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  • Local |Business | April 18, 2014

    Officials warn of mortgage fee bill effects

    Forsale.phatch

    Plenty of folks in Riley County are confused, angry and struggling to see any reason for a proposal to eliminate a fee on mortgages. Riley County counselor Clancy Holeman was so adamant about the possible perils of the measure, known as Senate Bill 298, that during

  • Local |Education | April 18, 2014

    Officials: Tax increase may not make up for cuts

    USD 383 is projecting a tax increase of 1.14 mills for property owners next year. But even with the tax increase, the budget appears ready to decrease and might require spending cuts. The mill levy would rise from 52.46 to 53.60 based on increases in three areas of the

  • Local |Kansas State University | April 18, 2014

    Award to College of Vet Med alumnus helps two students earn scholarships

    An award to a Kansas State University veterinary medicine alumnus is helping two current veterinary students. Tera Barnhardt, fourth-year veterinary medicine student, Satanta, and Aaron Schaffer, third-year veterinary medicine student, Fairbury, Ill., are each receiving $1,000 scholarships from the Academy of Veterinary Consultants. The scholarship awards

  • Local |Education | April 18, 2014

    Fliter: Time to reconsider sales tax funds

    USD 383 school board vice president Leah Fliter said it might be time to reconsider using sales tax funds for the school district. USD 383 requested in February to discuss budgets during the city of Manhattan, Riley County and Pottawatomie County joint meeting Thursday. Prior to the 2012

  • Local |Education | April 17, 2014

    Board weighs in on teacher tenure, sexual orientation

    USD 383 Board of Education members voiced their opinions about the tenure portion of the state legislature’s school finance bill Wednesday. The board also voted to include sexual orientation and gender identity in its nondiscrimination policy. No member spoke in favor of House Bill 2506, which

  • Local |Government, Politics | April 17, 2014

    Homeowners learn flood strategies at open house

    More than 40 residents living within the Blue River floodplain area attended an open house Wednesday to learn about how living within the flood area will affect them. Senior planner Chad Bunger said there are approximately 200 single-family homes in the Blue River floodplain area. He said

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 17, 2014

    Police searching for armed robber

    Riley County police are searching for a man who robbed a Manhattan Dollar General store Wednesday night. Officers were alerted to an armed robbery at the store, 2321 Tuttle Creek Blvd, at 10:06 p.m. Preliminary information released by police indicated the suspect is a black male

  • Local |Government, Politics | April 17, 2014

    District to use health building for lunch program

    Riley County commissioners approved an agreement between the county health department and USD 383 Monday morning that will allow the use of the health department building as an additional site to provide a summer feeding program for children 18 years and younger this year. Established by the

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Government, Politics | April 17, 2014

    Schoen attributes crime drop to economy, patrols

    Riley County Police Department Director Brad Schoen told county commissioners the crime rate continues to drop in the area. “We continue to sit around in our staff meetings and pinch ourselves on a regular basis as a result of the crime rate continuing to drop,”

  • Local |Government, Politics | April 17, 2014

    Flint Hills transit entity remains on hold

    The Flint Hills Regional Transit Administration (RTA) is still on hold, according to comments at the Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) meeting Wednesday. Gary Stith, deputy director of the Flint Hills Regional Council, said attorneys for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Kansas Department

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