FORT RILEY — The Christmas spirit was first sighted at Fort Riley Thursday morning, as the Big Red One held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to kick off its 30th year of Operation Santa Claus. The program assists families who may be facing financial difficulties by providing toys
The Manhattan Country Club is considering a plan to address what officials called a “critical” financial situation. Citing stagnant membership and a significant debt load, the club’s board recently announced that without action the facility would have to be sold or face foreclosure. In
The Manhattan-Ogden school board could be sending out a mail-in ballot months from now seeking to raise the district’s budget authority. School board members began talking about the potential ballot measure to increase the district’s Local Option Budget (LOB) during their Wednesday meeting,
Kansas State University student Ross Allen, a senior in economics and philosophy and a minor in nonprofit leadership studies, has advanced to the final round of the 2015 Rhodes Scholarship competition. Allen, of Soldier, will interview Saturday, Nov. 22, in St. Louis, Missouri, with other finalists from
CLAY CENTER — A Clay Center man died after being struck by a vehicle in an apparent hit-and-run incident Friday morning. Joe Knitter, 83, was hit by a westbound vehicle on U.S. 24, a half-mile east of Clay Center at 6:19 a.m., Clay County Sheriff Chuck Dunn
Area legislators were reminded their votes in Topeka affect more than just the state’s budget at the Riley County Legislative Conference on Thursday. State funding — or the lack thereof — was the focus of discussion among Riley County commissioners, department heads and three legislators. “We
A jury found a Leonardville man who stabbed a pest exterminator to death in 2008 guilty of reckless second-degree murder. Howard Barrett, 58, stood trial in Riley County District Court this week, six years after the killing of Thomas James, 48, in February of that year. Barrett has
As Gov. Sam Brownback held onto his office in Tuesday’s election, he also eked out a narrow victory among local schoolchildren. USD 383 students cast their ballots in the Kids Voting Kansas event earlier this week. It’s sponsored by the school district and the
A local minister said the same-sex marriage benefits battle is ongoing even if Kansas’ constitutional ban is lifted. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree issued a preliminary injunction that will stop the state from enforcing its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage starting at 5 p.m.
Long-term ecological research at Kansas State University’s Konza Prairie Biological Station will continue for another six years with a $6.76 million grant renewal from the National Science Foundation. The NSF Long-Term Ecological Research, or LTER, program is a research and education program focused on the
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