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  • Local |Government & Politics | August 11, 2015

    Mill levy to rise slightly

    The property tax levy for Pottawatomie County will creep upward by about seven-tenths of a mill if the 2016 budget is approved as proposed. The proposed budget for fiscal year 2016, approved for publication last week by the county commission, has an overall tax levy of 26.409 — up

  • Local |Government & Politics | August 11, 2015

    Commissioner recovering from lung cancer surgery

    Pottawatomie County Commissioner Stan Hartwich remained in Topeka’s Stormont-Vail Hospital early this week after undergoing surgery for lung cancer last week. Hartwich and his wife, Sharon, said Monday he is progressing well from the surgery and that pending tests should confirm the effectiveness of

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

    Florence employees return to work after bomb threat

    A bomb threat emptied a Manhattan manufacturing facility for about two and a half hours on Tuesday morning before officials determined the call was a hoax. Officer Matt Droge said police had made an arrest in connection with a phone call to Florence Manufacturing, 5935 Corporate

  • Local |Business | August 11, 2015

    Shilling submits low bid for asphalt project

    Shilling Construction, Manhattan, was the apparent low bidder for Pottawatomie County’s annual asphalt overlay project. Shilling’s bid of $1,293,453.70 was one of three submitted prior to a 10:30 a.m. bid opening Monday at the regular meeting of the Pottawatomie County Commission. Bids were also

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

    Man sentenced to nearly 13 years in child rape case

    A Manhattan man was sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison Monday in connection with the rape and sodomy of a 5-year-old- girl. In Riley County District Court, Chief Judge Meryl Wilson sentenced Lamont Barry Cox, 25, to 155 months in prison for aggravated rape and 155 months for

  • Local |Government & Politics | August 10, 2015

    Scenic byway proposal tabled

    Riley County commissioners on Monday voted to table a proposal to extend the state’s Native Stone Scenic Byway into the county. The byway, dedicated in 2007, currently runs for 48 miles through the Flint Hills, from Kansas Highway 4 in Shawnee County, through Dover, Keene, Eskridge and

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

    K-State student shot, killed in Chicago

    A Kansas State University student died in her hometown of Chicago Thursday after she was shot while walking in the south side of the city. Briona White, 22, died after she was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center. An investigator with the Cook County, Illinois, Office

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

    Former Manhattan surgeon arrested for sexual assault of 16-year-old

    A Junction City orthopedic surgeon who previously practiced in Manhattan is out on bond after being arrested for aggravated sexual battery. Dr. Allan Holliday Jr. was arrested July 30 by Junction City Police Department officers after a 16-year-old victim filed a report on July 26. JCPD Chief

  • Local |Education | August 10, 2015

    Wamego Head Start closed this year

    The Head Start classroom in Wamego will not be opening for the school year after the Northeast Kansas Community Action Program Inc., announced a decision to close it last week. Along with the Wamego location, NEK-CAP Inc., will be closing the Head Start centers in

  • Local |Neighbors | August 10, 2015

    Retired Army officer finds fulfillment as teacher, hunting guide

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    David McNeal has had a few chapters in his life. He spent four years in the Marine Corps, where he learned Vietnamese and deployed to Vietnam as an infantryman executing search-and-destroy missions. He later transferred to the Army, where he rose to the rank of

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