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  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | March 31, 2015

    Man charged with child sex crimes left state

    A heavily-redacted affidavit released to the Mercury indicates a Leonardville man left the state after an interview with Riley County police last month. John Thomas, 48, was arrested on a Riley County warrant in Chino Valley, Ariz. earlier this month and is currently confined at the

  • Local |Business | March 31, 2015

    City reports continuing growth in sales tax receipts

    Sales tax revenue continues to outpace last year’s record. The city had $821,051 in revenue in the March sales tax report, which reflects the previous month’s sales. The city had $813,574 in sales tax revenue in March 2014. The year-to-date sales tax revenue is nearly $2.78 million,

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | March 31, 2015

    2 reach plea agreements in kidnapping case

    Two Manhattan men accepted plea agreements on Monday for their roles in kidnapping two K-State students last fall. Ortegas Tune and Rasheem Wilson each pleaded no contest to kidnapping Keli Lee and Haley Hart and no contest to the aggravated robbery of Steven Briggs. Chief

  • Local |Education | March 31, 2015

    Textbooks on agenda

    USD 383 could purchase 480 new textbooks and 396 computers if the Manhattan-Ogden school board approves staff recommendations. The recommendations for those purchases, as well as the completion of a couple maintenance projects, will come before the school board at a 6:30 p.m. Wednesday meeting at the Robinson

  • Local |Area Schools | March 31, 2015

    Area players named all-state by KBCA

    The Kansas basketball coaches association honored a few area players in its yearly all-state teams this week. Earning first team honors were Wamego’s Lanie Page (Class 4A-DI), Valley Heights’ Sidney Blackburn (1A-DI) and Rock Creek’s Caron Becker (4A-DII). Valley Height’s Elijah Smith

  • Local |General Activities | March 31, 2015

    MHK United wins title

    Playing up one age group in the 12-and-under division, the U11 MHK United boys soccer team won the championship last weekend at the April Fool’s Futbol Festival in Lawrence.  MHK United went 2-1 in pool play with a 5-1 victory over U12 Sporting

  • Local |Kansas State University | March 30, 2015

    Vanier named to NBAF position

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    A K-State animal health leader has been chosen to engage local, regional and national stakeholders in the development of partnerships for the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF. The Department of Homeland Security has selected Marty Vanier, the university’s director of operations at

  • Local |Business |Neighbors | March 30, 2015

    ‘Happy guy’ brings cheer to drive-thru


    Scott McCune is the type of guy who gets recognized all over town. Sometimes it’s at the gas station. Other times it’s a bar. It’s not the sort of fame typically enjoyed by employees at fast food restaurants, but then, McCune is

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

    Riley school board hopefuls debate future bond issue

    The prospect of a future bond issue was the most contentious topic at a candidate forum Sunday for the Riley County USD 378 school board election. Seven of the 11 candidates on the ballot participated in the event. The previous USD 378 bond proposal, in 2013, was defeated by

  • Local |Business | March 30, 2015

    Varney’s offering unused space for lease


    Varney’s isn’t going anywhere, but it doesn’t need as much space anymore. The bookstore recently put up a sign advertising space for lease in its Aggieville store. Varney’s owner Steve Levin said the changing retail dynamic has led to this decision. “

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