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  • Holidays |Movies | December 22, 2013

    Holiday movies add to enjoyment of the season


    Whether you’re hosting a house full of company or hoping for some welcome time to yourself this holiday season, consider watching one of these endearing but often-overlooked popular films with Christmas or New Year’s Eve themes.  Modern comedies, sublime romances, and forgotten

  • Local |Kansas State University | December 22, 2013

    New country dance team swings into action, two-steps for region

    Several Kansas State University students are two-stepping their way across the region as members of the Swinging Spurs, the dance performance team of the university’s Country Two-Step and Swing Dance Club. The Swinging Spurs perform country two-step, swing dance and more at local, state

  • Obituaries | December 22, 2013


    Jo A. Lauffer, 78, of Topeka, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. She was born March 25, 1935, on the family farm in rural Westmoreland, the daughter of Peter E. and Edith L. (McProud) Macht. She was a 1952 graduate of Wamego Rural High School. She attended Washburn University, where she was

  • Obituaries | December 22, 2013


    Audrey Ann Pfizenmaier, 78, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 at Presbyterian Manor in Clay Center. She was born Dec. 13, 1935 in Clay County to Ernest and Julia (Marshal) Small. Audrey was raised in Clay County and graduated from Clay Center Community High School in 1953.  She married Paul Pfizenmaier

  • Obituaries | December 22, 2013


    John R. Graham, 68, of Manhattan, died Dec. 20, 2013, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan. He was born Aug. 14, 1945, in Liberal. Mass of the Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 2900 Kimball Ave., Manhattan, with the Rev.

  • Obituaries | December 22, 2013


    Thomas “Tom” Whited, 49, died on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at his residence in Manhattan of natural causes. He was born on July 28, 1964 at Ft. Knox, Ky., the son of John T. and Helga (Friedwald) Whited. Tom graduated from Manhattan High School with the class of 1983. He was

  • Editorials | December 22, 2013

    New regents policy really bad idea

    The Kansas Board of Regents seems to have leaped headlong into a briar patch — and its only explanation for all the cuts and scratches seems to be: “Well, being silly isn’t illegal.” The idea that you might not be breaking the law really isn’

  • Arts & Leisure | December 22, 2013

    ‘Home Alone,’ carriage rides and snowman storytime

    TODAY   Read to Dogs, 2-4 p.m. Read to a certified therapy dog. The dogs have been trained to listen, and they help children relax while reading. Avid readers welcome also. No sign up required. Manhattan Public Library Storytime Room.   The Historic Columbian Theatre in

  • Arts & Leisure | December 22, 2013

    Choose the best holiday film for your gathering

    Last year my entire family — husband, sisters, parents, aunt and uncle — ended up sitting down together on Christmas Day and watching “Game of Thrones.” I don’t recommend it. It’s a great show, a popular HBO series about a mythical land of kings and

  • Holidays |Off The Beat | December 22, 2013

    Still a pretty sweet gift

    Last year, right after Thanksgiving, I embarked on the most involved cooking project I have ever undertaken. It was also probably the most involved gift I have ever given. If you knew me, you would know that means it was pretty darn involved. I made

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