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  • Local |Education | October 09, 2013

    Blue Valley-Randolph gets $10,000 grant for new science kits

    The Blue Valley-Randolph School District has been awarded a $10,000 grant to purchase new Full Option Science System (FOSS) kits. The kits, funded by America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, offer students a chance to experience hands-on science education. Blue Valley High School science teacher Ruth

  • Local |Education | October 09, 2013

    Official: Need for higher ed rising

    The need for a higher level of education is increasing, according to a state education official. Mark Tallman, associate executive director of the Kansas Association of School Boards, met Tuesday at the Robinson Education Center with local school, community and business leaders to outline how

  • Local | October 09, 2013

    Felber to be honored

    The Manhattan Mercury will honor former executive editor Bill Felber with a reception celebrating his retirement this weekend. The reception will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Flint Hills Discovery Center’s outdoor terrace. The public is invited to attend. Felber retired Oct. 1

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | October 08, 2013

    Parker gets life in prison

    Fort Riley soldier Daniel Parker was sentenced to life in prison Monday for shooting a man while apparently firing at a nearby building. Parker was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Frederick Beverly on Jan. 1, 2012. The quirk in the case is that Parker wasn’t

  • Local |Traffic | October 08, 2013

    KDOT to increase visibility on US 24

    The Pottawatomie County Commission Monday approved an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation to improve the sight distance near the Flush Road and John Scott Road intersection north of U.S. Highway 24. The county learned recently it had been selected for up to $360,000 in

  • Local |Government, Politics |Fort Riley | October 08, 2013

    DOD act ends furloughs for civilians at Fort Riley

    Furloughed employees at Fort Riley are back at work after a Department of Defense action recalling a majority of civilian workers. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced Saturday that furloughs issued as a result of the government shutdown would end. The announcement came after a

  • Local |Business |Kansas State University | October 08, 2013

    Cerner execs visiting K-State

    Executives from Cerner Corporation will be at K-State’s College of Business Administration Wednesday and Thursday to recruit students. Cerner Days will feature a seminar on career development tips and tricks, an information session about career opportunities at Cerner, resume reviews and multiple occasions for

  • Local | October 08, 2013

    Longtime Mercury photographer retires

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    Rod Mikinski, a Manhattan Mercury photographer for 34 years, has announced his retirement. Mikinski, in a written statement published in today’s Mercury, called his tenure at the paper “a great joy,” and thanked the “people of this community who let me get closer to the

  • Local |Education | October 07, 2013

    USD 383 tackles puzzle of caring for homeless students

    Stan Ward, USD 383 coordinator of federal/state funds and grants, leaned back in his chair when the subject of money for homeless students came up. Ward and program coordinator Cheryl McCormick explained the dynamics of the program, which is designed to make sure homeless students

  • Local |Business | October 07, 2013

    Old Water Wheel House at Rock Springs 4-H Camp causes mixed emotions

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    Sentiment and practicality are at odds with the planned destruction of a building at the Rock Springs 4-H Center looming next spring. The Water Wheel Ranch House, south of Junction City, will be demolished to make room for a new educational plaza. The building once

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