Tuesday, June 28, 2016


  • Obituaries | February 21, 2015


    Jeanette Alstatt, 93, of Manhattan, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at the Via Christi Village in Manhattan. Funeral services are pending with the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley.

  • Books | February 21, 2015

    ‘Map of Betrayal’ offers sympathetic, sad story of spy

    “A Map of Betrayal” is a sympathetic, even sad, story of a Chinese man who was reasonably well placed in the CIA and spied for his country for decades. It’s also the story of his American daughter’s effort to learn about the family

  • Books | February 21, 2015

    ‘Small as an Elephant’ big on imagination

    Jennifer Richard Jacobson never fails to offer her readers hope, especially when the lives of an 11-year-old boy and his “spinning” mom couldn’t get more dangerous, unpredictable, ridiculously funny, complex and lonely. Jacobson has written a heart-warming story about Jack Martel, the intelligent and

  • Books | February 21, 2015

    Story suggestions for National Tell a Fairy-Tale Day

    Feb. 26 is National Tell a Fairy-Tale Day. I know you already know them, but in case you need some inspiration for your Thursday bedtime story, come visit our Fairy Tale and Folklore Neighborhood in the Children’s room. Look for the banner with the impressive

  • Area Schools | February 21, 2015

    Cair Paravel 55, Valley Heights 42

    At Blue Rapids, a slow start to each half doomed the Mustangs against Cair Paravel, as the Red Lions led by five at halftime but had a 16-point lead going into the fourth quarter. The Mustangs got 26 points from Sidney Blackburn in the loss, while

  • Local |Business | February 21, 2015

    CivicPlus hires four people

    CivicPlus hired four people to join the company. Collin Williamson is a content developer in professional services. He will edit and communicate across all mediums for clients’ sites that are developed . Williamson worked previously as a freelance photographer and designer since 2008. He was also a

  • Local |Business | February 21, 2015

    Body First hires new massage therapist

    Andrew Hornbaker is a newly licensed massage therapist for Body First Wellness and Recreation Center, 3615 Claflin Road. Hornbaker provides professional massage therapy including deep tissue massage, sports massage, trigger point therapy, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation massage therapy, and prenatal massage. He received his massage therapy

  • Columns | February 21, 2015

    Putin has clear edge in Ukraine ‘cease-fire’

    Leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine ended 17 hours of negotiation Feb. 12 in Minsk, Belarus, by signing a cease-fire agreement between Ukrainian forces and the Moscow-backed separatists. Representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation also accepted the agreement and committed to monitor compliance with

  • Local |Business | February 21, 2015

    Varney owner becomes recertified

    Theresa Westphal, an owner with Varney & Associates, CPAs, recently completed the recertification process with the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) to renew her designation of Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). She received her original certification in 2008 and is required to recertify every

  • Editorials | February 21, 2015

    We’re fine with liquor stores

    We’ll concede that Kansas liquor laws could benefit from some updating. The state banned alcohol decades before Prohibition became the law of the land in 1919 and didn’t join the party until four years after Prohibition ended in 1933. Even today, as a “Fact Sheet”

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