WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

McLain's to close its Lawrence restaurant at the top of Mount Oread; an update on Borders project and other downtown properties

UPDATED 9:50 A.M. JAN. 17, 2023 Let’s do some news and notes from around town: — You’ve had about five years to get your Danish degree at the University of Kansas. No, I’m not talking about the language. I’m talking about the flaky, fruit filled Danishes sold at McLain’s Market at the top of the hill. If you haven’t gotten that degree, now is your time to cram. The Kansas City-based bakery and ...

Large crowd gathers for Lawrence MLK Day celebration to hear from speaker who broke a color barrier at West Point

A capacity crowd of about 200 people got a Martin Luther King Jr. prescription filled at a downtown community breakfast honoring the late civil rights leader on Monday. Its most potent active ingredient: Personal courage. “All of us here has it to a degree,” keynote speaker Gary Steele told the crowd at Maceli’s Banquet Hall. “But I think we are all going to need a little more personal courage if we ...

On anniversary weekend, former KU basketball coach and the artist who captures championships brush stroke by brush stroke reunite

Former KU men’s basketball coach Ted Owens remembers it all the time, but it had been a long while since he had seen it: Teammates hugging after winning the regional championship to advance to the 1971 Final Four. “This tells it all,” Owens said on Friday, pointing to a mural of the scene that hangs in the hallway leading to the University of Kansas men’s basketball offices. “I call that ...

Yet another set of plans filed for development at Iowa Street and South Lawrence Trafficway; downtown BBQ restaurant closes

Let’s do some news and notes about a couple of places around town. One is a place where businesses time and again try to locate but can’t, and the second is a spot that is proving to be a difficult place for a business to remain open. First, the much-sought-after spot. I’m talking about the intersection of the South Lawrence Trafficway and Iowa Street in south Lawrence. It is one of the few intersections ...

Longtime south Iowa Street restaurant to undergo major renovation; plus, updates on several other projects around town

There are a couple of ways to get a Nebraskan in Lawrence excited. One, tell them they are missing a row of kernels on their corn cob hat, or two, tell them that Lawrence has a Runza restaurant. The fast-food chain that features a stuffed sandwich with a blend of meat, spices, cabbage and onions is a major deal in Nebraska. There are 13 Runza restaurants in Lincoln alone, according to the company’s website. ...

Lawrence's Allen Press sold to large, Minnesota-based printing company; new owners plan to keep East Lawrence plant

A Lawrence company that has been an international leader in the printing of scholarly and academic journals has been purchased by a larger, Minnesota-based publishing firm. Brainerd, Minn.-based CJK Group Inc. has purchased Lawrence’s Allen Press, but the company said it plans to continue operating Allen’s East Lawrence printing plant, which is a significant employer and taxpayer in the community. The ...