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  • 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,

  • Local |Fort Riley | March 18, 2015

    Unit shifts leadership ahead of deployment to Kuwait


    FORT RILEY — It was a bit of “hello, goodbye” for the 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Wednesday morning at Fort Riley. The battalion’s senior noncommissioned officer, Command Sgt. Maj. Evanglish Thomas, said his farewell during a change of responsibility ceremony. Incoming Command Sgt. Maj.

  • Local |Kansas State University |Government & Politics | March 18, 2015

    Committee approves $60M in bonds for KSU’s Seaton Hall

    A House committee Tuesday authorized up to $60 million in bonds for Kansas State University’s Seaton Hall project. The project will renovate and expand the building, which houses the College of Architecture, Planning and Design. Seaton’s east wing was constructed more than 100 years ago

  • Local |Government & Politics | March 18, 2015

    Officials seeking public comment on HUD grant

    Do you own property in the Wildcat Creek high-risk flood zone? Or rent somewhere in that area, perhaps? If so, officials from Manhattan and the state’s Water Resources Board want to talk with you. Soon. In fact, they really hope to hear some of

  • Local |Education | March 18, 2015

    Riley County school board picks interim superintendent

    The Riley County school board offered Nancy Meyer the position of interim superintendent at a special meeting Monday night. If Meyer agrees to the contract, she will begin her duties in April. Meyer retired as superintendent of Holton USD 336 at the end of the 2013-14

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | March 18, 2015

    Lower bond denied for man facing 24 charges

    A judge denied a $65,000 bond reduction on Tuesday for a Manhattan man who faces two dozen charges in connection with a series of burglaries. Jeremy Spaur, 30, represented by counsel Larry McCrell via live video stream from the Riley County Jail, requested his bond be reduced

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