Q. I saw on Facebook that Harper Lee and Truman Capote spent a summer at a house in Manhattan while Capote was writing “In Cold Blood.” Is that true? A. You’re referring to a post made by the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance that
Q: There’s some confusion regarding what, if any, postal services are being offered at both Dillons locations. Some people have been told that as of the end of January no postal services are being offered. Others have been told that no metered services are
Q: The water in Flint, Michigan, had high levels of lead, and people drank and bathed in unsafe water. How safe is the water supply in Manhattan? A: Manhattan’s water is safe, according to federal standards. It’s perhaps easiest to compare the situations.
Q: I wonder if the city of Manhattan road engineering department is planning on leaving the crazy “S” curve on Kimball between the Fire Department and Manhattan Avenue? Wasn’t it only supposed to be temporary for NBAF construction? A: Perhaps, you’ve already noticed
Q: What was all that digging that caused delays around town this summer? Will we get some major benefit from all the work and hassle? A: You know how the brass at Fort Riley asks us to think of all those booms and rat-tat-tats in
Q: Is the Salvation Army still ringing bells in Manhattan? I’ve seen the kettle holders outside stores, but no bell ringers. A: There’s a reason you haven’t heard as many bells jingling this year: the Salvation Army has had fewer volunteers. Mary
Q: As a kid growing up in Nebraska, we had different siren blasts for different emergencies. I’m curious to know if standard siren blasts in Manhattan are still symbolic of a tornado, local alert, etc. A: To give you a general answer first, yes,
Q: Hey, what’s happened to the sign on Kansas Highway 177, the one that proclaims the road to be “Coach Bill Snyder Highway”? A: If you feel a little outraged by that missing sign, we’re sorry to break the news that things are even
Q: Why are the street lines in Manhattan hard to see? It can be dangerous in some places, especially at night. A: Have you visited an eye doctor lately, just to make sure you’re even taking the right road to work? Just kidding. Actually,
Q: I’ve seen several Green Apple Bikes left on the sidewalk. How many of the bikes have disappeared or been stolen? A: Well, before we dig into numbers here, it’s probably a good idea to let everyone know about Green Apple Bikes – and
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