Wednesday, July 1, 2015


  • Editorials | June 24, 2015

    A woman of letters

    It was with sadness that we at the Mercury greeted the news of the passing of Norma McNair, who died Monday at the age of 88. The obituary notice identified her as the wife of the late Joe P. McNair and said she had been a

  • Letters | June 24, 2015

    Rotary has changed my life and is changing many more

    To the Editor: Why is Rotary International important to me? Selfishly, (and I think it’s absolutely OK to be selfish about this) I get a ton out of my local Rotary Club, Manhattan Konza Rotary. I don’t think there’s another organization where

  • Obituaries | June 24, 2015


    Patricia Rose “Pat” Falley, 73, of Quinter, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Salina Regional Health Center in Salina. She was born Dec. 5, 1941, in Quinter to Michael A. and Mary Ann (Augustine) Younger-Brock-Whitaker. Pat attended Fort Hays State College. She was united in marriage to Warren

  • Obituaries | June 24, 2015


    Phyllis M. Brazzle, 80, of Wamego, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan. The family provided some of the following information. On Dec. 7, 1934, Phyllis was born to Lawrence and Florence (Jacobs) Jenkins in Stockton, California. She graduated from Wamego High

  • Obituaries | June 24, 2015


    James L. “Jim” Carver, 79, died on Monday, June 22, 2015, at the Clay County Medical Center in Clay Center. The family provided some of the following information. Jim was born Feb. 23, 1936, to Irvin and Hazel (Affolter) Carver in Oak Hill. He was raised in the Longford community

  • Obituaries | June 24, 2015


    Norma Elaine McNair, 87, of Manhattan, passed away peacefully Monday, June 22, 2015, at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community. She worked as a licensed practical nurse in Manhattan for many years. The family provided some of the following information. Norma Elaine Peters was born in Pittsburg on Sept. 9, 1927, the

  • Letters | June 24, 2015

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  • Local |Business |Government, Politics | June 23, 2015

    Leaders flip lids over state’s tax cap

    Area legislators and local government officials expressed their disapproval of the upcoming property tax lid Monday during an intergovernmental meeting. Within the $384 million sales-tax increase passed by the Kansas Legislature to balance the budget is a property tax lid on local government and school districts,

  • Local |Business | June 23, 2015

    Hospital’s minimum wage bump adds $220K to EMS budget

    A minimum wage hike to $11 per hour for some emergency workers through Via Christi’s parent company, Ascension, will account for a budget increase for Riley County Emergency Medical Services by $220,00 annually. The wage increase, announced May 21, starts in July and applies to the starting

  • Local |Education | June 23, 2015

    USD 383 Board to consider buying new Head Start bus

    USD 383 might get a 65-passenger bus to transport Head Start children if the Manhattan-Ogden school board approves a recommendation this week. The school board will consider the purchase at a meeting Wednesday at Robinson Education Center, 2031 Poyntz Ave. The regular business meeting starts at 6:30 p.

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