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  • Local |Obituaries | May 05, 2014

    Renowned sculptor Streeter, dead at 79, had Manhattan ties

    Tal Streeter, an internationally renowned sculptor who spent his childhood in Manhattan, died at age 79 in Santa Fe, N.M., on April 17, The Mercury learned Monday. Streeter’s career was marked by a fascination with the sky, the clouds and the wind that he first

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | May 05, 2014

    Police plan weekend sobriety checkpoint

    The Riley County Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in the Manhattan area beginning Saturday and continuing into the early hours of Sunday. Purpose of the checkpoint is to detect and deter impaired drivers, according to a Riley County Police Department news release. Motorists

  • Local |Education |Government, Politics | May 04, 2014

    Lawmakers reflect on budget shortfall, school funding

    After approving the $14.6 billion budget and wrapping up the session late Friday, area legislators addressed residents during a legislative coffee Saturday morning at Sunset Zoo. Rep. Tom Phillips, R-Manhattan, Rep. Ron Highland, R-Wamego, Rep. Sydney Carlin, D-Manhattan, and Sen. Tom Hawk, D-Manhattan, addressed a number

  • Local |Kansas State University |Government, Politics | May 04, 2014

    Herspring: Time to ‘slap Russia around’

    The United States shouldn’t just tighten the screws on Russia; it should slap the country around a little, said K-State foreign policy expert Dale Herspring. Herspring, distinguished professor of political science at Kansas State University and author of several books and articles on Russian

  • Local |Business | May 04, 2014

    Wamego’s 1st turn as Kansas Sampler host draws record crowds

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    WAMEGO — Food and entertainment is a given at any festival. But the 25th annual Kansas Sampler Festival also brought more than 150 communities Saturday to Wamego City Park to promote their unique attractions, businesses and landscapes. Those who attended the event partook in a bit of

  • Local |Government, Politics | May 04, 2014

    Huelskamp angered by potential UDSA closure

    The congressman has gone from a little bit frustrated to simmering upset. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, the Republican who represents Kansas’ 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives, cannot get an answer from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about a personnel move that potentially

  • Local |Fort Riley | May 04, 2014

    ‘Demon’ Brigade marks official homecoming

    About 90 soldiers, among the last Big Red One troops in Afghanistan, returned home to Fort Riley on Saturday from a nine-month long deployment. Their homecoming marked the official return of the unit, known as the Demon Brigade. Brigade commander Col. Matthew Lewis led an uncasing

  • Local |Kansas State University | May 04, 2014

    K-State, other university officials applaud White House efforts to end campus rape

    As the Obama administration pushed an initiative against campus rape last week, it called on colleges and universities to deal with the issue more openly. White House officials also unveiled a celebrity public service announcement, a new website — NotAlone.gov — and a series of recommendations

  • Local |Business | May 04, 2014

    Landmark Bank president retires

    Larry Heyka, market president of Landmark National Bank in Manhattan, retired at the end of April after 40 years of serving financial needs as a community banker. “I truly enjoy working with small and regional businesses and serving the needs of the community and its citizens,”

  • Local |Business | May 04, 2014

    Local company creates banking software

    New Element, a local software development company, has developed a new product, New Element Collaborate, web-based strategy management software that’s accessible via desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Credit unions are using this to improve member service products, increase efficiencies and decrease time spent tracking

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