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  • 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

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    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

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    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. “

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency |Kansas State University | March 30, 2015

    Minor injury in fire at KSU’s Willard Hall

    One person received a minor hand injury after a fire broke out at 3:23 p.m. Sunday at K-State’s Willard Hall, 1211 Campus Drive. The fire started after an acetylene torch head malfunctioned. When crews arrived, they found the torch on fire on the floor of

  • Local | March 30, 2015

    Collins: Expect more burning in next 2 weeks

    Area residents should expect an increased amount of burning over the next two weeks. Emergency Management director Pat Collins said Monday at the Riley County Commission meeting that there’s little to be done about smoke in the air. “This is the time of year

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

    Commission gives Fehr 3.9% raise for 2015

    Manhattan city manager Ron Fehr received a 3.9-percent raise last month. The raise is retroactive to the first pay period of 2015. The term of the agreement is open ended. Fehr’s base salary was increased to $141,000 from $135,653.28, reflecting a 1.7-percent cost-of-living increase and a 2.24-percent

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | March 30, 2015

    Soldier accused of child rape pleads not guilty

    A Fort Riley soldier who is accused of raping a child pleaded not guilty to his charges Monday morning in Riley County District Court. Staff Sgt. Timothy Ayers Jr., 41, pleaded not guilty to rape of a child and indecent liberties with a child, both off-grid

  • Local |Government & Politics | March 29, 2015

    Phillips: Expect increase in taxes

    Questions related to the state budget dominated conversation during a meeting of area legislators Saturday morning. The event, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce but open to the public, gave residents a chance to ask questions and express concerns to area legislators. Sen. Tom Hawk (

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