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  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | December 21, 2012

    Layne given 24 years in prison for murder


    A district judge sentenced the Manhattan man accused of shooting and killing Steve Freel in December 2011 to 287 months, or roughly 24 years, in prison in Riley County District Court Thursday afternoon. District Judge Meryl Wilson sentenced Michael Layne, 20, in accordance with a plea agreement Layne signed

  • Local | December 21, 2012

    Unemployment at 4.1 percent for November

    Riley County’s jobless rate stood at 4.1 percent during November, according to information released Friday by the Kansas Department of Labor. That figure was 1.3 percentage points below the statewide 5.4 percent rate, which reflected a slight drop from the 5.7 percent October rate. Rates for other area

  • Local |Traffic | December 21, 2012

    1 killed in 2-vehicle crash on I-70

    One person was killed in a two-vehicle accident in Geary County Thursday afternoon, while another person was reportedly hospitalized. The accident occurred at approximately 2:25 p.m. on I-70, near where the interstate intersects with K-57 in Grandview Plaza. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol crash

  • December 21, 2012

    World will end some day, really

    We’re having a little trouble taking these end-of-the-world prophecies seriously. The Jehovah’s Witnesses were wrong often enough that they quit setting dates years ago. And it’s not just because this Mayan calamity, the latest in a long line of such occasions, would

  • Letters | December 21, 2012

    Violence around us is our doing, not God’s

    To the Editor: Once again, as the innocent fall victims to the violence we have created in our environment of divisiveness and hate, the howl goes up: “Why does God permit this?”

  • Local |Agriculture | December 21, 2012

    Manhattan to host women’s farming convention at Hilton

    The 2013 Women Managing the Farm Conference is scheduled Feb. 7-8 and will be held in Manhattan at the Hilton Garden Inn. The agriculture conference for women will be the eighth in a series. It began as a regional offering before becoming a multi-day conference held

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | December 21, 2012

    Man arrested after pursuit

    Riley County officers arrested a Junction City man Thursday after they received a report from Fort Riley Military Police that they had terminated a pursuit with the man in Ogden fleeing from the fort’s Ogden gate. Riley County officers located Richard Jackson, 39, Junction City,

  • Local |Traffic | December 21, 2012

    Injury accident on Kimball

    A Manhattan woman was hospitalized Thursday morning after she reportedly lost control of her vehicle on Kimball Avenue and ran off the road. Lt. Josh Kyle said Margaret Sweany, 28, was driving her red 1997 Honda Passport southbound at approximately 9:30 a.m. when she lost control, overcorrected

  • Obituaries | December 21, 2012

    Lawton Westberry

    Lawton Alex “Wes” Westberry Sr., 64, of Lebanon, Va., and formerly of Valdosta, Ga., died Tuesday at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tenn.

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | December 21, 2012

    Emergency accident reporting phase over

    The Riley County Police Department is no longer in an emergency traffic accident response and reporting phase. Officials said the department is responding to and filing reports on accidents as per normal procedures. Police encouraged motorists needing to file an accident report for an event

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