Town Talk

Missouri company chooses Lawrence to launch retail store for specialty soap business

Chad Lawhorn

It is flu season and we could all use more soap. (I also could use safety goggles to weather the buckets of Pine-Sol that certain members of my family dump on me. I think that is related to flu season.) Fortunately, there’s a new Lawrence business that can help. Evening ...

New report says Lawrence is not a very diverse place; as deportation cases make headlines, a look at our foreign-born population

Chad Lawhorn

It is that time of year when a new report comes out that reminds us that Lawrence it is not a very diverse place. It is also the time of year people act surprised by that finding. After all, I’m sure you are thinking Lawrence is a very diverse place, ...

New numbers show Lawrence added jobs in 2017, but failed to keep pace with Kansas City, Topeka

Chad Lawhorn

Since Lawrence is a big city now, I guess my morning commute should involve a subway. (I’ll plan on getting a footlong and three cookies for breakfast.) I’m, of course, referring to the [news that city planners estimate Lawrence’s population has crossed the 100,000 mark][1] in 2018. Not everything is ...

A longtime Austin bar owner has plans to expand a Massachusetts Street building, open a new bar

Chad Lawhorn

It sure looks like a bar operator in a major college town plans to plant himself on downtown Lawrence’s Massachusetts Street. Plans have been filed at Lawrence City Hall for a bar called Logie’s to take over the space at 728 Massachusetts St. That is the space currently occupied by ...

It was the year of the hotel, not apartments, in Lawrence; a look at 2017 building facts and figures

Chad Lawhorn

Let’s put the final nail in 2017 building activity in Lawrence. No, I promise, this does not involve me actually having a hammer. (You have one deck collapse like the stock market, and suddenly everybody gets nervous.) Instead, I’ve got the final statistics on the millions of dollars worth of ...

Veggie burger manufacturer plans to expand in Lawrence, seeks financial incentive from local taxpayers

Chad Lawhorn

It is the $30,000 veggie burger question. No, that’s not how much ketchup I would need in order to enjoy a veggie burger meal. Veggie burgers are quite popular, as evidenced by an expansion plan that has been filed by a Lawrence-based veggie burger manufacturer. Instead, the $30,000 is how ...

To the surprise of neighbors, bulldozer begins to demolish disputed stand of trees near Clinton Parkway and Crestline

Chad Lawhorn

Just days after winning a key victory to stop a large student apartment complex from being built in their neighborhood, residents near Clinton Parkway and Crestline Drive suffered a loss via a bulldozer on Friday. About 9 a.m. Friday, a bulldozer began plowing through a mature stand of trees on ...

Douglas County tries to explain why ballot language for jail, mental health projects doesn't include a dollar amount or debt cap

Chad Lawhorn

Hopefully this doesn’t happen to you every day, but it is conceivable that someone you know may ask for your permission to take out debt that you will be partially responsible for repaying. If so, two natural questions probably spring to mind: For what and how much? Douglas County residents ...

Plans call for longtime bar to be torn down to make way for high-tech car wash

Chad Lawhorn

There was a time period where about four nights a week I went to the Cadillac Ranch dressed in such colorful country and western attire some people thought I should run my outfit through a car wash. I guess those folks will get the last laugh because plans are in ...

If your body hasn't already told you, here are two charts detailing how bad the flu is in Kansas, Douglas County

Chad Lawhorn

Walk into Lawrence Memorial Hospital this week and you’ll think you’ve stumbled into a bank robbers convention. So many people wearing masks. Efforts to defend against germs have kicked into high gear and with good reason. A new report ranks Kansas as being the sickest state in the country this ...

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