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  • Local | May 14, 2014

    Time to begin planning Manhattan Day gatherings

    Planning is underway for the annual Manhattan Day celebration. The celebration of the community’s founding is held the first Saturday in June, to mark the occasion in 1855 when two groups of settlers joined together to form Manhattan. This year, the date is Saturday, June 7.

  • Local |Government & Politics | May 14, 2014

    Umbehr gets Libertarian nod for governor

    Alma attorney and jack-of-all trades Keen Umbehr says he’s excited to represent the Libertarian Party in the Kansas gubernatorial race. Umbehr recently was named the party’s nominee. Now, he plans to face Republican incumbent Sam Brownback. “As your governor, I will uphold the

  • Local |Government & Politics | May 14, 2014

    Workshop to focus on Manhattan’s future

    Residents can have a say Wednesday in the future growth goals of the Manhattan area. Interactive workshops will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. for Manhattan Area 2035, the community-based effort to update the Manhattan Urban Area Comprehensive Plan and the Manhattan Area Transportation Strategy. There

  • Local |Government & Politics | May 14, 2014

    Weis named to court nominating commission

    Linda Weis of Manhattan has been appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission. Gov. Sam Brownback announced the appointment Tuesday. Weis, who is owner and supervising broker of Realty Executives in Manhattan, will serve a four-year term on the commission. She is stepping in

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | May 14, 2014

    Man accused of robbing Dara’s pleads guilty

    A Manhattan man pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to a charge of aggravated robbery from an incident that occurred in November 2013 at the Dara’s Fast Lane at 1816 Claflin Road. Travis Bowman, 23, appeared in Riley County District Court in front of Judge Meryl Wilson for a

  • Local |Government & Politics | May 13, 2014

    90-year-old former senator stops in Manhattan on visit to state


    Sen. Bob Dole was greeted with standing applause of appreciation Tuesday morning when he stopped by the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center as a part of his Kansas tour. In a navy suit and red tie, 90-year-old Dole expressed his own gratitude for the people of

  • Local |Government & Politics | May 13, 2014

    Panel OKs $618,000 in projects

    The city/university committee on Monday approved recommendations for 2015 city/university fund projects. The fund — which gets revenue from sales tax and franchise fees generated on campus — was established in an agreement between the city and Kansas State when the city annexed the university in 1994.

  • Local |Government & Politics | May 13, 2014

    Flush Road project gets go-ahead

    The Pottawatomie County Commission Monday approved an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation for improvements to the intersection of Flush Road and U.S. Highway 24. Pottawatomie County will be responsible for right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation and design of the project, with KDOT paying for 100

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | May 13, 2014

    Man wrecks stolen SUV, attempts to steal 2nd car

    A Westmoreland man suspected of driving a stolen SUV while drunk was arrested on Sunday after he had reportedly attacked two people in an attempt to steal another vehicle with which to flee an accident scene. Riley County police on Monday reported that Nathan Woodyard, 37,

  • Local |Government & Politics | May 13, 2014

    County to pay medical bills for man injured in chase

    Riley County commissioners on Monday agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit over an unpaid medical bill for a man who was injured following a police chase. The suit, brought by the board of Stormont-Vail Healthcare Inc. of Topeka, concerned care for Jason Fisher of

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