Customer service. That was the role which began one young woman’s career in telecommunications. Now she is leading that same company which is serving customers’ technology needs in new and innovative ways.

Duaine and Arlene (Tebow) Sherwood celebrated their 60th anniversary Jan. 15.

While pursuing my master’s degree in English from K-State, I became interested in the concept of retellings as a narrative device. Why are there some stories we seem insistent to revisit? What is it about these stories that demands a fresh perspective?

Let me run a conspiracy theory by you. Get ready. Donald Trump is a righteous crusader who is battling a globalist Illuminati-led pedophilia crime ring and every institution of note, except the military, is in on the game. The media, universities, FBI, CIA, foreign governments, Wall Street a…

I first wrote about my decision to work on my physical health back in August. I’m entering my eighth month of making different lifestyle choices, and I’ve lost about 40 pounds since then, which is incredibly mind-boggling to me.

Amongst the many historic and monumental changes that hit the world in 2020, my life was rocked by another great and terrible change: I became a parent. Parenthood has been wonderful and awe-inspiring, but it’s also terrifying, especially when you’re staring it down while undergoing a long, …

Movie fans may remember Paul Greengrass. The Englishman is the godfather of the Bourne movies and the director of good dramatizations of actual events, including the especially effective “United 93,” about the 9/11 hijacking that passengers forced to the ground in Pennsylvania, well short of…

In 2000 Harvard University Professor Robert Putnam published the best-seller “Bowling Alone.” In it he described the decline of community in the United States since the mid-twentieth century, for example in bowling leagues and church attendance.

High school football is a family affair in rural Kansas. On Friday nights, moms and dads, grandparents, brothers and sisters, friends, neighbors and community members gather at the high school stadium for the weekly football game. It becomes a unifying community event. Today we’ll learn more…

The library is trying something new with the new year – a winter reading challenge. We invite everyone of all ages to register for the Winter Reading Challenge and see if you can read at least 4 hours in January. Sign up at www.mhklibrary.org. You can also complete winter reading activities …

Joe and Janet (Council) Kulbiski of Manhattan will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Dec. 29.

When I was a teenager, there weren’t many books that portrayed modern, realistic, diverse main characters. In school, I was reading classics and learning about topics like slavery, the Holocaust and the Trail of Tears. The historical tragedies of brown (Latinx, Black, Indigenous American, et…

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The kids still want the usual things: puppies, dolls, Lego sets. Only a few signs of the times popped up in the letters The Mercury received from local first-grade classes this year. One student asked for a mask, and another asked Santa if he can get COVID.

If there’s been one positive thing we’ve come to appreciate over the past year, it’s the chance to connect with loved ones and spend time with the people in your household. Even so, some parents may have struggled with coming up with ways to occupy young ones who find themselves cooped up in…

Ken Follett’s 31 books, written over the last 40-plus years, include sweeping historical novels as well as modern spy thrillers. His most popular novel, and the one he considers his best, is “Pillars of the Earth,” published in 1989. Set in the 12th century, that book centers on the building…

After multiple delays, one of the most anticipated video games of the year, “Cyberpunk 2077,” has finally been released. It is a large, open-world game, set in a dystopian future, where you play as a mercenary outlaw trying to track down a cyber implant that could grant immortality.

There are two legendary football coaches who are retired and living in Manhattan, Kansas. One is Bill Snyder, a multiple-time national coach of the year and a member of the National College Football Hall of Fame. The other is a legendary high school football coach who led his team to the lon…

Douglas and Virginia (Matson) Cox of Manhattan will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Dec. 18.

Elnora Jones will celebrate her 95th birthday on Dec. 26. Her family is having a card shower for her. Cards can be sent to her c/o Presbyterian Manor, 924 Eighth St., Clay Center, KS 67432.

As a new parent, I’m learning the things children do that are frustrating but also hilarious. Hearing the stories my mother had of what my brother and I did seemed ridiculous until I start noticing it with my son and the children that come into the library. When my mom would be prepping a me…

On May 9, 1961, at a meeting of the National Association of Broadcasters Federal Communications Commission, Chairman Newton Minow addressed the assembled audience and challenged them to sit in front of their televisions for a day without any distractions. Then he delivered the line that woul…

Not even Charles Dickens himself in his wildest dreams could have imagined the role his modest 1843 tale “A Christmas Carol” would continue to play in the popular imagination of subsequent generations all the way to the present day. Wikipedia’s article on its “adaptations” contains several h…