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  • Local |Government & Politics | January 14, 2015

    Manhattan city manager honored for service

    A state group has awarded Manhattan city manager Ron Fehr its top honor for his work in the community. The Kansas Association of City/County Management recently gave Fehr the Buford M. Watson Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Management. Fehr received the award at

  • Local |Government & Politics | January 13, 2015

    Manhattan mayor running for 2nd commission term

    Mayor Wynn Butler filed for re-election on Monday for the Manhattan City Commission. Butler said his primary issues are the same as they were four years ago: taxes, infrastructure and growth. He said progress has been made, saying that city debt is down $1 million compared

  • Local |Education | January 13, 2015

    Board allows Starnes to resign

    RILEY — USD 378 Superintendent Brad Starnes’ resignation will stand after a long and unusual special meeting of the district’s school board Monday night. Starnes submitted his resignation, effective June 30, to the board last week, saying that the trust that had been established within the district

  • Local |Traffic | January 13, 2015

    Why does I-70 take drivers through so many counties in a short stretch?

    Riley county township map.phatch

    Q: What’s the deal with Riley County’s borders? Why do I drive from Wabaunsee County into Riley approaching Manhattan westbound on I-70, but suddenly I’m in Geary County until I turn onto K-177 – and then it’s back to Riley? A: Riley

  • Local |Business | January 13, 2015

    Westar officials discuss line route

    Westar Energy hopes to identify by early February its “preferred route” for new transmission lines from Jeffrey Energy Center to its substation east of Manhattan. Until a siting study is completed, however, Westar officials won’t know which route — including the current route — will be

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | January 13, 2015

    Trial set for daycare owner accused of harming child

    A Manhattan daycare operator is scheduled to stand trial in April for allegedly causing physical harm to an infant in her care. A jury trial for Lesa Heiman, former operator of Aunt Lesa’s Daycare, 525 Northfield Road, was set in Riley County District Court on

  • Local |Education | January 13, 2015

    Incumbent first to file for USD 384 board

    In the Blue Valley school board’s first election filing, an incumbent signed up on Monday to run for one of four open seats. James Peter of Randolph, who served a term on the board already, filed to run in the April 7 election for school

  • Local |Government & Politics | January 13, 2015

    Commission approves closing health dept. for training

    The Riley County Health Department will close its facilities each quarter for staff training after approval on Monday from the county commission. Starting this year, in-service, training and professional development activities will happen for three hours in March, June, September and December. The health department’

  • Local |Government & Politics | January 13, 2015

    Six file campaign finance reports

    Four elected officials, a former candidate and a current candidate filed their campaign finance reports to meet the Jan. 10 deadline. Jolene Keck, Riley County elections supervisor, said these reports are for people with cash still in their accounts or new candidates. John Ball, who ran

  • Local |Kansas State University | January 13, 2015

    K-State student wins ‘dream job’ contest

    A Kansas State University student with a love for elephants will live a dream later this year. Rebecca Roeder won the opportunity to spend two weeks in Thailand as a wildlife volunteer providing direct care for Asian elephants. She said the trip would probably happen

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