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  • Local |Education | August 20, 2015

    Riley County High School principal placed on leave

    Riley County High School is starting a new school year with a new principal. USD 378 superintendent Nancy Meyer said the district placed Antoinette Root on administrative leave on July 31, but she didn’t give details on why the action occurred. Meyer said the district hired

  • Local |Education | August 20, 2015

    Board finalizes budget, approves calendar

    The Manhattan-Ogden school board gave final approval to the district’s 2015-16 school budget Wednesday. The board unanimously passed the budget, which is set at $83.4 million. That’s an increase of $2.29 million, or 2.8 percent, from last year. The mill levy is set at 55.930 mills, an

  • Local |Business | August 19, 2015

    ER work to limit hospital rooms

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    Via Christi Hospital will begin reducing the number of exam rooms in its emergency department this week as the department undergoes construction. Officials expect patients to experience longer wait times for non-life threatening, non-urgent cases as a result. The project is an expansion of Via

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | August 19, 2015

    City consents to mall’s sale, paving way for theater complex

    Manhattan Town Center officials received consent from the city Tuesday to move forward with a 13-screen movie theater and other improvements. The Manhattan City Commission approved the sale of Manhattan Town Center and an amendment of the mall lease agreement. The current owner, UrbanCal Manhattan

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics |Agriculture | August 19, 2015

    Brownback advisers lay out plan to boost ag economy

    Gov. Sam Brownback’s economic advisers Tuesday laid out a program to create a larger and more skilled workforce in the state. Brownback met with members of his economic advisory council at the Kansas Department of Agriculture in Manhattan to discuss opportunities for economic growth

  • Local |Government & Politics | August 19, 2015

    City accepts parks plan, will study neighborhood recreation centers

    The city will examine the feasibility of neighborhood recreation centers and turning City Park Pool into an indoor facility. The Manhattan City Commission accepted the Strategic Facilities Improvement Plan for the parks and recreation department during its Tuesday meeting. Commissioners also supported the feasibility studies.

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | August 19, 2015

    Sheriff says office working on list

    After failing to respond to a formal records request from The Mercury last week, Pottawatomie County Sheriff Greg Riat said Tuesday that he didn’t see the request, sent via email, because it had gone to his email’s spam folder. Riat said his office

  • Local |Kansas State University | August 19, 2015

    KU bringing recruiting roadshow to Manhattan

    The University of Kansas is coming to Manhattan. Faculty and staff are embarking on a five-city tour of the state to recruit students, and their first stop will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hilton Garden Inn, 410 S. Third St. The 13th annual event,

  • Local |Education | August 18, 2015

    Manhattan-Ogden students return to classrooms

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    For the kindergarten students at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, Tuesday was the first first day of school ever. For the rest of Manhattan-Ogden students, it marked the end of another summer vacation. At Roosevelt, kindergarten through sixth-grade students gathered in the school’s auditorium for

  • 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

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