A “grass-roots” committee has come together to explore the desire and need for a regional multi-purpose recreational facility. On Thursday, committee members began sending out emails via various local agencies— in Geary, Riley and Pottawatomie counties—to help them gauge public opinion and interest. Curt
An electrical fire Dec. 6 caused an estimated $25,000 in damage to a two-car garage next to a mobile home at 4740 Freeman Road. “The fire caused about $15,000 in property damage and about $8,000 to $10,000 in content damage,” said Pat Collins, Riley County emergency management director. The tenants, Shilo
Members of the Flint Hills Regional Council have asked Gary Stith to take over running the organization while they conduct a search for a permanent director. Ty Warner, the organization’s director since its inception, announced his resignation recently to become director for the Northwestern
A family gets a surprise phone call informing them that their holiday gifts on layaway have been paid for a by a stranger. A passerby discreetly slips $1,000 into a donation bucket among the $1 bills. Instances of anonymous generosity such as these seem to be more
U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp announced Friday morning that he will establish a congressional office in Manhattan in 2013. More to come in tonight’s Mercury.
Efforts to get the Metropolitan Planning Organization off the ground moved slowly at Wednesday’s meeting of the organization, but they moved nonetheless. The organization must get agreements and bylaws written and passed by the area governing bodies before it can start planning area road
Manhattan High School Principal Terry McCarty will leave that position at the end of the school year. McCarty, who announced his resignation to faculty Wednesday afternoon, said Thursday that he’s resigning to pursue his goal of being a school superintendent. “For me, it’s
Riley County may be operating out of new offices in the next two decades if a proposal reviewed by county commissioners Thursday is implemented. The estimated $3.2 million, 20-year project is designed to fit long-term growth needs in the county. Public works director Leon Hobson presented
An elderly man died Wednesday after he was reportedly pinned beneath his tractor while working on his private property outside of Junction City. He has been identified as Clayton Moon, 80, of Geary County. Officials said emergency responders were called to 3220 Kansas Highway 57 North at approximately 4:30
Junction City police officers will conduct nighttime seatbelt enforcement in downtown Junction City on Friday night and Saturday morning. Officials said there will be five additional officers on the street to observe drivers who are not buckled up and to take enforcement action. They
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