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Pottawatomie County Commission discusses blown-budget allegations; approves project funds

Commission-expenditures discussion A Pottawatomie County citizen brought up allegations of the Pottawatomie County Commission going over budget with expenditures during a meeting Monday. The citizen mentioned various travel expenditures and meetings, such as a $1000 one-day trip to Washington D.C., a $900 iPad and a meeting at a local restaurant with John Ford, a commissioner [...]

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By |2019-12-09T22:04:09-06:00December 9th, 2019|Local News|Comments Off on Pottawatomie County Commission discusses blown-budget allegations; approves project funds

What is life really like for LGBT-community members in Manhattan?

Through their Municipality Equality Index, the Human Rights Campaign recently ranked Manhattan as the second most LGBT-inclusive city in Kansas with a score of 83 out of 100. A quick look at past MEI scores also indicates that Manhattan has become a more inclusive city over the past few years, as it has increased from [...]

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By |2019-12-06T22:50:57-06:00December 6th, 2019|Local News|Comments Off on What is life really like for LGBT-community members in Manhattan?

Geary County authorities investigating double fatality near Milford Lake

The Junction City Police Department and Geary County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a double fatality in the Milford Lake area involving two people who were allegedly involved in a forced entry and kidnapping incident late Thursday night. At around 10 p.m., Junction City police officers responded to incident involving a potential kidnapping and protection-order complaint. [...]

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By |2019-12-06T11:05:58-06:00December 6th, 2019|Local News|Comments Off on Geary County authorities investigating double fatality near Milford Lake

Manhattan Emergency Shelter’s Adopt-N-Ornament Tree brings charity to the holiday season

The Manhattan Emergency Shelter, the city’s only homeless shelter, is giving people a chance to give back in a creative way through their Adopt-N-Ornament Tree. The tree is decorated with ornaments containing wish lists belonging to people staying at the shelter. People wanting to participate can pick out ornaments, get the items on the list, [...]

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By |2019-12-05T19:02:24-06:00December 5th, 2019|Local News|Comments Off on Manhattan Emergency Shelter’s Adopt-N-Ornament Tree brings charity to the holiday season

New tree to be used in 34th annual tree-lighting ceremony

For the first time in over 10 years, a new tree will be used in the 34th annual tree-lighting ceremony in Triangle Park. “We lost what people know (as) the mayor’s tree in Triangle Park back in March,” Casey Smithson, the parks superintendent for the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department, said. “Just getting prepped for [...]

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By |2019-12-03T18:43:06-06:00December 3rd, 2019|Local News|Comments Off on New tree to be used in 34th annual tree-lighting ceremony

Parks and Recreation Department looks back on 2019

The Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department can look back on a busy yet successful year of activities. In addition to a new paint job at the City Park Swimming Pool, Manhattan’s swimming facilities also saw over 100,000 visitors as well as some new programs, the implementation of a new junior-lifeguard training program and new swimming [...]

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By |2019-12-03T18:05:13-06:00December 3rd, 2019|Local News|Comments Off on Parks and Recreation Department looks back on 2019

Pott. County Commission approves final design and specifications for the Public Works Fleet Maintenance Facility; discusses traffic-signal project and purchase of equipment for fire department

Pottawatomie County Commissioners approved the final design and specifications for the Public Works Fleet Maintenance Facility during their meeting Monday. These were brought to the commission last week but weren’t approved due to some concerns about finances and aspects of the design. “The first one was where does our current CIP (capital improvement plan) Fund [...]

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By |2019-12-02T18:21:22-06:00December 2nd, 2019|Local News|Comments Off on Pott. County Commission approves final design and specifications for the Public Works Fleet Maintenance Facility; discusses traffic-signal project and purchase of equipment for fire department

Several animals find forever homes through the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter’s first-ever Black Furday event

At the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter, animals with black fur tend to be overlooked by those looking to adopt. The shelter’s first-ever Black Furday event helped several of these animals, including 14 cats (10 with black fur), find forever homes, This event allowed animals lovers to take any animal with black fur home for [...]

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By |2019-12-02T00:21:07-06:00December 2nd, 2019|Local News|Comments Off on Several animals find forever homes through the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter’s first-ever Black Furday event

Pott. Co. Republican Party selects new sheriff

For the first time in about 19 years, Pottawatomie County has a sheriff not named Greg Riat. Undersheriff Shane Jager was selected by Republican Party precinct leaders last night to be the new sheriff in a 19-7 vote over Wamego Police Chief Mike Baker. “It’s a great honor and pleasure,” Jager said. “We have a [...]

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By |2019-11-27T02:23:10-06:00November 27th, 2019|Local News|Comments Off on Pott. Co. Republican Party selects new sheriff

Pottawatomie County Commission requests more information before approving design of Fleet Maintenance Facility; Limerick Ln. extension project encounters roadblock

Fleet Maintenance Facility Although the final design and specifications for Pottawatomie County’s new Public Works Fleet Maintenance Facility have been completed, approval from the county commission will have to wait at least one more week. “Commissioner (Pat) Weixelman asked a question about one of the particular pieces of the design relative to the wall design,” [...]

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By |2019-11-25T18:16:53-06:00November 25th, 2019|Local News|Comments Off on Pottawatomie County Commission requests more information before approving design of Fleet Maintenance Facility; Limerick Ln. extension project encounters roadblock