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  • Local |Business | June 23, 2015

    Hospital’s minimum wage bump adds $220K to EMS budget

    A minimum wage hike to $11 per hour for some emergency workers through Via Christi’s parent company, Ascension, will account for a budget increase for Riley County Emergency Medical Services by $220,00 annually. The wage increase, announced May 21, starts in July and applies to the starting

  • Local |Education | June 23, 2015

    USD 383 Board to consider buying new Head Start bus

    USD 383 might get a 65-passenger bus to transport Head Start children if the Manhattan-Ogden school board approves a recommendation this week. The school board will consider the purchase at a meeting Wednesday at Robinson Education Center, 2031 Poyntz Ave. The regular business meeting starts at 6:30 p.

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | June 23, 2015

    Man pleads to attempted murder in April shooting

    A Manhattan man charged in connection with an April shooting near Aggieville pleaded no contest to attempted murder Monday afternoon as part of a plea agreement. In Riley County District Court, Dontay Tabron, 21, pleaded no contest to one charge of second-degree attempted murder. In exchange,

  • Local |Government & Politics | June 23, 2015

    Budget bill glitch worries Pottawatomie commissioners

    A glitch in the final funding and budget bill passed by the Kansas Legislature has Pottawatomie County commissioners scrambling to get their representatives to the state capitol one last time. If the glitch isn’t fixed at this Friday’s sine die (official closing) session,

  • Local |Government & Politics | June 23, 2015

    Pottawatomie County Commission approves new office facility

    The Pottawatomie County Commission Monday approved a site plan for a new 4,800-square-foot office facility just west of the intersection of U.S. Highway 24 and Military Trail Road. John Keller, county planner, and Gregg Webster, zoning administrator, presented the plan on behalf of Shilling Construction,

  • Local |Government & Politics | June 23, 2015

    Board president voices concern with block grant funding

    The lack of education finance formula talk this legislative session had two people worried Monday during an intergovernmental luncheon. The state will replace the current school finance formula with block grants for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, with plans to create a new finance

  • Local |Government & Politics | June 22, 2015

    Worker proposes brush fee hike

    Riley County Commissioners could consider raising fees for yard waste disposal at the county’s transfer station. The commissioners discussed the topic at a Monday meeting where they unanimously approved an annual review of the Riley County Solid Waste Management Plan, as required by the

  • Local | June 22, 2015

    Official warns Stampeders to stay out of water

    Riley County EMS director Larry Couchman said Country Stampede participants should stay out of the water while at Tuttle Creek State Park this week for the festival. Because of recent flooding, the water is not safe, he said at a Riley County Commission meeting Monday. “

  • Local |Government & Politics | June 22, 2015

    Agencies to ask city for money

    Of the seven agencies presenting funding requests to the Manhattan City Commission on Tuesday, four will be seeking more money. The work session starts at 5 p.m. at City Hall. The money goes toward the annual budgets for these agencies. Presentations will come from representatives

  • Local |Business |Neighbors | June 22, 2015

    Local retiree volunteers time helping parolees, inmates get jobs

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    It’s been a bit of a long, strange journey for Darrell Denton. He grew up in Marshall County, and after high school, he bummed around for a couple of years before enlisting in the Marine Corps. After three years in the Marines, and 12 months

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