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  • Local | May 15, 2015

    Council Grove hermit cave listed on National Register

    A hermit’s cave in Council Grove was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, but potential visitors should know that the hermit is gone, and the cave isn’t really a cave. The hermit, Italian priest Giovanni Maria Augustini, hasn’t been

  • Local |Business | May 15, 2015

    Management of Wareham subject of unresolved lawsuit

    Though the Wareham Opera House announced the hiring of a new operations manager last week, the current operator is in a lawsuit with the building’s owner over a contract with three years left on it. Wareham owner Darrell Hills filed a lawsuit Feb. 13 against

  • Local |Business |Kansas State University | May 15, 2015

    Garmin founder gives $1M to KSU engineering

    Kansas State University’s College of Engineering has received a $1 million gift from a Garmin International Inc executive for the construction of new lab space in the college’s Phase IV building addition. This latest gift from Min Kao, is in addition to the more

  • Local | May 15, 2015

    Sunset Zoo announces public can view new cheetahs on June 5

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    Cheetahs are back at Sunset Zoo. Azizi and Dahlila, a sister pair who are a little under 1 year old, will be unveiled to the public at 10 a.m. June 5. The sisters arrived in mid-April from Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas, a fellow

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | May 15, 2015

    Supreme Court affirms ruling in murder case

    The state’s high court this week upheld the conviction of a Manhattan man for his role in a 2011 murder. The Kansas Supreme Court affirmed the Riley County District Court decision that ruled Domingo Soto guilty of first-degree murder for supplying Michael Layne with the

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | May 15, 2015

    Judge finds probable cause in vehicle burglary case

    A Riley County judge on Friday morning found probable cause to move forward with court proceedings for a Manhattan man who allegedly committed a series of vehicle thefts and burglaries earlier this year. Jeremy Spaur, 30, represented by Larry McRell, originally faced two dozen charges for

  • Local |Business | May 14, 2015

    Online sales dent tax receipts

    Local sales tax receipts are up overall, but a drop in one category of goods has local leaders concerned. County treasurer Shilo Heger told Riley County commissioners Thursday that year-to-date sales tax receipts are up 4.48 percent from 2014, but noted a 74.83 percent year-to-year drop in sales

  • Local |Education |Business | May 14, 2015

    School board reverses decision to eliminate admin position

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    A USD 383 administrator will have a job next year after the Manhattan-Ogden school board Wednesday rescinded notifying him of the district’s intent to not renew his contract. In a packed conference room full of teachers showing support for elementary education director Lucas Shivers, the

  • Local |Government & Politics | May 14, 2015

    City’s request for RCPD cash in legal limbo

    The Riley County Law Enforcement Agency Board is waiting for a response from the Kansas Attorney General on whether the city of Manhattan can use the Riley County Police Department emergency reserve fund to cover a city shortfall. The city has requested using $500,000 from the

  • Local | May 14, 2015

    Manhattan native inducted into Special Operations Hall of Honor

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    After growing up in Manhattan and graduating from Kansas State University, Jim Kyle knew he didn’t want to join the Army. What he didn’t know was that he’d eventually play a prominent role in American special operations history. “Growing up in Manhattan,

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