Friday, June 24, 2016


  • Pro Sports | June 17, 2016

    Local driver sets NCRA record

    In a feat that hasn’t been accomplished in the 33-year history of the tour, Manhattan resident and current point leader Lyle Shepard picked up his fourth-straight National Championship Racing Association late model feature victory on June 5 at RPM Speedway in Hays. Justin Bussell and

  • Columns | June 17, 2016

    We’re losing our democracy

    I fervently hope I am wrong, but I fear the Mercury missed the point with its latest Trump editorial. Racist and xenophobic statements should be challenged, of course, but I’m afraid that the more important story is that the tipping point of our democracy

  • Movies | June 17, 2016

    ‘2’ is a stronger movie than was ‘The Conjuring’


    Horror film director James Wan made a movie called “The Conjuring” which we saw in 2013. Lots of us saw it. It made a lot of money. But then it cost quite a bit for a scary movie. Films intended to make teens scream have been

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | June 17, 2016

    Olsburg man arrested in connection with rape

    An Olsburg man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of rape, according to a report from the Riley County Police Department. Zachary Rooting, 20,  who is free on $50,000 bond, also faces a charge of aggravated sexual battery. Both charges stem from an incident that occurred in

  • Obituaries | June 17, 2016


    Martha Howe, 96, died Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Whitewater. The family provided some of the following information. Martha lived life to the fullest. She managed to get the most from every experience and was always open for what life presented. She was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, on

  • Pro Sports | June 17, 2016

    Royals give up 6 homers, lose to Tigers 10-4


    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar has faced the Detroit lineup enough over the years that he should be keenly aware of how dangerous Victor Martinez, Miguel Cabrera and the rest of them can be. Lest he forgot, they gave Hochevar a nice reminder

  • Arts & Leisure | June 16, 2016

    Juneteenth Celebration, Fatty Fest, Father’s Day and more

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    THURSDAY ARTSmart Summer Classes: “Mascot Masks,” 3-4 p.m. for ages 6 and up. Cost: $3 per child, $1.50 for Friends of the Beach Museum members. Beach Museum of Art.   FHDC Go See It Lecture: Fireworks, 6:30 p.m. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the preparations and science that

  • Local |Kansas State University | June 16, 2016

    K-State tuition to rise 5.81%

    TOPEKA — K-State’s tuition will increase for the 2016-17 school year. The Kansas Board of Regents approved Wednesday K-State’s 5.81-percent across-the-board tuition increase. K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine tuition will increase 3 percent, which is unchanged from May’s proposal. K-State initially requested a 5

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | June 16, 2016

    RCPD to seek equipment grant for security officers

    The Riley County Police Department will apply for a grant to purchase some of the equipment courthouse security officers will need to carry once renovations to the Riley County Courthouse, currently under construction, are complete. Construction is expected to be complete before the end of

  • Local |Kansas State University | June 16, 2016

    Experience key factor in search for president

    TOPEKA — The permanent K-State president position is officially open to applicants. The Kansas Board of Regents approved Wednesday the job description for the next K-State president after Regent Dennis Mullin, Manhattan, updated the Regents on the search for a new president. The position profile went

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