Tuesday, February 9, 2016


  • Books | January 30, 2016

    Novel highlights Civil War prison conditions

    In Tracy Groot’s book, “The Sentinels of Andersonville,” thousands of Union prisoners crowd into a Confederate prison named Andersonville 10 miles from Americus, Georgia, during the last part of the Civil War.  Emery Jones, a Confederate soldier, captures a wounded Union soldier, and escorts

  • Books | January 30, 2016

    Mitch Albom tells poignant story of music man

    Readers might know Mitch Albom as an author, but many don’t know that he is also a musician. His newest novel, “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto,” shows his love of music through the fictional Frankie Presto — “the best musician there ever was.” The

  • Books | January 30, 2016

    Feminist worthy romance novels at the library


    The romance novel industry has a notoriously bad reputation for producing predictable and unrealistic literature. I’ve recently been on a romance-novel-a-week kind of binge, and after awhile, I became seriously jaded with the lack of creativity that I was encountering. There are certain staple

  • Books | January 30, 2016

    Story of fictional mountain village explores deafness, power of senses

    There is not a single quotation mark in “Soundless” because there is not a single line of dialogue. Spoken dialogue, that is. Every member of Fei’s tiny mountaintop village is born deaf. It has been generations since hearing disappeared, and they have only myths

  • Local |Business | January 30, 2016

    Ryan and Sons agents make realtors board

    Two agents for Ryan and Sons Realtors will serve on the Manhattan Association of Realtors Board of Directors for the current year. Jeff Pfannenstiel was elected to serve as board president for 2016. Son-in-law of broker/owner, Jim Ryan Jr., Pfannenstiel joined the firm in 2012. Phil

  • Local |Business | January 30, 2016

    Boys and Girls Club announces board members

    The Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan added the following individuals to its Board of Directors:  Krystal Dekat, Bev Fulton, Corey Kephart, Josh Kyle and Misty Vinduska. Board terms are for three years. Dekat worked in various areas of education for 16 years before obtaining

  • Local |Business | January 30, 2016

    Office Mart buys Mid-America Office Supplies

    Office Mart acquired Mid-America Office Supplies, 328 Poyntz Ave., effective Jan. 22. Office Mart, 311 Houston Street, Suite A, is a local company that sells furniture, office supplies and other essentials.

  • Editorials | January 30, 2016

    Hunting, fishing are not in peril

    Back in 1777 — the year after the colonies declared independence and so early into the Revolution that there was little certainty the new country would even last — Vermont became the first state to include a provision in its constitution guaranteeing the right of its citizens to

  • Letters | January 30, 2016

    Chamber wrong to hold retreat in another city

    To the Editor: Why in the world is the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce holding its retreat in Overland Park rather than here? Manhattan taxpayers have funded a sweetheart Conventions & Visitors Bureau contract with the Chamber of Commerce for a million dollars annually —$1,000,000! And then

  • Letters | January 30, 2016

    Finishing touches going into bridge pier ‘Welcome’ sign

    To the Editor: I’m sure many of our east bridge pier donors are wondering about the progress of finishing the “WELCOME TO MANHATTAN” sign to go on the art deco pier as one enters Manhattan on K-177. I’m happy to report that the

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