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  • Local |Kansas State University |Arts, Leisure | February 12, 2014

    Mediterranean show at McCain

    The Mediterranean Sea is coming to Kansas State University’s McCain Auditorium with performances by Italy’s Compagnia T.P.O., or Teatro di Piazza o d’Occasione. The company will present “Bleu! The Mediterranean Sea” at 7 p.m. Feb. 19-21; 4 and 7 p.m. Feb. 22;

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Business | February 12, 2014

    Book fraud costs local store $830

    Several people allegedly selected books from Varney’s Book Store this month and took them to the store’s counter to be bought back. The store, 623 N. Manhattan Ave., reported the theft to the Riley County Police Department on Monday. Owner Steve Levin said up

  • Local |Fort Riley | February 12, 2014

    Top Pentagon official looks at fort’s virtual programs

    Fort Riley showed its skills to a senior Department of Defense official during her visit to the post. Christine Fox, acting deputy secretary of defense, visited Fort Riley earlier this week in her first trip to a domestic military installation. Fox, who was appointed to

  • Local |Kansas State University | February 11, 2014

    Belafonte to young people: ‘Let’s wake up’

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    Harry Belafonte, singer, actor and civil rights activist, preferred the role of a American Revolution patriot Monday. Belafonte told the 535 people in attendance at McCain Auditorium that he wanted to play “a little bit of Paul Revere” to alert the crowd of troubles ahead caused

  • Local |Government, Politics | February 11, 2014

    County approves fix to creek signs

    A 12-mile-long stream which runs east of St. Marys is apparently misspelled — both on U.S. Geological Survey maps and on a Kansas Department of Transportation road sign. Bourbonais Creek should be Bourbonnais Creek, with an additional “n,” according to the USGS. The Pottawatomie County

  • Local |Business |Government, Politics | February 11, 2014

    Official: Mortgage tax bill stalled

    Proposed legislation to eliminate the Mortgage Registration Tax in Kansas has apparently stalled following a hearing before a legislative committee. Register of Deeds Betty Abitz told Pott County Commissioners Monday there has been no action on the legislation since the recent hearing which she and

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | February 11, 2014

    JC police seek info on missing woman

    The Junction City Police Department is asking for help to find Amanda Clemons, 24. Clemons, a Junction City resident,  was last seen leaving the Budget Host Hotel, Room 112, 820 South Washington St., on Friday at 11:30 p.m. She was observed being placed in a silver colored

  • Local |Government, Politics | February 10, 2014

    Snow crews keeping busy

    Riley County crews have had a busy season removing snow from roads, Riley County Public Works Director Leon Hobson said. Hobson explained the county’s process for clearing snow to the county commissioners at Monday’s meeting. “Each storm is different, so the crews have

  • Local |Government, Politics | February 10, 2014

    Roberts refutes residency claims

    The office of U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has spoken out against what it calls a “hit piece” published by the New York Times. The article, which also ran in Sunday’s edition of The Mercury, said Roberts was “desperate to re-establish ties to

  • Local |Government, Politics | February 10, 2014

    Meeting to make up for snow cancellation

    City commissioners plan to hold a work session Tuesday followed by a special legislative session to cover the agenda items from last week’s canceled meeting. Tuesday’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. with a work session dealing with annual revenue projection

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