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  • Local |Business | March 11, 2014

    Director: Big Lakes in need of funds

    The Big Lakes Development Center director says the facility is in jeopardy because of insufficient funding. Lori Feldkamp, the agency’s president and CEO, told Riley County commissioners Monday afternoon that funding is an issue for the center, and that it is in a “wait-and-see”

  • Local |Business | March 11, 2014

    Newly opened KFC goes to drive-thru service only

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    Apparently Manhattan can’t get enough fried chicken. The new KFC, 901 N. Third St., has been so busy since it opened last week that the store was forced to close its dining room – and now offers only “drive-thru” service. Rajeev Jain, who owns the restaurant

  • Local |Government, Politics | March 11, 2014

    Lewis running for second county commission term

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    Riley County Commissioner Dave Lewis announced Tuesday that he is running for a second term. Lewis said he feels that he has been “effective” and “prudent” in office, and that he wants to “be able to continue to provide influence” on local, regional and statewide

  • Local |Business | March 10, 2014

    Business owners: Fake Patty’s relatively tame

    Local business owners said Saturday’s Fake Patty’s Day celebration turned out to be relatively tame compared with those in previous years. That sentiment was expressed in and outside of Aggieville. Rusty Wilson, the owner of Kite’s Grille & Bar, 615 N. 12th St.,

  • Local |Business | March 10, 2014

    Official: EMS stats a mixed bag

    Larry Couchman, director of emergency EMS services for Riley County, said the emergency response statistics from this year’s Fake Patty’s Day were better in some ways and worse in others. Overall, there were 45 calls for service Saturday with 31 one of them related to

  • Local |Business | March 10, 2014

    Library book sale raises $10,981

    Manhattan Public Library’s annual book sale raised $10,981 to buy new books and fund library programs, according to a press release. The annual sale took place Feb. 28-March 2 at the library, 629 Poyntz Ave. Patrons gathered to peruse many of the 100,000 used books — some donated and

  • Local |Government, Politics | March 10, 2014

    County approves bid for drainage structure

    The Riley County Commission on Monday approved a bid for a drainage structure for a ditch on Casement Road. The commissioners passed the bid for the ditch outfall structure, which allows for the discharge of water, for $334,189.01 by Bettis Asphalt & Construction Inc. of Topeka

  • Local |Kansas State University | March 10, 2014

    Former John Deere executive to present lecture at K-State

    David C. Everitt, a former John Deere division president, will present “Combining business objectives, appropriate technology and social support programs to help feed a hungry world” at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Fiedler Hall Auditorium at Kansas State University. The event is part of the College

  • Local |Business | March 09, 2014

    Smaller crowds make for quieter Fake Patty’s Day

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    Aggieville was looking a little green on Saturday for Fake Patty’s Day, an alcohol-focused event in which thousands of college students flock to the area in an early celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. But the annual event was slow during the day, in

  • Local |Education | March 09, 2014

    USD 383 officials weigh in on SAT changes

    Some USD 383 officials say planned changes to the SAT college entrance exam seem to be a step in the right direction. The College Board announced its plans to alter major aspects of the test last week. “With what limited information that has come out, it

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