William Wiske, 30, of Wamego, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in a work-related accident. He was born March 1, 1984, in Medicine Lodge. He was the son of Bill and Cheryl (Smith) Wiske. William is survived by his parents; fiancee Dakota and son Jaxxson Baker; .


    Helen Rae Fleming Koppenheffer, 79, of Wamego, died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at Valley Vista Good Samaritan Center. Helen was born April 27, 1935. She was the daughter of Clifford and Margaret Schumacher Julien. She married Verne “PJ” Fleming on Nov. 14, 1953. He died on Aug. 13, 1983. .

  • ‘Bustown’ comes to Chapman Theater at K-State G.w.clift1

    It’s a post-apocalyptic world on the stage of Chapman Theater in Nichols Hall through Feb. 15. Deb Brunner’s set—all old tires and stacked up Ford body sections, bench seats and a fire pit—recall the world of “The .

  • Problems in state offices reflect inadequate funding

    To the Editor: Four years ago my elderly parents moved to Manhattan from another state. Since they were no longer driving, they needed an ID card issued by the state Department of Motor Vehicles. Remembering long waits where I used .


    Margaret L. “Toby” Potter, 66, of Manhattan, died quietly at Meadowlark Hills on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. She was born in Pratt on Dec. 6, 1948. She attended public school in Wamego and Manhattan and worked briefly after finishing school. Toby was married to Perry .

  • Kansas should stop legislating morality

    To the Editor: The story on page 3 in Monday’s Mercury has left me scratching my head. Our governor and Legislature continually expound on the evils of the federal government’s interference in our lives. Now they, themselves are trying .


    Jack A. Piper, 88, of St. George, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at Meadowlark Hills-Collins Landing in Manhattan. The family provided some of the following information. He was born on April 14, 1926, in Manhattan. He was the son of James Barton and Hattie Eugenia (.


    Helen Hill “Siddy” Riley, 95, died on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, both at Downing & Lahey East Mortuary, Wichita. Born in Anthony .

  • Mittie prepares to face former team

    Not even a year ago, Jeff Mittie was preparing to play Kansas State as head coach at TCU. A lot has changed in that year, however, as Mittie is now getting set to lead the Wildcats against his former Horned .

  • Cats brace for WVU’s pressure

    The last time the Kansas State men’s basketball team faced West Virginia, the Wildcats struggled with the Mountaineers 40 minutes of high-pressure defense. But that was at home. On Wednesday, K-State (12-12, 5-6 Big 12) will take the show on the .

  • ... And now a bill to disarm critics

    Last week Kansas lawmakers took up an ill-advised proposal that could lead to criminal prosecution of public school teachers for exposing students to information deemed offensive. Not satisfied with chilling speech in the state’s public school districts, lawmakers now .

  • Moran says he will look to end cuts, help Fort Riley Moran1.phatch

    U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., said Monday he will continue to work to end federal defense cuts while also ensuring Fort Riley is in the best possible position to benefit from changes in the Army. Moran visited with Army .


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