Tuesday, December 1, 2015


  • Obituaries | January 08, 2014


    Charles “Charlie” Helstrom Hostetler, 75, community business, political and civic leader, died Dec. 8, in Manhattan, Kansas after a courageous battle with cancer. A Memorial Celebration of Life will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan.  Memorials in lieu

  • Obituaries | January 08, 2014


    Darlene Crabb, 75, of Keats, died Tuesday at the Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan. Funeral services are pending with the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley.

  • Editorials | January 08, 2014

    Kim’s nuttiness: Real or surreal?

    Some of the most serious and sober-thinking global media outlets routinely refer to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as a nut case. To the general public, he seems a bit like one of those evil villains doing battle with James Bond. Perhaps these weird

  • Letters | January 08, 2014

    Blaine Thomas made many contributions to community

    To the Editor: Manhattan has recently endured the deaths of three prominent citizens. Two of those citizens (Charlie Hostetler and John Graham) were eulogized in the Mercury in deservedly glowing terms, detailing the rich history of their civic contributions. The Sunday (Jan. 5) Mercury article which

  • Letters | January 08, 2014

    Sometimes it seems like everybody’s gone crazy

    To the Editor: “Has everybody around here gone crazy?”  So cried John Hamilton’s Perry White, 1950s editor of The Daily Planet.  That question can be directed to our various levels of government and special-interest groups. In the heretofore land of the free,

  • Letters | January 08, 2014

    Residents grateful for snow-shoveling ‘angels’

    To the Editor: We have several angels in our neighborhood who have shoveled our driveway several times. We would like to thank them personally. God bless them, and we thank them for doing what they do for others also. There’s lots of good people

  • Men's Basketball | January 08, 2014

    Gipson powers Cats past TCU, 65-47

    FORT WORTH — The memories Thomas Gipson had of his first trip to TCU weren’t good. Gipson played 10 minutes and finished with four points in front of a family-filled crowd. On Tuesday, in the same situation, Gipson thrived. (Kansas State forward Thomas Gipson shoots against

  • Manhattan High School | January 08, 2014

    Big 4th quarter lifts MHS girls past Rural

    TOPEKA — It took her three quarters to get there, but Manhattan High’s Caroline Ballard finally found her jump shot Tuesday night against Washburn Rural. How good was she? Let’s just say had she been playing the NBA Jam video game, she’d have

  • Manhattan High School | January 08, 2014

    MHS boys top Rural to remain undefeated

    TOPEKA — For 6-foot-5 junior wing Pierson McAtee, mismatches are starting to become fairly common. McAtee presents a matchup issue for many teams because typical guards are too short to effectively defend him and posts don’t have the quickness or skillset to guard him on

  • Area Schools | January 08, 2014

    Riley edges Rock Creek girls, 43-31

    FLUSH — The Riley County girls’ basketball team used a strong third quarter to get some much-needed separation against the Rock Creek Mustangs Tuesday night in a 43-31 road win in a rivalry game. Riley County senior guards Katelyn Thomson and Madison Vargo combined for 23 points

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