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  • Local |Government, Politics | February 27, 2013

    Support builds for moving parks and rec office

    City commissioners Tuesday indicated they favor moving the Department of Parks and Recreation office to City Hall in order to save money on staff and building maintenance. That consensus followed a presentation by Jason Hilgers, assistant city manager, in which he said the city needs

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | February 27, 2013

    Murder suspects appear in court

    New hearings were set in Riley County District Court Tuesday afternoon for two suspects arrested in connection with the recent apartment fire that took the life of one person.  Virginia Griese, 19, and Patrick Scahill, 20, appeared Tuesday through closed-circuit television from the Riley County Jail

  • Local |Education |Government, Politics |Fort Riley | February 27, 2013

    How cuts would impact the area

    Lack of Congressional action on the “sequester” by Friday would result in financial hits to several governmental entities here. Should Congress not prevent the sequestration process from happening, it will involve a series of automatic spending reductions that would equate to $1.2 trillion in cuts nationally

  • Local | February 27, 2013

    Teen continues efforts to help friend with brain cancer

    Though she is short of her $50,000 goal, a Manhattan High student continues her efforts to help a friend with an aggressive form of brain cancer. Sydney Snyder, granddaughter of K-State Football Coach Bill Snyder, managed to get about halfway to her goal by the time

  • Local |Government, Politics | February 26, 2013

    County considers $25 million growth plan

    Plaza.phatch

    The Riley County Commission on Monday requested both more time and more information about a proposed 25-year growth plan for county government facilities. Public works director Leon Hobson presented the plan, put together by the architectural firm of Bowman, Bowman and Novick, which included how

  • Local | February 26, 2013

    Property values up 2.8%

    Residential property values in Riley County increased about 2.8 percent during 2012, according to information released Tuesday by the county appraiser. Greg McHenry said the value of all residential property in the county was about $3.1 billion on Jan. 1, the date on which values are based. The 2.8 percent

  • Local |Government, Politics | February 26, 2013

    Kufahl resigns health dept. post

    Susie Kufahl, director of the Riley County Health Department, has resigned her position effective on April 1. The resignation paperwork was authorized by the Riley County Commission Monday. “I’ve been here for 16 years to the day,” Kufahl said of her career at the department. “I’

  • Local |Government, Politics | February 26, 2013

    Feds re-certify city levee

    After some minor improvements, the city’s levee was re-certified earlier this month, which means that flood insurance will be optional, rather than mandatory, for residential and commercial property owners in parts of Manahttan. City engineer Rob Ott said the Federal Emergency Management Agency began

  • Local |Government, Politics | February 26, 2013

    December sales tax receipts down from a year ago

    The city of Manhattan collected $887,230 in sales tax in December, an amount that is down 6.2 percent ($36,460) from the $923,690 collected a year ago. Finance director Bernie Hayen noted that while sales fell compared to the previous year, they remained high compared with other recent years. “The

  • Local |Government, Politics | February 26, 2013

    Hogan to miss forums due to baby’s health

    Daniel Hogan, a candidate in April’s city commission election, announced Tuesday he will be unable to attend the last four public forums because his newborn daughter is in a neonatal intensive care unit in Topeka. Hogan said medical experts want the baby to gain

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