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  • December 01, 2013

    Prepare for winter by protecting garden beds


    The really cold temperature seems to have arrived earlier this fall than in the recent past. What is usually a casual fall gardening pace has had to quicken. Preparing plants for the winter is on. Protecting plants from temperature extremes is the goal. I’m

  • Off The Beat | December 01, 2013

    It’s OK to be alone

    Brian mug

    I spent Thanksgiving alone. This isn’t a column looking for sympathy. I’m just stating what happened. I actually enjoyed the day. I didn’t work. I watched football. I talked with my family on the phone. However, spending Thanksgiving or Christmas by yourself

  • December 01, 2013

    World’s tallest building has Kansas man’s fingerprints

    Let’s visit the tallest building in the world. It’s located in the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The building is named the Burj Khalifa – sometimes called the Dubai Tower. When this incredibly impressive structure was built, who do you suppose

  • Books | November 30, 2013

    Unusual kitten heals family relationship

    A tiny marshmallow puff of a kitten shows up at the house where young Sara and her father might as well be strangers. Sara desperately wants to talk about her mother’s death, but her father remains aloof, choosing instead to keep his distance, retreating

  • Books | November 30, 2013

    Being different can be a strength

    Temple Grandin’s latest book, “The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum” examines autism in various ways. Perhaps one person in eighty-eight has the syndrome to some degree, which means that someone you know or are related to has it. The first part of the

  • Arts & Leisure | November 29, 2013

    Concert will benefit auditorium

    The Holiday Musical Spectacular, a concert to raise funds for the stage at Peace Memorial Auditorium, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the auditorium. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted at the door to go toward restoring the auditorium’s stage

  • I Wonder |Local |Men's Basketball |Women's Basketball | November 29, 2013

    What are the flashing lights at basketball games in Bramlage?


    Q: Several times during each basketball game I attend at K-State’s Bramlage Coliseum, the big lights at the top of the arena flash like a flash camera. How come? A: It’s a secret plot that the Bob Huggins Mafia installed in the rafters

  • Obituaries | November 29, 2013


    Pauline Snodgrass, 102, died Saturday. Pauline Margaret Lueck was born on Aug. 22, 1911, in Holton. She moved to Netawaka when she was a child and was a graduate of Netawaka High School. After attending Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., Pauline became a teacher in Netawaka, where she

  • Local |Business | November 29, 2013

    Black Friday becoming earlier, more organized


    Black Friday is no longer on Friday, and it’s no longer quite so black. Or bleak. Incidents in recent years that resulted in injuries or even death of employees and shoppers have brought about a more organized, safer Black Friday system in some stores.

  • Local |Business | November 29, 2013

    Mennonite church to build on Poyntz

    The Manhattan Mennonite Church has unveiled plans for a new building and location. The current church building is at 1000 Fremont, and through the help of tithes and donations, church leaders hope to break ground at 821 Poyntz — immediately east of Manhattan High’s east campus — where

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