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  • Neighbors | February 01, 2016

    King of local chess scene says he was born to play games

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    Mory Mort was born with two passions — nature and games. A Manhattan resident for about 50 years, Mort works as a sales representative for Three Men Tree Service, a business he helped start years ago that focuses on keeping trees healthy. When Mort isn’t working,

  • Neighbors | January 25, 2016

    ‘Master’ award allows Bluemont teacher to reflect on career path

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    Stephanie Chitwood shed tears a few times reading the letters parents and students wrote about her when she was nominated for the Manhattan-Ogden School District’s 2016 Master Teacher award. Chitwood, a Bluemont Elementary second-grade teacher, was announced as the district’s Master Teacher Jan. 4 during

  • Local |Business |Neighbors | January 18, 2016

    Business owner hopes new gym sets Foundation for fitness

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    Matt Karstetter is in a good place — literally. He’s hanging out at the gym he just opened in Manhattan. But he has more than one reason to feel satisfied about where he is. Karstetter graduated from K-State in 2007 and has spent the past nine

  • Local |Business |Neighbors | January 11, 2016

    Kistner’s and its owners mark milestone anniversaries

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    Despite being married and owners of Kistner’s Flowers, Matt and Bronwyn Douglas don’t spend as much time together as people might think. “We don’t really see each other at work,” Matt said. “At home, it’s like, ‘How was your day?’ It’

  • Local |Neighbors | January 04, 2016

    Fresh out of academy, KHP trooper reports to duty in Manhattan

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    As a multi-sport athlete growing up in WaKeeney and later in college, Derek Carr spent much of his life within the boundaries of playing fields or baseball diamonds. But as Manhattan’s newest law enforcement officer he’ll be patrolling a new domain — the highway.

  • Neighbors | December 21, 2015

    Home life a balancing act ahead of deployment

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    Two-year-old Calixto Torres has two options — gum, or pretzels? To claim his prize, however, he needs to crawl into the lower compartment of a double-decker stroller. “Bribery has become a crucial element in my life,” groaned his mother, Melissa Torres, as she strapped Maddex, Calixto’

  • Local |Business |Neighbors | December 14, 2015

    Life in the outdoors a natural fit for Tomb

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    For Spencer Tomb, being named the Little Apple Brewery’s first ever Beer Drinker of the Year was no small honor. The brewery started its Mug Club and Beer Drinker Hall of Fame in 1998, allowing regulars to purchase ceramic mugs — personalized with a number on

  • Local |Business |Neighbors | December 07, 2015

    Woman brings childcare principles to dog daycare

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    Cindy Peters is ending her 2015 with a bang. That bang just happens to sound like a pack of dogs barking. Peters quit her job of 10 years at CivicPlus at the end of 2014 to build up RolloverU: Dog Services, which offers dog daycare, supervised play groups,

  • Neighbors | November 30, 2015

    For EMS director Couchman, public safety a ‘family business’

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    While serving the Riley County community for the last 26 years, Larry Couchman inspired his children to follow him and his wife into the “family business.” Couchman is the director of emergency and EMS services for Riley County and Via Christi Hospital. He has served in

  • Local |Neighbors | November 16, 2015

    How a woman’s desire to save dogs also helps diabetic patients

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    Everybody has a weakness. Donna Elliott’s weakness is dogs — in more ways than one. “Is there any point where I should bring up that I’m allergic to dogs?” Elliott asked. Elliott said she carries an EpiPen with her because she sometimes has trouble


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