Town Talk column

Papa Keno’s Pizzeria strikes deal to move from its longtime downtown location

One of Lawrence’s oldest New York-style pizzerias is moving, but don’t worry, you won’t have to get on a new subway line to find it. Papa Keno’s Pizzeria has reached a deal to leave its longtime home on the southern end of downtown for a new location a few blocks north on Massachusetts ...

Lawrence sales tax collections bounce back

Maybe we all decided to buy our football tailgating supplies at the same time. (Is that why Taco Bell refused to fill my stock tank with nacho cheese sauce?) Or maybe there is some other explanation, but the start of fall ended up being the start of a new spending season in both Lawrence and ...

Lawrence home sales try to finish the year strong

It makes sense that fall is the time homes start feeling a little cramped. The garage is full of Halloween candy and the free-range Thanksgiving turkey is roaming in the living room. (They say they’re healthier for you, but my blood pressure rises every time he messes with the remote.) Maybe ...

Local craft beer scene grows as eastside brewery expands to west Lawrence

I’ve found that a few beers around a roaring fireplace can be good entertainment — especially if everyone remembers the key phrase “stop, drop and roll.” West Lawrence residents may get to check out some of that fun, as an East Lawrence brewery has opened a westside location. We ...

Lawrence’s marijuana experiment and the questions it creates

Plain and simple, the mayor of Lawrence wants marijuana to be legal. In March, Lawrence city commissioners went about as far as they could go on that front. They lowered the fine for possessing 32 grams or less of marijuana to just $1 — not only for your first offense but also your second. ...

Douglas County aviation firm buys Wisconsin company, moving operations to Vinland

When I’m on a flight, I don’t spend any time thinking about where the parts of the airplane came from. (I keep my focus on obtaining free pretzels, which after the fifth serving pretty much takes a full-time effort.) But the next time I’m on a plane, I probably will wonder whether the ...

An update on slow-moving plans for new Casey’s, QuikTrip in Lawrence

Convenience stores sometimes make me anxious too. When I enter and see the doughnut case only has one creme-filled pastry left, I break into an anxious sprint. It appears some of you are anxiously wondering whether two major convenience store chains are going to follow through on their ...

New numbers suggest Lawrence’s commuter population is growing rapidly

Tucked between Topeka and Kansas City, Lawrence long has been known as a town with plenty of commuters. But the city never has been able to say this before: If you live in Lawrence and have a job, it is now more likely than not that your job is located outside of Lawrence. New federal and ...