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  • Local |Government, Politics | March 18, 2014

    Rep. Huelskamp defends positions on NBAF, farm bill

    Congressman Tim Heulskamp answered questions from both his supporters and his adversaries at a town hall in Manhattan on Monday night. The meeting at Manhattan Fire Department lured about 100 people, and a majority seemed supportive of the Republican District 1 representative. An area of focus for

  • Local |Business |Government, Politics | March 18, 2014

    February property sales lag behind 2013 figures

    WESTMORELAND —Pottawatomie County commissioners heard monthly updates from a number of county department heads Monday. • County appraiser Lois Schlegel reported 41 property sales for the month of February: 22 residential, one commercial, nine vacant lots and eight farmsteads or ag land. The sales figure lagged the 49 sales

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | March 18, 2014

    KBI issues Silver Alert for missing Onaga man

    ONAGA — Authorities are looking for a 67-year-old Onaga man who ran an errand on Friday morning and never returned home. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation issued a Silver Alert for Melvin Potter, Onaga Chief of Police Dan Costlow said. The man reportedly has dementia and

  • Local |Government, Politics | March 17, 2014

    Airport Road project shared

    County commissioners supported the city’s Airport Road project Monday, which will involve Riley County dollars. Rob Ott, public works director for the city, said the reason the county needs to get involved is that approximately 600 feet of the road is in the county’s

  • Local |Business | March 17, 2014

    Historic Ditto-Leach mansion in Wamego sold

    An historic Wamego mansion was sold this weekend to a local resident and his family. Richard Weixelman, vice president of USD 320’s school board, and his family purchased the Ditto-Leach house for $450,000 on Saturday when it was put up for auction. The home at 910 Fifth

  • Local |Government, Politics | March 17, 2014

    City seeks assistant manager

    The city is hunting for a new assistant city manager. Deputy city manager Jason Hilgers said Adam Bentley resigned the assistant’s position a couple of weeks ago. Bentley, who started the position in October 2013, previously served as the administrative assistant to the city manager

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | March 17, 2014

    Details released in Saturday fire

    The Manhattan Fire Department has released more information about Saturday’s fire at 1204 Bluemont Ave. Crews responded to the fire at around 11:19 a.m. and the last crews left the scene at around 2:55 p.m. Westbound traffic on Bluemont Avenue was closed for a short

  • Local |Education | March 17, 2014

    MHS student journalists qualify for state contest

    Eight student journalists from Manhattan High School qualified for the state level of competition in the Kansas Scholastic Press Association contest on Feb. 28. The highest placing was junior Gage Benne’s entry in the Advertising category, which earned second place. Junior John Rockey and freshman

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Traffic | March 17, 2014

    Cycle rider injured

    CHAPMAN – A Fort Riley soldier was injured Saturday night when he was thrown from his motorcycle after being rear-ended on Interstate 70. James D. Wilson, Jr., 49, was taken to Salina Regional Hospital with unspecified injuries after the incident, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. The KHP

  • Local |Business | March 17, 2014

    Big-money case will go to trial

    TOPEKA – The Kansas Court of Appeals has ruled, with a 31-page opinion, on a big-money family squabble in Pottawatomie County. The court reversed a summary judgment against Ellen Byers Bouton, and said she is entitled to proceed in her battle for relief in a million-dollar

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