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  • Report: Unsafe practices led to trench collapse death

    A trench didn’t meet safety standards before it collapsed in February and killed a Manhattan city worker, according to a report released to the Mercury on Wednesday. William Wiske, 30, was working on Feb. 6 in a muddy trench fixing a .

  • Bates gets 13 years for child sex crimes

    A man who raped a 12-year-old girl was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 13 years in prison after reaching a plea agreement to avoid a life sentence. Judge David Stutzman sentenced Christopher Bates to 155 months in prison for raping a child under 14. .

  • Counties partner to improve care for moms, babies

    Competitors are getting together for the sake of better prenatal care in Riley and Geary counties. Delivering Change: Healthy Moms-Healthy Babies program, which originated in Geary County in July, officially expanded Tuesday into Riley County. The program will unite the .

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    Moviegoers need to know that the new film “Get Hard” was directed by Etan Cohen, not by Ethan Coen, who helped his brother Joel give us “Fargo,” “O, Brother Where Art Thou,” “The Big Lebowski,” and the re-make of “True .

  • Budget panel considers up to $4 million in cuts

    USD 383 is one step closer to making budget cuts between $2 million and $4 million. The district’s Budget Advisory Steering Committee met for the first time Tuesday, and reviewed recommendations for cuts from a 60-member committee comprising community members, teachers and .

  • First-graders go whole hog in Ag Week lesson Ag.phatch

    Some Amanda Arnold Elementary School first-graders got their hands dirty and learned about agriculture Wednesday morning at Kansas State University’s Weber Hall arena.   The first-graders learned about pigs, crops and cows, among other agriculture-related topics for the university’s .

  • Enright looking for turnaround in first year B8.42014.mhssb.thaemert.phatch

    Monty Enright has been around Manhattan High softball from the program’s very beginning in the late 1980s. Now he has the opportunity to lead it. Enright, who took over for Scott Mall last summer, will make his varsity head-coaching .

  • Change hurts public university students

    Disdain for education at all levels in Kansas in some quarters of the Kansas Legislature is as misguided as it is counterproductive. This session alone it’s taking a toll both on public school districts, most of whose funding is .

  • Weber named new Wamego football coach

    Wamego has named the next leader of its football program. The school has hired Lee Weber to be its next head football coach after former coach Dale Burkholder retired following last season. Weber has been a head coach for 16 years — .

  • K-State, Iowa State research childhood obesity program

    Researchers from Kansas State University and Iowa State University are using a $2.8 million grant to research a school-based program that combats childhood obesity. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last month that the grant had been awarded to evaluate a program .

  • MHS tennis opens season at Rural

    With a loaded team of upperclassmen, Manhattan High boys’ tennis coach Joyce Allen used Tuesday’s season opening tournament at Washburn Rural to gauge the talents of several players outside of the returning group with state tournament experience. Of the .


    Stephen (Steve) E. White, 67, of Manhattan, died Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Via Christi Village in Manhattan. The family provided some of the following information. He was born on April 15, 1947, in Frankfort, Kentucky. Dr. White was a professor of geography and .


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