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  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | June 02, 2015

    Trial set for man accused in vehicle thefts

    A judge on Monday set a two-day jury trial for a Manhattan man who allegedly committed a series of vehicle thefts and burglaries earlier this year. Jeremy Spaur, 30, represented by Larry McRell, will appear before a jury in Riley County District Court Aug. 27-28. Spaur

  • Local |Government & Politics | June 02, 2015

    Budget work begins with requests

    Several Riley County department heads on Monday laid out their budget requests for the 2016 fiscal year to county commissioners. Budget requests will continue Thursday and next week, with budget work sessions to follow. County Appraiser Greg McHenry requested $1,443,179, an increase of $65,170, or 3 percent, from the

  • Local |Government & Politics | June 02, 2015

    Commission hopes to address space needs

    Pottawatomie County commissioners are hopeful a study of the county’s long-term space needs will help guide a decision on what to do with two buildings: the old courthouse and the former medical clinic building at Westmoreland. Commissioners made no decision Monday on proposals presented

  • Local |Fort Riley | June 02, 2015

    Military personnel face challenge in civilian job search

    FORT RILEY — After 28 years each in the U.S. Army, Master Sgt. David Gidden and Master Sgt. Frederick Johnson are finding themselves in unfamiliar territory. Later this year, they will retire from the military and drive through the gate at Fort Riley into civilian life,

  • Local |Education | June 02, 2015

    Voters approve increase of USD 383’s taxing authority

    Voters on Tuesday agreed to increase USD 383’s taxing authority by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. Riley County Clerk Rich Vargo said the preliminary tally for the mail ballot election, which ended at noon on Tuesday, was 5,581 votes, or 64 percent, in favor of the measure; 3,140, or 36

  • Local | June 01, 2015

    Program to offer free bikes

    Manhattan is set to roll out a bike share program later this summer, but unlike the fee-based systems found in cities like New York and Chicago, the bikes will be free to use on the “honor system.” Gina Scroggs, executive director of Downtown Manhattan Inc.,&

  • Local | June 01, 2015

    Recent rains bring down wall, force family from home

    The heavy May rainfall has forced a Manhattan couple out of their home. Bobb and Pam Stokes’ home at 615 Ratone Lane has been deemed uninhabitable by the city after one of the retaining walls around the house collapsed around 1 p.m. Thursday. “We’ve had

  • Local |Business | June 01, 2015

    Airport agreement on tap

    The Manhattan City Commission will consider on Tuesday an agreement with a design-build team to start developing a facility to serve private planes at Manhattan Regional Airport. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The team of Schultz Construction, Ebert Mayo Design Group

  • Local |Business |Neighbors | June 01, 2015

    Perfect brew one of job’s perks for Wamego coffee shop owner

    Neighbor.phatch

    Jim Hovind responded to a “strange” call in the early 1980s that ignited a lifelong passion. Hovind was a 19-year-old handyman in the San Francisco Bay area, where he’d moved after growing up in Kansas City. One day someone called him up after seeing

  • Local |Business | June 01, 2015

    City to consider Dunkin’ Donuts location Tuesday

    Dunkin’ Donuts finally has a potential location, but first it needs city approval. The Manhattan City Commission meeting on Tuesday will include a first reading of an ordinance amending the Abbott’s Landing Shopping Center commercial planned unit development near Hayes Drive and McCall Road

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