The Kansas Forest Service is offering two new pollinator bundles with their low-cost conservation seedlings for the spring planting season. Plants for the eastern Kansas pollinator bundle include American plum, Chokecherry, Golden currant, False indigo, Elderberry, Buttonbush and Eastern Red…

Maggie and I went back to a natural Christmas tree this year after perhaps a decade of the other kind. It’s beautiful, a Noble or Fraser fir a tad taller than 7 feet. Most important, Maggie, who had her misgivings, likes it.

The U.S. House of Representatives began its formal impeachment pageant Tuesday. The Intelligence Committee will forward its report to the Judiciary Committee, which will forward it to the whole House, which will then hold hearings on whether to impeach President Trump.

Two young women have dropped their federal lawsuit against Kansas State University, and in a limited sense that makes complete sense to us. Their case — which alleged that K-State should bear some of the blame for rapes that happened off-campus — never really added up, in legal terms.

The hot topic of recent has been about moles in the landscape. Extension offices get a lot of questions and stories about moles. Identification is the first step to determine if it is a vole, mole, shrew, pocket gopher or other animal in the yard.

When my mother moved to Nashville nearly a decade ago, after 70-plus years in Kansas, it wasn’t because she sought proximity to Brad Paisley or sit-down lunches with Loretta Lynn. It was, in hindsight, pretty astute thinking. Mom was on her own, aging gracefully with a mild, but not debilita…

“The belle of the ball.” That phrase may call to mind a pretty girl dancing in a fancy ballroom, but in this case, it refers to a different kind of ball. This belle is the woman who serves as the volunteer caretaker of the world’s largest ball of twine. She’s helping people from around the w…

It is the season for getting holiday plants and caring for them. Amaryllis, poinsettia, holiday cacti, Kalanchoe and others brighten up indoor spaces. Long-lasting plants will need good watering practices and proper indoor placement.

I recently read an article about the new “Pokémon Sword and Shield” game and how you can cook several curry recipes depending on the ingredients you have on hand. One of the options involves Slowpoke tails, which is a type of Pokémon.

The other day, a person griped that she couldn’t read a Mercury story to which there was a link on a Facebook page. This was because The Mercury’s website limits free access to our stories to three per month, and she was evidently over the limit and was being asked to subscribe.

It’s the time of year to celebrate — from veterans earlier this month, our many blessings at the end of the month, the upcoming holidays and then ringing in the new year. The tie that binds all these celebrations together? A sense of community. Whether it’s a community of family, friends, fa…

I did something I don’t recommend. This past spring I planted a Rhododendron. Rhododendrons don’t commonly grow in Kansas because of our natural environment. They suffer from our high soil pH, rapid and low temperatures, along with needing shade and protection from the wind. Finding the perf…

You will not find my name on the membership rolls of the Screen Actors Guild. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has yet to acknowledge my existence, let alone nominate me for an award. Searching for me in the Internet Movie Database will prove futile, but your every-other-Sunda…

Junk drawers. Everybody knows what you mean by this term, and even though we call the stuff in them “junk,” it’s so important, so crucial to our existence, we keep it anyway. Here’s my household’s current inventory of absolute necessities.

My last article was on incorporating plant materials to keep the soil healthy. An additional resource that can be used are any number of Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin. This is any soil amendment intentionally added to the soil to improve the chemical or physical condition that …

We’ve been scolded in some corners for our coverage and commentary about the post-game ugliness at the Manhattan-Junction City football game. Most recently, we published a letter from Bruce McMillan, an architect and a longtime proponent of regional cooperation between Manhattan and Junction City.

Editor’s note: We’re re-publishing this letter because of inadvertent typing errors.

One of the things I love about Manhattan is how diverse it is. This is partially thanks to K-State and Fort Riley, but if we look back a bit further, we can see how Manhattan’s African-American community has been here from near the beginning of the town and really exploded when the “Exoduste…