Monday, July 25, 2016


  • Editorials | July 11, 2016

    America needs more empathy

    Last week’s violence across America has a lot of us wondering: What’s going on? And what can we do about it? There are no easy answers, but there’s one simple place to start.   We’ll get back to that in a minute.

  • Local |Government & Politics | July 11, 2016

    Commissioners to discuss budget figure for publication

    The Manhattan City Commission on Tuesday will discuss setting a final budget amount for publication ahead of an Aug. 16 public hearing. The work session starts at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The proposed 2017 budget is $147.68 million, an increase of $9.6 million, or 6.5 percent, from the 2016 budget.

  • General Activities | July 11, 2016

    Manko splits final day of Super 16

    Of the many aspects Manhattan American Legion Manko 17ers manager Steve Disbrow has emphasized to his team this season, minimizing damage has been a stronger one. Sunday his team did just that, responded after giving up two runs with a gaudy eight-run inning and cruising

  • Letters | July 11, 2016

    Boyd’s judgment flawed;  vote for Marvin Rodriguez

    To the Editor: Headline: Riley County commissioners, under political pressure in an election year, refuse the pay hike they gave themselves this year. Important side note: For the past three years, they voted themselves the same pay hikes that greatly exceeded the cost-of-living raises given

  • Movies | July 11, 2016

    ‘Secret Life of Pets’ severely limited in appeal


    About a month ago we were discussing the limits of Pixar’s animated film “Finding Dory” as an entertainment for adults. And less than a year ago we were discussing the effective story-telling in Aardman’s almost wordless “Shaun the Sheep” movie. Now we are

  • Letters | July 11, 2016

    It’s not ‘too early yet’ to eliminate Donald Trump

    To the Editor: The first line in Friday’s Mercury editorial was, “It’s too early yet to pick a presidential candidate…” I have to ask, what color is the sky in a world where it is too early to eliminate Donald Trump as an

  • Letters | July 11, 2016

    County should support development outside city

    To the Editor: I disagree with your opinion in the editorial of July 5. First of all, nothing about expenditures by the Riley County Commission is “routine.” I am confident that approval of the budget and of individual expenditures throughout the year is done with due

  • Obituaries | July 11, 2016


    Kenneth Houk II, 59, of Manhattan, died Sunday, July 10, 2016, at the Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan. He was born on Nov. 20, 1956. Complete obituary information is pending and will be announced by the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

  • Track & Field | July 11, 2016

    Kynard qualifies for Olympics with HJ win


    EUGENE, Ore. — Erik Kynard is one of only seven American high jumpers ever to clear 7 feet, 9 1/4 inches. On Sunday at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials at Hayward Field, it was good enough that he was the only competitor to clear 7-6, even

  • Pro Sports | July 11, 2016

    Gee, Royals roughed up in loss


    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dillon Gee had hoped to give the Kansas City Royals a strong outing heading into the All-Star break. The first inning was anything but strong. Robinson Cano and Adam Lind then homered in a five-run seventh inning and the Seattle Mariners held

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