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  • Local | December 31, 2012

    2012 marked by drought, warm temps


    The key word for weather in 2012 was dry. For much of the year, the state battled extreme drought that threatened crops and wildlife, and depleted water supplies. “The latest is that we’re still in extreme drought in our area,” state climatologist Mary Knapp said. “

  • Local | December 31, 2012

    New feature offers bits of local history

    The Mercury is introducing a year-long daily feature called Manhattan Milestones. Each day, it will feature interesting and significant happenings from the city’s history. The items are compiled by Kevin Olson, author of the book “Frontier Manhattan.” Here are the entries for Jan. 1 and 2.

  • Local |Government, Politics | December 31, 2012

    Building fees to increase

    For those contractors looking to build in Riley County, the fee to get a permit is going up. Steven Higgins, Riley County zoning officer, told county commissioners Monday that building permits for principal structures were raised from $50 to $75 Dec. 19. That takes the fee for residences

  • Local |Education | December 31, 2012

    Leonardville man to run for USD 378 board

    A Leonardville man has filed for a position on the USD 378 Board of Education. Steven R. Reed filed papers declaring his candidacy for the position 5 seat on the board Friday. He is an electrician and is the current board president.

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | December 31, 2012

    Two burglaries on Thurston

    Two different reports of burglary were reported on Thurston Street. Laura Worner and Chailyn Cummings, 827 Thurston, reported an unknown person or persons entered their home between Dec. 16 and Dec. 29. A 20-inch television and prescription narcotics were reported taken for a total loss of $360. Megan Monnett, 821

  • Obituaries | December 31, 2012

    Harlan Hale

    Harlan G. Hale, 82, of Manhattan died Saturday at his residence.

  • Obituaries | December 31, 2012

    Gertrude Behrens

    Gertrude Behrens, 98, of Barnes died Sunday at the Linn Community Care Home in Linn.

  • Obituaries | December 31, 2012

    Maruja Torres

    Maruja Torres, 92, of Wamego died Sunday at the Wamego City Hospital.

  • Editorials | December 31, 2012

    Adolf Hitler kneels in prayer

    There can be no surprise in the observation that a newly erected statue of Adolf Hitler kneeling and praying at the site of the World War II Warsaw ghetto provokes strong feelings. That was, after all, the artist’s intent; indeed, how could it be

  • Letters | December 31, 2012

    The continuing intrusion of government in our lives

    To the Editor: It’s not just another New Year.  My observation suggests we’re at a significant turning point, a new era.  I hope each of you will pay increased attention to the further intrusion of government, particularly the federal government in

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