• City budget largely exempt from tax lid

    The city government will be able to raise taxes without a vote despite a state law intended to curb such practices because the vast majority of the budget will be exempt from a so-called tax lid. Finance director Bernie Hayen .

  • Home building boom continues in Pott County

    The housing boom in Pottawatomie County is alive and well. The Pott County Zoning Department issued 138 building permits for new dwelling units in 2016 — the highest number in at least a decade, according to figures compiled by Gregg Webster, zoning administrator. .

  • Myers calls ‘vulgar’ chant at game an embarrassment

    K-State President Richard Myers said he is “personally embarrassed” by an infamous Wildcat chant directed at in-state rival KU. In a letter published Wednesday, Myers said he has been impressed with the K-State community since he took over as the .


    Arica Noel Ahlvers, 28, Topeka, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. The family provided some of the following information: Arica was born May 1, 1988, in Chanute. She was the daughter of Todd and Beth Cooper Shepard. The family moved to the Rossville area when Arica .


    Renate M. Montgomery, 64, died at her residence Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, following an extended illness. The family provided some of the folowing information: Renate was born on April 14, 1952, in Wagon, Germany. She was the daughter of Walter and Olga (Krumsetter) Klingler. Renate .


    Florence Clara Abitz, 90, of Wheaton, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The family provided some of the following information: Florence was born June 26, 1926, in Bremen. She was the daughter of Rudolf and Clara Riggert Stohs. She married Chester Abitz on Nov. 23, 1950, in Bremen. .


    Lucien “Lou” J. Poulin, Jr., 68, died on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House, Manhattan. Friends are invited to join the family at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 for a toast to Lou at the Little Grill, 6625 Dyer Rd., Manhattan. .


    David Scott Campbell, 49, of Manhattan, formerly of Mission, died Saturday afternoon, Feb. 11, 2017, at the Overland Park Regional Hospital. The family provided some of the following information: David was born in Kingston, New York, on Dec. 24, 1967. He was the son of .

  • Best wishes, Coach Snyder

    The first thing to say: Best wishes, Coach. We’re thinking of you. We’re thinking of Bill Snyder, of course. He’s the football coach at K-State, and he revealed earlier this week that he has throat cancer. He .

  • Kim family saga

    Kim Jong Nam wasn’t exactly a household name, except perhaps in the household of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un. And if, perchance, the latter Kim was worried about the former Kim, who was his half-brother, he can move .

  • Change MHS mascot; ‘education’ won’t work

    To the Editor: How long will the Mercury continue to print the trite and vacuous pleas of the Brothers Felber for the retention of the Indian mascot at Manhattan High SchEool? The community has had four or five opportunities since 1970 .

  • There’s action aplenty in latest ‘John Wick’ film

    The “John Wick” films are provocative gestures aimed at the makers of December movies like “Collateral Beauty” and “Manchester by the Sea.” “Soul searching?” the action movies seem to say. “We don’t need no soul searching in our entertainments. .


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