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  • Local |Business | July 26, 2013

    Varney’s goes red and blue ...but not here

    The owners of the main bookstore serving Kansas State University have bought a bookstore serving the University of Kansas. That means Varney’s Book Store in Manhattan and the Jayhawk Book Store in Lawrence are both owned by the Levin family, under the banner of

  • Local |Government, Politics | July 26, 2013

    Auditorium conversion has at least one backer

    A city commissioner argued Thursday for retention of a controversial revamp of City Hall that eliminates the stage in the portion of the building formally known as Peace Memorial Auditorium. Commissioner Wynn Butler said at an open house on the project that opponents are losing

  • Local |Business | July 26, 2013

    Ballard’s, an Aggieville mainstay, closes shop

    Ballard’s Sporting Goods, an Aggieville pillar for more than a half-century, has closed its doors. Owner Steve Ballard confirmed the closing in a phone conversation with The Mercury on Thursday. The store had been managed by Varney’s Book Store in the past year

  • Local |Kansas State University | July 26, 2013

    Toxicologist urges people to beware of blue-green algae

    With blue-green algae contaminating lakes nationwide, a Kansas State University toxicologist warns pet owners to understand the bacteria’s dangers for their pets and for themselves. Blue-green algae produce toxins that are hazardous to humans and can be fatal in animals, particularly dogs, said Deon

  • Local | July 26, 2013

    4-H results from Riley County Fair

    Here’s the continued list of winners at the Riley County Fair. Banner Division Champion, Wildcat 4-H Club; Reserve Champion, Cico Shamrocks 4-H Club.    Cake Decorating Division Senior Champion, Hope Bryant, Little Apple; Junior Champion, Brooke Vogt, Little Apple; Junior Reserve Champion, Emily

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | July 26, 2013

    Police activity in Manhattan

    The Riley County Police Department released a statement Friday afternoon regarding police activity in Manhattan Friday morning. “Today, the Riley County Police Department with the cooperation of multiple surrounding jurisdictions participated in a drug enforcement operation,” the statement read. More details will be released as

  • Local |Education |Government, Politics | July 25, 2013

    Proposed school district tax hikes range from 2 mills upward

    USD 383’s property tax levy will increase by at least 2.048 mills, according to budget options reviewed by the school board Wednesday. Budget director Lew Faust presented board members with four options during the meeting, all of which represented an increase from last year’s levy

  • Local |Government, Politics | July 25, 2013

    Riley County budget adjustments looming

    The Riley County Commission may have to amend budgets for the capital improvement, road and bridge and building funds. Johnette Shepek, the county’s budget and finance officer, presented the June budgets for CIP, road and bridge, economic development and building fund budgets. The CIP

  • Local | July 25, 2013

    4-Hers win awards at 2013 Riley County Fair

    Here are winners announced Thursday at the Riley County Fair. Dog Division Agility: Champion, Payton Baker, Kennel Club; Reserve Champion, Anna Culbertson, College Hill. Rally-O: Champion, Megan Ritter, Randolph Ramblers; Reserve Champion, Michaella Wahl, Leonardville Hustlers. Obedience: Champion, Katherine Culbertson, College Hill; Reserve Champion, Anna

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | July 25, 2013

    Suspect arrested for burglary

    The Wabaunsee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man July 16 after a school was burglarized and damaged in late June. William Joseph Ledeboer, 21, Maple Hill, was charged with burglary, theft and criminal damage to property. The county’s sheriff Doug Howser said a school employee

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