Thursday, July 30, 2015


  • Columns | July 24, 2015

    The ‘pay-fors’ are coming due

    Last January, Gov. Sam Brown-back was trying hard to shift the blame for an expanding state budget crisis. Referring to the 2012 Kansas income tax cuts, he told the Topeka Chamber of Commerce, “What I got from the Legislature was a naked tax cut with none

  • Obituaries | July 24, 2015


    Christopher “Chris” Ralph Williams, 50, of Leawood, died Friday, July 10, 2015, at his home. The family provided some of the following information. He was born July 25, 1964, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Beverly (Block) and Wayne Williams. He was the youngest of seven children. Chris graduated from Denver

  • Obituaries | July 24, 2015


    Bonnie Rapp, 90, of Manhattan, died Sunday, July 12, 2015. The family provided some of the following information. Bonnie was born July 19, 1924, in Norcatur, the daughter of Ethyl and Oliver “Shorty” Wickham. She married Bob Rapp on Nov. 14, 1944. He preceded her in death in 2009. Survivors include her sister,

  • Obituaries | July 24, 2015


    Betty Ruth Albright, 83, of Manhattan, died Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan. The family provided some of the following information. Betty was born Sept. 6, 1931, in Hermleigh, Texas, the daughter of Clyde and Frances (Giles) Rea. She graduated from Wayland Baptist College in

  • Obituaries | July 24, 2015


    Mary E. “Betty” Montelone, 95, of Manhattan, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Via Christi Village in Manhattan. The family provided some of the following information. Mrs. Montelone was married for 62 years to Louis J. Montelone. He survives of the home. Their children are Beth A. Montelone of

  • Obituaries | July 24, 2015


    Merlin Dale Kopfer, 89, of Clay Center, died Thursday, July 23, 2015, at Medicalodge in Clay Center. The family provided some of the following information. Merlin was born Oct. 8, 1925, in Clay Center, the son of August and Vera Ethel (Sherbert) Kopfer. On July 3, 1946, he was married to Alberta

  • Local |Government, Politics | July 23, 2015

    County maps going mobile

    Riley County residents soon will have access to more advanced web-based mapping technology, even on their smart phones. Kevin Howser, the county’s information technology and geographic information systems (GIS) director, told county commissioners Thursday staff members in his office have begun working with a

  • Local | July 23, 2015

    Ribbons, life lessons all part of judging experience for 4-Hers


    After working on projects for the summer, or sometimes an entire year,  the payoff for many 4-Hers arrived on Thursday with judges reviewing their work at the start of the Riley County Fair. “Lots and lots of creativity in these kids’ heads,” 4-H judge

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | July 23, 2015

    Ex-CFO reported missing last seen Monday afternoon

    Bob Griffith, a 54-year-old from Manhattan, disappeared on Monday. His wife said she’s reported his disappearance to police. She set up a Facebook page and started a campaign to try to help find him. Police did not return calls for comment. There were some

  • Local |Government, Politics | July 23, 2015

    Flint Hills MPO to apply for transit, traffic grants

    A policy board gave its approval for the Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization to apply for $300,000 in grants to study transportation efficiency and traffic patterns in the region. Stephanie Watts, who heads the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), said the MPO policy board earlier this month

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