Business on Manhattan’s southeast side couldn’t proceed as usual Wednesday afternoon as a power outage forced many stores and service providers to temporarily close. The outage affected more than 900 customers, Westar Energy reported, including businesses on Poyntz Avenue in the downtown area. Power
City commissioners said Tuesday they would like the Riley County Police Department to dip into its reserve funds to address a budget shortfall. Because revenues from funding sources are lower than expected, the police department is projected to be $237,816 short of its nearly $14.45 million budget
It really isn’t fair, tossing out a puzzling question, then not turning over every possible stone in search of an answer. In last Sunday’s Mercury, a story outlined what officials said appears to be a significant drop in apartment occupancies around Manhattan. Riley
As Furniture Amnesty Day grows larger, the need for volunteers does as well. The event is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 25, in the City Park parking lot near the Wilson baseball fields. The city and HandsOn Kansas State is seeking 50 volunteers - 20
City staff members are seeking direction on further reductions to the 2015 budget for the final work session on the topic July 22. The Flint Hills Discovery Center budget and business plan also will be a topic of discussion. Currently, the proposed 2015 city budget is around $134.3 million
The Kaw Valley Rodeo Association wants you to be tough enough to wear pink. The association’s eighth annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo, a special night at the Kaw Valley Rodeo, will be Friday, July 25, to raise awareness of breast cancer and other
A homegrown scholarship is helping cultivate higher education opportunities for two Kansas State University veterinary medicine students from Franklin County. Kotie Wootten, first-year veterinary medicine student from Ottawa, and Ellen “Elli” Ouellette Unruh, a second-year veterinary medicine student from Rantoul, are recipients of the R.
Thunderstorms moving through the Riley County area Monday night knocked out power to hundreds of residents and left behind a wake of damage for emergency personnel to clear. Downed power lines on U.S. Highway 24 required officials to close the roadway Tuesday. As of 11 a.
Riley County commissioners wrapped up 2015 budget work sessions Monday afternoon and reached a consensus on a mill levy increase of .432 mills. A mill is $1 in tax for every $1,000 in assessed, taxable property value. The proposed increase puts the county levy at 37.524 and it won’t
A lightning strike caused a house fire Monday night, resulting in $122,000 in damages to the home. The Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched at 9:35 p.m. to 2720 Stone Valley Drive for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found a one-story duplex with fire
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