• Local |Government & Politics | May 13, 2014

    Flush Road project gets go-ahead

    The Pottawatomie County Commission Monday approved an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation for improvements to the intersection of Flush Road and U.S. Highway 24. Pottawatomie County will be responsible for right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation and design of the project, with KDOT paying for 100

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | May 13, 2014

    Man wrecks stolen SUV, attempts to steal 2nd car

    A Westmoreland man suspected of driving a stolen SUV while drunk was arrested on Sunday after he had reportedly attacked two people in an attempt to steal another vehicle with which to flee an accident scene. Riley County police on Monday reported that Nathan Woodyard, 37,

  • Movies | May 13, 2014

    New movie ‘Moms’ Night Out’ has some positives


    The new movie comedy “Moms’ Night Out” has Sean Astin (best known as Sam in the Lord of the Rings movies), Patricia Heaton (of TV’s “Everybody Loves Raymond”), Trace Atkins (a country music star), and Abbie Cobb (a young veteran who seems to have

  • Local |Government & Politics | May 13, 2014

    County to pay medical bills for man injured in chase

    Riley County commissioners on Monday agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit over an unpaid medical bill for a man who was injured following a police chase. The suit, brought by the board of Stormont-Vail Healthcare Inc. of Topeka, concerned care for Jason Fisher of

  • Editorials | May 13, 2014

    Jenkins ought to know better

    One can fault Kansas regulators for giving U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins permission to continue to identify herself in her congressional and campaign literature as a certified public accountant, even though she ceased being one when her certification expired in 2012. It has the look of

  • Obituaries | May 13, 2014


    Raymond Henry “Poncho” Garcia, 75, of Wamego, formerly of Onaga, died Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Stormont-Vale Regional Heath Care in Topeka. Poncho was born Jan. 24, 1939 in St. Joseph, Mo., the son of Benito and Marie Refugio Garcia.  He graduated in 1957 from Emmett High School and then

  • Obituaries | May 13, 2014


    Cleo J. Smerchek, 89, of Blue Rapids, died at the Blue Valley Nursing Home on Monday, May 12, 2014. Cleo was born May, 30, 1924 in Oketo to William and Ethel (Stanberry) Taylor.  She graduated from Beattie High School in 1941 and worked at the ASCS office in Marysville from 1943

  • Obituaries | May 13, 2014


    Merwin Leon Jensen, 75, died at home in Wamego on Friday, May 9, 2014. Cremation is planned with memorial services to be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 16, 2014, at the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Wamego, with Reverend Jim Mayes officiating. Private family inurnment will be held at

  • Obituaries | May 13, 2014


    Shirley Talbott, 78, of Ogden, died on Sunday, May 11, 2014, at a hospice in Tomball, Texas. She was born July 15, 1935, in Farmington, Maine, the daughter of the late Walter and Gladys (Coltey) Hatch. On April 24, 1970, she married the late Donald Talbott. She was a homemaker and a

  • May 13, 2014

    Former K-State women’s staff headed to N. Colorado

    The band is getting back together —- at Northern Colorado. Kamie Ethridge, who served as the associate head coach at Kansas State for 18 years under Deb Patterson and was recently named head coach at Northern Colorado, has finalized her staff with some familiar faces. On

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