A relatively uneventful festival

By Maura Wery

With lower temperatures and some help from event organizers, Country Stampede went very well from a safety standpoint, officials said Monday.

Larry Couchman, the county’s emergency services director, said overall numbers were down from the previous year. Couchman reported that EMS saw around 383 patients, down 25.7 percent from the 516 seen last year. Primary alcohol problems were down 32 percent; heat related injuries were down 76 percent; and total EMS visits were down 30 percent.

Couchman said only two areas went up over the weekend, orthopedic injuries and soft tissue injuries. He said most incidents were caused due to people playing, falling and fighting in the mud. One major incident revolved around a drinking game and caused one person to be transported to a trauma center due to the extent of their injuries.

“There is always going to be a couple of people who are going to take it to the extreme,” Couchman said.

Couchman said his busiest day was Friday and his slowest was Sunday. He said event staff and the public were “very responsive to emergency services.”

Sales taxes

Local merchants once again had to change their sales tax rates Monday, said Riley County Treasurer Eileen King. King said the change was due to the reduction of the statewide sales tax from 6.3 percent to 6.1 percent. In Manhattan, the tax rate will now be 8.4 percent; Riley County and Randolph will have a 7.15 percent percent sales tax; Manhattan Discovery Center, Manhattan Marketplace, Manhattan Limey Point, Manhattan South TDD will have an 8.90 percent sales tax; and Leonardville and Ogden will have an 8.15 percent sales tax. Along with announcing the sales tax, King said the motor vehicle office will now be allowing those with emailed insurance cards to show them to staff over their cell phones.


Student project

Participants in a project in Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning and Design are asking the Manhattan public to send in suggestions for a future Manhattan.

Graduate student Jeremy Merrill presented the theme of Design Days to the Riley County Commission Monday. The organizers for the two-day event in August are asking the public to send in what they would want in their future community. Merrill said suggestions can be put into boxes around town or sent digitally through their blog: iwishmanhattan; their twitter:; or through facebook: Iwishmanhattan

Designers who will participate in the Design Days will create a Manhattan based on the wishes they receive from the public and the idea of K-State being a top 50 research university, the National Bio-Agro Defense facility being open and the population of Manhattan growing significantly.

Merrill said the final designs will be on display during the 2013 Purple Power Play, Aug. 28 and 29.

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