Tuesday, May 26, 2015


  • Books | May 17, 2015

    ‘Journeys Home’ offers 25 personal essays about family history

    This beautiful book consists of 26 short personal essays, most around 10 pages long, about people traveling back to lands from which their parents, grandparents or more distant ancestors came. Sometimes they seek forebears from several hundred years ago or even longer, sometimes as recently as the

  • Books | May 17, 2015

    ‘Chestnut Street’ provides glimpse into Dublin

    Maeve Binchy was one of Ireland’s most prolific and popular writers, writing for more than 27 years and selling 40 million books. In addition to best-selling novels, she wrote a number of interlocking short stories, many never made public. They were recently assembled in a book

  • Books | May 17, 2015

    Celebrate a ‘summer of heroes’ at your library


    Every hero has a story, and you can discover them all at the library this summer. Super heroes will take over the library during summer reading with books, prizes and programs for everyone from babies to adults. Everyone is invited to kick off the summer

  • Books | May 17, 2015

    Book provides support and comfort to smokers trying to drop the habit

    So you’ve tried the patches, gum and candy. Medication only made you drowsy with hardly any energy to spare. Over and over, you’ve sucked air from plastic straws that had been cut to the size of cigarettes. Going cold turkey is especially difficult

  • Gardening | May 16, 2015

    Mulch reduces weeds in the garden


    In my garden, weeds are more of a pest than insects and plant disease. It takes an assertive effort to keep weeds in check, and mulch is my biggest helper. Many weed seeds need light to start growing. If weeds are covered with mulch, it

  • Obituaries | May 16, 2015


    Jack M. Burke, 83, died at his summer home on Otter Tail Lake in Minnesota on Friday, May 8, 2015. The family provided some of the following information. His parents were Vivian and Merril Burke. He was born near Williston, N.D. on June 28, 1931. He grew up in

  • Obituaries | May 16, 2015


    Tyrone Muller, 49, of Clay Center, died Saturday, May 9, 2015, at his home. The family provided some of the following information. He was born on Aug. 2, 1965, in Heidelberg, Germany, the son of Carl and Gisela (Beckmann) Muller. Tyrone moved with his family to the United States in 1974,

  • Obituaries | May 16, 2015


    Laura Linn Knowles, 52, died peacefully at her home in Florham Park, N.J., on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The family provided some of the following information. She was the daughter of Terry and Marcia (Butler) Knowles, Topeka, and sister of Julie Knowles, also of Florham Park. During

  • Local |Briefs |Business | May 16, 2015

    Local insurance agency makes top 10 for growth

    Charlson-Wilson Insurance Agency of Manhattan has been named one of the top 10 growth agencies for Auto-Owners Insurance in Missouri and Kansas for 2014. The agency was recognized at a luncheon meeting in Columbia, Missouri, and a reception with all regional associates, where they and other recipients

  • Local |Briefs |Business | May 16, 2015

    Mall hires marketing manager

    Manhattan Town Center announced Monday that Jeff Sutton has been hired as its marketing manager. Sutton comes to Manhattan Town Center with 15 years of media, communications, leadership and marketing experience. He previously served as director of marketing, business partnerships and leadership development at Kansas Farm

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