Friday, November 27, 2015


  • Letters | December 20, 2013

    Observing the Sabbath may ease ‘Sunday night blues’

    To the Editor, In last Friday’s Mercury, an article was printed from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune which described the problem of the “Sunday night blues,” and bemoaned the loss of rest, connection, and contentment which Sundays now represent to many people. Could these significant losses

  • Local |Fort Riley | December 20, 2013

    Officials identify soldiers in crash

    The Department of Defense has identified five Fort Riley soldiers killed in the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter in Afghanistan. The soldiers were members of the 1st Infantry Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade and went down in Now Bahar, Afghanistan Tuesday while there supporting

  • Movies | December 20, 2013

    ‘Smaug’ story is entertaining, but it ends too abruptly

    Peter Jackson takes on the middle portion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” in last weekend’s top box office release, “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug,” centering on the exploits of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he and his companions continue their quest

  • Local |Business |Kansas State University |Obituaries | December 20, 2013

    CEO and professor Graham dies

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    John R. Graham, a leader in the Manhattan academic and business community, died of cancer Friday at age 68. “He is a very dear friend, and I’m just broken up over it,” said C. Clyde Jones, K-State business college’s first dean. Graham, chairman and

  • Local |Kansas State University | December 20, 2013

    K-State students contribute to KC design studio

    A design study project to revitalize the Independence Avenue area of northeast Kansas City, Mo., has earned several Kansas State University students a distinguished recognition from the Kansas City chapter of the American Institutes of Architects. “Independence Avenue Urban Vision Study” by the urban design

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | December 20, 2013

    Fort Riley soldier charged with rape appears in court

    A Fort Riley soldier charged with sex crimes against three children appeared in court for a preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon in Riley County court. Christopher Bates, 31, was charged with three counts of rape, three counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and one count

  • Obituaries | December 20, 2013


    Margaret Ilean Henderson, 81, of Manhattan, died Thursday, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan. The family provided some of the following information. She was born on March 10, 1932, in Hamburg, Iowa. She was the daughter of Clyde Mitchell and Sylvia Ilean (Roberts) Chancey.  Margaret

  • Columns | December 20, 2013

    An evening conversation: I take it all back

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    Several years ago, I stopped in a convenience store on my way home from work. I wanted a six-pack of Diet Coke. It was a quiet little shop in central Illinois. I’d been there many times and barely noticed another soul. But on that

  • Editorials | December 20, 2013

    New facilities would bring money here

    It seems as though the so-called “Fieldhouse Project” is going to be batted around by one and all for days, weeks, months — who knows for how long? The city commission has had just one crack at the plan, and already opinions range from setting the

  • Letters | December 20, 2013

    County building issue should be on the ballot

    To the Editor: I read in this paper that the county commission has finalized the bylaws for a public building commission that doesn’t exist. One thing that I have not read or heard is any reason that such a board is necessary or desirable.

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