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  • Local |Government, Politics | December 11, 2012

    Officials miffed at contractor’s silence over masonry problems

    Pottawatomie County commissioners expressed disappointment Monday that the general contractor for the new justice center was not present to inform them about dismissal of one of its subcontractors. KBS Constructors dismissed its masonry subcontractor for breach of contract last week, primarily for missing critical deadlines

  • Local |Education | December 11, 2012

    Post to get new middle school

    A $35.2 million federal grant to USD 475 in Junction City will underwrite construction of a new middle school at Fort Riley. Members of the state’s congressional delegation announced the award Tuesday, the funds designed to fix a growing issue of over-crowding and lack of modern

  • Local |Kansas State University | December 11, 2012

    Invasive weed may be made tastier

    Like many ranchers, Bill Sproul experiences the rewards and challenges of ranching on Kansas’ tallgrass prairie. He considers sericea lespedeza the No. 1 long-term threat for ranchers like him. Sericea lespedeza is an invasive, noxious weed that infests approximately 600,000 acres of native tallgrass prairie in the

  • Local |Fort Riley | December 11, 2012

    Fort Riley band to give free concert

    Members of the 1st Infantry Division Band will perform two free holiday concerts next week in both Junction City and Manhattan. The first performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Manhattan City Hall Auditorium, which is at 1101 Poyntz Ave. The band will also

  • Local |Fort Riley | December 11, 2012

    VFW to offer holiday wreath ceremony

    Fort Riley will host the annual Wreaths Across America observance in conjunction with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1281, at 11 a.m. Saturday at the post cemetery. The ceremony will include a presentation of seven ceremonial wreaths — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard,

  • Local | December 10, 2012

    A pipeline from the Missouri River to the Colorado?

    The federal government has come up with dozens of ways to enhance the diminishing flow of the Colorado River, which has long struggled to keep seven states and roughly 25 million people hydrated. Among the proposals in a report by the Bureau of Reclamation, parts of

  • Local |Government, Politics | December 10, 2012

    County gets news on ending balance

    The county’s budget and finance officer said Monday that Riley County will begin 2013 with about $500,000 more in its general fund carryover than was originally anticipated. Johnette Shepek told commissioners the fund is expected to end 2012 with about $3.55 million, based on anticipated revenues of slightly

  • Local |Government, Politics | December 10, 2012

    Bluemont, CiCo ideas on agenda

    A storm water erosion study of the CiCo Park area and improvements to Bluemont Avenue are up for discussion at Tuesday’s city commission work session. The Kansas Department of Transportation has authorized $900,000 for traffic flow and safety improvements along Bluemont Avenue in the 1100 and 1200

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | December 10, 2012

    J.C. cops, city at odds over pay

    The Junction City Police Officers Association released a statement Monday expressing members’ displeasure with a wage offer made by the city of Junction City Thursday. The statement characterized it as a “lump of coal.” Officials said the city has proposed to freeze the pay steps

  • Local |Kansas State University | December 09, 2012

    Former K-State, NFL player returns for college diploma 8 years later

    Graduation diploma.phatch

    You’ll have to excuse the student speaker at the K-State College of Human Ecology graduation for taking a while to earn his degree. Nick Leckey had to make a six-year detour to the National Football League before finishing college. Leckey, a four-year starter at

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