Friday, October 9, 2015

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  • Local | September 30, 2015

    Ruptured gas line leads to evacuation

    A natural gas line rupture led to the evacuation of six homes Tuesday afternoon in Manhattan. Manhattan Fire Department Chief Scott French said firefighters were dispatched to 916 Pottawatomie Ave. at 2:44 p.m. after workers from Westar Energy accidentally ruptured the 2-inch service line. French said

  • Local | September 29, 2015

    Mite bites leave locals itching

    Oak mites are back. After a 10-year hiatus, the nearly microscopic insects are causing discomfort to people unlucky enough to come into contact with them. Reports of symptoms associated with oak leaf itch mites, most often itchy bites and rashes, are the highest they’ve

  • Local |Education | September 29, 2015

    Manhattan-Ogden enrollment up slightly to 6,030 K-12 students


    Enrollment at Manhattan-Ogden schools has increased by 17 students in kindergarten through 12th grades since last year, according to the district’s official census, conducted last week. Historically, USD 383 would receive a slight bump in state aid for its enrollment increase. However, legislators scrapped the school

  • Local |Education | September 29, 2015

    Rock Creek’s student body mimics region’s growth

    The Rock Creek school district saw a nearly 5 percent increase in enrollment from last year. District superintendent Darrel Stufflebeam said the recent census for this school year indicate 991 students in USD 323, an increase of 43 students from last year’s 948. Stufflebeam said the increase is likely

  • Local |Government, Politics | September 29, 2015

    Leaders focus on tax lid repeal

    Local government officials spoke Monday about getting the message out concerning a property tax lid repeal. Starting Jan. 1, 2018, local governments and school districts will be required to have an election if property tax increases exceed the rate of inflation. Riley County counselor Clancy Holeman said

  • Local |Business |Government, Politics | September 29, 2015

    Commission waives policy to fast-track housing development

    Pottawatomie County Commissioners made an exception to their subdivision regulations Monday to expedite continued residential construction in Blue Township. With units of three subdivisions coming online soon, commissioners agreed to temporarily forgo its policy of requiring adjoining arterial roadways to be hard-surfaced with asphalt prior

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | September 29, 2015

    Trial on hold as prosecutors appeal ruling on blood test

    A Manhattan man’s trial is on hold while prosecutors appeal a judge’s decision to suppress the results of a blood test that indicated the presence of marijuana, methamphetamine, amphetamine and other drugs. Ryan Routson, 33, is accused of involuntary manslaughter and other charges in

  • Local |Business | September 29, 2015

    Next Symphony to take place at Chase County ranch

    The 2016 Symphony in the Flint Hills Signature Event will take place on private land in Chase County on June 11. Edward Bass, a rancher with extensive interests in Texas and Kansas, will host the 11th-annual event on his “South Clements Pasture.”  “We are so thankful to

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | September 29, 2015

    Rossville man reaches plea deal in bicyclist’s death

    A Rossville man has pleaded no contest to one count of vehicular homicide, thus avoiding a jury trial that was scheduled to take place last week. Derik Kesler, 33, struck and killed bicyclist Mark Jilka, 49, Manhattan, with a 2007 Dodge pickup in June 2014. The crash happened on

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency |Kansas State University | September 29, 2015

    Police identify suspects in campus graffiti case

    Three K-State students suspected of vandalizing campus property turned themselves in Monday night. Cassie M. Enright, 21; Joanna Pineda, 20; and Jon D. Groskurth, 20, turned themselves in at the Kansas State University Police Department at 8 p.m., according to a press release from the university. They were

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