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  • Local |Business |Neighbors | September 21, 2015

    ‘School mom’ has a long history at Ogden Elementary

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • Local |Neighbors | August 03, 2015

    Couple takes beekeeping hobby to Zimbabwe town

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    Husband and wife Bob and Marian Brandenburg didn’t expect they’d be going to Africa to help spread the knowledge of one of their favorite hobbies: beekeeping. The Brandenburgs of Manhattan went to Zimbabwe for the first time this year for a two-month mission

  • Local |Neighbors | July 27, 2015

    K-State student loves country dance scene

    Briell Howbert had no idea the first time she stepped foot into Aggieville’s Dirty Dawg Saloon that she would discover a passion for country swing dancing and, later, a group of teammates that would become more like family. Howbert, a junior in K-State’s

  • Local |Kansas State University |Neighbors | July 20, 2015

    KSU professor’s retirement includes more work

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    If Nebraska had its own veterinary college, perhaps Kansas’ northern neighbor could have held onto Larry Erickson. Erickson grew up in Wahoo, Nebraska, but Erickson’s older brother wanted to become a veterinarian. So in 1957, he “tagged along behind” his brother to Manhattan and enrolled


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