• A bumpy first trip to Midwest

    I entered the state of Kansas for the first time in my 23 years of life approximately 18 hours before I started my job at the Mercury in June. My mom and I had planned to complete the drive from Massachusetts a .

  • K-State professor elected to humanities council board

    TOPEKA —  Patricia E. Ackerman of Abilene was elected to the board of directors for the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization that supports community-based cultural programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program and encourages Kansans .

  • Riley County Fair, Day of the Cowboy and more

    TUESDAY Teen Movie and Popcorn: “The Fault in Our Stars,” 2 p.m. Manhattan Public Library.   THURSDAY   Riley County Fair, through Monday. For a complete list of activities, visit   Riley County Fair Parade, 6 p.m. Poyntz .

  • Prepping for purple ribbons Greggeyestone1

    Local fairs are in full swing this month. The Riley County Fair runs Thursday through Monday. Open class events are available to anyone in Riley County and adjoining counties.  Gardening and flower exhibits need to b brought to Pottorf .

  • Is Russia really America’s greatest threat?

    “Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security.” So said Gen. Joseph Dunford, incoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff earlier this month. Dunford, now commander of the Marine Corps, surprised lawmakers July 9 when he bluntly told them .

  • Riley County Attorney’s Office Calendar

    Monday, July 20, 2015 10:30 - JJC 10:30 Bechtel, Amy Status (15 CR 363 Dom Batt) JJC I 10:30 Bradford, Raymond Appear (15 CR 326 VOP) BKD I 10:30 Casey, Ronald Status (15 CR 342 Violation of PO) JJC I 10:30 Dungee, Mark Status (15 CR 418 CDP) JJC I 10:30 Eagle, Raymond Status (15 CR 429 Criminal .

  • Opponents: Westar plan limits customer control

    A Westar Energy proposal to change the utility’s rate structure could leave residential customers with less control over their monthly electricity bills. The fee hikes, if instituted, would raise each household’s customer charge, a flat monthly fee, from $12 .

  • Lawrence company sees big future in Manhattan

    A Lawrence tech company will move to Manhattan to manufacture and engineer its products with help from Kansas State University and local businesses. Avatekh Inc. will start working with K-State’s Electronics Design Laboratory, or EDL, and the Manhattan-based Ultra .

  • Pott County to consider joining planning board

    Pottawatomie County will consider joining the Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board. This came from a discussion during a joint meeting with Manhattan, Riley County and Pottawatomie County officials on Thursday. “It’s really more than adding a person to the .

  • Too overweight to enlist?

    Childhood obesity, an acknowledged and even growing problem in the United States, has been associated with a variety of medical problems. Only rarely, however, is it linked with national security. That occurred this week, however, as six retired generals campaigned .

  • Ethics code, transparency deserve greater respect

    To the Editor: The Mercury’s article Thursday about the City Commission taking action on items not formally published on its agenda skirted issues of ethics and transparency. It’s noteworthy that the city manager and mayor avoided mentioning the .

  • Westar is overreacting to private solar efforts

    To the Editor: Westar Energy is attempting to punish you if you decide to install a solar panel for part of your electric usage. The company is asking the Kansas Corporation Commission, the board that regulates utility companies, to place .


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