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  • Area Schools |Manhattan High School | December 15, 2013

    Wamego QB, MHS’ Schartz top All-Flint Hills honors


    One led his team on the football field, accounting for 34 touchdowns, while the other led his team from the sidelines, winning eight games and capturing another Centennial League. A year removed from sweeping The Mercury’s top All-Flint Hills awards, the Wamego Red Raiders captured

  • December 15, 2013

    Candle project ignites students’ passion for business


    Lynne Jones, freshman, hammered away as she attempted to chip slate. She’s a part of a candle-making crew at the Manhattan High east campus that’s run by special education teacher Conn Harrison. Jones said the goal is to produce a layering effect. “It

  • Off The Beat | December 15, 2013

    Old shows on new tech


      I like to watch videos on YouTube, and lately I’ve been viewing a lot of clips from two of my favorite TV game shows when I was a kid, “What’s My Line?” and “I’ve Got a Secret.”   Both shows originally ran on

  • Books | December 15, 2013

    Orphans bond over similar childhood experiences

    Much has been written about the orphan train phenomenon, from first person accounts to children’s books, fact and fiction.  And since Kansas was part of this history, we even have The Orphan Train Museum located in our state.  It resides in Concordia,

  • Books | December 15, 2013

    Romance digs into themes of family, divorce

    Right now, I am not the only person trying to get along with ole’ man Winter. Instead of leaving the house to go on a brisk run around the neighborhood—like I probably should anyway—I, like lots of others, prefer to curl up with

  • Books | December 15, 2013

    Picture books can engage and educate children


    Steven Kellogg is a children’s book author and illustrator who has touched the lives of most of us in one way or another. You may recall reading aloud his fun picture books about the big white dog Pinkerton in the ‘70s and ‘80s, or “

  • Books | December 15, 2013

    Teens’ trip to the moon reveals some of NASA’s deepest secrets

    “172 Hours on the Moon” earned a spot on the list of 2013 Teen’s Top Ten books to read. It is easy to see why. It is a suspenseful space thriller — a crossover between young adult and general science fiction that keeps the reader guessing. The

  • Gardening | December 15, 2013

    Gardeners — and trees — will appreciate pruning tools


    The other day I saw a commercial for kitchen knives. One was sharp enough to cut a tree branch and still carve up a slab of beef. I don’t think the wife would appreciate me pruning around the yard with her knives. There are

  • Local |Business | December 15, 2013

    Two retire from RCPD

    Dispatch Shift Supervisor Wayne Colson has announced his retirement from the Riley County Police Department. Wayne Colson began his career with the department in May of 1983 as a records clerk. Wayne began his career as a dispatcher in February 1984. He was promoted to shift supervisor

  • Local |Business | December 15, 2013

    City planner retires after 29 years

    The City of Manhattan’s Community Development Department announces the retirement of Steve Zilkie, senior planner, after 29 years of serving the community. Steve earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in regional and

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