• MHS boys use 4th quarter to pull away from Rural

    TOPEKA — Despite playing close with Washburn Rural for three quarters, the Manhattan High boys’ basketball team turned it on the fourth quarter to beat the Junior Blues on the road, 61-54, Friday night. The win keeps the Indians on top .

  • MHS girls hold on against Rural, 39-36

    TOPEKA — The Manhattan High girls’ basketball team bolstered its Centennial League title chances by gutting out a 39-36 win over Washburn Rural Friday night. Rural nearly rallied in the final minute of the game, hitting some big shots on the .

  • City candidates talk LGBT, other issues

    Manhattan City Commission candidates have differing opinions on whether city policy needs to change to provide protections against sexual orientation discrimination. Nearly 40 people on Thursday attended the Our Manhattan candidate forum, the first one for the six candidates seeking to .

  • What happened to Riley County’s health fair? Wonder1

    Q: What happened to the Riley County Health Fair in the last couple of years? If you thought the Riley County Health Fair disappeared, you’re right, it has. Health department director Brenda Nickel said the last health fair was .

  • Speed a factor in December accident that killed teenager

    It was cold, and a light mist was falling in early December when a “horrible boom” woke Amanda Gocken. But it wasn’t thunder that she heard, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report on an accident that killed a .

  • Superintendent affirms policy against non-discrimination

    USD 383 Superintendent Robert Shannon on Wednesday reaffirmed the district’s non-discrimination statement including sexual orientation and gender identity, which the school board approved just months ago. In an email to district staff, Shannon said, “Gov. Brownback’s rescission of non-discrimination .

  • Chimney fire causes $10,000 in damage to home

    A chimney fire that spread to a roof caused about $10,000 in structural damage to an area home on Thursday night. Freddie Taylor, the owner of 3212 Shady Valley Drive, was home on Thursday night burning wood in his fireplace. It wasn’.

  • ‘Imitation Game’ remains engaging, beginning to end Christopher.conner1

    Benedict Cumberbatch portrays British scientist Alan Turing in the film “The Imitation Game.” Focusing on his highly classified efforts to counter the German Enigma machine during World War II, the film begins with Cumberbatch asking, “Are you paying attention?” In 1951 .

  • Groundwater grows more precious

    We have taken issue with many of Gov. Sam Brownback’s initiatives, but he deserves credit for recognizing the need to slow, and even reverse, the depletion of groundwater in western Kansas. With greater attention — and some timely rains — indications .

  • Local school control in peril

    Who do you trust most with your child’s education? If you’re following the Kansas Legislature, you’d be forced to conclude that many representatives believe your trust is best placed in the hands of a paid lobbyist with .

  • Brownback right to rescind ‘special’ LGBT protections

    To the Editor: This is in response to the Mercury’s editorial Thursday,  “Yet another step backwards.” Gov. Sam Brownback rescinded an executive order signed by former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius that had unilaterally established additional “protected class rights” for .

  • Japanese drummers scheduled at McCain

    Kodó, Japanese taiko drummers, will present a show for the McCain Performance Series at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, in McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University. From Japan’s remote Sado Island, Kodó performs traditional Japanese drumming to create a show .


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