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  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | December 31, 2013

    RCPD arrests local man for child sexual exploitation

    A Manhattan man was arrested on Monday by Riley County police after weeks of investigation regarding a complaint filed in November. Harold Heilman, 36, 2500 Farm Bureau Road, Lot 328, was arrested for sexual exploitation of a child and electronic solicitation. He is confined in the Riley County

  • Local |Kansas State University | December 31, 2013

    University picks architect

    Salina-based Jones Gillam Renz Architects Inc. has been selected to design the new Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center in Salina. Construction is expected to start in 2014 and be completed in 2016. The Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center will be a 12,768-square-foot facility

  • Local |Government, Politics | December 30, 2013

    Public works director resigns

    Manhattan director of public works Dale Houdeshell will leave at the end of January to take the same position with the city of Clayton, Mo. City manager Ron Fehr made the announcement on Monday, and said Houdeshell’s last day will be Jan. 31. “It is

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | December 30, 2013

    House fire causes $80,000 in damage


    A structure fire left five people displaced and caused an estimated $80,000 in damage Sunday night. There were no reported injuries from the fire at 820 Colorado St. to a two-story house converted to an apartment building that resulted in a $20,000 loss to contents and $60,000 in damage

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Business | December 30, 2013

    Counterfeit bills passed at Hy-Vee

    Four people allegedly targeted Hy-Vee at 601 Third Place for fraud by passing counterfeit bills on Friday afternoon. The total estimated loss was $1,750. Details about items purchased were not available. The crime was reported at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday. Police identified suspects Monday morning. No arrests

  • Local |Agriculture | December 30, 2013

    Ag-wise workshop deadline extended

    Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) and Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) have extended the deadline for three of the four Be Ag-Wise educator training workshops in early 2014. The workshops, which are designed especially for agricultural education presenters at the county level, will give

  • Local |Government, Politics | December 29, 2013

    Obama signs budget

    We’re one step closer to NBAF. President Barack Obama this week signed into law a two-year joint budget resolution that approves $404 million for the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility to be built in Manhattan. The budget does not guarantee that NBAF will be

  • Local |Business | December 29, 2013

    Power outages reported

    About 2,100 Manhattan residents were without power Saturday evening in an unexplained outage. Westar Energy and Riley County Police responded to many calls of power outages Saturday. According to the Westar website, 2,094 residents in Riley County were without power as of 7:45 p.m. By 10 p.m.,

  • Local |Business | December 29, 2013

    Breadbasket deals with post-holiday glut of food


    The Flint Hills Breadbasket is overflowing with food. Executive Director Maribeth Keiffer said right after the holidays, the Manhattan-based food pantry always has an abundance of food, but it doesn’t take long for it to go. “It’s needed every day of the year,”

  • Local |Business | December 29, 2013

    Landmark appoints new CEO

    Patrick Alexander, Chairman and CEO of Landmark Bancorp, Inc., and Landmark National Bank, announced he will leave his role of CEO effective Jan. 1.  Alexander will remain as the chairman of the board. From 1986 to 1990, Alexander served as president of the Kansas State Bank of

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