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  • Local |Business | October 07, 2013

    Old Water Wheel House at Rock Springs 4-H Camp causes mixed emotions

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    Sentiment and practicality are at odds with the planned destruction of a building at the Rock Springs 4-H Center looming next spring. The Water Wheel Ranch House, south of Junction City, will be demolished to make room for a new educational plaza. The building once

  • Neighbors | October 07, 2013

    Learning computers the hard way


    Everyone has to start somewhere, and Jeff Hoover started at the bottom when it came to computer knowledge. “I was 40 years old,” he said. “I didn’t know where the ‘on’ button was on a computer.” That was back in 1999, a time when Hoover was

  • Columns | October 07, 2013

    An evening conversation: To err is…

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    Everyone makes mistakes. And yes, no matter how much effort and care we throw into our work, that includes us here at the Mercury. Despite all the recent advances in technology, the paper ultimately is in the hands of human beings – which means that we

  • Local |Government, Politics | October 07, 2013

    Downtown parking woes continuing

    Notes from Monday’s county commission meeting: • Road construction downtown has been delayed but is nearing its end. Gina Scroggs, executive director of Downtown Manhattan, Inc., said the installation of pedestrian signals is behind schedule. If they are not in place in time for Promenade

  • Local |Government, Politics | October 07, 2013

    Pottawatomie County water, sewer agreement up for feedback

    City commissioners Tuesday will be asked for feedback on an agreement between the city and Pottawatomie County governing water and sewer supplied by the city to Blue Township. The city has been working on a new contract for water and sewer service for the township

  • Editorials | October 07, 2013

    Keeping terrorists on the defensive

    We appreciate the request of Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan for an explanation for why US personnel swooped into Tripoli Saturday and captured Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, better known as Anas al-Libi. We presume, though, that his remarks, and whatever indignation accompanied them, were for domestic

  • Columns | October 07, 2013

    Lands of Oz are worlds apart

    A month ago, voters in Australia, that other Oz, overwhelmingly elected a conservative government, the Coali-tion of Liberal (trust me) and National parties. Within a week the defeated Labor Party had handed over the reins of government, regrouping to fight another day. After spending five

  • October 07, 2013

    Parker sentenced to life in prison

    From Army fatigues to an orange jump suit, former Fort Riley soldier Daniel Parker was sentenced to life imprisonment for first-degree murder today for the death of Frederick Beverly on Jan. 1, 2012. Parker, 27, of Junction City, was also convicted of criminal discharge of a firearm at

  • Local |Kansas State University | October 07, 2013

    Dedication of rose garden Saturday honoring fraternity’s late house mother

    The dedication of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity Red Rose Garden, the first named campus landmark for a Kansas State Greek chapter, will be 10:30 am Saturday at the KSU Gardens on Denison Avenue. “It is a tradition of Pi Kappa Phi chapters nationwide to donate

  • Local |Kansas State University |Arts, Leisure | October 07, 2013

    Locals get their chance to decide if the ‘Price is Right’

    What do a famous game show host, a man wearing purple pants, a Texas A&M booster and a room full of diehard TV fans have in common? They were all in attendance Sunday night for “The Price is Right Live.” The stage show

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