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  • Local |Business | November 26, 2014

    Stores to open Thursday for sales

    Black Friday is taking over Thanksgiving Day. In Manhattan, at least six major retailers will be open on Thanksgiving. Walmart will be open all day and other stores will begin opening at 5 p.m., including JC Penney, Target, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods and

  • Local |Business | November 26, 2014

    November sales tax receipts up from 2013

    The city’s 2014 sales tax revenue is outpacing the previous two years’ performance heading into the final month of the year. Overall 2014 sales tax receipts through November are about $9.86 million, according to the November sales tax report from finance director Bernie Hayen. This is 1.2 percent

  • Local |Government, Politics | November 26, 2014

    Pool parking decision on hold until facility study complete

    The Manhattan City Commission will wait until February to select an option for City Park’s pool parking lot and pedestrian improvements. During Tuesday’s work session, the commission decided to wait until there’s more information on developing park plans. Parks and Recreation director

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | November 26, 2014

    Man ordered not to contact victim in stabbing incident

    A man charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery in connection with a stabbing incident earlier this month was ordered by Judge William Malcolm on Tuesday not to contact the victim. Samuel Dartez, 30, 1508 Jarvis Drive Apt. B, was arrested in Morris County Nov. 13 after

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | November 26, 2014

    Judge denies reduced bail in robbery, kidnapping cases

    A Manhattan man charged with what police believe are connected robberies and kidnappings will appear in Riley County District Court in January. Kenneth Mallett, 22, 516 Thurston St., faces charges of aggravated kidnapping, kidnapping and robbery in connection with two Oct. 8 incidents in the 1300 block of Flint

  • Local | November 25, 2014

    Area communties planning Thanksgiving meals


    A number of opportunities for a Thanksgiving meal are available around the area. The Thanksgiving community dinner in Manhattan will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Old Chicago, 100 Manhattan Town Center. It’s a free dinner, but donations will be accepted at

  • Local |Business | November 25, 2014

    State postpones vote on NBAF

    State leaders have postponed issuing bonds for a proposed federal biosecurity laboratory in Manhattan until the state bonding investment is legally capped. The State Finance Council decided Monday to postpone issuing $231 million in bonds for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility on the Kansas State

  • Local |Government, Politics | November 25, 2014

    Residents voice skepticism about building commission

    RILEY — Residents questioned the need for a new public building commission, or PBC, during a public forum with Riley County commissioners Monday at Riley Centre. The PBC would allow the county to approve building projects and issue debt without a public vote. “I thought the

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | November 25, 2014

    Affadavit: Voices told man to kill uncle

    The man charged with a Nov. 10 murder at Belvue told authorities that voices in his head prompted him to kill his 77-year-old uncle. Christopher Arand, 36, said he used brass knuckles to knock his uncle unconscious, then put a plastic bag over his head to suffocate

  • Local |Education | November 25, 2014

    Fliter: Mail-in ballot would cost $63,500

    Members of the Manhattan-Ogden school board informed local government leaders at a Monday meeting that it would have to conduct a mail ballot if the district wanted to raise its local option budget authority to help fund USD 383 schools. The ballot, school board president Leah

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