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  • Local |Business | July 27, 2015

    Free services at 4th count event

    Everybody Counts, a grassroots community effort to quantify and address the needs of Manhattan’s homeless and low-income residents, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 1 in the 900 block of Yuma Street. It is the fourth such event. It was started in

  • Local | July 27, 2015

    Couple returns to home after retaining wall collapse

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    The rain might have washed away Pam and Bobb Stokes’ retaining wall, but it didn’t clean the dirty laundry, carpet and dust. The Stokeses moved back into their home at 615 Ratone Lane on July 18 after being unable to live there since the end of

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Traffic | July 27, 2015

    Crash injures one person

    One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday night south of Manhattan. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, Silvana Okanovic, 29, St. Louis, Missouri, was transported to Via Christi Hospital after the crash. The report indicates Okanovic was driving a 2014 Volvo northbound on Kansas

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Business |Government, Politics | July 26, 2015

    A look at RCPD’s growing budget

    After years of steady increases, the Riley County Police Department’s budget is set to grow less than 2 percent from 2015 to 2016, but that doesn’t mean debate over the department’s spending is coming to a close. Since 2004, total RCPD funding has swelled from $9.8 million

  • Local | July 26, 2015

    Special Rodeo gives kids chance to try roping, riding

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    “I think she’s the first person ever to ride a bull with no hands,” Betty Peterson said, smiling as she watched her daughter take part in the simulated bull-riding portion of the Kaw Valley Special Rodeo Friday evening. The event, held in the main

  • Local |Business | July 26, 2015

    Butler looks back on 55 years at Aggieville Pizza Hut

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    Customers swarmed the buffet at the Aggieville Pizza Hut at lunchtime on Saturday, getting a final taste before the restaurant — the oldest of the more than 11,000 locations in the chain — closes for good. Noting the flood of people who’ve visited in the days since

  • Local |Business | July 26, 2015

    Little Apple Doulas support parents through birthing process

    “Finding someone who isn’t going to judge you on your parenting choices is pretty tough,” said KayLee Proctor, who aims to fill that gap for new mothers even before their children are born. Proctor is the owner of Little Apple Doulas, Manhattan’s first

  • Local |Business | July 26, 2015

    Pet store owner aims to breed rare reptiles, amphibians

    Dave Karnowski has a lot of rodents. The rats and mice live in the back room, mostly, and they really stink up the joint, which means Karnowski is constantly cleaning. But it’s worth the trouble, because he sells them to customers, who maybe buy

  • Local |Education | July 26, 2015

    Manhattan teacher honored

    Topeka — Meshell L. Thornley of Manhattan was named the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers 2015 Outstanding Elementary School Teacher of the Year. “The Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year award is presented to an individual who goes beyond the regular classroom curriculum and challenges and expands

  • Local |Business | July 26, 2015

    Man makes Kansas news, journalism his passion

    On the wall of Doug Anstaett’s office, a large map of Kansas is adorned with stars. “Those stars are the newspapers in Kansas, and the color (of the star) tells me when I visited them,” Doug said.  Staying in contact with newspapers is

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