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  • Local |Education | January 05, 2014

    Wonder Workshop director wins award

    Richard Pitts, director of the Wonder Workshop Children’s museum, received two awards for his work including one from the White House. Pitts co-founded the Wonder Workshop with his wife, Cindy Pitts. In 1995, he became the director of the Wonder Workshop Children’s Museum. His

  • Local |Education | January 05, 2014

    Saint George man gets degree from Nebraska

    Adam LeGrand McKee of Saint George was among more than 1,500 students who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at commencement exercises Dec. 20 and 21. McKee received a master of education degree from the Graduate College.

  • Local |Government, Politics | January 03, 2014

    Manhattan needs better sports venues, commissioners agree

    City commissioners tossed around a variety of subjects during their annual retreat on Thursday, and also managed to make a bit of news by agreeing with the so-called “Fieldhouse Group” that Manhattan needs a dramatic upgrade to its sports facilities and venues. No one was

  • Local |Business | January 03, 2014

    Local Kmart closing

    The local Kmart is shutting for good. A closing advertising campaign for the store, located at 401 E. Poyntz Ave., is scheduled to begin in The Mercury on Jan. 12 and run through March 30. Kmart has been a fixture in Manhattan since the store opened in 1974. Calls

  • Local | January 02, 2014

    First baby of 2014 born to OB nurse

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    Manhattan’s first baby of the new year was born Wednesday to a Mercy Regional Health Center labor and delivery nurse. Amaia Gloria Banks was born at 3:24 a.m. Wednesday to Danielle and Mike Banks of Manhattan, the first birth of 2014 at the hospital. She

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

    Body of soldier recovered from lake

    The body of a Fort Riley soldier was recovered from Milford Lake on Wednesday afternoon after a long search by rescuers. The Geary County Sheriff’s Department, along with multiple area emergency personnel, recovered the body of 31-year-old Thomas Hedrick, a U.S. Army specialist

  • Local |Government, Politics | January 02, 2014

    Corrections mental health position filled

    Riley County Community Corrections has filled a position to offer mental health services to its clients. Brett Bruning started last month in his position as care coordinator with Pawnee Mental Health Services. Since that time, Bruning has been helping to identify those in the system

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

    Suspect held after man found dead

    Pottawatomie County authorities believe a Rossville man was murdered early New Year’s Day. Levi W. Bishop, 24, was found shot to death at 4:43 a.m. inside a car when it pulled up to the St. Marys Police Department, according to a police report. Three people

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | December 31, 2013

    Search continues for soldier

    The body of a Fort Riley soldier who drowned at Milford Lake has yet to be recovered a week after his death. Area authorities have been searching throughout the week for Thomas Hedrick, 31, since Tuesday morning when he drowned near Charley’s Point in the

  • Local |Government, Politics | December 31, 2013

    County to consider new conservation plan

    WESTMORELAND — Pottawatomie County Commissioners are expected to consider water conservation measures later this year for the Timber Creek Water District. Leu Lowrey, public works director, reviewed water usage figures with commissioners Monday and said he would soon be recommending conservation measures in the county-owned water

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