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  • Local |Government & Politics | May 01, 2015

    City asks RCPD to cover shortfall

    Manhattan city manager Ron Fehr on Thursday lobbied the Riley County Law Enforcement Agency Board for help covering a $500,000 shortfall because of delinquent property taxes. Fehr asked the law board to approve using a portion of RCPD’s $668,000 emergency reserve fund to help cover the

  • Local |Business | May 01, 2015

    Sampler founder’s passion drives festival’s growth

    The Kansas Sampler Festival began as a book signing. Marci Penner and her father, Mil, had just published “Kansas Weekend Guide” and hosted about 1,000 people on their family farm near Inman in 1990. Last year, more than 11,000 people filled Wamego’s City Park for the festival’

  • Local |Government & Politics | May 01, 2015

    Military expert: Russia has will to use nuclear weapons

    A military expert says Russia has demonstrated a willingness to use nuclear weapons and also “hasn’t finished the job” in its invasion of Ukraine. Roger N. McDermott, a senior international fellow in the foreign military studies office at Fort Leavenworth, said in a presentation

  • Local |Education | May 01, 2015

    USD 383’s reserve fund down $1.27M since 2010

    USD 383’s contingency reserve fund has declined by more than $1 million since 2010. The fund, designed for emergencies and unforeseen circumstances, is down $1,272,348 since that time and now sits at $1,339,635 after the school district transferred $250,000 from it this year into its general operating budget. The year 2010

  • Local |Business | May 01, 2015

    April sales tax report shows robust growth

    April sales tax revenue increased nearly five percent from the same time last year. The city received $845,877 in sales tax revenue, according to the April sales tax report, which reflects the previous month’s sales. This is an increase of 4.85 percent from April 2014’s sales

  • Local |Manhattan High School | May 01, 2015

    MHS’ Epperson signs with Independence

    Through all his knee injuries and rehabilitation, Manhattan High baseball player AJ Epperson knew he wanted to keep playing as long as he possibly could. With his decision to play college baseball at Independence Community College next fall, he has the chance to play for

  • Local |Area Schools | May 01, 2015

    Rock Creek, Riley County split softball series

    Rock Creek and Riley County split a Mid-East League softball doubleheader on Tuesday, with the Mustangs winning the first game 11-1 before the Falcons won Game 2, 5-2. Rock Creek jumped out to an early lead in the opener, scoring 10 runs in the first three innings

  • Local |General Activities | May 01, 2015

    Optimist Rebels compete in Hutchinson

    The Manhattan Optimist Rebels 14U fast pitch softball team finished with a 1-2 record last weekend at the rain-shortened Battle of the Complexes tournament in Hutchinson. The Rebels opened pool play on Saturday with a 3-2 loss to the Krushers from Kingman.  Kylea Ricketts

  • Local |Kansas State University | April 30, 2015

    $500K awarded for food research

    Kansas State University has awarded $500,000 to faculty members who are taking on some of the world’s food challenges created by a rapidly increasing population. “Given the importance of food production to the Kansas economy, the innovative technologies and knowledge generated from this initiative will

  • Local |Kansas State University | April 30, 2015

    Staff cites pay as reason to leave KSU

    A majority of Kansas State University faculty and staff members said they’re comfortable at the school but nearly half have considered leaving because of pay, according to a recent survey. Results from a universitywide climate survey released on Thursday show 84 percent of respondents are

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