• Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | October 22, 2013

    Ferenz gets life sentences for child sodomy

    A former Fort Riley soldier convicted of molesting his ex-wife’s daughter was sentenced in court Monday, exactly a year after the incident took place. George Ferenz, 30, was sentenced to life in prison by Judge Meryl Wilson for each of the four charges for which

  • Manhattan High School | October 22, 2013

    MHS golfers finish fifth at state

    Manhattan girls’ golf coach Chris George knew it would take a special effort to catch Washburn Rural in the team standings at the Class 6A state golf tournament in Garden City. In the end, the Junior Blues ran away from everybody Monday, shooting a 339 to

  • Books | October 22, 2013

    Book explores what K-State brought to the national table


    A new book explores the university’s food heritage — and offers some previously secret recipes from local chefs. “Teatime to Tailgates: 150 Years at the K-State Table,” by Jane Marshall, is full of stories, photos and recipes from 1863 to the present. Marshall, a food journalist and

  • Columns | October 22, 2013

    An evening conversation: where?

    Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    My boss lives in the same general direction from The Mercury office as I do, so the question seemed pretty straightforward. “What’s the fastest way to get over to the west side of Manhattan?” His confident expression, the kind you see from longtime residents,

  • Local |Business | October 22, 2013

    Report: Residential development continues

    WESTMORELAND — Evidence of continued residential development in Pottawatomie County was presented to county commissioners on Monday. In her monthly update to the commission, appraiser Lois Schlegel said property sales in September point to brisk home construction in the coming months. “We’re keeping a real

  • Manhattan High School | October 22, 2013

    Indians defeat Chargers

    Playing most of its home games at Hummer Sports Park, the Topeka West boys’ soccer team typically doesn’t have an issue with facilities. But on Monday night, the Chargers were forced to move their game against Manhattan because of a scheduling conflict. The end

  • Local |Education | October 22, 2013

    Board to decide preschool’s fate

    The USD 383 school board will use its fall retreat Wednesday to discuss the future of College Hill Preschool and Manhattan High east campus. The meeting starts at 5:15 p.m. at the Robinson Education Center.It will begin with a discussion of College Hill followed by

  • Editorials | October 22, 2013

    Saudis’ turndown disappointing

    Last Thursday, Saudi Arabia, along with Chad, Chile, Lithuania and Nigeria, were elected to two-year terms on the United Nations Security Council. For Saudi Arabia, election was quite an accomplishment, the culmination of a national effort to bolster its diplomatic corps and win a Security

  • Letters | October 22, 2013

    Thanks for helping to make Pumpkin Patch a success

    To the Editor: The 40th annual Pumpkin Patch Arts and Crafts Fair at CiCo Park, sponsored by Mercy Regional Health Center Auxiliary on Sept. 27 and 28, was a resounding success.  We would like to thank all those who participated in this fundraiser. The proceeds of

  • Letters | October 22, 2013

    Obama doesn’t boast about his many accomplishments

    To the Editor: I’m an Independent. Over the years I have voted for the man or woman and not the political party. I became interested in politics many years ago and have watched presidents come and go. Looking over the list of Democratic and

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