Saturday, July 23, 2016


  • Books | July 16, 2016

    A mystery series for your summer reading list


    Several years ago, I randomly picked up “The Cold Dish,” by Craig Johnson, and I was never able to look back. Ever since, I’ve waited anxiously for each installment in this brilliant mystery series. Johnson weaves the tales of Walt Longmire, an overweight, middle-aged,

  • Columns | July 16, 2016

    NATO emerges stronger and more unified

    While many of us were watching the horrible events unfold in Dallas, President Barack Obama was in Warsaw at what has turned out to be an important NATO conference. It is no exaggeration to suggest that led by Germany, the outcome may signify NATO’s

  • Local |Fort Riley | July 15, 2016

    Col. David Gardner takes charge of 2nd Armored Brigade


    FORT RILEY — Friday was a big day for the 1st Infantry Division’s 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team — it marked the end of the brigade’s nine-month deployment to Kuwait as well as a shift in brigade leadership. During a change of command and change

  • Local |Government & Politics | July 15, 2016

    Officials near vote on river flood plan

    The Big Blue and Kansas rivers will soon have a floodplain management plan ready for adoption. Chad Bunger, senior planner for Manhattan, presented this information during a joint meeting Thursday with Manhattan, Riley County and Pottawatomie County officials. Bunger said the plan, funded through U.

  • I Wonder |Local |Business | July 15, 2016

    Did Manhattan’s mayor solicit wedding gifts from businesses?


    Q: I was told by a local business person that the current mayor solicited wedding presents from local organizations for her wedding guests. This person told me that the Aggieville Business Association actually made some sort of gift(s). If that is true of the

  • Editorials | July 15, 2016

    Trump’s platform is Kobach’s platform

    One of these days, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach just might surprise us. But if his role in writing the Republican Party’s national platform is an indication, that day won’t come soon. Lest anyone in Kansas question his zeal, he regularly seeks

  • Local |Government & Politics | July 15, 2016

    County sets 2017 property tax levy at 39.034 mills

    The Riley County Commission set the 2017 mill levy Thursday at 39.034 mills. A mill is $1 in tax for every $1,000 in assessed, taxable property value. This is an increase of 0.767 mills from this year’s county mill levy of 38.267 mills. A homeowner paying $440.07 in county taxes for

  • Obituaries | July 15, 2016


    Nancy Sue Daniel, 74, a long time resident of Alma, died Thursday, July 14, 2016, at Diversicare of Council Grove, following a lengthy illness. Nancy was born Oct. 29, 1941, in Vinton, Iowa, to Howard S. and Bernadine M. Bixby Williams. On Dec. 2, 1962, in Shellsburg, Iowa, Nancy married Bobby L.

  • Football | July 15, 2016

    Cats picked to finish 8th in Big 12 poll

    Despite placing the second-most players on the Preseason All-Big 12 team, Kansas State was picked to finish near the bottom of the league in the preseason poll. The Wildcats were picked eighth in the poll, the lowest spot for a team coming off of a bowl

  • Football | July 15, 2016

    Jones on Doak Walker watch list

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    Kansas State senior running back Charles Jones is among 76 players in the nation and nine from the Big 12 named to the watch list for the 2016 Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation’s top college running back. The PricewaterhouseCoopers SMU Athletic Forum announced the

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