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  • Local |Business |Government, Politics | October 22, 2013

    New uses sought for court building

    WESTMORELAND — Two Pottawatomie County commissioners would like to see the old courthouse at Westmoreland refurbished and put back to use. A third said it depends on available funds and that voters should have a say in the matter. Responding to concerns of representatives of the

  • Local |Kansas State University | October 22, 2013

    Six past secretaries offer their views on the future of agriculture

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    Six former US agriculture secretaries discussed the future of the industry Monday evening at McCain Auditorium as a part of the Landon Lecture series. K-State President Kirk Schulz said it was especially fitting for the panel to convene during the university’s 150th anniversary celebration

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | October 22, 2013

    Ferenz gets life sentences for child sodomy

    A former Fort Riley soldier convicted of molesting his ex-wife’s daughter was sentenced in court Monday, exactly a year after the incident took place. George Ferenz, 30, was sentenced to life in prison by Judge Meryl Wilson for each of the four charges for which

  • Local |Business | October 22, 2013

    Report: Residential development continues

    WESTMORELAND — Evidence of continued residential development in Pottawatomie County was presented to county commissioners on Monday. In her monthly update to the commission, appraiser Lois Schlegel said property sales in September point to brisk home construction in the coming months. “We’re keeping a real

  • Local |Education | October 22, 2013

    Board to decide preschool’s fate

    The USD 383 school board will use its fall retreat Wednesday to discuss the future of College Hill Preschool and Manhattan High east campus. The meeting starts at 5:15 p.m. at the Robinson Education Center.It will begin with a discussion of College Hill followed by

  • Local |Kansas State University | October 22, 2013

    ‘Wonder Bread Years’ coming to KSU

    “The Wonder Bread Years” with Pat Hazell comes to Kansas State University at 4 pm Sunday, November 3, in Forum Hall of the K-State Student Union. This comedic salute to the baby boomer generation walks the line between theater and stand-up comedy, and offers viewers a chance

  • Local |Government, Politics | October 21, 2013

    U.S. rep. discusses shutdown

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    Representative Mike Pompeo isn’t trying to kid anyone. “We got into a fight. Was it the right time? No, it probably wasn’t, and so we lost,” Pompeo said of the battle over shutting down the government that engulfed Washington and then the nation

  • Local | October 21, 2013

    Fisher handed 4-H honor

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    Steve Fisher has devoted his life to 4-H since he joined a club when he was 10 years old. Fisher worked in the state 4-H offices at Kansas State University for more than 30 years before retiring in 2003. On Oct. 11, he was inducted into the Nation 4-H

  • Local |Government, Politics | October 21, 2013

    Health dept. offers services to help with healthcare enrollment

    The Riley County Health Department has begun offering a service to help county residents enroll in the marketplace exchange in accordance with the Affordable Health Care Act. Amy Chaplin has been trained as a certified application counselor for the marketplace exchange. The position will allow

  • Local |Education |Business | October 21, 2013

    Squirrel causes power outage at MHS West

    Manhattan High School’s west campus lost power for about 30 minutes Monday morning. The power company blamed a squirrel. In an email sent to parents, Principal Greg Hoyt said power went out across campus at about 10:15 a.m. The school contacted Westar Energy; power was

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