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  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | March 20, 2015

    Belvue man refuses to plead at arraignment

    The court entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of a Belvue man facing charges of first-degree murder and felony cruelty to animals. Christopher Michael Arand “stood mute” on the charges during his arraignment in Pottawatomie County District Court Thursday. “Standing mute” means a

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency |Business | March 20, 2015

    Rooftop parties unsafe but legal in Manhattan

    A Manhattan building official said most residential roofs aren’t designed as party decks, but that didn’t stop people from taking their Fake Patty’s Day celebrations to area rooftops earlier this month. “Most roofs are not built for actual occupancy,” said Brad Claussen,

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | March 20, 2015

    Man who drove through building pleads to DUI

    A Marysville man who drove a car through two Manhattan businesses pleaded guilty on Thursday to driving under the influence of alcohol. Jason Butler, 36, faced seven additional charges, but the Pottawatomie County Attorney dropped those charges as a part of a plea deal. Although Butler’

  • Local |Kansas State University | March 20, 2015

    KSU student from China wins design competition

    Lanting Su, a fourth-year architecture student at Kansas State University, is receiving a $5,000 scholarship as the winner of a College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, competition sponsored by Manko Window Systems in Manhattan. Su, from China, was the competition judges’ top selection for

  • Local |Business | March 19, 2015

    Seatons mark 100 years of publishing The Mercury

    A local family today is celebrating 100 years of publishing The Manhattan Mercury. How that came about is the story of a couple of lucky breaks. Or rather, an unlucky break that turned very lucky. In simplest terms the Seaton family owes the privilege to Charles

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | March 19, 2015

    Man gets 10 years for 2008 murder

    A Leonardville man diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia was sentenced on Wednesday to more than 10 years in prison for stabbing a pest exterminator to death seven years ago. Judge David Stutzman sentenced Howard Barrett to 123 months in prison with 36 months of post-release supervision for killing 48-year-old

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | March 19, 2015

    Fire destroys home in rural Wamego area


    A fire Wednesday afternoon destroyed a rural Wamego home. About 35 firefighters from Blue Township and St. George fire departments responded to 5280 Jamie Circle. The call came at approximately 3 p.m., said Chris Trudo, Pottawatomie County emergency management director. Firefighters remained on scene until approximately 8:30 p.

  • Local |Education | March 19, 2015

    MATC officials name school’s next president

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    Manhattan Area Technical College officials named a new president Wednesday afternoon. James Genandt will assume presidential duties in July, replacing Robert Edleston, who retired at the end of February. MATC board chair Marla Brandon announced tht the board approved the Presidential Search Committee’s recommendation,

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency |Business | March 19, 2015

    Police seeking to solve party problems at Britt’s

    Riley County commissioners spent much of Thursday’s meeting discussing ongoing problems with parties at a local business after a second incident involving gunfire occurred earlier this month. Riley County Police Director Brad Schoen told the board his department is looking into state nuisance statutes

  • Local |Government & Politics | March 18, 2015

    Hawk: Grants will hurt state

    A Manhattan state senator said Wednesday he thinks Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s school finance proposal will hurt education in the state. The Senate voted 25-14 to approve Brownback’s plan, which funds schools with block grants for the next two years. Sen. Tom Hawk,

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