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  • Local |Government, Politics | July 30, 2013

    County split on paying for bridge fixes

    Pottawatomie County commissioners agreed Monday that the county needs more revenue to fund major road and bridge projects. What they didn’t agree on was the source of the revenue––an increase in the property tax levy, or asking voters to approve an additional one-half

  • Local | July 30, 2013

    Grand prize steer brings in $1,500

    Livestock and baked goods winners sold their prize-winning animals and creations on Monday as the Riley County Fair wrapped up a weekend of events and contests. Jennifer Wilson, extension director for 4-H, said the highest-selling animal was the grand champion steer, owned by Reid Shipman

  • Local | July 30, 2013

    New editor named for Mercury

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    Staff reports Steve Cameron, a career journalist and author, has accepted the position of executive editor of The Manhattan Mercury. Cameron has a long history of reporting, editing and managing in newspapers and magazines around the country. Among those assignments: He was the managing editor

  • Local |Obituaries | July 30, 2013

    Former bishop dies

    The Most Reverend George K Fitzsimons,  Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salina from 1984 to 2004, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at his home in Ogden. He was born Sept. 4, 1928, in Kansas City, Mo., to George Kinzie and Margaret Mary (Donovan) Fitzsimons. Survivors include his sister,&

  • Local | July 30, 2013

    More 4-H livestock results from 2013 Riley County Fair

    Here are the results of the 4-H competition at the Riley County Fair. Goat Division Alpine Champion, Michaela Sievers, Bonfire. Lamancha Champion, Courtney Anderson, Randolph Ramblers. Nubian Champion, Brittni Winter, Leonardville Hustlers; Reserve Champion, Mikayla Winter, Leonardville Hustlers. Oberhasli Champion, Michaela Sievers, Bonfire; Reserve Champion,

  • Local |Government, Politics | July 29, 2013

    Citizens speak out against proposed public building commission

    Two more members of the public Monday opposed the creation of a proposed public building commission. Ralph Wahl and Curt Porter addressed Riley County commissioners during the public comment section of the commission meeting, saying they felt creation of the commission would take away their

  • Local |Government, Politics | July 29, 2013

    Lawmakers respond to ‘hard 50’ proposal

    Local lawmakers are comfortable with Governor Sam Brownback’s call for a special session to amend the state’s “hard 50” law. There is some concern, however, about whether the session’s purpose might be expanded beyond that scope. Brownback called the special session Friday; it

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | July 29, 2013

    Man pleads not guilty in first-degree murder case

    A not guilty plea was entered Monday for the suspect in an April shooting that left one man dead. Matthew Wilson, 43, was arrested after a deadly shooting April 7 where he allegedly entered his neighbor’s apartment and opened fire, killing one man and injuring three

  • Local |Business | July 29, 2013

    Local doctor takes control of KU Med

    Manhattan native and Kansas State University graduate Lou Wetzel has been elected chief of staff at the University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kan. Dr. Wetzel joined The University of Kansas Hospital medical staff in 1986 specializing in body imaging. He grew up in Manhattan and

  • Local |Kansas State University | July 29, 2013

    K-State seeks tastiest steaks

    The American Royal Association and Kansas State University Olathe are looking for the best-tasting steak and are inviting beef producers from across the nation to submit rib-eye steaks for the competition. The second annual American Royal Steak Competition will be the week of Sept. 15 at

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