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  • Local |Education |Government & Politics | August 18, 2015

    Board to finalize 2015-16 budget

    The USD 383 Board of Education will vote Wednesday on the final approval of the district’s budget. A public hearing for the 2015-16 school year budget will be at 6:20 p.m. The general meeting, when the board will have the vote, is scheduled to follow

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency |Government & Politics | August 18, 2015

    Police department gets high marks in annual audit

    An annual external review of the Riley County Police Department’s finances was “unqualified clean” and produced “no significant audit findings.” Carol McCullough, an accountant with Reese & Novelly, told Riley County Law Enforcement Agency Board members on Monday that the police department was “professional

  • I Wonder |Local |Government & Politics | August 18, 2015

    When is the city going to fix the bricks on South Juliette Avenue?

    Juliette.mercury

    Q: When are they planning to fix South Juliette directly in front of the public library? It feels like I’m driving on a washboard. A: Doggone it, we’re always sorry to bear bad tidings, but the city has no current plans to upgrade

  • Local |Government & Politics | August 18, 2015

    Commissioners approve 2016 budget

    Pottawatomie County commissioners Monday approved the county budget for 2016, following a public hearing. Seven county department heads attended the hearing, but there was no public comment on the budget, which proposes an increase in the overall tax levy of slightly less than seven-tenths of a

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | August 18, 2015

    Couple safe after long night on Kansas River

    A Fort Riley couple new to the area spent a long night on the Kansas River near St. George Sunday after apparently becoming lost while rafting. Esther and Felix Molina were found unharmed at about 7:13 a.m. Monday by officers with the Kansas Department of

  • Local |Business | August 17, 2015

    Manhattan’s new housing supply sees steady growth

    Growth in the Manhattan area continues on a nice, healthy pace. For a brief time at the beginning of August, some numbers popped up to cause a few double-takes in a region where the news is almost always good. What happened was that Brad Claussen

  • Local |Government & Politics |Agriculture | August 17, 2015

    Despite late start, fall crops excelling

    Area crops are coming in just fine, according to information at the Riley County Commission meeting on Monday. Greg McClure, KSU-Riley County Extension agriculture agent, said he’s looking forward to the fall harvest for the area’s corn, soybean and sorghum crops. “I think

  • Local |Government & Politics | August 17, 2015

    Parks plan on city’s agenda

    The Manhattan City Commission will consider acceptance of the Strategic Facilities Improvement Plan for the parks and recreation department during its Tuesday meeting. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board recommended approval of the plan at its

  • Local |Education |Neighbors | August 17, 2015

    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 for nature a full-time job. “

  • Local |Kansas State University | August 17, 2015

    Collaboration at K-State could help canines

    A research project by an interior architecture and product design student at Kansas State University is one that could get some tails wagging. For her Developing Scholars Program project in the 2014-2015 school year, Kelsey Castinado, now a fourth-year student in the College of Architecture,

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