• Local man arrested on murder charge

    Riley County police arrested a Manhattan man for first-degree murder and child abuse on Monday, but additional details aren’t being released. According to a police report, officers arrested 22-year-old Alexander McConnell, 1300 Marlatt Ave. Apt. 204, at 3:50 p.m. Monday while .

  • Bridge bid nearly $350K less than estimate

    Ebert Construction Co., Wamego, was the apparent low bidder Monday for construction of a new bridge on Flint Rock Road, northeast of Louisville. Ebert’s bid of $650,948 was one of three considered by the Pottawatomie County Commission for construction of .

  • Program to engage students in election process

    Manhattan-Ogden elementary and middle school students might participate again in an educational program about American democracy in light of election season. Pending approval of the Manhattan-Ogden school board, students would be educated about the rights and responsibilities and process of .

  • ‘Cats’ successfully herded at MAC theater Ben.nyberg

    The 2014-15 theater season of the Manhattan Arts Center launched this past week with presentations in the Grosh Performance Hall of the celebrated Andrew Lloyd Webber musical from 1981, Cats. Final shows this week: Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and a .

  • Jail loaf no piece of cake for misbehaving inmates Prisonloaf.phatch

    Deep inside the freezers at the Riley County Jail are tightly wrapped, 6-ounce packages of a concoction so foul it would be a surprise to see dogs fight over the contents. The packages contain jail loaf, also called prison loaf .

  • Hong Kong scenes are remarkable

    Footage of the demonstrations in Hong Kong on Monday morning and again this morning was truly amazing. Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents — mostly students, the TV reporters said — gathered in the street, voicing chants and otherwise defying one .


    Kenneth “Ken” Edwin Hitch, 56, of Wamego, died at his home on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. The family provided the following information. Ken was born on April 6, 1958, to Lewis “Lew” and Danna Jean (Foltz) Hitch in Ellis.  He attended grade school in .


    Evelyn Lenora Pfaff Lawson, 88, of Leonardville, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at the Leonardville Nursing Home. The family provided the following information. She was born on Sept. 14, 1926, in Leonardville, the daughter of Charley and Ruth (Seagren) Nelson.  She graduated from Leonardville .


    George M. Olson, 92, of Axtell, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at his home.  Visitation is on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Axtell-Landreth Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m.  A funeral will .

  • Residents can learn about science of climate change

    To the Editor: In response to Monday’s letter to the editor by Richard Kramer, I would like to make this invitation. This spring I will be offering a UFM class on the science of climate change (class dates are .

  • Potential ‘Maze Runner’ viewers should heed warning G.w.clift1

    Before a movie fan goes into a theater to watch “The Maze Runner,” he really should be warned that it is intended as the beginning of another of these adolescent sci-fi competition stories, like the “Hunger Games” films. Actually the .

  • Residents share flood insurance increase concerns

    Concerned residents Monday told Riley County commissioners and representatives of Kansas’ congressmen how they felt about the possibility of increased flood insurance rates. The Riley County Commission held a summit about the issue. “Such increases are overwhelming to some with .


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