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  • Local |Business | November 05, 2013

    Firm says Belvue Bridge salvageable

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    BELVUE — Representatives of an Arizona firm said Monday that the Belvue Bridge is reparable. Mark LeMay and Kurt Clink of Truesdell Corporation, Tempe,  Ariz., gave Pottawatomie and Wabaunsee County commissioners an estimate of $1.5 to $3 million to rehabilitate the aging span, which connects the two counties

  • Local |Kansas State University |Government, Politics | November 05, 2013

    Regents upbeat on legislative actions


    State higher education officials told The Mercury Monday that they are encouraged by recent activities in the legislature. Members of the Kansas Board of Regents were in Manhattan to visit K-State as part of their statewide university tour. That followed an appearance by state lawmakers,

  • Local |Fort Riley | November 05, 2013

    Westmoreland soldier killed in Afghanistan


    A soldier from Westmoreland was killed Sunday in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense announced that Sgt. 1st Class Forrest Robertson, 35, died after being wounded when his unit was attacked near Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan. The unit was reportedly attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire. Robertson

  • Local |Government, Politics | November 05, 2013

    Polish expert sees country in crisis

    The country that weathered the transition from communism better than any other is going through its deepest crisis since that transition. Jerzy Wiatr, a political scientist and former politician in Poland, describes his country in those stark terms. He is in Manhattan this week to

  • Local |Education | November 05, 2013

    USD 383 school board to hear budget options

    The USD 383 school board will hear its options for dealing with a budget shortfall during its meeting at 6:30 pm Wednesday at the Robinson Education Center. The 2013-14 budget was built on an enrollment increase of 125 students, but enrollment remained flat on the Sept. 20 count date

  • Local |Business | November 04, 2013

    Anytime Fitness reopens


    Anytime Fitness is once again living up to its name. The gym reopened late Friday after company lawyers agreed on a deal with the state concerning back taxes. The Kansas Department of Revenue had seized the business assets of the chain’s Manhattan and Newton

  • Local |Government, Politics | November 04, 2013

    State parks officials say power transfer wouldn’t cause any problems


    No, a transfer of power in state parks would not hinder Kansans’ freedom to fish. At least state officials don’t think so. After a proposal by Gov. Sam Brownback to shift some responsibilities running state parks from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  • Local |Government, Politics | November 04, 2013

    Petition for fence at K-18

    Property owners have petitioned the city to help fund a fence as a result of the K-18 improvements abutting their properties. City commissioners will hear the petition during their legislative session Tuesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall — along with several other agenda items. Since

  • Local |Traffic | November 04, 2013

    Police department gives tips on staying safe on roadsides

    Following a rash of fatal accidents involving drivers pulled off on the side of the road, Capt. Kurt Moldrup of the Riley County Police Department offered safety tips to the county commission at Monday’s meeting. Some of these accidents have occurred because of deer

  • Local |Kansas State University | November 04, 2013

    Organization honors multicultural students

    An organization that recognizes the academic achievements of multicultural students at Kansas State University has new members. “The Multicultural Student Honor Society was founded in 1999 to honor multicultural students who have been successful academically at the university,” said Carla Jones, assistant vice president and senior

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