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  • Neighbors | October 12, 2015

    Former Marine found peace when he found God


    There’s an old aphorism about the lack of atheists in foxholes, and it isn’t tough to imagine such a scene when Bill Gasser discusses his military career. Gasser, these days a senior pastor at Manhattan’s Grace Baptist Church, got his start as

  • Local |Neighbors | October 05, 2015

    Woman’s love of travel, culture endures


    Pat Embers was 27 years old when she decided it was time for her to move to Europe for the second time. This time around, she would take a boat. “I just had a travel bug in me, and I wanted to know what it was

  • Local |Business |Neighbors | September 28, 2015

    Teen riding for MS charity


    Manhattan High School junior Isabel Dritz rode her bike to school on Monday morning, just like she does most school days. Every morning and afternoon, she takes the 20-minute ride from Virginia Drive to the high school. “It’s a time where I can step

  • Local |Business |Neighbors | September 21, 2015

    ‘School mom’ has a long history at Ogden Elementary


    Sharon Nations began working as a custodian at Ogden Elementary in 1984, and after 31 years, she’ll be retiring in October. But the school was a family affair long before Nations started working there, and it will likely stay that way for a long time to

  • Local |Business |Neighbors | September 14, 2015

    Williams’ desire to help children leads to CASA comedy fundraiser


    No matter how humbly he presents his own role, when Steve Williams describes Sunflower CASA, you can hear the passion in his voice. Sunflower CASA is the local branch of a national nonprofit organization whose name stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates and whose mission

  • Local |Business |Neighbors | September 08, 2015

    Self-described ‘nerd’ hopes to turn drone hobby into business


    Sam Smock can be described in a number of ways. Husband. Father. Kiss Army member. Smock is also gearing up to add entrepreneur to his list of descriptors, although he’s not a big fan of that word. “It’s a mainstream thing,” he said. “

  • Neighbors | August 31, 2015

    Local couple plans to set sail on 6-month voyage from Mississippi to Chesapeake Bay

    Kansas isn’t exactly a sailing hotbed, but that sure hasn’t kept Henry Otto off the water. For more than 50 years, Otto, a longtime Manhattan resident, has been sailing boats on Tuttle Creek Lake and other area waterways. And after years of dreaming and

  • Local |Neighbors | August 24, 2015

    Woman finds painting therapeutic after near-paralysis


    It wasn’t until she found herself nearly paralyzed, having lost most of the movement in her hands, that Myrna Filion discovered her love of painting. Her passion may have arisen at an unlikely time, but it has nonetheless changed her life in more ways

  • Local |Education |Neighbors | August 17, 2015

    Job allows nature-lover to avoid daily routine


    When you have a passion for something, you’ll find a way to do it. In January, Daniel Schapaugh became an education specialist at the Flint Hills Discovery Center. For the first time, he was able to make his love for nature a full-time job. “

  • Local |Neighbors | August 10, 2015

    Retired Army officer finds fulfillment as teacher, hunting guide


    David McNeal has had a few chapters in his life. He spent four years in the Marine Corps, where he learned Vietnamese and deployed to Vietnam as an infantryman executing search-and-destroy missions. He later transferred to the Army, where he rose to the rank of

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