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  • Arts, Leisure | June 23, 2013

    Center works to balance the modern and the natural in updates to facilities


    JUNCTION CITY — Area 4-Hers wrapped up their time at Rock Springs last weekend, and the next group of campers has moved in. From all over the grounds, kids can be heard squealing and splashing at the pool, laughing as they weave rafts out of grasses,

  • Off The Beat | June 23, 2013

    100 years bring a lot of change


    My mom would have turned 100 this year. She was born in Manhattan in 1913, increasing the city’s population to 7,001. New American flags had 48 stars then, but just barely — Arizona and New Mexico had just entered the Union the year before. The average life expectancy (for

  • Books | June 23, 2013

    ‘Wool’ takes a look at what it takes to survive post apocalyptic life

    The story of how Hugh Howey’s dystopian novel “Wool” earned the author seven figures before it even had a publisher is so compelling that’s it’s surpassed only by the plot contained in the book itself. The book started as a short story

  • Books | June 23, 2013

    A summer hospital job puts things into perspective for teen

    “At Loomis Hospital we respect the differences of the people who come here for treatment. There are certainly lots of differences, believe you me. I’ve seen all kinds of folks over the years, especially in the summer when it seems like the entire city

  • June 23, 2013

    1863, one of the bloodiest war years marking the height of the Civil War


    One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, Kansas State Agricultural College, now Kansas State University, welcomed its first students. That same year, 1863, witnessed the three bloodiest battles of the American Civil War. Already in its third year, the conflict was far from over. From May 1 to May 4, 1863, more than 30,000

  • Books | June 23, 2013

    A story of journalist Philip Meyer’s journey in the news world

    Noted journalist and professor Philip Meyer’s path through journalism started with a paper route at the Clay Center Dispatch and went through a writing stint at the Manhattan Mercury-Chronicle, Topeka Daily Capital and the Topeka State Journal. Although his first job at the Dispatch

  • Books | June 23, 2013

    ‘1816’ tackles how people reacted to the weather change in the 1800s and how their lives changed

    This is a fascinating look at how weather drastically changed the world almost two centuries ago, although the people at the time did not realize the cause.  We now know that the massive eruption of the Indonesian volcano Tambora in 1815 was the cause of

  • June 23, 2013

    How to power an antique vehicle

    It’s the opening ceremony of the Pan American Games. Down the street comes a special dignitary: the Queen of England in a vintage 1951 Cadillac limousine. When that car was rebuilt, where do you suppose they found the necessary expertise? Would you believe, at a

  • Columns | June 23, 2013

    Tall tales about brome grass


    Even though experts now predict the 2013 Kansas wheat crop to nose barely above a mere 300 million bushels — this boosted in many places by timely rains and long absent rains this spring—harvest is still a time for festival-like thinking and feelings. A real festival celebrating

  • Obituaries | June 23, 2013

    Deborah Pickrell

    Deborah Ann Pickrell, 49, of Manhattan died Thursday at her home after a long battle with diabetes.

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