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  • Local |Kansas State University | July 04, 2014

    New drum class inspired by trips to Ghana

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    Kansas State University students will have the opportunity to learn some worldly music this fall with a new class that teaches West African drumming. The course, Music 281, will be taught by Neil Dunn, an instructor of percussion and dance. The class is open to all

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Business | July 04, 2014

    Appeals court upholds police board’s firing of officer

    The Kansas Court of Appeals on Thursday announced its affirmation of a September 2013 Riley County District Court ruling that upheld a decision made in 2011 by the Law Enforcement Agency Board to terminate a police officer. According to an unpublished opinion provided to The Mercury, the

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Business | July 04, 2014

    Hegarty honored for police work

    Captain Tim Hegarty isn’t afraid to try new methods of fighting crime. For his efforts and success in implementing crime-reducing policing programs, the Riley County Police Department administrative captain recently was inducted into the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame. The hall of fame is

  • Local |Kansas State University | July 04, 2014

    College of Business Administration names Wilkinson new accounting department head

    The Kansas State University College of Business Administration has named Brett Wilkinson as its new accounting department head and the first holder of the Robert G. Chapman endowed chair. “Dr. Wilkinson has an exceptional record as an academic scholar,” said Ali Malekzadeh, Edgerly family dean

  • Local |Kansas State University | July 04, 2014

    Interior architecture and product design professor’s latest book covers presentation

    Kansas State University’s Donna Fullmer hasn’t just written the book about the design process —  she’s written the series. The assistant professor of interior architecture & product design just released “Presentation Basics,” the fourth book for her Studio Companion Series published by

  • Local |Kansas State University | July 04, 2014

    KSU team takes top prizes at national imaging competition

    A two-person team from Kansas State University won Best Overall Project and Employees Choice Video awards at the national Student Infrared Imaging Competition in Melbourne, Florida, June 27-28. The team of Devin Mangus, master’s student in biological and agricultural engineering, Kanorado, and Huan Wang,

  • Local |Government, Politics | July 03, 2014

    Holeman: Watershed district has drawbacks

    Riley County commissioners agree that Wildcat Creek poses a danger of flooding, and if the circumstances align, rather costly flooding to property owners. How to approach a solution, though, is tricky, they said. Thursday morning County Counselor Clancy Holeman lined out some options, specifically the

  • Local |Education | July 03, 2014

    Fliter named school board president

    Officers for the USD 383 Board of Education were selected Wednesday evening. Former vice president of the board Leah Fliter unanimously won the board president’s position. She replaced Curt Herrman. Marcia Rozell was also selected unanimously to be vice president of the board. Members switched

  • Local |Education | July 03, 2014

    District budget down $800,000

    It looks like the school district’s operating budget will drop by nearly $800,000, according to projections released Wednesday evening at a USD 383 board of education meeting. The budget for the district’s two operational funds for the 2015 fiscal year could be $796,399 less than the 2014 fiscal

  • Local |Government, Politics | July 03, 2014

    1st RCPD citizen forum draws few attendees

    Rich Jankovich is hopeful that holding forums that are more relaxed than the monthly Riley County Law Enforcement Agency Board meetings will result in more opportunities for citizens and the board to communicate. On Wednesday, Jankovich, fellow board member Robert Boyd and Riley County Police

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