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  • Local |Kansas State University | February 26, 2014

    KSU graduate students recognized for research

    Two Kansas State University graduate students have received statewide recognition for their research that benefits Kansas. Joseph Holste, doctoral student in civil engineering, Ludell, and Lance Noll, master’s student in veterinary biomedical science, Greensburg, were the two Kansas State University winners at the 11th

  • Local |Business | February 26, 2014

    Mercury captures awards in state contest

    The Manhattan Mercury won 17 awards in the 2013 Kansas Press Association contest, the results of which were announced this week. The Mercury, which competes in the Daily Division II category, saw four first-place finishes: editorial writing, Walt Braun; headline writing, Megan Moser; news photo, Rod Mikinski;

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | February 26, 2014

    Suspect to have mental evaluation

    A suspect charged in a Dara’s Fast Lane robbery that occurred in November 2013 will be transported to Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility for a trial competency evaluation. Travis Bowman, 23, appeared via webcam from the Riley County Jail in the district court hearing Tuesday with

  • Local |Kansas State University | February 26, 2014

    Theater professor dies during surgery at 69

    Daniel Davy, associate professor of theater at K-State, died Saturday during emergency heart surgery at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. “Dan was a very bright and somewhat quirky professor,” said John Uthoff, theatre program director. Uthoff said Davy was the only theater

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | February 26, 2014

    Gonzalez pleads not guilty to murder charge

    WESTMORELAND — A St. Marys man charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault pleaded not guilty to his charges in Pottawatomie County District Court Tuesday. Pablo Gonzalez, 21, will have a week-long jury trial starting Aug. 25. He was arrested in January in connection with the New Year’

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | February 26, 2014

    Roberts waives right to preliminary hearing

    A Wamego man charged with 30 counts of felony theft waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Tuesday in Riley County District Court. Tracy Roberts, 45, a former executive officer with the Flint Hills Area Builders Association, appeared in court Tuesday afternoon in front of Judge

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | February 26, 2014

    Amber Alert for Texas teen canceled in Kansas

    An Amber Alert for a missing Texas teen believed to be in Kansas was canceled Wednesday morning. Nacogdoches County in eastern Texas requested the alert for Nomei Velazquez, 15, Tuesday night. The girl had been missing since Monday. The alert went to Kansas because the girl’

  • Local |Government, Politics | February 25, 2014

    Women, children focus of first health board meeting

    The Riley County Board of Health held its inaugural meeting Monday night — although attendees didn’t exactly get to see a host of new faces. The Riley County Commission now officially serves as the Board of Health, as well — same people, different role. On Monday

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Government, Politics | February 25, 2014

    Officials learn about Amber Alert system

    The inner workings of the Amber Alert system were explained at Monday’s intergovernmental luncheon in a discussion prompted by last week’s abduction of 10-year-old Hailey Owens of Springfield, Mo. Riley County Police Department director Brad Schoen said Amber Alert is a federal system

  • Local |Business | February 25, 2014

    Appraised values up by $1 million in Pottawatomie County for 2014

    WESTMORELAND — The appraised value of property in Pottawatomie County increased by about $1 million in 2014, according to Lois Schlegel, county appraiser. Schlegel gave county commissioners an overview Monday of the appraised values of land and buildings, as well as an update on residential home sales and

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