• ‘Memory of Water’ quenches thirst

    Emmi Itaranta’s award winning Finnish debut novel, “Memory of Water,” portrays a bleak future ruled by water scarcity. Set in the distant future, global warming has melted the polar ice caps and rising sea water has submerged all coastlines .

  • ‘The Heist’ one of Silva’s finest

    The espionage-international thriller genre has few protagonists as memorable as Gabriel Allon. He’s not the biggest, the strongest or the fastest agent. He’s middle aged and then some, and except for his green eyes, he’s physically unimpressive. .

  • Study finds benefits to burning Flint Hills prairie in fall, winter

    Kansas State University researchers have completed a 20-year study that looks at the consequences of burning Flint Hills prairie at different times of the year. It finds that burning outside of the current late spring time frame has no measurable .

  • JILL CARLSON

    Jill Ann (Frechette) Carlson, Manhattan, 52, died July 26, 2014, at Oklahoma State University Medical Center-Tulsa. The family provided some of the following information. Jill was born on June 29,1962, in Milwaukee, Wis., to James and Elois Frechette. She grew up in Overland Park .

  • JEAN PETERKA

    Jean E. Peterka died on Wednesday, July 30, 2014,  at Meadowlark Hills in Manhattan. The funeral mass was at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Wichita on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 9:30 a.m. with a burial following. Her grandson, the Rev. Peter .

  • WARREN MCCRACKEN

    Warren V. McCracken, 90, of Belleville died July 31, 2014. He was born March 14, 1924, in rural Cuba, the youngest son of Thaddeus L. McCracken and Myrtle (Dorman) McCracken. He served with the United States Army during World War II. He was united in .

  • GABRIEL RAYAS

    Gabriel Richard Rayas, 71, Salina, died July 31, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. He was born March 24, 1943, in Kendall, the son of Jess and Dolores (Coronado) Rayas. Gabe was an army veteran serving from 1964 to 1966. He worked in the optical profession .

  • Tips for watering plants Greggeyestone1

    Plants need water to survive, fill fruit and develop flowers for next year. A slow trickle of water to the roots of your plants is ideal. Soaking the root system will make for a healthy and fruitful plant. In general, .

  • State health foundation board appoints local woman

    The Rev. Claudia Bakely, Manhattan resident and Flint Hills district superintendent for the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church, was appointed to the Kansas Health Foundation board of directors. Bakely practiced nursing for 25 years and then began working .

  • Local RE/MAX gets new associate broker

    Mary Scharfe recently earned her Broker’s license, becoming an associate broker with RE/MAX Manhattan, Realtors. In June, Scharfe received the President’s Club Award from the Manhattan Association of Realtors. She was also awarded the Realtor Spirit Award .

  • How far will Putin push U.S. and Europe?

    I recently reread a 2000 book by a German analyst, Alexander Rahr, titled “Vladimir Putin, the German in the Kremlin.” While I respect the author,  I wondered why I was rereading a book that came out 14 years ago. After all, .

  • Body recovered at Pillsbury Crossing

    A person drowned Saturday evening at Pillsbury Crossing. Emergency personnel recovered the body from the water after about two hours of searching. A Riley County Police Department dispatcher confirmed that at 7:32 p.m., someone reported that a person went under .







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