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  • Local |Business | September 30, 2015

    Hartford Hill to add 500 to 600 homes to city’s west side

    Construction on a major new development project in Manhattan is set to begin next year. Plans for the 320-acre site — located northwest of Grand Mere and Colbert Hills and previously used for grazing land — include around 212 acres of low- to medium-density residential housing, an office

  • Local | September 30, 2015

    City investigating possible violations at two apartment complexes

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    Perhaps it was just a bit of poor wording, a simple misunderstanding between client and real estate agent. There could be a less-generous interpretation, however, and that possibility has spurred city officials into investigating whether Manhattan’s zoning codes were violated. The property owner currently

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | September 30, 2015

    Ex-KSU student gets nearly 8 years in steroid case

    A former K-State student was sentenced on Tuesday to nearly eight years in prison for possessing anabolic steroids, and the man’s recalcitrance drew harsh words from Riley County District Judge John Bosch. Grant Hamel, 23, was one of four people arrested in February after a

  • Local | September 30, 2015

    Ruptured gas line leads to evacuation

    A natural gas line rupture led to the evacuation of six homes Tuesday afternoon in Manhattan. Manhattan Fire Department Chief Scott French said firefighters were dispatched to 916 Pottawatomie Ave. at 2:44 p.m. after workers from Westar Energy accidentally ruptured the 2-inch service line. French said

  • Local | September 29, 2015

    Mite bites leave locals itching

    Oak mites are back. After a 10-year hiatus, the nearly microscopic insects are causing discomfort to people unlucky enough to come into contact with them. Reports of symptoms associated with oak leaf itch mites, most often itchy bites and rashes, are the highest they’ve

  • Local |Education | September 29, 2015

    Manhattan-Ogden enrollment up slightly to 6,030 K-12 students

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    Enrollment at Manhattan-Ogden schools has increased by 17 students in kindergarten through 12th grades since last year, according to the district’s official census, conducted last week. Historically, USD 383 would receive a slight bump in state aid for its enrollment increase. However, legislators scrapped the school

  • Local |Education | September 29, 2015

    Rock Creek’s student body mimics region’s growth

    The Rock Creek school district saw a nearly 5 percent increase in enrollment from last year. District superintendent Darrel Stufflebeam said the recent census for this school year indicate 991 students in USD 323, an increase of 43 students from last year’s 948. Stufflebeam said the increase is likely

  • Local |Government & Politics | September 29, 2015

    Leaders focus on tax lid repeal

    Local government officials spoke Monday about getting the message out concerning a property tax lid repeal. Starting Jan. 1, 2018, local governments and school districts will be required to have an election if property tax increases exceed the rate of inflation. Riley County counselor Clancy Holeman said

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | September 29, 2015

    Commission waives policy to fast-track housing development

    Pottawatomie County Commissioners made an exception to their subdivision regulations Monday to expedite continued residential construction in Blue Township. With units of three subdivisions coming online soon, commissioners agreed to temporarily forgo its policy of requiring adjoining arterial roadways to be hard-surfaced with asphalt prior

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | September 29, 2015

    Trial on hold as prosecutors appeal ruling on blood test

    A Manhattan man’s trial is on hold while prosecutors appeal a judge’s decision to suppress the results of a blood test that indicated the presence of marijuana, methamphetamine, amphetamine and other drugs. Ryan Routson, 33, is accused of involuntary manslaughter and other charges in

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