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  • AQAP now has a new leader

    While U.S. troops were busy training Iraqi security forces to battle the Islamic State and Kansas lawmakers were wrapping up their record-long legislative session, a U.S. drone strike in Yemen killed one of this country’s most dangerous .

  • GPT’s ‘Damn Yankees’ worth a trip to Abilene G.w.clift1

    “Damn Yankees” is playing through Sunday at Great Plains Theater in Abilene. Which means there are several good reasons for heading for 1300 N. Cedar, Abilene High School. The company’s downtown theater burned down just short of a year ago. .

  • Law board tables new fitness test

    After more than a year of discussion, a new physical fitness test for Riley County police officers is on the horizon. The Riley County Law Board stopped short of approving the new test after a lengthy presentation during Monday’s .

  • Airport director busy completing projects

    New Manhattan Regional Airport director Jesse Romo couldn’t have come at a busier time. In various stages of development are projects that expand the passenger terminal, create a new fixed-based operator building, relocate the military entrance road and improve .

  • Legislative outcome is an embarrassment

    To the Editor: I learned at an early age that there is no greater motivator than lack of time to finish any task that can’t be put off. You might think — wrongly, of course — that the Kansas Legislature would .

  • Kansans know little of the people they elect

    Kansans know little of the people they elect To the Editor: This is in reference to your editorial Sunday, June 14. Quote: “No question the governor and his allies took care of their priorities. Unfortunately, rank-and-file Kansans who form the backbone .

  • Vet explains how to reduce risk of pets getting West Nile virus

    Mosquito season is arriving early, thanks to recent weather patterns, which means it’s time to start prevention measures a little sooner — not only for humans, but also for susceptible pets. “Our weather patterns have been quite abrupt and with .


    Fidencio “Phil” Hernandez, 83, of St. George, died Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan. He was born Nov. 16, 1931 to J. Refugio and Maria (Ramirez) Hernandez. He was married to Goldie A. (Butler) Watson July 17, 1980. He was preceded in death .


    James “Jim” Hartigan, 67, of Manhattan, died Thursday, June 11, 2015, at his home. The family provided some of the following information. Jim was born May 29, 1948. He died after a battle with lung cancer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna, .


    Donna Florence (Skahan) Loeb, 88, of Columbus, died Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Columbus. The family provided some of the following information. She was born June 14, 1927 in Turck, the daughter of Thomas D. and Margaret Helen (Doll) Skahan. She and .

  • Snyder’s handwritten notes receive more attention Snyder bill.mercury

    The handwritten notes Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder writes always receive plenty of attention in the region. But now it’s getting a little more national attention. Athlon magazine has a feature on Snyder’s handwritten letters, joining a .

  • Jones finalist for Honda Sports Award Jonescolor.mercury

    Kansas State’s Akela Jones was named a finalist for the Honda Sports Award for track and field, The Collegiate Women Sports Award office announced Monday. Jones is coming off an impressive performance at last week’s NCAA Division-I Outdoor .


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