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  • Local | April 02, 2014

    Two services planned for Manhattan woman

    Naomi mcclendon.phatch

    Funeral services have been arranged for former Manhattan High student body president Naomi McClendon. McClendon, 18, died early Sunday morning after falling from a 10th-floor apartment balcony near Arizona State University in Tempe, where she was a freshman. Services for her will be at 7 p.m.

  • Local |Business | April 02, 2014

    Hotel occupancy down slightly for 2014

    Occupancy is down this year at local hotels, according to the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The city has 1,263 hotel rooms, and on average only 563 of those were filled, according to data through February. That’s an occupancy rate of 44.6 percent, down from 58.7 percent in 2012 and 56.3

  • Local |Business |Government, Politics | April 02, 2014

    City approves $430,000 for Tallgrass

    City commissioners unanimously approved Tallgrass Brewing Company’s economic development application Tuesday. The city is entering an agreement with Tallgrass, providing up to $430,000 over the next 10 years. “As a whole, I think the project will be interesting to watch and a great show of helping

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 02, 2014

    JC woman charged with DUI in accident

    A woman was arrested Tuesday night on charges of driving under the influence and several other charges after her car crashed on East Chestnut Street in Junction City, sending a teen passenger to the hospital. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported Tammy Patterson, 38, of Junction City,

  • Local |Business |Government, Politics | April 02, 2014

    Business owners on N. Third Street want upgrades

    North Third Street business owners on Tuesday advocated finishing development of their end of the road . Russ Weisbender, owner of Overlay Properties, described businesses on his property in the area as being “slowly strangled out of business” because of limited access to get to them.

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 01, 2014

    No one — including family dog — injured in blaze

    Ems.phatch

    Nobody except the family dog was home Tuesday morning when a fire broke out inside a Pierre Street house. At about 9:45 a.m., the Manhattan Fire Department and Riley County EMS responded to the residence, 1318 Pierre Street, for a report of a structure fire. When

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 01, 2014

    Nitchman pleads no contest

    Nitchman.phatch

    A man charged with vehicular homicide last year entered a plea of no contest in Riley County District Court Monday afternoon. Daniel Nitchman, 39, was charged in the death of 31-year-old Samantha Coleman of Abilene. Coleman was killed when Nitchman fell asleep at the wheel of

  • Local |Business | April 01, 2014

    Recycling program grew threefold in last decade

    WESTMORELAND — Recycling in Pottawatomie County has come a long way since its unofficial beginning in 1997. Debbie Berges, secretary of the Pottawatomie Recycling Committee, gave county commissioners a brief history of the program Monday during the commission’s weekly meeting. The recycling program was funded for

  • Local |Government, Politics | April 01, 2014

    Officials: Dept. of Ag building nearly complete

    Manhattan and Riley County leaders discussed progress on the new Kansas Department of Agriculture building and received an update on current legislative issues from Clancy Holeman, county counselor, at the Intergovernmental Luncheon Monday. Greg Lohrentz, chief financial officer for the KSU Foundation, told those in

  • Local |Education | April 01, 2014

    Board considers hiring director for preschool

    Hiring an early childhood pre-school director could be in the works for USD 383. The Board of Education will hear about the potential change to its Pre-K Pilot Program at its 6:30 p.m. meeting on Wednesday. The position would meet part of the program requirements for

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