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  • Manhattan High School | May 28, 2013

    MHS relay team medals at state

    The Manhattan High 4x800 team (Jessica Smith, Rachel Beach, Amanda Frakes and Emilie Liebe) medaled at Saturday’s state track meet, but was not included in the story. The group came in with the 13th-seeded time, but finished in sixth place with a time of 10:00.62,

  • General Activities | May 28, 2013

    Bullets play in KC

    The Optimist 12-and-under Bullets traveled to Kansas City to compete in the USSSA Memorial Day NIT tournament this past weekend.  It was the biggest fastpitch event in the Midwest so far this season, drawing teams from all over Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas.

  • General Activities | May 28, 2013

    Optimist Aftershock opens season

    The Manhattan Optimist 14-and-under Aftershock softball team made its summer debut recently in Clay Center.  The Aftershock lost to Salina Stealth, 10-0 in the first game.  Makayla Tegtmeier took the loss with Olivia Lee behind the plate. Emily Brummett had the only hit.

  • General Activities | May 28, 2013

    Lasers Go 5-1 in Olathe

    The Manhattan Optimist 18-and-under Lasers opened their 2013 tournament season by winning five out of six games in the ASA Memorial Day Invitational tournament in Olathe this past weekend. The Lasers opened pool play on Saturday afternoon with a 9-3 victory over the Blue Springs (Mo.)

  • General Activities | May 28, 2013

    Lady Indians go 5-1

    The Manhattan Optimist 14-and-under Lady Indians posted a 5-1 record in the rain-shortened ASA Memorial Day Invitational in Olathe this past weekend. The tournament was scheduled to run through Monday, but lightning and rain washed away Monday’s bracket play. The Lady Indians were winners

  • Movies | May 27, 2013

    ‘Hangover 3’ looks like the conclusion of a trilogy


    I re-read what I wrote about “The Hangover” and “The Hangover 2,” movies made by Todd Phillips. I was looking for some tip off in the genuinely funny first movie and the slavishly similar second movie that they were intended as the first two in a

  • Local | May 27, 2013

    The fight over construction of Tuttle Creek: post-1951

    Blue valley belles resized.phatch

    Editor’s Note:  The Corps of Engineers will celebrate Tuttle Creek Lake’s 50th anniversary on June 1. With the help of the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the lake, the Mercury is publishing a series

  • Local |Government, Politics | May 27, 2013

    Budget process to begin

    City commissioners plan to hold their first 2014 budget work session on Tuesday. Several city departments have requested increases to their budgets, but it was not immediately clear what the overall proposed increase might be from the current–year $121.8 million document. In the $25.99 million general fund

  • Local |Government, Politics | May 27, 2013

    Phillips works for free now

    One area legislator began working for free when the 2013 Kansas Legislature rolled past its statutory 90-day limit Friday. State Rep. Tom Phillips, a Republican, was among nearly two dozen lawmakers who declared they would waive income from the session beyond Thursday’s 90-day limit. Also

  • Neighbors | May 27, 2013

    Battling ALS into overtime


    Scott Jennings is a rarity. He has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease that leads to rapidly progressive weakness, muscle atrophy and spasticity, and difficulty speaking, swallowing and breathing. Thirty-thousand people suffer from it, and half are dead within three years of its onset. Yet

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