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  • 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

  • Local |Government, Politics | December 10, 2014

    Commission suggests changes to rec survey

    The Manhattan City Commission provided suggestions on Tuesday about additional questions for a Parks and Recreation survey. In a joint work session with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, commissioners reviewed a draft of a community survey intended to help with the parks department’s

  • Local |Education | December 10, 2014

    MHS scholars bowl team qualifies for ‘Quest’

    Scholarsbowl.phatch

    Manhattan High School’s scholars bowl team will appear on local TVs early next year. Ben Broxterman, Luke Wuri, Ben Lindsey and Joshua Schwartz qualified to be on Washburn University’s “Quest” after an audition competition Saturday. Coach Ted Dawdy said after a test of 60

  • Local |Government, Politics | December 10, 2014

    Roberts faults torture report

    Sen. Pat Roberts, former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Wednesday called a report on the CIA’s use of torture after 9/11 “flawed and partisan.” Roberts said the study “poses an immediate and direct threat to Americans overseas and those serving our nation in

  • Local |Education | December 09, 2014

    100-plus years on, College Hill still serving education

    Ch2.phatch

    College Hill School’s ability to adapt is key to its continued use as an educational facility for more than 100 years. Originally built of wood in 1867, the one-room school moved on rollers a few years later, and was replaced by a stone structure at 6200 Kimball

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