Sunday, November 29, 2015


  • Letters | November 23, 2015

    Let’s protect young from themselves

    The overall death rate from all drug overdoses for Kansans 12 to 25 years old is 5.9 per 100,000. That might not sound alarming, but the rate doesn’t lessen the grief for the families and friends of those who suffer fatal drug overdoses. Even folks who take comfort

  • Letters | November 23, 2015

    Realtor, property owner should be embarrassed

    To the Editor: I am writing in response to the Mercury article on Nov. 20 concerning the problem of run-down houses in the 500 block of Moro Street. The sentiment of the article seemed to be that we should feel sorry for the owner of these houses

  • Letters | November 23, 2015

    Fix shabby properties, or price them realistically

    To the Editor: Congratulations to Loren Pepperd for the front-page advertisement of his listings in the 500 block of Moro Street. Most of us would have to pay real money for that kind of thing.  There are quite a few parts of the article that

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | November 23, 2015

    Man charged in September crash

    Police arrested a Manhattan man Friday in connection with a September crash that severely injured a passenger. Riley County Police Department officers arrested Piyush Patil, 19,  on a warrant for aggravated battery (DUI causing bodily harm). Police previously said Patil was driving a 2011 BMX X3

  • Obituaries | November 23, 2015


    B. Arlene Peterson, 86, of Manhattan, died peacefully surrounded by her family Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at the Via Christi Hospital. She was born on May 11, 1929, in Sabetha. She was the youngest of 10 children of Sylvan and Bertha (Wegman) Aeschliman.  On Oct. 14, 1951, she was married to Raymond

  • Local |Business |Fort Riley | November 22, 2015

    No end in sight for fort hospital

    Already delayed more than three years, officials said this week that the opening of Fort Riley’s new hospital has been pushed back indefinitely. As recently as last month, hospital spokesman Jorge Gomez said a ribbon-cutting ceremony was planned for mid-January. “That’s no longer

  • Local |Business | November 22, 2015

    Zac Burton: Grand Mere mogul


    Who is Zac Burton? Wait, there’s a different question lurking here: Why are we even asking about Zac Burton? Lyle Butler, president of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, offers up a reason to get the conversation rolling with one simple fact. “If you

  • Local |Business | November 22, 2015

    Business is blooming at holiday poinsettia sale


    Poinsettias were in high demand Friday afternoon at the annual K-State Gardens holiday poinsettia sale. In fact, if you didn’t get there within the first hour, you were likely out of luck — unless you were willing to branch out and try an amaryllis instead.

  • Local |Kansas State University | November 22, 2015

    KSU professors investigate spread of infectious diseases

    Two Kansas State University researchers are exploring how diseases spread across long distances in an effort to learn how to better control the next human, animal or plant epidemic. Caterina Scoglio, professor of electrical and computer engineering and Faryad Darabi Sahneh, research assistant professor of

  • Obituaries | November 22, 2015


    David Vernon Ayers, 70, of Ft. Myers, Florida, died Nov. 12, 2015. The family provided some of the following information. David was born May 4, 1945, in Dayton, Ohio. He worked as the owner and operator of Dave’s Lawn Care & Snow Removal. He married Carol E. (Hardin) Ayres

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