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  • Local |Education | April 02, 2015

    District to replace books, computers

    Some USD 383 students will have new math textbooks next year and the district will purchase about 400 computers to replace older technology. The Manhattan-Ogden school board approved the purchases at its Wednesday meeting. The district will spend $83,911 on 480 high school math textbooks for statistics, algebra, calculus,

  • Local |Business | April 02, 2015

    Town Center expected to demolish Sears store

    Manhattan Town Center will soon apply to demolish the site of the former Sears store, a sign that mall officials are closer to announcing a new tenant. City manager Ron Fehr told the Riley County Commission on Thursday that mall officials have informed city staff

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | April 02, 2015

    Colorado man dies at rest stop on I-70

    JUNCTION CITY — Authorities say a Colorado man who was moving to Florida was found dead at a rest stop near Manhattan on Tuesday. The Geary County Sheriff’s office says 47-year-old Keith Morrison of Aurora, Colorado, was found dead Tuesday in the parking area of

  • Local |Area Schools | April 02, 2015

    Rock Creek baseball sweeps Osage City

    The Rock Creek baseball team opened the season with a doubleheader sweep of Osage City on the road on Tuesday. The Mustangs won the first game 10-0 in five innings, and won the finale 8-1. Caleb Rogge took the win in the first game, going

  • Local |Area Schools | April 02, 2015

    Rock Creek softball sweeps Osage City

    The Rock Creek softball team opened its season in dominating fashion against Osage City, notching 14-2 and 16-1 wins. Blair Campbell took the win in the first game, allowing just one hit while striking out four in four innings. Shannon Caffrey came on in the

  • Local |Manhattan High School | April 02, 2015

    Ballard named All-Centennial first team

    Four members of the Manhattan High girls’ basketball team were named to the All-Centennial League basketball teams, which were released Wednesday. Senior and leading scorer Caroline Ballard made the first team, while senior Amara Ehie and sophomore Gigi McAtee were named honorable mention and senior

  • Local |Business | April 01, 2015

    Report: Unsafe practices led to trench collapse death

    A trench didn’t meet safety standards before it collapsed in February and killed a Manhattan city worker, according to a report released to the Mercury on Wednesday. William Wiske, 30, was working on Feb. 6 in a muddy trench fixing a water line on the west

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | April 01, 2015

    Bates gets 13 years for child sex crimes

    A man who raped a 12-year-old girl was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 13 years in prison after reaching a plea agreement to avoid a life sentence. Judge David Stutzman sentenced Christopher Bates to 155 months in prison for raping a child under 14. Bates was also sentenced to 41

  • Local | April 01, 2015

    Counties partner to improve care for moms, babies

    Competitors are getting together for the sake of better prenatal care in Riley and Geary counties. Delivering Change: Healthy Moms-Healthy Babies program, which originated in Geary County in July, officially expanded Tuesday into Riley County. The program will unite the Riley and Geary perinatal coalitions

  • Local |Education | April 01, 2015

    Budget panel considers up to $4 million in cuts

    USD 383 is one step closer to making budget cuts between $2 million and $4 million. The district’s Budget Advisory Steering Committee met for the first time Tuesday, and reviewed recommendations for cuts from a 60-member committee comprising community members, teachers and administrators. The cuts are divided

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