• Joe Cocker wasn’t just a hard rocker; he was an extremely generous man

    Joe Cocker died the other day. I didn’t take the news very well, and I found myself tearful many times during the day. Friends were posting on Facebook about his death and how much they enjoyed his music. His .

  • Kansas winery wins top selection at competition

    Let’s go to the Jefferson Cup Invitational. This event is sometimes called the Olympics of wine competitions, where the “best of the best” are selected from wineries in all of America’s wine-making regions. The results are in: Winning .

  • The Mercury’s top sports stories of 2014

    Lockett has record-breaking year Tyler Lockett could arguably be the best football player in Kansas State history. The wide receiver certainly has the numbers to make the case, especially after a record-breaking senior season in which the youngest of the .

  • The Mercury ranks the Little Apple’s top 11 stories of 2014

    There was no shortage of news for Manhattan in 2014. Mercury editors and reporters nominated 30 stories for this list before trimming it down to the top 11. The No. 1 story this year moved up a spot from 2013’s list, barely edging out 2014’.

  • Some lessons from grandpa Bethany047cut.phatch

    When I think of my grandfather and how to describe him, one of the best adjectives I can come up with is ‘tough.’ My grandfather, Charles ‘Bud’ Hanzlick, died Dec. 18, the morning of the first significant snowfall this year. He .

  • Katy Perry bio tells surprising background of music star

    Perhaps it is a challenge for some biographers to get past the ‘celebrity’s mask’ to unravel what lies within that explains such devotion from fans. Not so with Noam Friedlander who should be applauded for taking a different approach .

  • Almost here: new Children’s Room grand opening planned for January Jennifer.adams.librarian1

    It has been nearly a full year since Kelley Construction Company broke ground outside the library to begin the children’s room expansion. Now, on Jan. 17, just 358 days after the ceremonial groundbreaking, we will have a grand opening celebration to .

  • New ‘McLean’ story takes dark tone

    Six weeks of winter holiday festivities in Edinburgh, Scotland start with turning on the lights on St. Andrew’s day at the end of November; continue with shopping at the traditional, romantic Christmas Market in the heart of the city; .

  • ‘The Storied Life’ a story of fresh air

    “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” is a breath of fresh air that offers plenty of fun, especially for people who are well read. A.J. Fikry is a cranky 39-year-old widower who owns a bookstore on Alice Island .

  • Holiday plants: Should they stay or should they go? Greggeyestone1

    My holiday plants were fantastic this year. They added cheer and a festive atmosphere to the home. Now, should I keep them or start over with a new decorative look? The Amaryllis is the easiest plant to keep and have .

  • CivicPlus announces five new hires

    CivicPlus announced it has added five employees to its staff. Rachel Gilmore was hired as a project manager II. Gilmore previously worked with the Kansas Board of Regents as a reporting and research specialist in Topeka. As a project manager, .

  • KEVIN DEETS

    Kevin Joy Kimerer Deets, 61, of Manhattan, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan. The family provided some of the following information. She was born on May 15, 1953, in Beloit, the daughter of Gene and Joice (Wiese) Kimerer. .







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