on Melvern Lake perhaps was going to require more persuasion than I once thought. What I’m saying is: Some visions are better than others. Perhaps ...

Pizza chain to open new restaurant on 23rd Street; trying to divine the future of The Gap in downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

Big news on the date night front in the Lawhorn household: No longer when I take my beautiful bride out for a fancy dinner at Domino’s will I have to put the candelabrum on the dash. Plans have been filed for Domino’s to open a new sit-down restaurant along 23rd ...

Plans filed to expand Rock Chalk Park offerings; city seeks butterfly grant

Chad Lawhorn

UPDATES: I have several updates on the project to share now that I’ve heard back from both the architect and a spokesman from KU Athletics. Here’s a look: Jim Marchiony, an associate athletic director for KU, said the new facility will greatly improve the ability of the KU women’s tennis ...

New chicken chain coming to south Iowa Street; rumor of new Mexican restaurant chain looking at 23rd Street; gentrification, East Lawrence and a pending conversation at City Hall

Chad Lawhorn

Chicken is on my mind. Buffalo wing sauce is on my tie. Crumbs of crispy, deep-fried breading may or may not be on the stubble of my beard. And all of this is before city leaders wisely rename south Iowa Street Deep Fried Drive to honor the chicken wars that ...

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