• Editorials | April 23, 2016

    What will it take, Gov. Brownback?

    Kansas is a long way from the high seas in the 19th century, yet Gov. Sam Brownback and his obsession with protecting the 2012 income tax cuts calls to mind Capt. Ahab’s obsession with Moby Dick, the great white whale that bit off his leg.

  • Off The Beat | April 23, 2016

    Planning a trip via IT support?

    Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    It’s one of the world’s great fibs. You’re trying to make a call to some giant corporation, and you’re on hold for a half-hour waiting for someone in the Philippines or Bangladesh to try sorting out a problem that makes you

  • Books | April 23, 2016

    Exile leads to mystery for Chinese librarian

    Recently participants in the Manhattan Public Library’s BookTalk spring reading program discussed what keeps readers interested in mysteries. Three main elements were identified — the challenge of solving the crime, the fascination with the geographical, political or historical aspects of the setting, and growing investment

  • Books | April 23, 2016

    Inspiring heroine takes on pre-WWII rescue mission

    The year is 1938, and Maisie Dobbs, a British woman, is a widow whose husband was killed while test-flying an aircraft some years earlier. Maisie was pregnant at the time, and because of grief and trauma, lost her baby not long afterward. She’s been through

  • April 23, 2016

    Locals honored at Emporia State

    Four local students were named to Emporia State University’s Phi Eta Sigma scholastic honor society. More than 100 first-year students were inducted into society at Emporia on April 13. Phi Eta Sigma is the national scholastic honor society for students with an average of 3.5 or higher

  • Books | April 23, 2016

    All that jazz at the Manhattan Public Library


    Celebrate International Jazz Day this April 30. In 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), designated April 30 as International Jazz Day. Its purpose was to bring communities, schools, artists, historians, academics and jazz enthusiasts from all over the world together to celebrate and learn

  • Track & Field | April 23, 2016

    Wildcats win nine events on final day in Arkansas

    A strong overall team performance saw the Kansas State track and field team earn nine first-place finishes and have one school record broken as competition at the John McDonnell Invitational came to a close on Saturday. Over the course of the weekend, K-State won a

  • Local |Business | April 23, 2016

    Kansas bricks construct buildings around the US

    Let’s go to the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Here we see a beautiful new brick building under construction. Where do you suppose those bricks came from? Would you believe they came from a plant in rural Kansas? Mike Kaiser told

  • Letters | April 23, 2016

    Some perspective helpful on Prince’s contributions

    To the Editor: Sometimes our nation’s values get totally out of whack. One example: All of the media attention given to the musician Prince’s death. One comparison: Compare his contributions to society with those made daily by first-grade teachers who teach youngsters to

  • Obituaries | April 23, 2016


    Willie S. McDonald, 68, Junction City, died April 19, 2016, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan. The family provided some of the following information. Willie was born May 6, 1947, in Belle Glade, Florida, to Freddie and Willie Lee (Griston) McDonald. He graduated from Lakeshore High School in

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