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  • Neighbors | May 30, 2013

    K-State baseball, Manhattan Day and more

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    This weekend go cheer on the Cats at 2 p.m. on Friday as they take on the Wichita State Shockers at Tointon Family Stadium as they enter the NCAA regional tournament. For the first time in school history, K-State will host postseason play. Or check

  • Neighbors | May 27, 2013

    Battling ALS into overtime

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    Scott Jennings is a rarity. He has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease that leads to rapidly progressive weakness, muscle atrophy and spasticity, and difficulty speaking, swallowing and breathing. Thirty-thousand people suffer from it, and half are dead within three years of its onset. Yet

  • Neighbors | May 20, 2013

    Woman aspires to change treatment of prisoners

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    Dropping out of high school and spending time in jail changed one Manhattan woman’s life for the better. Marilyn Ortega said her experiences helped her develop a passion for changing how society deals with people who have made bad decisions in their lives. She

  • Neighbors | May 13, 2013

    Officer once worked on reality TV show

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    Though Officer Matthew Droge wanted to be a policeman since he was a young child, his first real experience with crime prevention came while working as part of a five-person loss prevention team at Arrowhead Towne Center in Glendale, Ariz. There, Droge worked undercover to

  • Neighbors | May 06, 2013

    Teaching canine friends to be more agile

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    Jocelyn Baker found a way 1 1/2 years ago to connect her love of dogs and her desire to stay busy by opening up her own agility training facility in Manhattan. In February 2012, Baker, who has been teaching agility for 12 years, built a 60 x 80 foot arena on

  • Neighbors | April 29, 2013

    Baker all smiles after prom queen crowning

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    It’s good to be queen. An audience of Kristyn Baker’s peers witnessed her coronation at Manhattan Town Center on Saturday. Baker, who has Down syndrome, was named prom queen at Manhattan High’s prom. Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes mental,

  • Neighbors | April 22, 2013

    Best friend ...even if only for a few weeks

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    Emily Pendergrass came to Kansas State University to study animal science, but discovered other ways to help her four-legged friends. Pendergrass began doing community service work with the Riley County Humane Society three years ago. Currently, she is adoption coordinator for the pet adoption program

  • Neighbors | April 15, 2013

    Providing security in an insecure environment

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    To put it simply, Roxanne Brunnel leads an interesting life. She is a mother of three, a student, has a husband stationed at Fort Riley and is a contractor for ManTech International in Iraq. In March 2011 she was hired by the U.S. Department of

  • Neighbors | April 09, 2013

    Area priest celebrates 60 years of work in the church

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    When Father Carl Dekat was only in middle school, he stayed for a week with his uncle, a priest, at his uncle’s parish in Kansas City. Dekat, raised in the 1930s on a farm in Flush, in a house full of hardwoods and linoleum,

  • Neighbors | April 01, 2013

    Dad’s influence evident in her professional focus

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    Like father, like daughter. Stephanie Pierce’s dad went to K-State, so she did as well. He graduated from the business school, and she followed in his footsteps. He’s a business owner, so naturally Pierce became one, too. Purple Swirl Frozen Yogurt, owned by


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