Wednesday, July 29, 2015


  • Columns | July 18, 2015

    Is Russia really America’s greatest threat?

    “Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security.” So said Gen. Joseph Dunford, incoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff earlier this month. Dunford, now commander of the Marine Corps, surprised lawmakers July 9 when he bluntly told them that Russia, not ISIS, is

  • Local |Business | July 17, 2015

    Opponents: Westar plan limits customer control

    A Westar Energy proposal to change the utility’s rate structure could leave residential customers with less control over their monthly electricity bills. The fee hikes, if instituted, would raise each household’s customer charge, a flat monthly fee, from $12 to $27 by 2020, with a $3 increase

  • Local |Business | July 17, 2015

    Lawrence company sees big future in Manhattan

    A Lawrence tech company will move to Manhattan to manufacture and engineer its products with help from Kansas State University and local businesses. Avatekh Inc. will start working with K-State’s Electronics Design Laboratory, or EDL, and the Manhattan-based Ultra Electronics ICE, or Ultra-ICE, and

  • Local |Government, Politics | July 17, 2015

    Pott County to consider joining planning board

    Pottawatomie County will consider joining the Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board. This came from a discussion during a joint meeting with Manhattan, Riley County and Pottawatomie County officials on Thursday. “It’s really more than adding a person to the planning board,” said Karen Davis,

  • Editorials | July 17, 2015

    Too overweight to enlist?

    Childhood obesity, an acknowledged and even growing problem in the United States, has been associated with a variety of medical problems. Only rarely, however, is it linked with national security. That occurred this week, however, as six retired generals campaigned on behalf of a report

  • Letters | July 17, 2015

    Ethics code, transparency deserve greater respect

    To the Editor: The Mercury’s article Thursday about the City Commission taking action on items not formally published on its agenda skirted issues of ethics and transparency. It’s noteworthy that the city manager and mayor avoided mentioning the city code of ethics in

  • Letters | July 17, 2015

    Westar is overreacting to private solar efforts

    To the Editor: Westar Energy is attempting to punish you if you decide to install a solar panel for part of your electric usage. The company is asking the Kansas Corporation Commission, the board that regulates utility companies, to place a crushing rate on anyone

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | July 17, 2015

    Fugitive from area arrested in Illinois

    A fugitive with ties to the area was arrested by U.S. Marshals Thursday in Urbana, Illinois. Police in May requested the public’s assistance locating Heidi Lynn Webster after she failed to show up for her sentencing in a federal court case. She had

  • Obituaries | July 17, 2015


    Thelma Maxine (Hook) Ransom, 94, of Manhattan, died Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan. The family provided some of the following information. Thelma Maxine Hook was born Sept. 9, 1920, in Pleasant Plains, Arkansas, the daughter of the late William Ernest and Ola (Johnston)

  • Obituaries | July 17, 2015


    Frederick N. Fritz, 79, of Riley, died Thursday, July 16, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan. Funeral services are pending with the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley.

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