Thursday, July 30, 2015


  • Obituaries | July 24, 2015


    Merlin Dale Kopfer, 89, of Clay Center, died Thursday, July 23, 2015, at Medicalodge in Clay Center. The family provided some of the following information. Merlin was born Oct. 8, 1925, in Clay Center, the son of August and Vera Ethel (Sherbert) Kopfer. On July 3, 1946, he was married to Alberta

  • Local |Government, Politics | July 23, 2015

    County maps going mobile

    Riley County residents soon will have access to more advanced web-based mapping technology, even on their smart phones. Kevin Howser, the county’s information technology and geographic information systems (GIS) director, told county commissioners Thursday staff members in his office have begun working with a

  • Local | July 23, 2015

    Ribbons, life lessons all part of judging experience for 4-Hers


    After working on projects for the summer, or sometimes an entire year,  the payoff for many 4-Hers arrived on Thursday with judges reviewing their work at the start of the Riley County Fair. “Lots and lots of creativity in these kids’ heads,” 4-H judge

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | July 23, 2015

    Ex-CFO reported missing last seen Monday afternoon

    Bob Griffith, a 54-year-old from Manhattan, disappeared on Monday. His wife said she’s reported his disappearance to police. She set up a Facebook page and started a campaign to try to help find him. Police did not return calls for comment. There were some

  • Local |Government, Politics | July 23, 2015

    Flint Hills MPO to apply for transit, traffic grants

    A policy board gave its approval for the Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization to apply for $300,000 in grants to study transportation efficiency and traffic patterns in the region. Stephanie Watts, who heads the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), said the MPO policy board earlier this month

  • General Activities | July 23, 2015

    Whiplash just a cowboy… monkey


    One of the most experienced cowboys performing at this week’s Kaw Valley Rodeo is also the smallest. He’s been traveling the circuit for 20 years, and although he tips the scales at a measly 7 pounds, this cowboy can outdraw some of the sport’s

  • Editorials | July 23, 2015

    Westar rate request is excessive

    Westar Energy isn’t always negotiating a rate increase, but it sometimes seems like it. The power company, which received a $30.7 million rate increase in 2013, is now seeking a $152 million boost. If granted, it would gradually raise the fixed cost for residential energy, now $12 a

  • Columns | July 23, 2015

    Iran’s government complicated

    With a nuclear deal between the international community and Iran to ensure that Iran will not have the capability to build a nuclear weapon, the world is reminded yet again that Iran is one of the most important countries in the Middle East. It has

  • Local |Kansas State University | July 23, 2015

    Researchers attack antibiotic resistance, shape public policy

    Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine researchers are looking at the growing problem of antibiotic resistance and are helping shape public policy on the issue to keep humans and animals healthy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that drug-resistant bacteria cause 2 million

  • Local |Kansas State University | July 23, 2015

    K-State veterinarian has tips for traveling with pets

    Taking your pet along on your upcoming vacation? A Kansas State University veterinarian says there are many factors to consider when planning your trip. “You need to make sure that the trip is suitable for your pet,” said Susan Nelson, clinical associate professor in clinical

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