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  • I Wonder |Local |Business | December 12, 2014

    Is Kohl’s coming to town?

    Wonder1

    Q: Will Kohl’s fill the Kmart vacancy? A: Kids have “Are we there yet?” on road trips. Adults in Manhattan have “Is Kohl’s coming?” whenever retail space becomes available. Usually, the answer to both questions is “Not yet.” That’s true in this

  • Local |Education | December 12, 2014

    Despite recent additions, some principals say class space is tight

    Crowdedkids.phatch

    Some Manhattan elementary schools are getting a little crowded, according to their principals. With the Manhattan-Ogden school board’s talk of a possible bond issue in coming years, some principals said their schools are already crowded, and they have rearranged classrooms to accommodate students. “Our

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | December 12, 2014

    Fire extinquished by water from failed pipe

    An apartment fire Thursday caused a total of $8,000 in damage and then extinguished itself. The Manhattan Fire Department responded at 3:07 p.m. at 1105 Ratone St. Apt. 11. Firefighters found smoke showing from the rear of the three-story apartment building. Firefighters entered the smoke-filled apartment and found

  • Local |Kansas State University | December 12, 2014

    Distance graduate shares passion for helping all

    Rebecca Sombatchareun, Pleasanton, describes herself as a mom, a daughter and a K-Stater with a passion for helping families. A nontraditional Kansas State University student, Sombatchareun is an example of the sandwich generation. She is completing her bachelor’s degree in family studies and human

  • Local |Business | December 12, 2014

    Mercury seeking city’s brightest holiday displays

    Xmaslights.phatch

    Attention, aspiring Clark Griswolds: The Mercury is looking for the best holiday light displays in the area. If, like the “Christmas Vacation” character, you’ve put up so many lights the power company has to turn on its auxiliary generator, we want to hear from

  • Local |Government, Politics | December 12, 2014

    Housing survey expected to benefit council, members

    FORT RILEY — The Flint Hills Regional Council is in the process of seeking answers from more than a thousand households. The task of convincing folks to fill out a questionnaire won’t be pursued casually, either — not with almost $400,000 at stake. No cash will be

  • Local |Education | December 12, 2014

    Recent grad running for USD 383 board seat

    The first candidate to run for open seats on the Manhattan-Ogden school board has filed. Nicholas Dyer, 20, filed for the position Thursday. Dyer said he is a 2013 Manhattan High School graduate and takes classes at Highland Community College. “I still have a younger brother and

  • Local |Government, Politics | December 11, 2014

    County approves building panel

    Riley County commissioners moved on Thursday to formally create a public building commission (PBC). After two public forums and much discussion over several months, commissioners unanimously passed a formation resolution creating a PBC that would give the county more flexibility to borrow money to build

  • Local |Government, Politics | December 11, 2014

    NBAF measure included in bill

    Under a proposed continuing resolution, the National Bio- and Agro-Defense facility would have a construction contract by May 1, 2015, from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The provision allows DHS to sign construction contracts and is a commitment that the remaining funding needed for the

  • Local |Education | December 10, 2014

    MHS students teach, learn with live animal demonstrations

    Bird2.phatch

    A Greater Sulphur-crested cockatoo named Sammy is helping some Manhattan High School students with their public speaking skills this year. No, Sammy isn’t teaching vocabulary (he can only say “what”), but he travels to USD 383 schools with his student caregivers for a class called

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