Monday, November 30, 2015


  • Football | November 25, 2015

    K-State’s 2016 football schedule finalized

    Big 12 matchups in Bill Snyder Family Stadium with Texas Tech, Texas, Oklahoma State and KU, and the season opener at Stanford, highlight the Kansas State’s complete 12-game 2016 football schedule that was released Tuesday. With six home games and two in-season bye weeks, the Wildcats

  • Local |Government, Politics | November 24, 2015

    Leaders talk grant money, parks

    Area officials discussed a program Monday during an intergovernmental luncheon that could increase safety for students who walk or bike to school. Safe Routes to School is a federally funded program administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation. Jared Tremblay, city infrastructure analyst, said $250,000 is

  • Local |Kansas State University | November 24, 2015

    Student named Marshall scholar


    A K-State student will continue his studies in the United Kingdom after receiving a prestigious scholarship. Jordan Thomas, an Atchison senior studying anthropology, was awarded one of 40 Marshall scholarships, which provides full funding for one or two years of study in the United Kingdom. Thomas

  • Local |Business | November 24, 2015

    Sportswear company fills last spot in business park

    Green Valley Business Park in Blue Township is full. The Pottawatomie County Commission Monday approved a site plan for N Zone Sportswear — a screen-printing and embroidering business — for Lot 36, the last available lot in the business park. Owner Patrick Lee said he is relocating the

  • Local |Traffic |Government, Politics | November 24, 2015

    Without funding source, Green Valley Road extension on hold

    A motion to proceed with a contract to design a hard-surface extension of Green Valley Road north to Junietta died for lack of a second at Monday’s meeting of the Pottawatomie County Commission. That doesn’t mean commissioners have scrapped the proposal, however. Commissioners

  • Local |Business | November 24, 2015

    Leaders’ retreat moving from traditional weekend

    The annual Regional Leaders’ Retreat in Overland Park will not happen on its traditional weekend in 2016. Lyle Butler, president and CEO of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, said Monday at an intergovernmental luncheon that the retreat will be Jan. 22 and 23 instead of the weekend

  • Editorials | November 24, 2015

    Jobless numbers are welcome signs

    Unemployment rates are traditionally low in Kansas, but it’s been years since either Manhattan or Kansas has enjoyed the jobless rates recorded in October. As was reported in Monday’s Mercury, the jobless rate in Manhattan fell from an already impressive 2.6 percent in September

  • Editorials | November 24, 2015

    Travel safely

    For thousands of Kansas State University students, the Thanksgiving holiday travel period might have begun after their last class last week and could well extend until their first class next week. For AAA and other organizations in the travel industry, however, this year’s Thanksgiving

  • Movies | November 24, 2015

    ‘My All American’ follows a familiar formula


    Let me suggest an alternate understanding of the life of Freddie Steinmark, Texas football safety and subject of the hagiographic “My All American.” The movie tells the story as if it were the comments of retired Texas coach Darrell Royal, himself sufficiently beloved that I

  • Letters | November 24, 2015

    Many contributed to success of recent Buttons ‘n’ Bows

    Many contributed to success of recent Buttons ‘n’ Bows To the Editor: The Buttons ‘n’ Bows Craft Fair has become an annual tradition in the Manhattan community and a valuable fundraiser for the Manhattan Catholic Schools PTO.  The just-completed Buttons ‘n’ Bows was once

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