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K-State president would favor university COVID-19 vaccine mandate, if Kansas law allowed

Kansas State University has not implemented a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, but that is likely only because Kansas legislative policy prevents the university from doing so. K-State president Richard Myers says if university administration could implement a vaccine mandate, it would. Despite the lack of COVID-19 vaccine requirements at K-State, Myers says over 80 percent of [...]

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By |2021-08-20T13:31:31-05:00August 20th, 2021|Categories: COVID-19, K-State Activity, Local News|Comments Off on K-State president would favor university COVID-19 vaccine mandate, if Kansas law allowed

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce launches new website to promote local amenities

The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce is launching a website to promote the city to working professionals. Talent strategies coordinator Amber Wilhelm describes what the website, madeformanhattan.org, will feature: According to Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Jason Smith, the website is meant to create an online resource where people who are looking [...]

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By |2021-08-20T08:51:46-05:00August 20th, 2021|Categories: Local News, Manhattan|Comments Off on Manhattan Chamber of Commerce launches new website to promote local amenities

USD 383 loses main food supplier

Loss of food vendor The Manhattan-Ogden school district has lost its largest food vendor. That’s according to assistant superintendent Eric Reid, who told the school board Wednesday that the vendor informed the district just last week that it would be canceling its contract. The vendor, Sysco, which is a wholesale food distributor, supplied about 80 percent [...]

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By |2021-08-19T13:07:39-05:00August 19th, 2021|Categories: Local News, Manhattan|Tags: |Comments Off on USD 383 loses main food supplier

Pott. County discusses allocation of federal COVID-19 stimulus funds

The Pottawatomie County Commission met with department heads Monday to discuss how to spend federal COVID-19 stimulus funds. Pott. County has so far received about $2.4 million, with another approximately $2.4 million set to arrive in the near future. Ideas ranged from Justice Center security upgrades and a storm-water detention pond to a drone program, [...]

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By |2021-08-17T15:55:39-05:00August 17th, 2021|Categories: Local News, Pottawatomie County|Comments Off on Pott. County discusses allocation of federal COVID-19 stimulus funds

U.S. Dept. of Energy recognizes Manhattan Housing Authority for Apartment Towers renovation project

The U.S. Department of Energy has recognized the Manhattan Housing Authority (MHA) for its renovation of the Apartment Towers near 5th St. and Leavenworth St. Through the use of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds, the Better Building Initiative and a loan obtained with assistance from the City of Manhattan, MHA was [...]

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By |2021-08-12T16:44:10-05:00August 12th, 2021|Categories: Local News, Manhattan|Comments Off on U.S. Dept. of Energy recognizes Manhattan Housing Authority for Apartment Towers renovation project

Pott. County requests representation on housing-study steering committee, discusses motor-grader fleet and building permits

Housing-study representation The Pottawatomie County Commission has requested representation on a Manhattan housing study steering committee. The discussion came up during Manhattan city manager Ron Fehr’s monthly update to the Pott County Commission. Fehr described during the discussion what exactly will be looked at during the study. The request for representation came after Commissioner Pat Weixelman [...]

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By |2021-08-10T17:12:04-05:00August 10th, 2021|Categories: Local News, Pottawatomie County|Comments Off on Pott. County requests representation on housing-study steering committee, discusses motor-grader fleet and building permits

USD 383 hosts open house and ribbon cutting for new elementary school

Dozens gathered Saturday to attend the open house of USD 383’s first new school building in 25 years – Oliver Brown Elementary. The event kicked off with speeches by a few local school leaders and Cheryl Brown Henderson, the daughter of the school’s namesake, who was part of the famed Brown vs. Board of Education [...]

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By |2021-08-07T14:56:52-05:00August 7th, 2021|Categories: Local News|Tags: |Comments Off on USD 383 hosts open house and ribbon cutting for new elementary school

83rd session of Boys State of Kansas to begin Sunday in Manhattan

The 83rd session of the American Legion Boys State of Kansas is set to take place next week on the K-State campus. Boys state aims to expose high school students to an interactive experience during which they learn about government, leadership and civic responsibility. While the event is normally restricted to boys who have completed [...]

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By |2021-07-29T15:17:27-05:00July 29th, 2021|Categories: Local News, Manhattan|Comments Off on 83rd session of Boys State of Kansas to begin Sunday in Manhattan

City discusses eliminating Anderson Ave./Seth Child Rd. overpass, potential future development in Plaza West

The Manhattan City Commission discussed ideas Tuesday for how to improve access to the Plaza West business district. One possibility heavily talked about was that of eliminating the Anderson Ave./Seth Child Rd. overpass and bringing the road to grade with the surrounding area. Mayor Wynn Butler says he does not consider getting rid of the overpass [...]

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By |2021-07-28T13:27:26-05:00July 28th, 2021|Categories: Local News, Manhattan|Comments Off on City discusses eliminating Anderson Ave./Seth Child Rd. overpass, potential future development in Plaza West

Sunset Zoo to bring back Wine in the Wild fundraiser

The Sunset Zoo is bringing back its Wine in the Wild fundraiser after the event was canceled in 2020. Sunset Zoo official Melissa Kirkwood says Wine in the Wild is scheduled for August 14 and, while VIP tickets are sold out, General Admission tickets are still available. Another Sunset Zoo event, Brew at the Zoo, [...]

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By |2021-07-26T17:43:25-05:00July 26th, 2021|Categories: Local News, Manhattan|Comments Off on Sunset Zoo to bring back Wine in the Wild fundraiser
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