Friday, July 1, 2016


  • Local |Government & Politics | June 22, 2016

    Area lawmakers favor adding $38M in school funding case

    Local lawmakers said they will have to make tough decisions in the coming days to keep schools open. The Kansas Legislature convenes Thursday in a special session to address a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that said the state’s use of block grant funding was

  • Local | June 22, 2016

    Heat to greet attendees at shortened Country Stampede

    With highs in the mid to upper 90s throughout the weekend, this year’s Country Stampede promises to be a hot one. High temperatures could give participants more reason than ever to pair bikinis or swim trunks with cowboy boots, while mostly sunny conditions will

  • Local |Government & Politics | June 22, 2016

    City passes $6.4M plan for West Anderson

    The Manhattan City Commission unanimously approved a $6.4 million contract for West Anderson Avenue improvements on Tuesday. The city awarded Pavers Inc. of Salina the contract after it submitted the lowest bid out of five companies. When completed, the project will have the following improvements: • 

  • Local |Government & Politics | June 22, 2016

    Mayor Reddi wants to focus on relationships, mental health

    Community relationships and mental health are areas of focus for Usha Reddi, Manhattan’s new mayor. The city commission appointed Reddi as the new mayor and Linda Morse as the new mayor pro tem during its meeting on Tuesday. Reddi, who has lived in Manhattan

  • Editorials | June 22, 2016

    Time is short; act quickly, wisely

    Though members of the Kansas Legislature put themselves in the spot they’re in — and put public schools in the spot they’re in — we don’t envy lawmakers the task they’ll confront when the special session convenes Thursday morning. The state is broke,

  • Arts & Leisure | June 22, 2016

    Sunflower festival offers great music for free


    For 30 years now, Washburn University’s White Concert Hall has hosted an annual summer music festival called the Sunflower. Using area funding, including a lot of small private donations, chief organizer Charles Stegeman has each summer brought professional musicians, academics, and, eventually, music students to

  • Obituaries | June 22, 2016


    Loyd Gaylord “Bear” Ireland, 68, Delphos, died Tuesday, June 21, 2016. The family provided some of the following information. Loyd was born Dec. 5, 1947, in Manhattan, a son of the late Naomi (Cantrell) Cunningham and Floyd Ireland. Bear served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a sheriff

  • Local |Public Health |Government & Politics | June 22, 2016

    Health department to accept $25,000 grant for birth control

    Riley County commission chairman Ben Wilson voted Monday for the county to decline roughly $25,000 in state funding for family planning programs. The funding recently became available from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and Riley County Health Department administrative analyst Shelly Hays asked commissioners

  • Obituaries | June 22, 2016


    Patricia Ann Rooding, 77, of Manhattan and formerly of Green, died Monday, June 20, 2016, in the Sloane House at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan. The family provided some of the following information. Patricia was born Sept. 4, 1938, in Joliet, Illinois, the daughter of Robert Arthur and Bernice

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | June 22, 2016

    Woman in stable condition after being trampled

    A woman in northern Riley County was transported by helicopter to Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka after cows trampled her Tuesday morning. A couple was working cattle in the area and the cattle knocked down the woman around 7:50 a.m. Tuesday, said Larry Couchman, director of

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