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  • Obituaries | February 10, 2015

    MARGARET ‘TOBY’ POTTER

    Margaret L. “Toby” Potter, 66, of Manhattan, died quietly at Meadowlark Hills on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. She was born in Pratt on Dec. 6, 1948. She attended public school in Wamego and Manhattan and worked briefly after finishing school. Toby was married to Perry L. Potter on Feb. 17, 1968, at

  • Letters | February 10, 2015

    Kansas should stop legislating morality

    To the Editor: The story on page 3 in Monday’s Mercury has left me scratching my head. Our governor and Legislature continually expound on the evils of the federal government’s interference in our lives. Now they, themselves are trying to micro-manage our lives by

  • Obituaries | February 10, 2015

    JACK A. PIPER

    Jack A. Piper, 88, of St. George, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at Meadowlark Hills-Collins Landing in Manhattan. The family provided some of the following information. He was born on April 14, 1926, in Manhattan. He was the son of James Barton and Hattie Eugenia (Dewey) Piper. Jack was a

  • Obituaries | February 10, 2015

    HELEN HILL ‘SIDDY’ RILEY

    Helen Hill “Siddy” Riley, 95, died on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, both at Downing & Lahey East Mortuary, Wichita. Born in Anthony on Nov. 20, 1919, to Luther Allen

  • Women's Basketball | February 10, 2015

    Mittie prepares to face former team

    Not even a year ago, Jeff Mittie was preparing to play Kansas State as head coach at TCU. A lot has changed in that year, however, as Mittie is now getting set to lead the Wildcats against his former Horned Frogs on Wednesday night at 7

  • Men's Basketball | February 10, 2015

    Cats brace for WVU’s pressure

    The last time the Kansas State men’s basketball team faced West Virginia, the Wildcats struggled with the Mountaineers 40 minutes of high-pressure defense. But that was at home. On Wednesday, K-State (12-12, 5-6 Big 12) will take the show on the road and look to avenge

  • Editorials | February 09, 2015

    ... And now a bill to disarm critics

    Last week Kansas lawmakers took up an ill-advised proposal that could lead to criminal prosecution of public school teachers for exposing students to information deemed offensive. Not satisfied with chilling speech in the state’s public school districts, lawmakers now have before them a proposal

  • Local |Government & Politics |Fort Riley | February 09, 2015

    Moran says he will look to end cuts, help Fort Riley

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    U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., said Monday he will continue to work to end federal defense cuts while also ensuring Fort Riley is in the best possible position to benefit from changes in the Army. Moran visited with Army leaders on Monday at Fort

  • Columns | February 09, 2015

    ‘Can’t anybody play this game?’

    The hits just keep on coming. Or not. As legendary baseball manager and Kansas City native Casey Stengel put it while watching his hapless New York Mets, “Been in this game 100 years, but I see new ways to lose ‘em I never knew existed before.”

  • Local |Government & Politics | February 09, 2015

    Cameras to bolster court security

    Riley County commissioners decided Monday that money for courthouse security cameras would come out of the building fund. The cameras are part of a project to tighten courthouse security. The project also will include replacing courthouse doors, limiting their access, installing a metal detector at


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