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  • Obituaries | July 06, 2014


    Jim “Doc” Burcham, 93, died the evening of July 1, 2014, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan. He was born in Kansas City on Nov. 21, 1920, the son of D. H. and Sarah (Calhoun) Burcham. Doc met the love of his life, Helen Barlow, at Wyandotte High

  • July 06, 2014

    Woman specializes in World’s Largest Things art creations

    What is the Next Big Thing?  Maybe it is the World’s Largest Thing. Today, in the third and final part of our series on grassroots art, we will meet an artist who has developed a specialty in the World’s Largest Things. When

  • Local |Education | July 06, 2014

    Local student earns health research award

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Mary Hunt of Manhattan recently received the award for the outstanding master’s student in community health promotion from the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas. Hunt is a graduate teaching assistant with a 4.0 grade point average and

  • Columns | July 06, 2014

    China’s military is becoming a force in Pacific

    The modernization and expansion of China’s military is an issue of deep and growing concern to U.S. policymakers. China realizes that to expand its influence in the South China Sea, it needs a larger navy. Likewise, if it wants to fend off potential

  • I Wonder |Local |Business |Government, Politics | July 04, 2014

    Exactly what is a watershed district?


    Q: There has been discussion recently about forming a watershed district in an attempt to stop flooding on Wildcat Creek. What exactly is a watershed district and how does it function? And what is the alternative if the district isn’t created?

  • Local |Kansas State University | July 04, 2014

    New drum class inspired by trips to Ghana


    Kansas State University students will have the opportunity to learn some worldly music this fall with a new class that teaches West African drumming. The course, Music 281, will be taught by Neil Dunn, an instructor of percussion and dance. The class is open to all

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Business | July 04, 2014

    Appeals court upholds police board’s firing of officer

    The Kansas Court of Appeals on Thursday announced its affirmation of a September 2013 Riley County District Court ruling that upheld a decision made in 2011 by the Law Enforcement Agency Board to terminate a police officer. According to an unpublished opinion provided to The Mercury, the

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Business | July 04, 2014

    Hegarty honored for police work

    Captain Tim Hegarty isn’t afraid to try new methods of fighting crime. For his efforts and success in implementing crime-reducing policing programs, the Riley County Police Department administrative captain recently was inducted into the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame. The hall of fame is

  • General Activities | July 04, 2014

    Senior 17ers win two at Salina tourney

    In a pair of evenly-matched games Thursday afternoon, the American Legion Manhattan Manko senior 17ers came out of top in each of its pool-play games at the Kansas Grand Slam tournament in Salina. Facing Great Bend in its tournament opener, the 17ers took an early 4

  • Editorials | July 04, 2014

    It’s a great day to be an American

    As Americans celebrate our nation’s 238th birthday anniversary, we have plenty to argue about, and many of the topics involve our government. Our bureaucracy is choking us. Our leaders are ignoring us. They’re all crooked. Our government is so preoccupied with partisan infighting

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