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  • Local |Government, Politics | December 14, 2012

    Group exploring area-wide rec facility

    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

  • Local | December 14, 2012

    Family struggling after fire

    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

  • Local | December 14, 2012

    Stith to be interim director

    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

  • Local |Kansas State University | December 14, 2012

    KSU professor: Holidays spark generosity

    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

  • Local | December 14, 2012

    Huelskamp to open office in Manhattan

    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.

  • Local |Government, Politics | December 13, 2012

    MPO has plenty of work to do

    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

  • Local |Education | December 13, 2012

    McCarty resigns as MHS principal

    Mccarty.phatch

    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

  • Local |Government, Politics | December 13, 2012

    20-year plan could put county in new facility

    Court house plaza.phatch

    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

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | December 13, 2012

    Man killed in Junction City tractor rollover

    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

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | December 13, 2012

    JCPD to conduct seatbelt checks

    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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