Neighbors

  • 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, .

  • KSU professor’s retirement includes more work Neighbor.mercury

    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 .

  • Volunteer marks 10,000 hours of service at hospital Neighbor.mercury

    Don’t greet Erma McManis with a handshake. The Via Christi Hospital volunteer prefers hugs. “If I don’t know them, they’re going to know who I am because I go up and give them a hug whether I .

  • Entomologist trades bugs for brushes in retirement Neighbor.mercury

    As a research entomologist, Dick Beeman spent his career studying the natural world. Now in retirement,  he spends his time painting portraits. Beeman’s interest and talent in art started when he was a child in Madison, Wisconsin. “I’.

  • Hulon feels lucky to have made love of wine into career Neighbor.mercury

    Having worked in restaurants since he was 14 years old, Ian Hulon described his career as more of a love affair with the industry. Hulon started working at Harry’s Restaurant in downtown Manhattan in 2006 as a bartender and server. He .





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