Tuesday, May 3, 2016

USD 378 Special Bond Election

If tonight’s $22.5 million bond is approved, about $17 million will go to renovations to the high school, including 11 new classrooms and a variety of minor facility upgrades like improved heating and air conditioning systems and classroom remodeling. The remaining roughly $5 million will go toward grade school facility upgrades, such as adding classroom space, an elevator and more security features.

USD 378’s bond and interest mill levy could increase to 33.277 from 4.079 if voters approve the measure.

The Mercury will update this report as results come in throughout the night.

K-State Sports
  • Men's Basketball | May 03, 2016 Weber invests in Illinois custard shop

    Four years after he was fired by the University of Illinois, basketball coach Bruce Weber is making a comeback in Champaign. He’s bringing former Illini football coach Ron Turner with him, too.

  • Baseball | May 02, 2016 K-State splits doubleheader at Iowa

    The Kansas State baseball team split its doubleheader at Iowa on Sunday, losing in Game 1, 2-1, before taking down the Hawkeyes, 4-2, in the finale to clinch its third straight series win.

  • Golf | May 02, 2016 Gandon ties for 4th at Big 12 Championship

    Jeremy Gandon matched the second-best finish ever by a Wildcat at the Big 12 Championship after his 1-over par 73 during Sunday’s final round tied him for fourth place at the Whispering Pines Golf Club.

  • Football | April 30, 2016 Goolsby motivates Florida teams

    Even from more than 1,200 miles away, Denzel Goolsby is having an impact. The Kansas State freshman wide receiver never thought a speech last year would serve as a motivator for other college athletes, but that’s exactly what happened.

  • Manhattan High Soccer: No Problems

    The Manhattan High girls’ soccer team didn’t let the less-than-ideal weather stop it from crushing Wichita Heights in an 8-0 rout.

  • Spring Showcase

    Much like last season’s spring scrimmage, Joe Hubener, Alex Delton and Jesse Ertz shared the job all afternoon during a 35-21 victory for the Purple at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

  • Editorials | May 03, 2016 Stadium concert a winning idea

    Area football fans who enter Bill Snyder Family Stadium on fall Saturdays expect to leave satisfied after having watched the Kansas State Wildcats put on a good — and winning — performance.

  • Editorials | May 02, 2016 Budget will balance but opportunity lost

    The weekend was not one of the Legislature’s finer moments, but such moments are elusive when the challenge is addressing shortfalls in this fiscal year and next fiscal year of some $290 million.

  • Editorials | April 30, 2016 USD 378 bond issue deserves approval

    One of these days, enough patrons of the Riley County School District will realize that waiting for a perfect set of proposals to improve their schools — one that does everything anyone could want and lowers taxes in the process — is a sure way to postpone improvements.

  • Letters | April 30, 2016 Tourism is big business in Manhattan, Riley County

    Dating back to 1983, Americans have celebrated the importance of travel with the observance of National Travel and Tourism Week. The week beginning today, May 1, is designated for nationwide recognition of the economic impact of tourism.

  • Arts & Leisure | May 03, 2016 Tickets on sale for orchestra

    Tickets are on sale for this year’s Orchestra on the Oregon Trail, an outdoor concert featuring the Topeka Symphony Orchestra that will be held at Alcove Spring Historic Park near Marysville and Blue Rapids.

  • Movies | May 03, 2016 Little reason to see long, dull ‘Mother’s Day’

    So we’ve had Garry Marshall’s “Valentine’s Day” and Garry Marshall’s “New Year’s Eve.” And now we have Garry Marshall’s “Mother’s Day.” Each of them uses some of the same actors and exactly the same story scheme.

  • Neighbors | May 02, 2016 Woman has no plans to retire after marking 4 decades at Walmart

    Lots of things have changed since 1976. Through it all Donna Burns’ presence at Walmart is something that’s been consistent for the past 40 years. She officially reached the milestone on Sunday.

  • Movies | May 02, 2016 Ratchet and Clank movie under-conceived but harmless

    The movie doesn’t feel like something that intelligent film-makers have spent 15 years thinking about. It is not a bad movie. It won’t hurt kids who go to see it. But it seems under-conceived.

  • Manhattan High School | May 03, 2016 MHS tennis cruises to league title

    If anybody was going to prevent the Manhattan High boys’ tennis team from repeating as Centennial League champions on Monday at the Kossover Tennis Complex in Topeka, it was going to be Washburn Rural.

  • Manhattan High School | May 03, 2016 Gritton wins league championship

    It’s been a nice week of golf for Manhattan High’s Cole Gritton. The senior backed up his win at last week’s Topeka West Invitational by taking medalist honors at Monday’s Centennial League tournament.

  • Pro Sports | May 03, 2016 Nationals shut out Royals, 2-0

    There are ample reasons for Ned Yost to be concerned about the Royals’ struggling offense, from three recent shutouts to the prolonged slumps of stars such as Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain. But the fact he’s won a World Series with those same guys puts their manager at ease.

  • Area Schools | May 03, 2016 Mustangs sweep Mission Valley

    In games played on Thursday, Rock Creek softball was error free in two games against Mission Valley, winning 10-0 in the opener and 13-2 in the late game.

State & Region
  • May 03, 2016 | State The Latest: Civil trial starts for anti-abortion activist

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the civil trial of an anti-abortion activist accused of threatening a Kansas doctor (all times local):

  • May 03, 2016 | State Lawyer says Kansas activist tried to intimidate doctor

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An anti-abortion activist intended to intimidate a Wichita physician when she sent a letter suggesting someone might place an explosive under the doctor's car, a Justice Department lawyer told jurors in opening statements in her civil trial Tuesday.

  • May 03, 2016 | State Kansan who went with kids to Oregon standoff arrested

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman who took her children to perform for occupiers during the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge earlier this year says authorities have removed seven of her children from her home and arrested her for assaulting an officer.

  • May 03, 2016 | State Another big verdict in talc case against Johnson & Johnson

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Twice in the past three months, juries have awarded tens millions of dollars to ovarian cancer victims who blamed Johnson & Johnson talcum powder for their illness — among the first verdicts in a gathering courtroom assault by law firms that are aggressively recruiting clients through TV ads and the Internet.

  • May 03, 2016 | State Cueto roughed up but Giants rally for 9-6 win over Reds

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Johnny Cueto enjoyed the hugs and the applause. He didn't care much for one horrid inning that put him in line for a loss — until the Reds' bullpen got involved, of course.


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