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  • Neighbors | November 04, 2013

    One woman’s quest to dress those less fortunate

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    Manhattan isn’t known for its fashion, but one woman is taking her designs around the world. And for the best possible reason. Aurelia Pacey, 85, has made more than 700 dresses for girls in developing countries since fall of 2010. They have been sent to girls ages 3

  • Neighbors | October 28, 2013

    Local cook and his family like to mix it up, on and off the job

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    Whether they know him or not, Manhattanites probably have seen the face of Frank Willis. Willis’ face, complemented by his distinctive afro and beard, was featured on stickers and T-shirts for Bluestem Bistro a few years ago — since he used to co-own the place. But

  • Neighbors | October 21, 2013

    Local man’s childhood love of cars grows into owning 16 classics

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    Growing up as the son of a mechanic, Mark Brenner was always surrounded by cars. His love of automobiles grew as he got older, and Brenner’s success in the rental management business has given him the chance to purchase 16 classic cars. Brenner carried his

  • Neighbors | October 14, 2013

    Manhattan woman’s butterfly hobby takes flight

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    Barbara Green has turned her yard into a Monarch butterfly way station and hatchery. “I really like Monarchs,” she said. “So after I retired, I started reading all I could about them.” Green said she got involved with a non-profit organization, Monarch Watch, soon after

  • Neighbors | October 07, 2013

    Learning computers the hard way

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    Everyone has to start somewhere, and Jeff Hoover started at the bottom when it came to computer knowledge. “I was 40 years old,” he said. “I didn’t know where the ‘on’ button was on a computer.” That was back in 1999, a time when Hoover was

  • Neighbors | September 30, 2013

    Design duo wants people to tap into their own styles

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    In the bright and modern office basement of a converted school in Keats, two women are on a mission to get people to decorate their homes without worry. Friends Amanda Purdom, 39, of Manhattan and Eryn Smith, 34, of Keats started AsterHouse Design to help people make

  • Neighbors | September 23, 2013

    Exploring the depths of Kansas…and the world

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    Manhattan resident Radley Ramsey was scuba diving off the shores of Honduras when he and a group of fellow divers came across a turtle swimming through the water. “There were people taking pictures from underneath, and I’m hovering, and he came up and put

  • Neighbors | September 20, 2013

    Heavily into metal: How art infuses his business

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    Bill Sharp has been working hard for the past year building a new business out of two things he loves, metal and art.  Sharp’s welding and art business, called Sharp Creations, allows him to repair everyday items such as lawn mowers, ATVs and

  • Local |Kansas State University |Neighbors | September 09, 2013

    Paraguay’s new minister of agriculture has K-State ties

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    Manhattanites wouldn’t normally be interested in a new cabinet officer in Paraguay. But at least one local family is keyed up about the naming of K-State alum Jorge Gattini as that nation’s minister of agriculture. Gattini, who in 1998 earned a master’s degree

  • Neighbors | September 03, 2013

    River rescue got new cop’s feet wet

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    WAMEGO — Two days after graduating from the police academy, Wamego Police Department Officer Derek Gray found himself in the Kansas River, rescuing a 9-year-old girl. The rescue occurred Aug. 4 following a weekend of heavy rains and flooding. The girl, Kayla Hardie of Wamego, had been


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