Sunday, June 26, 2016


  • Local | June 17, 2016

    1892 election key to Westmoreland’s survival

    WESTMORELAND — When it comes to the origins of small towns in northeast Kansas, two common denominators are rivers and railroads. Westmoreland had neither at the time of its founding, making it in some ways an anomaly. According to one account of town history, “there seems

  • Local |Kansas State University | June 17, 2016

    K-State students digging into past along the banks of Wildcat Creek


    While many students spend their summers on the beach or by the pool, some in Manhattan are digging in the dirt near Wildcat Creek. A K-State anthropology class called Field Methods in Archaeology is spending the month of June digging for artifacts and evidence of

  • Editorials | June 17, 2016

    Loss of small rodent is a big deal

    Few Kansas are likely to miss the Bramble Cay melomys. Few people have even heard of it. But this small rodent that had lived on an atoll about the size of a football field off the coast of Australia is considered the first mammal to

  • Pro Sports | June 17, 2016

    Local driver sets NCRA record

    In a feat that hasn’t been accomplished in the 33-year history of the tour, Manhattan resident and current point leader Lyle Shepard picked up his fourth-straight National Championship Racing Association late model feature victory on June 5 at RPM Speedway in Hays. Justin Bussell and

  • Columns | June 17, 2016

    We’re losing our democracy

    I fervently hope I am wrong, but I fear the Mercury missed the point with its latest Trump editorial. Racist and xenophobic statements should be challenged, of course, but I’m afraid that the more important story is that the tipping point of our democracy

  • Movies | June 17, 2016

    ‘2’ is a stronger movie than was ‘The Conjuring’


    Horror film director James Wan made a movie called “The Conjuring” which we saw in 2013. Lots of us saw it. It made a lot of money. But then it cost quite a bit for a scary movie. Films intended to make teens scream have been

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | June 17, 2016

    Olsburg man arrested in connection with rape

    An Olsburg man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of rape, according to a report from the Riley County Police Department. Zachary Rooting, 20,  who is free on $50,000 bond, also faces a charge of aggravated sexual battery. Both charges stem from an incident that occurred in

  • Obituaries | June 17, 2016


    Martha Howe, 96, died Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Whitewater. The family provided some of the following information. Martha lived life to the fullest. She managed to get the most from every experience and was always open for what life presented. She was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, on

  • Pro Sports | June 17, 2016

    Royals give up 6 homers, lose to Tigers 10-4


    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar has faced the Detroit lineup enough over the years that he should be keenly aware of how dangerous Victor Martinez, Miguel Cabrera and the rest of them can be. Lest he forgot, they gave Hochevar a nice reminder

  • Arts & Leisure | June 16, 2016

    Juneteenth Celebration, Fatty Fest, Father’s Day and more

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    THURSDAY ARTSmart Summer Classes: “Mascot Masks,” 3-4 p.m. for ages 6 and up. Cost: $3 per child, $1.50 for Friends of the Beach Museum members. Beach Museum of Art.   FHDC Go See It Lecture: Fireworks, 6:30 p.m. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the preparations and science that

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