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  • Local | April 22, 2015

    Dam tour includes catfish, spillway gates

    Tuttledam.phatch

    The main purpose of Tuttle Creek Dam is flood control, but with about 500,000 annual recreational visitors to the lake, Greg Wurst fields a lot of questions about fish. “I’ll just address this in case you haven’t heard yet about that great big catfish,”

  • Local |Education |Business | April 22, 2015

    Committee looks at book fees, thermostat settings

    Among suggestions a USD 383 budget committee could recommend to the Manhattan-Ogden school board as ways to save money include increasing student fees for textbooks and parking, and making classroom thermostat settings less flexible. The USD 383 Budget Advisory Steering Committee continued working at a meeting on

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 22, 2015

    Riley man faces multiple drug charges

    Riley County police arrested a 54-year-old Riley man after they executed a search warrant Tuesday night and seized more than 1/4 pound of drugs. Randy Siebold was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, criminal possession of

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 22, 2015

    Police issue warning about counterfeit bills

    Police in Riley County are warning people of a potential counterfeit bills scam. Officers responded on Tuesday to reports from businesses in the Manhattan area of the use of counterfeit $100 bills. Businesses included Pizza Hut on Moro Street and Hosteler Drive, Little Caesar’s, Dollar

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 21, 2015

    Bomb suspect appears in court

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Topeka man accused of attempting to arm a 1,000-pound bomb inside a van earlier this month near Fort Riley pleaded not guilty Tuesday.  John T. Booker Jr., 20, appeared for his arraignment in U.S. District Court Tuesday morning in Kansas

  • Local |Government, Politics | April 21, 2015

    Board approves 3-story apartment project, residents say structure doesn’t belong in neighborhood

    Residents and planning board officials are still in disagreement over the proposed Islamic Center of Manhattan apartment building. The Manhattan Urban Planning Board on Monday unanimously approved the Noor Residence planned unit development, a proposed apartment building that will replace the existing two-story house on

  • Local |Police, Courts, Emergency | April 21, 2015

    Law board approves body cameras for most officers

    Bodycam.phatch

    Cameras will capture nearly every Riley County police interaction in the near future. The Riley County Law Enforcement Agency Board on Monday unanimously approved a four-page policy on the use of body-worn cameras for the Riley County Police Department. The policy outlines when officers will

  • Local |Business | April 21, 2015

    Old Chicago leaving downtown

    Old Chicago will relocate later this year. The restaurant, currently at 100 Manhattan Town Center, will move to the Grand Mere Village area, which is at the corner of Vanesta Drive and Kimball Avenue. General manager Mike Rice said the new restaurant likely would open in

  • Local |Business |Government, Politics | April 21, 2015

    Commissioners balk at proposed use of prime lot in business park

    The Pottawatomie County Commission Monday deferred action on a site plan for a prospective new business in Green Valley Business Park until it could confer with Pottawatomie County Economic Development. Gregg Webster, zoning administrator, presented a site plan from Robert’s Heating & Cooling for

  • Local |Government, Politics | April 21, 2015

    Residents cite housing, mental health as concerns

    Quality of life issues earned high marks among Pottawatomie County residents, but affordable housing and availability of mental health services were among the concerns of those same residents surveyed a year ago for the Pottawatomie County Community Needs Assessment. The assessment, completed in February, was

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