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  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | March 19, 2014

    McKenith pleads guilty to murder

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    A Manhattan temporary resident accused of helping kill 68-year-old John Burroughs Jr. in September 2013 pleaded no contest on Wednesday. James McKenith, 33, was found guilty by Judge Meryl Wilson of first-degree murder after his plea in Riley County District Court. McKenith, along with his mother, Christina

  • Local |Kansas State University | March 19, 2014

    Residence hall at K-State Salina gets proper name

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    SALINA — The building known only as Residence Hall for the last 20 years at Kansas State University Salina now has a proper name: Schilling Hall. The change comes after several students expressed their confusion over the literally named Residence Hall, saying an actual name would make

  • Local |Government & Politics | March 18, 2014

    Huelskamp backs off ticket lottery in face of legal concerns

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    U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., had a last-minute change of heart Tuesday regarding a ticket lottery that brought up concerns about its legality. An email sent by Huelskamp’s campaign on Monday announced a drawing to win four tickets for the NCAA men’s

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | March 18, 2014

    Developer takes issue with Excel statements

    WESTMORELAND — A partner in REES Development took issue with statements by Pottawatomie County officials a newspaper article last week regarding proposed improvements to Excel Road north of U.S. Highway 24 east of Manhattan. In a March 13 letter to county commissioners, Robert Riat of rural Wamego

  • Local |Government & Politics | March 18, 2014

    Hawk says he didn’t support RCPD bill

    Sen. Tom Hawk said Tuesday morning he did not support the Kansas Senate bill that aims to make the Riley County Police Department director’s job an elected position — but he did say he believed the bill should be debated. Hawk, a Manhattan Democrat who

  • Local |Government & Politics | March 18, 2014

    Officers, residents: Don’t make RCPD director an elected post

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    Residents, police officers and law board members made it plain Monday evening that they want keep the director of the Riley County Police Department appointed — not elected. The support at a law board budget hearing was a loud response to a bill in the Kansas

  • Local |Government & Politics | March 18, 2014

    RCPD trims proposed budget by $119,000

    The Riley County Police Department reduced its proposed 2015 budget by $119,000 in an effort to meet suggestions from Riley County Law Board. RCPD director Brad Schoen presented the numbers at a budget workshop meeting on Monday. Despite trimming and reallocating money here and there, the budget

  • Local |Government & Politics | March 18, 2014

    Rep. Huelskamp defends positions on NBAF, farm bill

    Congressman Tim Heulskamp answered questions from both his supporters and his adversaries at a town hall in Manhattan on Monday night. The meeting at Manhattan Fire Department lured about 100 people, and a majority seemed supportive of the Republican District 1 representative. An area of focus for

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | March 18, 2014

    February property sales lag behind 2013 figures

    WESTMORELAND —Pottawatomie County commissioners heard monthly updates from a number of county department heads Monday. • County appraiser Lois Schlegel reported 41 property sales for the month of February: 22 residential, one commercial, nine vacant lots and eight farmsteads or ag land. The sales figure lagged the 49 sales

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | March 18, 2014

    KBI issues Silver Alert for missing Onaga man

    ONAGA — Authorities are looking for a 67-year-old Onaga man who ran an errand on Friday morning and never returned home. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation issued a Silver Alert for Melvin Potter, Onaga Chief of Police Dan Costlow said. The man reportedly has dementia and

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