WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

Hundreds of unsuspecting homeowners may see tax bills rise to pay for northwest Lawrence road project

Several hundred northwest Lawrence homes may get a one-time increase of a few thousand dollars on their property tax bills. The reason? The multiyear debate over how to improve Queens Road, the crumbling road that is adjacent to about $100 million of new northwest Lawrence developments. As I recently reported, I’ve been receiving several questions from readers about what is going on with the Queens Road ...

A look at what's going on at 23rd and O'Connell, plus other news and notes from around town

News and notes from around town: • I had a great crowd come out to Perkins Restaurant earlier this week to ask me a variety of questions as part of a Town Talk Live event. One of the top questions: What is being built at 23rd and O’Connell Drive next to Tractor Supply? Indeed, there are some dirt piles near the southeast corner of the intersection, which is where the long vacant Fairfield Farms ...

Band and orchestra store opens in west Lawrence; Cheech from Cheech and Chong coming to town

I know my kids have the lungs to be the next Louis Armstrong, but that doesn’t mean I want to buy them a trumpet or drive to an out-of-town music store when it needs repair. (No sir, I don’t know how the mouthpiece got sealed with concrete.) Now, Lawrence residents have an in-town option for all that fun. Ernie Williamson Music has opened in the Orchards Shopping Center at Bob Billings Parkway and Kasold ...

LMH to spend $5 million more on west project, says it is exploring options for more East Lawrence care

Local hospital leaders agreed to spend nearly $5 million more on a mega medical building near Rock Chalk Park, but not without questions about whether the hospital was focusing too much on west Lawrence. The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees agreed Wednesday to spend up to $4.45 million to expand the third floor of a planned medical outpatient building that will be constructed near the northeast ...

Home prices continue to soar in Lawrence; will property tax values do the same?

I’m sure my home once increased 15 percent in value — when I moved my art collection of dogs shooting pool from the bank vault to the basement. But a new report shows that even without that type of event, Lawrence home prices are soaring. The latest report from the Lawrence Board of Realtors shows the year-to-date median selling price for Lawrence homes has increased 15.1 percent compared with the same ...

Sales growth in Lawrence continues to slow and to lag behind area communities

I know May used to produce lots of big spending in Lawrence, just with the graduation parties alone. (Mine was a huge surprise party, as in everyone was surprised the envelope actually contained a diploma.) Maybe graduation parties aren’t what they used to be. Regardless, something caused May sales tax totals to be basically flat in Lawrence. Lawrence City Hall officials recently received their July sales ...