• Former Marine found peace when he found God Neighbor.mercury

    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 .

  • Woman’s love of travel, culture endures Neighbor1.mercury

    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 .

  • Teen riding for MS charity Neighbor.mercury

    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 .

  • ‘School mom’ has a long history at Ogden Elementary Neighbor.mercury

    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 .

  • Williams’ desire to help children leads to CASA comedy fundraiser Neighbor.mercury

    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 .

  • Self-described ‘nerd’ hopes to turn drone hobby into business Neighbor.mercury

    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 .

  • 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 .

  • Woman finds painting therapeutic after near-paralysis Neighbor.mercury

    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 .

  • Job allows nature-lover to avoid daily routine Neighbor.mercury

    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 .

  • Retired Army officer finds fulfillment as teacher, hunting guide Neighbor.mercury

    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 .

  • Couple takes beekeeping hobby to Zimbabwe town Neighbor1.mercury

    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 .

  • 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, .


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