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  • I Wonder |Local |Government & Politics | February 13, 2015

    What happened to Riley County’s health fair?

    Wonder1

    Q: What happened to the Riley County Health Fair in the last couple of years? If you thought the Riley County Health Fair disappeared, you’re right, it has. Health department director Brenda Nickel said the last health fair was in April of 2012. One big

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | February 13, 2015

    Speed a factor in December accident that killed teenager

    It was cold, and a light mist was falling in early December when a “horrible boom” woke Amanda Gocken. But it wasn’t thunder that she heard, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report on an accident that killed a Marshall County teen. According to

  • Local |Education | February 13, 2015

    Superintendent affirms policy against non-discrimination

    USD 383 Superintendent Robert Shannon on Wednesday reaffirmed the district’s non-discrimination statement including sexual orientation and gender identity, which the school board approved just months ago. In an email to district staff, Shannon said, “Gov. Brownback’s rescission of non-discrimination wording for state workers on

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | February 13, 2015

    Chimney fire causes $10,000 in damage to home

    A chimney fire that spread to a roof caused about $10,000 in structural damage to an area home on Thursday night. Freddie Taylor, the owner of 3212 Shady Valley Drive, was home on Thursday night burning wood in his fireplace. It wasn’t until a neighbor came

  • Movies | February 13, 2015

    ‘Imitation Game’ remains engaging, beginning to end

    Christopher.conner1

    Benedict Cumberbatch portrays British scientist Alan Turing in the film “The Imitation Game.” Focusing on his highly classified efforts to counter the German Enigma machine during World War II, the film begins with Cumberbatch asking, “Are you paying attention?” In 1951 the Secret Intelligence Service learns

  • Editorials | February 13, 2015

    Groundwater grows more precious

    We have taken issue with many of Gov. Sam Brownback’s initiatives, but he deserves credit for recognizing the need to slow, and even reverse, the depletion of groundwater in western Kansas. With greater attention — and some timely rains — indications are that groundwater levels in

  • Columns | February 13, 2015

    Local school control in peril

    Who do you trust most with your child’s education? If you’re following the Kansas Legislature, you’d be forced to conclude that many representatives believe your trust is best placed in the hands of a paid lobbyist with no experience in the classroom

  • Letters | February 13, 2015

    Brownback right to rescind ‘special’ LGBT protections

    To the Editor: This is in response to the Mercury’s editorial Thursday,  “Yet another step backwards.” Gov. Sam Brownback rescinded an executive order signed by former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius that had unilaterally established additional “protected class rights” for state employees, specifically for sexual

  • Local |Kansas State University |Arts & Leisure | February 13, 2015

    Japanese drummers scheduled at McCain

    Kodó, Japanese taiko drummers, will present a show for the McCain Performance Series at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, in McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University. From Japan’s remote Sado Island, Kodó performs traditional Japanese drumming to create a show of artistic expression. Kodó has

  • Local |Kansas State University | February 13, 2015

    Expert has tips for keeping the bloom in your Valentine blossoms

    Want your Valentine’s Day flowers from your sweetheart to stay fresher longer? A Kansas State University floriculture expert has some tips. Kimberly Williams, professor of greenhouse management, says the best way to keep your flowers alive longer is to focus on the “two t’


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