• Commission supports mortgage tax

    WESTMORELAND — Pottawatomie County has joined a growing number of counties opposing elimination of the mortgage registration tax in Kansas.  The county commission Monday gave its unanimous approval to a resolution opposing the elimination of the tax, which imposes a fee .

  • Schuster to change plea in federal court

    TOPEKA — A Manhattan doctor accused of illegally distributing prescription painkillers scheduled a change of plea hearing this week. Dr. Michael P. Schuster, 53, will appear in federal court on Thursday, said Jim Cross, spokesman for U.S. prosecuting attorney Barry Grissom. .

  • Uh… this isn’t our airport…

    It was bizarre, and a little humorous, last November when an Atlas Air 747 Dreamliner carrying cargo from New York City’s JFK International Airport to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita missed the mark — by about 10 miles — and landed instead .

  • An evening conversation: Paying it forward Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    EVERY SO often, people who put words together for a living will say: “Boy, that story was so good, it just wrote itself.” We don’t mean that literally. Well, hardly ever. Our chat tonight is one of those, the .


    James “Jim” Chesney Brant, 81, died Wednesday at South Wind Hospice in Pratt. The family provided some of the following information. He was born May 27, 1932, in rural Pratt County to Charles C. and Zoe D. (Thompson) Brant.  He married Dorris .

  • Frankfort woman sentenced in fraud

    TOPEKA — A former Marshall County insurance agent convicted of stealing customers’ premiums was sentenced in federal court Monday. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Monica Smart, 49, of Frankfort, was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $160,000 in .


    Gary L. Hankins, 62, of Junction City, died on Friday at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan. The family provided some of the following information. Visitation will be held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Penwell-Gabel Johnson Chapel, 203 N. Washington St. .

  • Shooting suspect requests continuance

    WESTMORELAND — A Wamego man suspected of shooting at police outside of Manhattan’s Quality Inn and Suites in December requested an extended status hearing today. Dustin Monroe, 33, will appear in Pottawatomie County court Feb. 25 in a continued status hearing from .


    Jonathan Lehmann, 48, of Orchard, Neb., died Thursday in Orchard. Graveside service was held in Claflin. Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Clearwater, Neb., is handling arrangements. The family provided some of the following information. Jonathan Carl Lehmann was born on July 9, 1965, .

  • Parole denied for man convicted in 1974 murder

    TOPEKA — A 66-year-old man convicted of murder, rape and kidnapping almost 40 years ago was denied parole this week. According to information on the Kansas Department of Corrections website, Frank Pencek was not eligible because his next possible release date is .


    LaMoyne Riffel of Manhattan died Monday. A full obituary will be published later.  Services are pending with Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home & Cremation of Manhattan..

  • Man sentenced in trafficking case

    JUNCTION CITY — A Junction City man was sentenced Monday in a human trafficking and rape case. Paul Goodman III, 43, was sentenced in Geary County court to 57 months in prison on three counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Goodman will .


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