Sunday, August 30, 2015


  • Men's Basketball | August 21, 2015

    Wildcats announce Big 12 slate

    The Kansas State men’s basketball team released its Big 12 Conference schedule on Thursday, which starts with a home contest against West Virginia on Jan. 2. The Wildcats, who own the second-most Big 12 wins (52) in the last five seasons, will play 14 league games against teams that

  • Local |Kansas State University | August 20, 2015

    Schulz discusses NCAA changes

    K-State President Kirk Schulz told USA Today that recent changes allowing college athletes to have an additional $160 million in benefits will require “a little bit of trust.” Schulz, who also serves as chairman of the NCAA board of governors, was at the center of two

  • Local |Education | August 20, 2015

    District asked to list efficiencies for extra aid

    USD 383 Superintendent Bob Shannon will make the district’s case for more state cash Monday in Topeka, but first he needs to demonstrate to state officials how the district has “innovated and used efficiencies” to improve outcomes in district classrooms. The Manhattan-Ogden School District recently

  • Local |Government, Politics | August 20, 2015

    Counselor offers new proposal to recoup delinquent taxes

    A Riley County official on Thursday suggested commissioners propose a new statute to help collect back taxes. County counselor Clancy Holeman suggested that Riley County commissioners propose a statute to the Kansas Association of Counties that would require individuals to pay off delinquent property taxes

  • Local |Education | August 20, 2015

    Riley County High School principal placed on leave

    Riley County High School is starting a new school year with a new principal. USD 378 superintendent Nancy Meyer said the district placed Antoinette Root on administrative leave on July 31, but she didn’t give details on why the action occurred. Meyer said the district hired

  • Local |Education | August 20, 2015

    Board finalizes budget, approves calendar

    The Manhattan-Ogden school board gave final approval to the district’s 2015-16 school budget Wednesday. The board unanimously passed the budget, which is set at $83.4 million. That’s an increase of $2.29 million, or 2.8 percent, from last year. The mill levy is set at 55.930 mills, an

  • Editorials | August 20, 2015

    Another stride for downtown

    Like a lot of business transactions, years could pass before it’s clear whether the city got a good deal in agreeing to amend the lease for Manhattan Town Center. As a story in Wednesday’s Mercury explained, the city, which owns the ground on

  • Columns | August 20, 2015

    Political correctness is so wrong

    I am an old guy disgusted and offended by political correctness — PC. Where and when did this plague get started? There are several potential origins dating from the early to mid 20th century under Stalinist doctrine. It referred to the Communist Party line, separa-ting socialists

  • Movies | August 20, 2015

    It’s a quiet month for new DVD releases


    It turns out that this month is one of those oddly quiet ones in the DVD release business. Maybe the powers in Hollywood think we’re all too busy watching baseball to want to see movies, at least at home. There are some potentially interesting,

  • Arts, Leisure | August 20, 2015

    Art Happens, Cattle Baron’s Ball, K-State welcome rally and more


    This weekend is the opportunity to witness art in the making during Manhattan Arts Center’s annual fundraiser, Art Happens. The MAC’s signature fundraiser features demonstrations and performances by local artists. This year’s featured demonstrating artist is Kim Casebeer, a Kansas born and

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