• May 20, 2014

    Report: Plane broke apart in mid-air in 2012 crash

    LAKE WALES, Fla. — A National Transportation Safety Board report details how a small plane carrying a Kansas businessman, his wife and their four children plunged to the ground after parts of both wings and the horizontal stabilizer broke off in mid-air. But the report released

  • Local |Education | May 20, 2014

    Board to consider mill levy increase

    The USD 383 Board of Education members will consider raising the local mill levy to help fund its capital outlay budget, potentially raising property taxes. The discussion will happen at the board’s Wednesday meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. Currently, the local mill levy for the

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | May 20, 2014

    RCPD forms special reaction team to address violations at Pillsbury

    Visitors to the Pillsbury Crossing Wildlife Area may have noticed an increased Riley County police presence in recent weeks. On Monday, RCPD Patrol Division Capt. Kurt Moldrup told the Riley County police board that the department recently has had a “special reaction team” of three

  • Local | May 20, 2014

    Burn season unusually busy in Pott County

    This spring was an expensive and time-consuming burn season in Pottawatomie County. There were 837 controlled pasture fires during the April burn season and 69 of those (more than eight percent) got out of control, requiring a response from between three and five fire departments, according to

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | May 20, 2014

    Officials expect another surge in construction

    Pottawatomie County officials are anticipating another surge in new housing construction this year. Appraiser Lois Schlegel, in her monthly update to county commissioners Monday, reported 87 property sales in the county during April — considerably higher than the 60 sales during the same period last year. More than

  • May 20, 2014

    China’s dismay is misdirected

    What a surprise. China has denied hacking American multinational companies to steal trade secrets and intellectual property. What’s more, China is downright outraged at the allegations in a 31-count U.S. indictment against five Chinese citizens and calls U.S. claims “extremely absurd.” A

  • Columns | May 20, 2014

    What do Republicans believe?

    I have been called many things for my commentary on Kansas politics over the past four years, but rarely have I been labeled a Republican. I now publicly confess that I am indeed a lifelong, card-carrying Republican, born and raised in Republican territory, rural Harper

  • May 20, 2014


    Memorial services for Irma Jean Fallon, 85, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Peace Lutheran Church, 2500 Kimball Avenue, Manhattan. Mrs. Fallon died on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan. Memorials have been established for Peace Lutheran Church, the Lutheran

  • Obituaries | May 20, 2014


    Keith Robert Jenkins, 24, originally from Culver, Ind., died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Manhattan. Keith was born Nov. 6, 1989, in Temple, Texas. Keith joined the U.S. Army in 2008 as a field artillery cannon crew member at Fort Stewart, Ga. He was deployed from 2009 to 2010 in support of

  • Obituaries | May 20, 2014


    Funeral services for Max E. Deets, 87, longtime manager of Solomon Valley Feedlot, Beloit, will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2914,  at First United Methodist Church, Beloit,  with cremation following. Survivors are wife Marcelyn, sons Douglas,  Darwin, Mark,  daughters Deanna Suder, 

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