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  • Local |Government & Politics | July 19, 2015

    County to use new alert system

    Riley County will start using a new emergency communication system later this month to alert members of the community during emergencies or other critical events. County officials will switch from the current IRIS system to the Northeast Kansas Notification system, which is used by most

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

    Former Huelskamp staffer gets 1 year in prison in sex case

    DODGE CITY — A former staffer for U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan. 1st District, has been sentenced to 12 months in prison in a Kansas child sex case. Matthew Pennell was sentenced Friday in Ford County after admitting to two of the 17 child sexual exploitation counts

  • Local |Education | July 19, 2015

    New assistant superintendent settling in at USD 383

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    Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 assistant superintendent Eric Reid has to remember to add a zero while learning his new job. Reid, who assumed his duties July 1 replacing former associate superintendent Robert Seymour,was previously the superintendent of USD 327 Ellsworth-Kanopolis-Genesco in Ellsworth, with about 600 students in the district.

  • Local | July 19, 2015

    All of Manhattan’s Catholic churches welcome new priests into their communities

    Manhattan’s Catholic community is undergoing a renaissance of sorts. All three Catholic churches in town have new staff leading services this summer. Seven Dolors Catholic Church, St. Thomas More Catholic Church and St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center each welcomed two priests on July 1.

  • Local |Business | July 19, 2015

    Seller of intimate products delights in helping women

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    Mallory Bohnenblust claims she used to be shy, but you’d never know it watching her stand in front of a group of 14 women at a recent party and talk about sex. “When I was a kid, my mother told us that if you touch

  • Local |Kansas State University | July 19, 2015

    K-State professor elected to humanities council board

    TOPEKA —  Patricia E. Ackerman of Abilene was elected to the board of directors for the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization that supports community-based cultural programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic

  • Local |Business | July 17, 2015

    Opponents: Westar plan limits customer control

    A Westar Energy proposal to change the utility’s rate structure could leave residential customers with less control over their monthly electricity bills. The fee hikes, if instituted, would raise each household’s customer charge, a flat monthly fee, from $12 to $27 by 2020, with a $3 increase

  • Local |Business | July 17, 2015

    Lawrence company sees big future in Manhattan

    A Lawrence tech company will move to Manhattan to manufacture and engineer its products with help from Kansas State University and local businesses. Avatekh Inc. will start working with K-State’s Electronics Design Laboratory, or EDL, and the Manhattan-based Ultra Electronics ICE, or Ultra-ICE, and

  • Local |Government & Politics | July 17, 2015

    Pott County to consider joining planning board

    Pottawatomie County will consider joining the Manhattan Urban Area Planning Board. This came from a discussion during a joint meeting with Manhattan, Riley County and Pottawatomie County officials on Thursday. “It’s really more than adding a person to the planning board,” said Karen Davis,

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | July 17, 2015

    Fugitive from area arrested in Illinois

    A fugitive with ties to the area was arrested by U.S. Marshals Thursday in Urbana, Illinois. Police in May requested the public’s assistance locating Heidi Lynn Webster after she failed to show up for her sentencing in a federal court case. She had

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