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  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency |Kansas State University | March 30, 2015

    Minor injury in fire at KSU’s Willard Hall

    One person received a minor hand injury after a fire broke out at 3:23 p.m. Sunday at K-State’s Willard Hall, 1211 Campus Drive. The fire started after an acetylene torch head malfunctioned. When crews arrived, they found the torch on fire on the floor of

  • Local | March 30, 2015

    Collins: Expect more burning in next 2 weeks

    Area residents should expect an increased amount of burning over the next two weeks. Emergency Management director Pat Collins said Monday at the Riley County Commission meeting that there’s little to be done about smoke in the air. “This is the time of year

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | March 30, 2015

    Commission gives Fehr 3.9% raise for 2015

    Manhattan city manager Ron Fehr received a 3.9-percent raise last month. The raise is retroactive to the first pay period of 2015. The term of the agreement is open ended. Fehr’s base salary was increased to $141,000 from $135,653.28, reflecting a 1.7-percent cost-of-living increase and a 2.24-percent

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | March 30, 2015

    Soldier accused of child rape pleads not guilty

    A Fort Riley soldier who is accused of raping a child pleaded not guilty to his charges Monday morning in Riley County District Court. Staff Sgt. Timothy Ayers Jr., 41, pleaded not guilty to rape of a child and indecent liberties with a child, both off-grid

  • Local |Government & Politics | March 29, 2015

    Phillips: Expect increase in taxes

    Questions related to the state budget dominated conversation during a meeting of area legislators Saturday morning. The event, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce but open to the public, gave residents a chance to ask questions and express concerns to area legislators. Sen. Tom Hawk (

  • Local |Education | March 29, 2015

    Lee Elementary raises funds with playful event

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    Going to school isn’t generally about fun and games, that’s exactly what went on this weekend — at Lee Elementary’s annual Fun Fair. Students and their families were free to wander from classroom to classroom Saturday, playing games such as toilet paper plunge,

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | March 29, 2015

    Panel to weigh liquor law change

    TOPEKA — With thousands of dollars in campaign contributions at stake in the 2016 election cycle, GOP legislators are weighing the risks of acting on a fiercely lobbied issue: allowing supermarkets to sell liquor. Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, a Nickerson Republican, told the GOP caucus Wednesday

  • Local |Business | March 29, 2015

    AIB International to break ground on $7.5M expansion

    AIB International will mark the beginning of a $7.5 million building project Wednesday with a groundbreaking ceremony. AIB, 1213 Bakers way, started as the American Institute of Baking and is now a Manhattan-based center for food industry research and training. The first phase of the multi-year project

  • Local | March 29, 2015

    Controlled burns canceled Sunday because of wind

    Riley County officials canceled controlled burns Sunday because of wind. Fire Chief Pat Collins said since the wind speed went over 15 miles per hour on Saturday, it wasn’t safe to continue burning. He also ceased burning for three hours late Saturday afternoon. Collins said

  • Local |Kansas State University | March 28, 2015

    Local named to KSU Student Alumni Board

    Julia Satzler, Manhattan is one of 19 new members of Kansas State University’s Student Alumni Board, a group of approximately 40 students who promote and serve the university and the K-State Alumni Association. SAB works to enhance the K-State experience by creating a link between the

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