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  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | January 08, 2014

    Doctor to plead to fraud

    A Manhattan radiologist is expected to plead guilty Thursday in Texas to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a scheme involving more than $7 million in military contracts. Dr. Heidi L. Webster, 50, a former official of the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, signed a

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | January 08, 2014

    Shooting suspect to appear

    A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Pablo Alberto Gonzalez of St. Marys, who was arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 24-year-old Rossville man. Gonzalez, 21, will appear in Pottawatomie County District Court at 9 a.m. on Jan. 17. He made his first appearance

  • Local |Education | January 08, 2014

    Heating system fails at MHS east campus

    Ninth-graders couldn’t escape the cold weather Tuesday as the Manhattan High east campus dealt with a heating issue. MHS principal Greg Hoyt sent a message out to parents detailing the experience. He said he was notified at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday about the issues and

  • Local |Business | January 07, 2014

    Outage leaves thousands in cold

    Thousands of Manhattan residents endured a stretch without power Monday night because of a Westar equipment failure. Westar Energy spokesperson Shane Batchelder said that 1,462 customers — business and residential — lost power in the north and northwest part of town after a piece of equipment failed on

  • Local |Fort Riley | January 07, 2014

    DOD grants $16M to replace Fort Riley school

    The Department of Defense on Monday awarded the Geary County school district a $16 million federal grant to replace Fort Riley Elementary School. The planned building will address the capacity and facilities needs of the current school and will be able to acommodate 500 students. “These new

  • Local |Government, Politics | January 07, 2014

    Ruffled feathers over chickens

    WESTMORELAND — Pottawatomie County has no authority over chickens. That was the conclusion of county counselor John Watt Monday in response to a letter received by Pottawatomie county commissioners. The letter, written by a county resident, asked commissioners to do something about a neighbor’s chickens,

  • Local |Education | January 07, 2014

    Board to consider gun policy

    The USD 383 school board will consider loosening its stance on concealed weapons during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Robinson Education Center. A proposed board policy revision says that a handgun can be stored in an employee’s own locked vehicle on school

  • Local |Business |Government, Politics | January 07, 2014

    Official: Nixing tax would cost county

    WESTMORELAND – Elimination of the mortgage registration tax in Kansas would cost Pottawatomie County about $1 million in revenue, register of deeds Betty Abitz told county commissioners Monday. Abitz briefed the commission on proposed legislation by the Kansas Bankers’ Association and Kansas Association of Realtors to have

  • Local |Kansas State University | January 07, 2014

    History professor leaves $400,000 to KSU in will

    A retired Kansas State University history professor’s will provided more than $400,000 for the university. The money from George Dent Wilcoxon, who died in 2012, will create two undergraduate scholarships in history and a fellowship for a graduate student in history. Both funds will be named

  • Local | January 06, 2014

    Cold temps short of record

    Cold.phatch

    It’s cold, but not that cold. The high on Sunday was a frigid 11 degrees Fahrenheit and the overnight low was minus-10. But those temperatures didn’t even get close to the records. Kansas State University Research and Extension climatologist Mary Knapp said the coldest

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