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  • Local |Fort Riley | October 03, 2013

    Apple Day filled with delicious tradition


    The tradition of baking fall apple pies continues this week at Fort Riley. Soldiers and other volunteers from the community are baking pies for the Fall Apple Day Festival. Beginning last Sunday, volunteers peeled apples and started mixing ingredients for the festival, which will take

  • Arts, Leisure | October 03, 2013

    Hot dog roasts, pumpkin patches and more this weekend in Manhattan


    With the start of October, Halloween is just around the corner. These fall activities will get you in the mood for fall, cooler weather and trick or treating. It’s opening weekend at the A & H Pumpkin Patch at 1374 Collins Lane, just a mile

  • Local |Government, Politics | October 03, 2013

    Commission bats around Public Building Commission bylaws

    The Riley County Commission Thurday debated changes to a draft of bylaws for the proposed Public Building Commission. The commission has not created a Public Building Commission, but continues to examine how that body would operate. Thursday’s question involved whether the bylaws would allow

  • Local |Education | October 03, 2013

    Board looks at special ed teacher spot

    The USD 383 school board Wednesday approved the hire of an additional special education teacher for a student coming from a psychiatric facility. The student, who is expected at Anthony Middle by the end of the month, spent time in the Intensive Behavioral Supports program at

  • Arts, Leisure | October 03, 2013

    Price is Right Live tells locals to ‘Come on down!’

    The iconic phrase “Come on down!” will fill up McCain Auditorium on Sunday. “The Price is Right Live” is bringing its famous phrases, traditional prizes and expected excitement to a local audience. Host Todd Newton said in a phone interview with The Mercury that those

  • Local |Education | October 03, 2013

    USD 383: No immediate effects felt from shutdown

    USD 383 officials don’t have any immediate concerns related to the government shutdown. Supt. Bob Shannon addressed the topic during the school board meeting Wednesday. He said there could be effects in the event the shutdown ends up lasting months. Shannon said 12 to 15 percent of

  • Local |Business | October 03, 2013

    July sales taxes top expectations

    July sales in Manhattan exceeded expectations. “The numbers are good,” said Bernie Hayen, city director of finance. “Nearly every retail segment that we examine each month was up compared to a year ago.” Sales tax collected in July was $827,037 compared to $736,335 for July 2012. That represents

  • Manhattan High School | October 03, 2013

    Indians looking for fourth straight win

    With just two short weeks until district games start, the Manhattan High football team has been working hard on fixing its biggest deficiencies. So far, the biggest question marks have come on offense, where the Indians have struggled at times to hold onto the football

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | October 03, 2013

    Mother testifies against boyfriend

    The mother of the deceased 14-month-old Salina toddler, Clayden Urbanek, testified in Riley County District Wednesday. Brittney Betzold, 21, said in court that she didn’t want to believe her son was being abused by her boyfriend, Antonio Brown, 29. Brown is charged in a jury trial

  • Local |Government, Politics | October 03, 2013

    Commission approves fee-raising ordinance

    City commissioners approved the first reading of a charter ordinance that will raise municipal court fees in the near future. But what is a charter ordinance? How does it affect the general public? City clerk Gary Fees said that a charter ordinance differs from a

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