• County to test process to stabilize gravel roads

    Pottawatomie County Commissioners suffered a brief bout of “motion sickness” Monday. After navigating rough procedural waters, however — with several motions and amendments to motions on deck at the same time — the commission agreed to an “experimental” enhancement project on three-quarters .

  • Is Discovery Center space available to all?

    Q: Is the exhibition space at the Flint Hills Discovery Center available to all regional businesses as a sales gallery for their merchandise? Is that one of the center’s legitimate functions that we’re all subsidizing? A: Assuming the .

  • Board to consider buying 2 buses at meeting

    The Manhattan-Ogden school board will consider purchasing two new school buses — and selling six old ones — during its next meeting. The board meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson Education Center, 2031 Poyntz Ave. According to agenda information, USD 383 transportation director .

  • County denies, tables subdivision entrance requests

    Two requests for two entrances to residences in two different subdivisions received two different responses from the Pottawatomie County commissioners Monday. The commission denied a request by Doug Kern for a second entrance to a residence in Oak Pointe Estates .

  • Pott County hires Peter Clark as new public works director

    Pottawatomie County has a new public works director. Peter Clark, P.E., will take over the position Oct. 12, replacing Leu Lowrey, who retired last month. Since 2009, Clark has managed the traffic division of the Department of Public Works for the .

  • Ex-soldier convicted on 10 counts in child sex case

    A former Fort Riley soldier on Monday was convicted of 10 counts related to sex with a child in Geary County District Court. After a bench trial, Judge Benjamin Sexton found James Henning, 41, Junction City, guilty of two counts of aggravated .

  • Indians win home tourney Macie.mercury

    Playing with home-course advantage Monday afternoon, the Manhattan High girls’ golf team won the Manhattan Invitational at the Manhattan Country Club. Despite cool conditions and the occasional sprinkle of rain, the Indians won the tournament, carding a 386 to finish ahead .

  • MHS tennis takes 6th at league meet

    The Manhattan High girls’ tennis team took sixth place at Monday’s Centennial League meet at the Kossover Tennis Complex in Topeka. The Indians were once again led by their two senior singles players, Cathy Lei and Lexi Bieker. Lei .

  • MHS to honor Lane on Friday

    Former Manhattan High head football coach Lew Lane will be honored at halftime of the Junction City game on Friday. The evening will also feature other events celebrating the career of Lane. There will be a pre-game reception for former .

  • Flu vaccine a prudent move

    Signs alerting area residents about the availability of flu shots have been visible near Manhattan’s large grocery stores and drug stores for a couple of weeks now. Monday’s Mercury held another timely reminder that flu season is approaching, .

  • Climate change’s effects on agriculture will affect us

    To the Editor: At its very roots, Kansas State University has existed to provide information and education on issues important to people in Kansas and beyond. That’s what land-grant universities do, and we’re pretty good at it. On .


    Helen Gertrude Hall Fairbanks, 97, of Manhattan, died Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan. The family provided some of the following information. She was born Nov. 19, 1917, in Topeka, the daughter of Frank Rueben Hall and Gertrude Amelia .


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