Thunderstorms moving through the Riley County area Monday night knocked out power to hundreds of residents and left behind a wake of damage for emergency personnel to clear. Downed power lines on U.S. Highway 24 required officials to close the roadway Tuesday. As of 11 a.
Riley County commissioners wrapped up 2015 budget work sessions Monday afternoon and reached a consensus on a mill levy increase of .432 mills. A mill is $1 in tax for every $1,000 in assessed, taxable property value. The proposed increase puts the county levy at 37.524 and it won’t
A lightning strike caused a house fire Monday night, resulting in $122,000 in damages to the home. The Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched at 9:35 p.m. to 2720 Stone Valley Drive for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found a one-story duplex with fire
Megan Moser has been named executive editor of The Manhattan Mercury. Moser will lead The Mercury’s newsroom, including news reporters, editors, designers, photographers and the sports department. She had been doing that job on an interim basis since the May 1 retirement of former executive
The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art will have its first-ever artist-in-residence this week. Calder Kamin of Kansas City, Mo., will be at the museum today through Thursday for the Beach’s Open AIR (Artist-in-Residence) program at which people can interact with her artwork. Kamin’
Residential construction continues to flourish in Pottawatomie County. Zoning Administrator Gregg Webster told county commissioners Monday that building permits issued for new dwellings totaled 63 through the first six months of 2014––the highest number in at least the past five years. The total is two more
A federal judge on Monday sentenced a Junction City man to 63 months, or more than five years, in prison on a charge of accessing child pornography with intent to view. Scott Deppish, 43, had previously pleaded guilty to the charge, according to a press release from
Kansas State University is continuing its legacy of producing Fulbright award winners to represent the United States. Adam Miller, a May 2012 master’s degree graduate in Spanish second language acquisition, Overland Park, is a 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. student grant recipient to Argentina, and Jacob
Want to be more productive and happier during the workday? Try taking a short break to text a friend, play “Angry Birds” or check Facebook on your smartphone, according to Kansas State University research. In his latest research, Sooyeol Kim, doctoral student in psychological sciences,
The Salvation Army, in partnership with local businesses, is launching a “Christmas in July” fundraising campaign. The organization will be collecting donations in kettles placed in various businesses around town, including Bob’s Diner, McAllister’s, Varney’s, On the Wildside and others. Donations to
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