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  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | December 03, 2014

    Judge appoints attorney for soldier in rape case

    A Fort Riley soldier, who was arrested in connection with a rape, was appointed a public defender Tuesday. Sean Wedgwood, 22, will be represented by Britain Stites, who was appointed by Judge William Malcolm in Riley County District Court. Wedgwood was arrested on Nov. 5 in connection

  • I Wonder |Local | December 02, 2014

    Why are Blue Earth Plaza’s lights blue?


    Q: Are the lights at Blue Earth Plaza blue to fit the name of the park? A: Yes. The business owners and managers who brought you the lights at the Festival of Lights wanted you to have a blue, blue Christmas. Brad Everett, the general

  • Local |Government & Politics | December 02, 2014

    Health department to use new policy for unpaid bills

    The Riley County Health Department will soon have the ability to remove unpaid bills from its billing system. Riley County commissioners, acting as the Board of Health Monday morning, approved new protocols by the health department in managing long-standing debt for unpaid services. Department director

  • Local |Kansas State University | December 02, 2014

    Black Student Union, church aim to raise awareness with protests

    Members of the Black Student Union at K-State are holding a vigil Tuesday to remember black men and women who lost their lives because of police brutality but received no media attention.   The vigil is part of a week of events on campus intended to

  • Local |Education | December 02, 2014

    Anti-bullying program update on board’s agenda Wednesday

    The Manhattan-Ogden school board will get to hear an update about the district’s anti-bullying initiatives at a 6:30 p.m. meeting Wednesday. The district uses the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, a long-term plan to address bullying and improve peer relations, according to the board’s

  • Local |Government & Politics | December 02, 2014

    Property owners willing to pay to reopen road

    Pottawatomie County Commissioners and landowners will try to reach an agreement to reopen Mariadahl Road at the least cost to all parties. The property owners, Stanton Brock and David Heier, said they were willing to split the cost of reopening the road, but within a

  • Local |Business | December 02, 2014

    Farm Bureau president hangs up hat after 12 years

    Steve Baccus, president of the Kansas Farm Bureau, retired on Tuesday after 12 years on the job. Baccus, of Minneapolis, Kan., became president of Kansas Farm Bureau in April 2002 after having been elected vice president in 1997. “Typically, a Kansas Farm Bureau president stays around 10 years, and

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | December 02, 2014

    Junction City woman found dead in bathtub

    Police believe a woman found dead Monday in her bathtub in Junction City shot herself, but they are waiting on an autopsy to confirm the cause of death. Leigh Castle, 44, was found at 5:08 a.m. Monday unresponsive in her residence. Junction City police and Junction

  • Local |Government & Politics | December 02, 2014

    Memo on gravel use receives rocky reception

    Pottawatomie County Commissioners took exception Monday to a memo from Public Works Director Leu Lowrey regarding the use gravel on county roads. The memo, dated Nov. 26, stated: “Effective November 25, 2014, the Road and Bridge Department will not haul any more rock on to County Roads without

  • Local |Kansas State University | December 01, 2014

    Students parody ‘Bass’ song

    Students in the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority showed their love for Kansas State University in a YouTube video posted on Thursday. The music video, called “All About K-State,” is a parody of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” a pop hit released in June.

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