Town Talk column

Town Talk: East Hills project asking for last-minute $25,000 payment from city; brewery supply store and nutrition club open in West Lawrence shopping center; city’s mulch sale underway

News and notes from around town:• Jayhawk basketball radio announcer Chris Piper knows a thing or two about buzzer beaters. Well, now it looks like he’s involved with one not on the basketball court but rather at Lawrence City Hall. In addition to his radio gig, Piper owns Lawrence-based ...

Town Talk: Even nice old ladies ready to fight about trash carts; downtown spot to discontinue Sunday brunch; Occupy Wall Street appears to be coming to Mass. Street

News and notes from around town:• Instead of writing this column this morning, I was at a meeting of the Jayhawk Breakfast Rotary Club stuffing my face with bacon and hashbrowns and serving as a guest speaker about City Hall and media issues. (Don’t worry, the most you missed out on was the ...

Town Talk: Engineering firm adding employees, moving to West Lawrence; $10 million apartment complex to open to public; Kasold Drive update; a Thanksgiving trash change

News and notes from around town: • The odd combination of railroading and computing has one Lawrence engineering firm adding employees and adding new office space. Officials at Starfire Engineering and Technologies confirmed the company is moving from its longtime space at 2429 Iowa St. into ...

Town Talk: More apartments slated for Clinton Parkway area; Iowa Street to get unplanned repairs; roadwork coming to major entrance to KU; Lawrence to look pretty in pink

News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:• We had an article last week that suggested the 2000s may have been the decade of the renter in Lawrence. Well, it looks like they are working to win this new decade as well. Just off the top of my head, I can think of six apartment ...

Town Talk: Sand pit operation proposed for site near Perry-Lecompton; Hy-Vee plans for new convenience store on Clinton Parkway up for approval; permit for rural firing range in the crosshairs

News and notes from around town:• Sand is big business around these parts. This part of the state isn’t rich with oil or natural gas, but when it comes to things below the ground, we are pretty rich in the category of sand. But local leaders have had a hard time figuring out how to let ...

Town Talk:UPDATE Central National to close two local branches; Pine family sells sod business to Wichita firm; gourmet food store set to open on 23rd; open house planned for arboretum

News and notes from around town:• UPDATE: There is news that Central National Bank will close two Lawrence branches in early 2012. The bank has confirmed that it plans to close its branches at 800 Mass. and 2321 Harper St. Charles Derby, local president for Central National Bank said the move ...

Town Talk: Preschool undertakes expansion; Lawrence on pace to end sales tax losing streak; library book sale; and fears of a costly eye patch and butterscotch pudding

News and notes from around town:• If another round of elementary school consolidation is in Lawrence’s future, here’s something to remember: Closed school buildings usually don’t remain empty buildings. A good example of that is the former Kaw Valley Elementary building at 1411 E. 1850 ...

Town Talk: Lawrence company taps into athletic-themed jewelry; artificial grass expected to produce real debate at City Hall; this and that about trash and recycling

News and notes from around town: • What would it take to get a woman to trade in that tennis bracelet for one that features gorillas or warhawks or devil-like looking predators? Simple: a son or daughter who plays on a sports team that has such a mascot. A new Lawrence company has figured out ...

Town Talk: Jos. A. Bank Lawrence location to be outlet-style store; Masonic Temple building recommended for incentives; Kobach to talk immigration with Hispanic Chamber leader

News and notes from around town: • And you thought the outlet store phase in Lawrence was long dead. Granted, there are two former outlet malls here that would give you that impression, but there is new activity on the outlet front. I have heard from several people now that the new Jos. A. ...