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City officials host area legislators at Friday luncheon

Legislative Luncheon 1/5

Manhattan City officials hosted area legislators for a luncheon Friday to discuss some of the key issues the city is prioritizing in 2024 Dark Store Theory The Dark Store Theory is complex, but at it’s root level, is a tactic used by corporations to have their properties assessed as if the store were closed and [...]

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By |2024-01-07T06:23:48-06:00January 7th, 2024|Local News|Comments Off on City officials host area legislators at Friday luncheon

After mild December, more seasonal conditions are on the way

The Manhattan area has seen unusually high temperatures this winter. While that might make the daytime more pleasant, there are some side effects that come from this. Meteorologist Chip Redmond, manager of Kansas Mesonet says December’s weather led to an unusual statistic. Redmond says the higher temperatures have caused the air to hold more moisture. [...]

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By |2024-01-05T05:53:31-06:00January 5th, 2024|Local News|Comments Off on After mild December, more seasonal conditions are on the way

USD 383 officially removes mask requirements from pandemic response plan

The Manhattan-Ogden School Board unanimously approved a slight change to its Pandemic Response Plan, which is updated twice a year to comply with federal coronavirus funding the district receives. Superintendent Eric Reid says at the beginning of the school year, the district was requiring masks for anyone who self-identified as a close contact of a [...]

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By |2024-01-04T07:37:03-06:00January 4th, 2024|Local News|Comments Off on USD 383 officially removes mask requirements from pandemic response plan

Riley County Extension Director proposes Pottorf Hall be evaluated over structural issues

Potterf Hall

Riley County Extension Director Gary Fike is requesting the county hire an engineering firm to evaluate the structural viability of Pottorf Hall. The building is used for a wide variety of activities, and gets extensive use during the Riley County Fair. Fike says it has numerous structural issues. The north wall of the building has [...]

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By |2023-12-21T15:37:38-06:00December 21st, 2023|Local News|Comments Off on Riley County Extension Director proposes Pottorf Hall be evaluated over structural issues

Planning Board approves modification proposal for Aggieville Starbucks

The Aggieville Starbucks location could undergo some changes in the near future. The Manhattan Urban Planning Board met last Thursday, and heard a renovation proposal aimed at the drive thru, as explained by Assistant Director of Community Development John Adam. Exterior changes would include a rebuilt sidewalk, the addition of a pergola, or shade structure, [...]

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By |2023-12-21T08:09:53-06:00December 21st, 2023|Local News|Comments Off on Planning Board approves modification proposal for Aggieville Starbucks

Riley County outlines legislative priorities with area delegation

State lawmakers met with Riley County officials Thursday to discuss some of the county’s priorities ahead of the next legislative session. Riley County officials favor some kind of legislation that gives counties authority to force landowners to clean up nuisance properties. County Counselor Clancy Holeman presented Senate Bill 162, a mirror of a Sedgwick County [...]

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By |2023-12-16T09:33:14-06:00December 16th, 2023|Local News|Comments Off on Riley County outlines legislative priorities with area delegation

Junction City and Geary County at odds over ambulance costs

Junction City and Geary County are at odds over who should pay the EMS bill. In 1967, the two governments agreed that the Junction City Fire Department would handle EMS calls in Geary County, and not just in the city limits. The non-reimbursed costs for the service to the county are split with one-third paid [...]

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By |2023-12-14T06:51:20-06:00December 14th, 2023|Local News|Comments Off on Junction City and Geary County at odds over ambulance costs

Salvation Army in need of bell ringers

The Salvation Army needs bell ringers for the holiday season Salvation Army Bell Ringer Karla Johnson says they need volunteers to ring bells for the red kettles. Johnson says the money donated in Riley County stays in Riley county, and that money is put to very good use locally. One of the more modern issues [...]

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By |2023-12-14T05:17:00-06:00December 13th, 2023|Local News|Comments Off on Salvation Army in need of bell ringers

City staff outline legislative priorities with Manhattan City Commission

Legislative priorities were outlined Tuesday night during a special meeting of the Manhattan City Commission. Among them, city staff oppose legislation that would limit or negatively influence the property tax base. Part of that includes anything that artificially limits or otherwise alters residential and commercial property valuation, similar to dark store valuation, an appraisal practice [...]

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By |2023-12-13T07:27:56-06:00December 13th, 2023|Local News|Comments Off on City staff outline legislative priorities with Manhattan City Commission

Riley County provides options to pay property tax bills

Taxes are due soon, and Riley County Treasurer Shiloh Heger advised the community during Monday’s Riley County Commission meeting. Heger says this is her twice a year reminder to residents about the upcoming due date of December 20. Heger says no motor vehicle transactions can be processed until those taxes are paid and gave two [...]

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By |2023-12-12T07:49:49-06:00December 12th, 2023|Local News|Comments Off on Riley County provides options to pay property tax bills
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