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  • Local |Government, Politics | June 12, 2013

    City eyes avoiding mill levy increase

    City commissioners told staff Tuesday they want ways identified to reduce the 2014 budget in order to keep the mill levy as close to current levels as possible. Commissioner Karen McCulloh said she wants to see a proposed 2.741 mill levy increase reduced below one mill. City

  • Local |Government, Politics | June 12, 2013

    Rec dept. ordered to change pool rate

    City commissioners told Parks and Recreation administrators Tuesday to reinstate wristbands and charge parents a nominal fee for the remainder of the pool season. The directives, coming at a work session on the pool, followed complaints from adults regarding new policies imposed at pools this

  • Local |Education |Government, Politics | June 12, 2013

    USD 378 bond defeated by nearly 2-1 margin

    The $12.3 million bond proposal for Riley schools failed Tuesday by a margin of almost 2 to 1. The project, which included extensive additions and renovations to USD 378’s high school and elementary school, brought out 1,133 voters in a special election. Of those, 358 voted yes and 764 voted no,&

  • Local | June 12, 2013

    From the farm to a seat at the table

    Britt.phatch

    When Tracy Britt arrived in Omaha, Neb., in 2009 to meet with Warren Buffett, she brought a Harvard M.B.A., a glittering resume and a boatload of ambition. But she also brought the famed investor a gift to highlight their shared Midwestern roots: a bushel

  • Local |Government, Politics | June 12, 2013

    Commission to review Chamber’s fieldhouse gift

    Two city commissioners are not happy with a decision by the Convention and Visitors Bureau to give the Fieldhouse Project $25,000 to perform a feasibility study for a sports complex. As a result, commissioners agreed during Tuesday’s work session to review the city’s arrangement

  • Local |Government, Politics | June 12, 2013

    Manhattan man seeks KSRA president’s resignation after ‘aggressive’ comments

    A local man recently elected to the Manhattan-Ogden school board has asked the president of the Kansas State Rifle Association to resign following publication of his address and comments he said he viewed as aggressive on a Facebook page. Aaron Estabrook, who was elected to

  • Local | June 12, 2013

    KDOT promotes heat stroke awareness in vehicles

    Officials of the Kansas Department of Transportation have issued a reminder about the dangers associated with leaving children in vehicles when the temperature climbs during the summer. Officials said a program called Safe Kids Kansas is working to increase awareness and urge caregivers to never

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | June 12, 2013

    Vehicle fire reported

    The Manhattan Fire Department received a report at 2:19 a.m. Sunday of a vehicle fire at 1117 N. 11th St. Deputy Chief Ryan Almes said the fire originated around the rear axle under the car. He said the car was leaking fuel and the fire spread

  • Local | June 11, 2013

    Miss Kansas a former MHS student

    Theresa Vail, a senior at K-State, is Miss Kansas 2013. She won the pageant Saturday, earning the right to compete in Pratt at the Miss America Pageant in September. Vail represented Leavenworth County in the pageant, but she listed her hometown as Manhattan. She attended Manhattan

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | June 11, 2013

    Jury selection set for murder case

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