Tuesday, December 1, 2015


  • Local |Kansas State University |Football | November 30, 2015

    Snyder to decide future at the end of the season

    Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder hasn’t ruled out a return to the sidelines in 2016, however, he also hasn’t ruled out retiring at this season’s end. Snyder said Monday during the weekly Big 12 teleconference that he won’t make that decision until

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | November 30, 2015

    Propane blast destroys gun shop, damages nearby house


    A gun shop in northern Riley County was destroyed in an explosion Saturday. According to a press release from the Riley County Fire Department, crews were called to Ober Gun Works, 20621 Ober Road, at 3:41 p.m. after the explosion, which officials believe was caused when

  • Local |Government, Politics | November 30, 2015

    Sewer project on city’s agenda

    The Manhattan City Commission on Tuesday will discuss how to address a damaged sewer in the 1700 block of Houston Street. Public works department officials are proposing improvements, including the construction of a new sewer main, projected to cost $170,329. Under the proposal, half the cost would

  • Local |Business | November 30, 2015

    High cost puts McDowell Creek project on hold

    The Riley County Public Works Department has put plans on hold for the McDowell Creek Road reconstruction project because cost estimates are significantly higher than expected. Riley County commissioners Monday rejected all bids for the project because they came in more than 10 percent higher than

  • Neighbors | November 30, 2015

    For EMS director Couchman, public safety a ‘family business’


    While serving the Riley County community for the last 26 years, Larry Couchman inspired his children to follow him and his wife into the “family business.” Couchman is the director of emergency and EMS services for Riley County and Via Christi Hospital. He has served in

  • Local |Government, Politics | November 30, 2015

    Commission approves scenic byway for Riley County

    Riley County commissioners Monday voted to extend the state’s Native Stone Scenic Byway into the county. The byway, dedicated in 2007, currently runs for 48 miles through the Flint Hills, from Kansas Highway 4 in Shawnee County through Dover, Keene, Eskridge and Alma, ending on Interstate 70 in

  • Arts, Leisure | November 30, 2015

    Grammy winner to sing at K-State

    Singing holiday favorites in his own distinctive style, rhythm and blues musician and soul singer Aaron Neville will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, in Kansas State University’s McCain Auditorium as part of the McCain Performance Series. Neville’s first hit single

  • Movies | November 30, 2015

    ‘Creed’ manages to be ‘Rocky’ again ... almost


    Don’t forget how good the first “Rocky” movie was. Sequels have made us cringe at the thought that the 1976 movie was “good” and “important.” But it didn’t win the Best Picture Oscar by mistake. It is one of the most powerful and popular

  • Local |Kansas State University | November 30, 2015

    Research director joins Innovation Center

    Following an international search, John Lawrence has joined the Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center as its first research director. Lawrence, a doctorate-level agricultural engineer who specializes in food processing, specifically grain storage management, is the facility’s first hire since opening this summer.

  • Obituaries | November 30, 2015


    Robert R. “Bob” Straub, 77, died on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at Midland Hospice House in Topeka, from an intracranial hemorrhage. The family provided some of the following information. Bob was born on July 1, 1938, at his farm home near Flush. He was the youngest son of Isadore A.

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