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  • Local |Government & Politics | July 13, 2016

    Published budget carries hike of 1.5 mills

    The city of Manhattan will publish its 2017 budget with a 1.5-mill increase from this year’s budget. A mill is $1 in tax for every $1,000 in assessed, taxable property value. The published budget will have a city mill levy of 48.451 mills after the Manhattan City Commission

  • Local | July 13, 2016

    After completing Appalachian Trail, Martin ready for next step

    After finishing a 2,200-mile journey from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail, Zach Martin returned to Manhattan last week with a more refined perspective. Martin, 21, left Manhattan in late February to begin a four-month trek along the Appalachian Trail. Martin said his hike began

  • Local |Business | July 13, 2016

    Manhattan man to pay tab for cops’ coffee

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    A Manhattan real estate broker will be feeding local law enforcement officers in an effort to show appreciation for their work following a shooting last week that left five Dallas police officers dead. Manhattan resident Cameron Ward, who works at Alliance Realty, wrote in a

  • Local |Government & Politics | July 13, 2016

    Tax lid would trim Manhattan’s 2017 budget

    The upcoming tax lid is the boogeyman for local governments across the state. The tax lid will require local government and school districts to have an election when proposed property tax increases exceed the rate of inflation. Even though the tax lid goes into effect

  • Local |Government & Politics | July 13, 2016

    Advance voting underway for primary elections

    Advance voting in person for the primary election began Wednesday. Registered voters may cast their ballots from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the Riley County Courthouse Office Building. Advance voting closes at noon on Aug. 1.

  • Local | July 12, 2016

    ‘Pocket monsters’ lure gamers into augmented reality


    Shawn Woodard was excited Monday evening to try out the hottest new gym in Manhattan. “I came out here with a friend, and I noticed everything, and I had to come back,” Woodard said. But this gym is not a facility filled with treadmills and

  • I Wonder |Local |Business | July 12, 2016

    Has anyone proposed using Tuttle Creek for hydroelectric power?


    Q: Kansas has several reservoirs around the state, including our own Milford and Tuttle. In addition to the wind farms popping up across the state, has there ever been consideration to generate hydroelectric power from the outlet tubes of these reservoirs? Could the current outlet

  • Local |Government & Politics | July 12, 2016

    Commissioner questions cost of NBAF training

    Pottawatomie County commissioners Monday received an update on the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) from Marty Vanier, director of partnership development for the federal facility under construction at the northeast edge of Manhattan. Vanier and Chris Trudo, Pott County Emergency Management director, will begin

  • Local |Government & Politics | July 12, 2016

    Board to mull facilities proposals

    The Manhattan-Ogden School Board on Wednesday will take the first step in crafting a new long-range plan for its facilities. The board will review several proposals from architects and consultants to help the district create a long-range master plan. The board meets at 5 p.m.

  • Local |Government & Politics | July 11, 2016

    Wilson: Commission ought to cut 2017 pay

    A week after Riley County commissioners chose not to increase their salaries, Chairman Ben Wilson floated the idea of decreasing them. Wilson said on Monday that he was surprised to learn the step increases to the commissioner pay also included the starting salary for a

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