Heading to Lawrence for the Sunflower Showdown?
Two Mercury reporters — government reporter Hailey Dixon and sports reporter Sean Collins — hailing from the University of Kansas have recommendations and tips to make the most out of your time while cheering on K-State this weekend.
The Wildcats take on the Jayhawks at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Hailey: Before you head out to Memorial Stadium, I recommend people take a stroll on Massachusetts Street and check out all the neat shops, such as Love Garden Sounds or Game Nut.
Head over to The Burger Stand at The Casbah, at 803 Massachusetts St. The restaurant is home to, in my opinion, some of the best burgers and fries one will ever taste. Drink a Free State beer and dip your fries into their special marshmallow or cocoa chipotle ketchup sauces. You won’t regret it.
Speaking of Free State, if you want more of a sit-down dining atmosphere, grab a bite to eat at Free State Brewery, at 636 Massachusetts St., which serves some amazing cheddar ale soup and its own brewery. The cheesy, delicious soup is sure to warm you up before the game.
If you enjoy coffee, go to Java Break, at 17 E. 7th St., which is near Mass Street. You can enjoy their fun, quirky cereal bar for a snack. I also recommend trying the White Cow drink, which is an espresso with chocolate and vanilla flavors.
After the game, channel some summer vibes and grab a fruity drink at the Sandbar, at 17 E. Eighth St. My personal favorites are the famous Shark Attack, a blue mixed drink affixed with a plastic shark with grenadine syrup, and The Little Mermaid, a lighter vodka soda mixed with Sprite.
If you have a sweet tooth, head over to Sylas and Maddy’s, an ice cream shop at 1014 Massachusetts St. This dessert shop offers all kinds of ice cream and homemade waffle cones.
Sean: When I first started school at Kansas, I never thought the one-way streets would be something that I would miss, but here I am about to recommend them.
An easy and quick item for a trip to Lawrence is to drive down Kentucky and Tennessee streets. There’s no better time of the year than fall to do so. There are a plethora of old homes made from brick or painted in unique colors along the edges of the streets with fall trees hanging over the street.
If you are looking for an easy meal before or after the game, Papa Kenos pizza at 10th and Mass is a solid bet. There are a couple more locations scattered around Kansas — I’ve been to several — but this remains my favorite. It’s New York-style slices the size of your face at a cheap price, all while delivering a satisfying taste.
Hailey already mentioned Free State, which is a solid choice. However, if that location is packed, another option is 23rd Street Brewery. You may not make it to the happy hour, but there are many options for drinks and appetizers.
It’s a little further away from the noise, too, and there’s a nearby exit to head back to Manhattan if this winds up being the final stop of the day.
Riley County clerk Rich Vargo anticipates the advance voting numbers during the 2019 election will exceed those in the last municipal election in 2017.
As of Thursday afternoon, the election office has seen 1,232 voters in-person and received 319 mailed ballots, for a total of 1,551 advanced votes.
In 2017, a total of 1,952 people participated in advance voting by mail and in-person.
People can participate in advance voting until 5 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and Monday. Advance voting ends Monday, with the general election on Tuesday.
People can vote from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at their regular polling locations. Individuals can review voter information and sample ballots on the Riley County website.
Manhattan voters are taking to the polls to choose three Manhattan City Commission members and four USD 383 Board of Education members.
Eight people are vying for the three open positions on the city commission: Aaron Estabrook, Mark Hatesohl, Kaleb James, incumbent Linda Morse, Maureen Sheahan, Mary Renee Shirk, Sarah Siders and Vincent Tracey.
Kristin Brighton, Joseph Dasenbrock, incumbents Darrell Edie and Curt Herrman, and Brandy Santos are running for the four open positions on the school board at USD 383.
Other offices on the ballot for Riley County include the city of Leonardville (no candidates filed), city of Ogden (two for mayor and eight for city council), city of Randolph (no candidates), city of Riley (one for mayor, two for city council), USD 378 Riley County (four candidates for four positions), USD 384 Blue Valley (four candidates for four positions).
The ballot also includes special questions for a 0.3% sales tax increase in Manhattan, a school bond for USD 378 Riley County and a constitutional amendment for the reapportionment of senatorial and representative districts.
Officials said a Colorado pastor and his passenger are OK after their small plane crashed Thursday morning in Junction City.
According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, the crash occurred at 10 a.m. Thursday at Freeman Field Airport in Junction City when the front landing gear malfunctioned on a 1968 Beechcraft 95-B55.
John Burgess, 55, of Colorado Springs was flying the plane. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Burgess’ church, Heritage Pentecostal Church in Colorado Springs, owns the plane.
Burgess and his passenger, Matthew Watson, 30, of Port Arthur, Texas, suffered no apparent injury. They both had on safety restraints.