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  • Local |Kansas State University | May 12, 2015

    Student to study in Scotland

    Kansas State University student Jael Whitney, freshman in marketing, Overland Park, will study in Scotland this summer as part of the Fulbright-Scotland Summer Institute. The Fulbright Summer Institutes create international educational exchange opportunities for freshman and sophomores in college to increase mutual understanding between the

  • Local | May 11, 2015

    Rains wash away progress on ditch improvement project

    Heavy rains last week damaged an ongoing drainage project near the Big Blue River, washing away progress on a grading project that so far has cost the county $49,964. Public works director Leon Hobson told Riley County commissioners Monday it’s time to go “back to

  • Local |Business | May 11, 2015

    Foundation campaign reminds donors ‘You can’t take it with you’

    Henricks.phatch

    The writer F. Scott Fitzgerald once penned a famous line. “Let me tell you about the very rich,” the “Great Gatsby” author wrote in a 1926 short story. “They are different from you and me.” However, if you asked Vern Henricks, president and CEO of the

  • Local |Government & Politics | May 11, 2015

    Commission to review priorities for 2015

    The Manhattan City Commission will review its 2015 goals and priorities on Tuesday. The work session starts at 5 p.m. at City Hall. This session will not be televised. In January, the commission highlighted seven primary areas for the city administration to focus on in 2015. Commissioners

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | May 11, 2015

    MHS grad pleads no contest to robbery

    A former Manhattan High athlete pleaded no contest Monday morning to his role in a July 2014 aggravated robbery. Ty Suggs, 22, pleaded no contest to one count of conspiracy to commit an aggravated robbery with Trey Campbell. A single count of aggravated robbery was dropped as

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency |Business | May 11, 2015

    Man who hosted Britt’s party pleads to open saloon charge

    A man who hosted a party at Britt’s Garden Acres, 1000 S. Scenic Drive, on a night in October in which gunshots were alleged to have been fired pleaded no contest Monday morning to one count of hosting an open saloon. Judge David Stutzman on

  • Local |Kansas State University | May 11, 2015

    K-State architectural engineering students win national scholarships

    Kansas State University architectural engineering students have been selected to receive two of the five national scholarships awarded by the Committee of Fellows of the American Council of Engineering Companies. Alex Pint, fifth-year graduate student, Leawood, will receive the $7,500 Kennedy/Jenks Consultants Scholarship in Honor

  • Local |Business | May 10, 2015

    Officials planning for a bigger Little Apple 20 years from now

    The Manhattan Mercury doesn’t own a crystal ball, but area leaders have shared with the paper their visions of the future. These people aren’t certified soothsayers, but based on long-term plans and growth patterns, they have some theories on how Manhattan will develop

  • Local |Business |Arts & Leisure | May 10, 2015

    Comic book store strives to create community

    5.phatch

    Neither Evan Johnson, district manager of Boom Comics, nor the store’s employees should be referred to as heroes. If one had to bestow some sort of title on them, they could probably be called protectors of all things nerd. “I think the most important

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | May 10, 2015

    Dispatchers work as a team in emergencies

    Hidden from public view in a back room at the Riley County Police Department is a complicated configuration of computers, monitors and telephones.  On Friday night, four dispatchers — employees who receive 911 and non-emergency calls, then dispatch the appropriate agency to the incident location — were situated

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