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  • Local |Education |Government & Politics | June 15, 2016

    USD 320 voters will have say on $20M bond issue

    Residents of USD 320 will decide the fate of a new bond issue in November. The Wamego School Board on Monday approved a $20 million bond proposal for the general election on Nov. 6. The board unanimously approved sending the proposal to voter with a 6-0 vote. Board

  • Local |Police, Courts & Emergency | June 15, 2016

    Judge orders arrest affidavit sealed in Burton case

    A Riley County District Court judge on Wednesday sealed the affidavit that led to the arrest of a Manhattan businessman in connection with unlawful sexual relations. Judge Meryl Wilson denied The Mercury’s request for the arrest affidavit for Manhattan real estate developer Zac Burton

  • Local |Government & Politics | June 15, 2016

    City seeks more info to develop budget

    The Manhattan City Commission wants more information to help develop its 2017 budget. Currently, the proposed 2017 budget is $147.73 million, an increase of about $9.6 million from the 2016 budget. The budget calls for a city mill levy of 49.070 mills, an increase of 2.119 mills from this year’s budget.

  • Local |Business | June 15, 2016

    Council Grove set to host 34th Washunga Days this weekend

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    A historic community is preparing for the annual celebration of its past. Council Grove’s Washunga Days will be Friday through Sunday. In its 34th year, the event recognizes the town’s strong Kaw Nation heritage, its prominence on the Santa Fe Trail and its 24

  • Local |Business | June 15, 2016

    Via Christi to add 15 jobs here despite broader cuts

    Manhattan’s Via Christi Hospital will grow despite its parent company’s plans to cut 150 jobs statewide. Those 150 jobs — 70 of which are currently occupied and all unrelated to direct care — represent about 1 percent of its 7,000 associates. However, the company will add 80 nurses, which will lead

  • Local |Government & Politics | June 14, 2016

    McKee questions filling position that was not formally approved

    The Pottawatomie County Commission on Monday unanimously approved filling the position of “administrative specialist,” but not before the hiring procedure was questioned by the commission chairwoman. Although the position has been advertised and interviews conducted, Dee McKee said the commission had never formally approved the

  • I Wonder |Local | June 14, 2016

    Who is responsible for repairing sidewalks, the city or homeowner?

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    Q: Who is responsible for repairing or replacing sidewalks, the city or the homeowner? A: You. State statute (K.S.A. 12-1808) makes property owners responsible for the maintenance and repair of the sidewalks adjacent to their properties, despite the fact sidewalks are public property.

  • Local |Kansas State University | June 13, 2016

    K-State gets $1M CHIP grant

    K-State has received an almost $1 million grant to help decrease the number of uninsured children. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Monday it had awarded K-State a $990,000 grant to participate in an effort to enroll more eligible children in Medicaid and the Children’

  • Local |Business |Government & Politics | June 13, 2016

    OT rules will affect workers’ status

    Riley County commissioners Monday voted to change 13 county positions from salaried to hourly because of an update to federal labor regulations that will more than double the minimum pay required for salaried employees later this year. The rule, set to take effect in December, seeks

  • Local |Government & Politics | June 13, 2016

    City to discuss capital improvements at work session

    City commissioners will discuss the Capital Improvement Program during their second budget work session Tuesday. The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The commission will discuss the city’s 2017 budget, which, as presented in May, is $147,730,189, a $9.6 million increase over the previous year.

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