• Slavery, family story starts slow

    Hannah Ens Contributing writer The synopsis for this book had one of my “sign me up” phrases: upstairs- downstairs drama. Toss in magic with a societal power imbalance and I’m in. Gilded Cage takes place in contemporary Britain where .

  • Meet the Makers, prairie chicken booming and more

    SUNDAY Free genealogy presentation: Getting Started with Your German Family History, 2 p.m. Learn about things you need to know in both American and German records to begin tracing your German roots. The presenter, Kelsee Walker, has a bachelor’s .

  • ‘Kong’ isn’t the worst choice for monster movies

    If you must go see a movie about giant monsters, maybe “Kong Skull Island” wouldn’t be the worst choice. It looks tons better than “Godzilla” (even the newest version). And if its story doesn’t have the figurative kick .

  • Old gym memories

    Afternoon walks sometimes take me to the Kansas State campus, where I enjoy strolling through venerable old buildings filled with memories of my time as a K-State student in the early 1970s. The other day, I ventured into the Gymnasium .

  • Borrowing is not a good solution

    Perhaps the best thing about the budget bill the Kansas Senate approved last week is that it wasn’t as bad as it might have been. Senators didn’t, for example, cut funding for public schools; that’s largely because .

  • Vegetable growing time is upon us

    My rhubarb plantings are showing signs of spring growth. The asparagus patch has been cleaned up. Broccoli plants are growing in my basement. St. Patrick’s Day is the unofficial start to the vegetable gardening season. Join myself and a .

  • Randolph outdoor school teaches survival, preparedness Outdoor

    Dave Carlson has spent a lot of the last year and a half cutting trees in the woods. He’s used the wood to build grills, a cooking stand, fire circles and has started to build emergency shelters and a .


    Helen Elizabeth Roth Schurle, age 96, died Thursday, March 16, 2017. The family provided some of the following information. Helen was born Sept. 10, 1920, at Green. She was the daughter of Fred and Hattie (Mall) Roth. She married Willard F. Schurle on May 9, l941, .


    Donald H. Bechtel, 90, of Manhattan, died Saturday, March 18, 2017, at his residence. He was born on Oct. 12, 1926, in Manhattan, and had been a lifetime Manhattan resident. Additional obituary information and service times will be announced later by the Yorgensen-Meloan- Londeen Funeral .


    Elizabeth “Liz” Marie Meyer, 30, of rural St. George, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Stormont-Vail Healthcare in Topeka. The family provided some of the following information. Liz was born in Manhattan on Nov. 14, 1986. She was the daughter of Doug Meyer and Melissa .

  • In baseball story, big personalities collide

    Aaron Pauls Contributing writer I can tell you right off the bat that if you aren’t interested in baseball, you can safely stop reading this review, as there’s little chance you’ll like “The Pine Tar Game.” Of .

  • Book recommendations for young naturalists and outdoor lovers

    Early spring days of tree buds and hungry birds make me look for books that include the outdoors. Here are some great new children’s books for nature lovers. “Applesauce Weather,” by award-winning poet Helen Frost, is a gentle story .


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