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  • Friends of Peace Memorial Auditorium grateful for city help, private donations

    To the Editor: The Friends of Peace Memorial Auditorium would like to express our appreciation for the City Commission’s recent approval of the 2017 budget and capital improvements, which include basic maintenance items for Peace Memorial Auditorium. The funds earmarked .

  • MHS should change from Indian mascot to something more positive, respectful

    To the Editor: I was heartened to learn from the Mercury that the school board is again considering the appropriateness of Manhattan High School’s mascot. The use of the Indian mascot is disrespectful. It sends a bad message to .

  • New film ‘Suicide Squad’ doesn’t have much of a story

    There is some controversy surrounding the new, fairly big-budget comic book movie “Suicide Squad.” This was going to happen. We seem to have reached the stall point in the arc of enthusiasm for each new super-hero picture. Now it isn’.

  • Indian mascot shows tenacity, courage, pride

    To the Editor: I wonder if we could delve a little into the history of the American Indian (the only Native Americans). All of the rest of us are immigrants. If it wasn’t for the Indians, the Pilgrims would .

  • Students can adapt to Hale cutbacks

    Given the role of libraries in education, it’s discouraging to learn that Hale Library, an icon of learning and research at Kansas State University, will no longer be open 24 hours a day. Students can keep strange hours, and for .

  • A great addition

    On a much happier note, Wefald Hall, the university’s newest residence hall – so new, in fact, that the finishing touches are still being applied– welcomed more than 500 students over the weekend. It is named, of course, for Jon Wefald, .

  • Boat tours suit retired Navy officer’s gift of gab

    Dan Peters had a vision that some people just didn’t understand. Peters, 55, is the owner and operator of Tuttle Puddle Tours. He conducts tours on a duck boat, an amphibious vehicle that can drive on land and “swim” in .

  • Pilot ‘blessed’ to make landing

    The parents of two K-State students are staying in Manhattan longer than they planned after the private plane they were flying made an emergency landing Saturday. Jason and Jennifer Dougherty had planned to fly back to Garden City the same .

  • County looks to reopen building talks with KSU

    Riley County has attempted to reopen negotiations with K-State about provisions of a possible lease to move Emergency Medical Services headquarters into the Manhattan Fire Department facility, county counselor Clancy Holeman said Monday during the Riley County Commission meeting. Earlier .


    Kenneth E. Carson, 91, of Leonardville, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, at St. Luke’s South Hospital in Overland Park. Additional obituary and service information will be announced later by the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home..


    Barbara Ann Held Clark, 92, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 in Manhattan. She was born Aug. 5, 1924, in Clay Center to Ernest and Elsie (Cowell) Held. Barbara attended Kansas State University and graduated in 1946 with a degree in home economics education. She taught in .

  • If you can believe it, new movie ‘Nine Lives’ is fun

    One of the summer’s happier cinematic surprises is Barry Sonnenfeld’s “Nine Lives.” It depends on a weak and tired movie premise that one associates with “The Shaggy Dog”—a human’s consciousness is housed temporarily in the body .


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