Wednesday, June 29, 2016


  • Local |Business | June 24, 2016

    Dierks Bentley highlights first night of festival


    “Let’s blow out these city lights!” The first words out of country crooner Dierks Bentley’s mouth Thursday were met with screams, cheering and applause at the opening night of the 21st-annual Country Stampede. Bentley was the headliner for the evening. “I think Stampede

  • Local |Business | June 24, 2016

    Metal-loving Mercury reporter goes country… sort of


    As I drove over the Tuttle Creek Dam and looked down into the makeshift city propped up on the state park’s campgrounds for this weekend’s Country Stampede, I counted my blessings for the ominous clouds that suppressed the heat instead of anyone’s

  • Editorials | June 24, 2016

    Democrats erred in ending sit-in

    Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives gained a little momentum — and relevance — earlier this week when they staged a sit-in to protest the Republicans’ refusal to even allow a vote on a gun control measure Democrats supported. But Democrats’ potentially powerful statement

  • Local |Business | June 24, 2016

    Via Christi to open new entrance on Thursday

    Via Christi Hospital’s new patient entrance and admissions area will open Thursday, according to a report from hospital officials. It’s to the right (west) of the old main entrance. The new patient entrance will include an admissions desk, large waiting room and lab

  • General Activities | June 24, 2016

    Sparks alone in lead at Classic


    Hunter Sparks took the lead at the Colbert Charity Classic on Thursday, leading the field by one stroke. Sparks shot 3-under par to pull to 7-under for the tournament, pulling a stroke ahead of Joshua Creel and three ahead of Gary Brame Jr., who were

  • Letters | June 24, 2016

    Cultural experiences were highlights of exchange year

    To the Editor: It’s hard to believe that, I, Jana Eder from Austria, will be leaving this country after spending 11 months as an AFS exchange student in a special place called Wamego! So many people have made this year wonderful, and I want to

  • Letters | June 24, 2016

    Ryan’s duty is to the people, not to the GOP or to Trump

    To the Editor: Paul Ryan stated in an interview that he could not avoid endorsing Donald Trump because, as the House leader, it is his job to lead the institution, not to support a chasm. But, his job is to lead the government, not the

  • Obituaries | June 24, 2016


    Lois J. Gritton, 86, Manhattan, died Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan. She was born June 24, 1929, in Dodge City. Complete obituary and service information will be announced later by the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

  • Obituaries | June 24, 2016


    Sean A. Neel, 39, died Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He was born Aug. 23, 1976, the son of James Patrick and Shirley F. (Schlegel) Neel. A complete obituary will be released later by the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

  • Football | June 24, 2016

    K-State to play Colorado, WSU in football

    Kansas State added a pair of Power-5 conference opponents to its future football schedules, including a familiar former Big 12 opponent. K-State athletic director John Currie announced the addition of games against Colorado and Washington State in a letter to fans on Thursday. The Wildcats will

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