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  • 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

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

    Zhang appears in court

    A Chinese grain scientist accused of stealing rice seed samples from a development company appeared in federal court Monday. Weiquiang Zhang of Manhattan, a seed breeder at the Ventria Bioscience research facility in Junction City, was charged with conspiracy to steal trade secrets for his

  • Local |Business | December 31, 2013

    Westar: Faulty breaker the culprit for outage

    Westar has located the cause of the power outages that affected Manhattan over the weekend. Those outages, confined to the Northview area, began at about 6 p.m. on Saturday when more than 2,000 residents lost power for about four hours. Gina Penzig, corporate communications director for

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

    RCPD arrests local man for child sexual exploitation

    A Manhattan man was arrested on Monday by Riley County police after weeks of investigation regarding a complaint filed in November. Harold Heilman, 36, 2500 Farm Bureau Road, Lot 328, was arrested for sexual exploitation of a child and electronic solicitation. He is confined in the Riley County

  • Local |Kansas State University | December 31, 2013

    University picks architect

    Salina-based Jones Gillam Renz Architects Inc. has been selected to design the new Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center in Salina. Construction is expected to start in 2014 and be completed in 2016. The Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center will be a 12,768-square-foot facility

  • Local |Government, Politics | December 30, 2013

    Public works director resigns

    Manhattan director of public works Dale Houdeshell will leave at the end of January to take the same position with the city of Clayton, Mo. City manager Ron Fehr made the announcement on Monday, and said Houdeshell’s last day will be Jan. 31. “It is

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | December 30, 2013

    House fire causes $80,000 in damage


    A structure fire left five people displaced and caused an estimated $80,000 in damage Sunday night. There were no reported injuries from the fire at 820 Colorado St. to a two-story house converted to an apartment building that resulted in a $20,000 loss to contents and $60,000 in damage

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Business | December 30, 2013

    Counterfeit bills passed at Hy-Vee

    Four people allegedly targeted Hy-Vee at 601 Third Place for fraud by passing counterfeit bills on Friday afternoon. The total estimated loss was $1,750. Details about items purchased were not available. The crime was reported at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday. Police identified suspects Monday morning. No arrests

  • Local |Agriculture | December 30, 2013

    Ag-wise workshop deadline extended

    Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) and Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) have extended the deadline for three of the four Be Ag-Wise educator training workshops in early 2014. The workshops, which are designed especially for agricultural education presenters at the county level, will give

  • Local |Government, Politics | December 29, 2013

    Obama signs budget

    We’re one step closer to NBAF. President Barack Obama this week signed into law a two-year joint budget resolution that approves $404 million for the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility to be built in Manhattan. The budget does not guarantee that NBAF will be

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