• Outsider LaPolice to keep fighting

    Alan LaPolice is fighting the establishment. LaPolice is an independent candidate for Kansas’ 1st District congressional seat. In the general election Nov. 8, he will face Republican Roger Marshall of Great Bend, who beat incumbent Tim Huelskamp in the primary. Speaking .

  • Osage Street apartment fire causes $25K in damage

    A Monday afternoon fire at 518 Osage St. caused $25,000 in damage, according to the Manhattan Fire Department. Firefighters responded to the three-story apartment building at 5:35 p.m. Monday. Crews found a building with smoke showing from the front of the structure. .


    Merle Shogren, 89, Manhattan, died Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 at the Bethany Home in Lindsborg. The family provided some of the following information. Merle was born on Nov. 20, 1926 in Lindsborg, the son of Howard and Bernice Shogren. He graduated from Lindsborg High School. .


    Kathryn Mary (Brannagan) Holthus, 80, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 at Smith County Memorial Hospital in Smith Center. The family provided some of the following information. Kathy was born Dec. 9, 1935 to LaVern and Louise (Flessner) Brannagan in rural Adams County, Nebraska. Kathy married .

  • Colorado pot alters Kansas market

    News from the Kansas Attorney General’s Office that marijuana from Colorado has “permeated nearly all parts of Kansas” isn’t quite alarming, but it deserves more than a shrug. First, Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s findings should not surprise .

  • Mercury’s online access to news is too limited

    To the Editor: I am currently enrolled in a class at K-State focused on the topic of gender issues in mass communication. One of my assignments is to write a letter to the editor about a gender, race or religious .

  • Move paid political ads out of letters column

    To the Editor: Why don’t you rename your Letters to the Editor column the Paid Political Advertisements column? Either that, or move the paid political advertisements to the classified ads section of your newspaper. Mike Sekal 2020 Meadowlark Road.

  • Endorsement letters

    Highland an effective, experienced leader To the Editor: Never before now have I paid to have a letter to the editor published, political or otherwise. In this case, it is important to make a principled exception. Shortly after entering the .

  • Time to shine: Wade has new confidence for Cats

    Somewhere hidden in the comedy of the movie “Caddyshack,” Kansas State coach Bruce Weber thought there was a good lesson for sophomore forward Dean Wade. Wade averaged 10 points and five rebounds per game last year, but he wasn’t always .

  • Mittie hopes newcomers can add more depth

    Kansas State women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie hopes to work toward being a #RingTeam, a hashtag used by the Wildcats over the summer. “Let’s say we played at 50 miles per hour last year,” Mittie said. “We’d like .

  • Matchup against Texas to kick off at 11 a.m.

    The Big 12 Conference and ESPN announced Monday that Kansas State’s Oct. 22 homecoming game against Texas will kick off at 11 a.m. and will be televised by either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. The exact television designation will be determined following .

  • ‘Miss Peregrine ...’ a different kind of Burton movie

    Everybody who knows anything much about movies knows Tim Burton. His films include “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure,” “Beetle-Juice,” the 1989 “Batman,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Ed Wood,” “Mars Attacks!,” the remakes of “Planet of the Apes” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “.


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