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  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | March 09, 2015

    EMS reports more Fake calls, transports

    Emergency calls related to Fake Patty’s Day this year increased 61 percent compared with the same period in 2014, said Riley County EMS Director Larry Couchman. Couchman told Riley County commissioners Monday that between Friday evening and Sunday morning, his department received 66 calls for service, 50 of

  • Local |Education | March 09, 2015

    Manhattan student headed to national spelling bee

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    Ella Rosenkranz, a seventh-grade student at Eisenhower Middle School, is going to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. She won the Topeka Capital-Journal Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday at Seaman High School by correctly spelling “dastardly” and “reassurance” after her opponent misspelled “unequivocal.” The

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | March 09, 2015

    Man accused of stabbing woman seeks new attorney

    A man accused of stabbing a woman in the face and neck asked for a new attorney Monday during what was supposed to be his arraignment in court. Samuel Dartez, 30, appeared alongside his defense attorney, Larry McRell. “He informed me he wants a new lawyer,”

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency |Government & Politics | March 09, 2015

    Huelskamp staffer ran for local school board

    A former local school board candidate was arrested late last week in Dodge City on charges of sexual exploitation of a child. Matthew Pennell, a staffer for U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan. 1st District, was arrested Thursday after an investigation by the Dodge City

  • Local |Business | March 09, 2015

    Mercury captures 16 awards

    The Manhattan Mercury won 16 awards in the 2015 Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence. This year, The Mercury was in Daily Division III, competing with the biggest newspapers in the state. On the editorial side, The Mercury won first place for best story/picture combination by

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | March 09, 2015

    Arraignment set for man accused of killing uncle

    Christopher Michael Arand has been bound over for trial in connection with the Dec. 10 death of his uncle at Belvue. Following a preliminary hearing Friday morning in Pottawatomie County District Court, Judge Jeff Elder ruled there was sufficient evidence to try Arand on charges of

  • Local |Neighbors | March 09, 2015

    Ex-Iraqi interpreter now a US citizen

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    Having felt that his life was in danger for six years during the Iraq war, Ayad Ahmed says he has felt safe since he moved to Manhattan in 2009. And just a few months ago, on Nov. 14, 2014, Ahmed became an American citizen after years of waiting

  • Local | March 09, 2015

    Two Kansas cattle trails closer to national recognition

    WICHITA — The possible national designation of two Kansas cattle trails is a step closer to reality. The Chisholm and Great Western trails have been studied by the federal government since 2009, when Congress directed the secretary of the Interior to evaluate the trails to see whether

  • Local |Business | March 08, 2015

    Faux celebration starts in neighborhoods, moves to Aggieville

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    One thing college students apparently are eager to get up early for is Fake Patty’s Day. “It’s Fake Patty’s Day!” a man’s voice proclaimed Saturday announcing the commencement of the annual faux holiday celebration to the neighborhood surrounding Ratone Street. “It’

  • Local |Government & Politics | March 08, 2015

    City, county applying for $25M HUD grant

    Perhaps that frightening yearly wait to see if the waters of Wildcat Creek might once again rip through people and property on the west side of Manhattan could be coming to an end. Perhaps. In a situation that seems as sudden as the floods themselves,

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