• Photographer comfortable making snap decisions to open co-work space Neighbor.mercury

    Josh Hicks doesn’t follow a script. Most high school students either know exactly where they’re headed to college, or at least spend months obsessing over post-graduation plans. It wasn’t until about three weeks before graduation, when a .

  • Cross-Kansas bike trip just the latest fitness feat for Ogden U.S. Army retiree Neighbor.mercury

    Come the end of May, Roger Graham will be eating a lot of pancakes and bananas. That’s because he’s going to spend the first week in June biking across Kansas to raise money for Ogden youth. The pancake .

  • Boley shares longtime passion for woodworking with others Neighbor1.mercury

    Bob Holcombe says Tom Boley stood out from the crowd when they met at a local craft fair where Holcombe was selling wood cut items. Boley, who is a tall man, was walking straight toward him — wearing a cowboy hat .

  • Collector’s prized barbs include ‘Dodge Star,’ ‘Vicious Wamego’ Neighbor3.mercury

    “I’ve got barbed wire everywhere,” says Wayne Griffin, as he roots through a shed on his Louisville homestead. He’s looking for a particular thick-gauge wire, which is slightly different from the 300 or so other types of barbed wire .

  • After 50 years at same store, jeweler doesn’t plan to retire anytime soon Neighbor.mercury

    Laurel Zimmerman has helped Danenberg Jewelers build 50 years worth of clientele. That’s long enough to see jewelry trends to go from white gold to yellow gold, then back to white gold. “Right now, it’s white gold again, but .

  • Woman weaves together creative interests Neighbor.mercury

    Behind every finished basket is a pile of fibers. To get from fibers to basket requires weaving together a bunch of disparate strands into one coherent container. Marsha Jensen has spent countless hours doing just that. She has approached her .

  • Appalachian Trail trek one of man’s many journeys Neighborh.mercury

    Zach Martin is determined to inspire people, but first he needs to accomplish his goals. “Before people will listen to you, or take something from you, you kind of have to do something first,” he said. Martin, 21, will soon leave .

  • The kind of place where everybody knows your name Neighbor2.mercury

    On one particular day in 1995, of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, Greg Finn walked into this one.  He met Marcia, then his girlfriend and now his wife, for a drink at the Gin .

  • Student guides K-State’s Burrow through wizarding world Neighbor.mercury

    In the Harry Potter series, owls deliver important mail to wizards. In the real world, Cherra Bliss saw a Harry Potter banquet flyer meant for everyone at K-State. “Oh my gosh, there’s something on campus that has to do .

  • King of local chess scene says he was born to play games Neighbor.mercury

    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. .

  • ‘Master’ award allows Bluemont teacher to reflect on career path Neighbor.mercury

    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’.

  • Business owner hopes new gym sets Foundation for fitness Neighbor.mercury

    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 .


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