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Many mothers will appreciate handwritten letters or homemade gifts, but if you have the means to do so, consider shoppin...
05/03/2020
Fuss-free Mother's Day gifts available during age of distancing

Many mothers will appreciate handwritten letters or homemade gifts, but if you have the means to do so, consider shopping local. Several businesses have made it easier to send gifts for the special day, and The Mercury compiled a few different options.

https://themercury.com/features/arts_and_leisure/fuss-free-mothers-day-gifts-available-during-age-of-distancing/article_158fcf60-1ff8-591c-b020-368d44e0f67f.html

Social distancing measures have kept many people physically apart from their loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean all connection has been lost. Many have turned to

A 23-year-old Riley County woman is self-isolating at home after  testing positive for the coronavirus, bringing the cou...
05/02/2020
Riley County COVID-19 cases up to 52

A 23-year-old Riley County woman is self-isolating at home after testing positive for the coronavirus, bringing the county's total confirmed cases to 52.

A 23-year-old Riley County woman recently tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the county's total confirmed cases to 52 on Saturday.

K-State will put 349 employees on emergency furlough starting May 16, officials announced Saturday morning.
05/02/2020
K-State announces summer furloughs for 349 workers

K-State will put 349 employees on emergency furlough starting May 16, officials announced Saturday morning.

K-State will put 349 employees on emergency furlough starting May 16, officials announced Saturday morning.

Starting Monday, Riley County will allow a limited return to dine-in restaurant services as well as the opening of retai...
05/02/2020
Gibbs: Opening of retail stores, limited dine-in eating allowed starting Monday

Starting Monday, Riley County will allow a limited return to dine-in restaurant services as well as the opening of retail stores and libraries.

Riley County’s first phase of its official public health order to gradually reopen the county will allow a limited return to dine-in restaurant services as well as the opening of

Rainbow Bands is a bracelet-making business started by fourth-grader Kaimey Evans and third-graders Jaci Sump and Victor...
05/01/2020
COVID-19 shut down their elementary school, so they started a bracelet business for charity

Rainbow Bands is a bracelet-making business started by fourth-grader Kaimey Evans and third-graders Jaci Sump and Victoria Bowman, all students at Marlatt Elementary School.

https://themercury.com/news/covid-19-shut-down-their-elementary-school-so-they-started-a-bracelet-business-for-charity/article_781631b2-e959-5a7c-9054-4ac2ed067206.html

Amid the economic slowdown, at least one new business is thriving — Rainbow Bands.

Community leaders, officials and business owners stressed the importance of supplying personal protective equipment to l...
04/30/2020
Manhattan Area Recovery Task Force discusses plans for reopening region

Community leaders, officials and business owners stressed the importance of supplying personal protective equipment to local businesses and employees as well as maintaining adequate safety measures for all when reopening the region in the wake of the coronavirus.

https://themercury.com/news/manhattan-area-recovery-task-force-discusses-plans-for-reopening-region/article_6a0869f0-31fc-5d8f-ad79-d7bf84659601.html

Community leaders, officials and business owners Wednesday stressed the importance of supplying personal protective equipment to local businesses and employees as well as maintaining adequate safety measures for all when

Two more Riley County residents — a 29-year-old male and a 37-year-old female — tested positive for the coronavirus, bri...
04/30/2020
Two more cases increases Riley County COVID-19 total to 49

Two more Riley County residents — a 29-year-old male and a 37-year-old female — tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the county total to 49 cases.

https://themercury.com/news/two-more-cases-increases-riley-county-covid-19-total-to-49/article_a98ffa7a-78d9-5bda-bbf5-9cc5e2bdd0ff.html

Two more Riley County residents — a 29-year-old male and a 37-year-old female — tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the county total to 49 cases.

Although K-State estimates the university will lose $35 million in revenue through the end of the school year because of...
04/30/2020
Amid COVID-19 budget struggles, K-State plans to keep tuition flat

Although K-State estimates the university will lose $35 million in revenue through the end of the school year because of COVID-19, it plans on keeping tuition flat for in-state undergraduates.

https://themercury.com/news/amid-covid-19-budget-struggles-k-state-plans-to-keep-tuition-flat/article_383d6fc3-de64-5d6f-bfed-ce65fc7c1d78.html

Although K-State estimates the university will lose $35 million in revenue through the end of the school year because of COVID-19, it plans on keeping tuition flat for in-state undergraduates.

K-State officials now estimate that the COVID-19 related costs of moving to online classes and suspending campus operati...
04/29/2020
With estimated COVID-19 costs at $35M, K-State slashing budget

K-State officials now estimate that the COVID-19 related costs of moving to online classes and suspending campus operations will cost $35 million by the end of the school year.

https://themercury.com/news/with-estimated-covid-19-costs-at-35m-k-state-slashing-budget/article_e620586c-4090-54b6-ab3f-bca98c138fee.html

K-State officials now estimate that the COVID-19 related costs of moving to online classes and suspending campus operations will cost $35 million by the end of the school year.

After spring break, the student staffers of The Blue M and The Mentor, Manhattan High’s yearbook and newspaper, had plan...
04/29/2020
For Manhattan High's student journalists, writing about COVID-19 is living history

After spring break, the student staffers of The Blue M and The Mentor, Manhattan High’s yearbook and newspaper, had planned to cover spring sports. The spring play. Prom. All of the staples of the end of the school year.

https://themercury.com/news/for-manhattan-highs-student-journalists-writing-about-covid-19-is-living-history/article_c979f023-31e0-5ed9-92fa-131374e1988c.html

This wasn’t the story they hoped to tell.

The complaint alleged O’Malley’s was over its occupancy capacity, bartenders had been drinking alcohol and security came...
04/28/2020
Estate of former O'Malley's owner denies negligence allegations in suit

The complaint alleged O’Malley’s was over its occupancy capacity, bartenders had been drinking alcohol and security cameras were not operational.

https://themercury.com/news/courts/estate-of-former-omalleys-owner-denies-negligence-allegations-in-suit/article_d69b652d-df80-5b49-b9aa-ae703f6a843e.html

The third of three defendants in a negligence lawsuit against O’Malley’s Inc. filed a response Monday in federal court denying allegations that the bar failed to protect its patrons from

The task force, an idea mayor Usha Reddi presented to the Manhattan City Commission last week, will provide guidance on ...
04/28/2020
Mayor announces chairs, members of regional task force

The task force, an idea mayor Usha Reddi presented to the Manhattan City Commission last week, will provide guidance on reopening businesses for owners and employees.

https://themercury.com/news/mayor-announces-chairs-members-of-regional-task-force/article_433e9be2-2ef8-5698-9412-0c11672ef7d9.html

Ascension Via Christi president Bob Copple and Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive officer Jason Smith are the two co-chairs of the newly formed Manhattan Area Recovery

K-State is using one of its most secure biosecurity research labs to process tests for students, faculty and staff for C...
04/28/2020
K-State starts testing university members for COVID-19

K-State is using one of its most secure biosecurity research labs to process tests for students, faculty and staff for COVID-19, the university announced Tuesday.

https://themercury.com/news/k-state-starts-testing-university-members-for-covid-19/article_fec10e10-648e-56b5-b447-e546f363038a.html

K-State is using one of its most secure biosecurity research labs to process tests for students, faculty and staff for COVID-19, the university announced Tuesday.

Riley County plans to use a five-step plan and a regional approach as the county gears up to gradually reopen businesses...
04/28/2020
'This won't be something that just happens': Gibbs discusses reopening Riley County

Riley County plans to use a five-step plan and a regional approach as the county gears up to gradually reopen businesses and social activities.

https://themercury.com/news/this-wont-be-something-that-just-happens-gibbs-discusses-reopening-riley-county/article_af8cfb47-a4c6-5792-976b-206d23690eee.html

Riley County plans to use a five-step plan and a regional approach as the county gears up to gradually reopen businesses and social activities.

“Our students are curious, and Mrs. Bosch takes their natural curiosity and feeds them with information to help their kn...
04/27/2020
OUR NEIGHBORS | Manhattan Catholic Schools teacher helps students reach for the stars

“Our students are curious, and Mrs. Bosch takes their natural curiosity and feeds them with information to help their knowledge base grow."

https://themercury.com/features/our-neighbors-manhattan-catholic-schools-teacher-helps-students-reach-for-the-stars/article_b5b80705-fed5-509b-8f1f-8374dba57bc1.html

Jeanette Bosch still remembers growing up in the 1960s Dresden, Kansas — a town that, with a not-much-smaller population of 41 today, was tiny even by Kansas’s standards.

A 23-year-old Riley County woman has tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the county total to 45 cases.
04/27/2020
Riley County announces 45th COVID-19 case

A 23-year-old Riley County woman has tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the county total to 45 cases.

A 23-year-old Riley County woman has tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the county total to 45 cases.

A 35-year-old Riley County woman has tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the county's total cases up to 44.
04/26/2020
Latest COVID-19 case raises Riley County total to 44

A 35-year-old Riley County woman has tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the county's total cases up to 44.

A 35-year-old Riley County woman has tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the county's total cases up to 44.

Construction is considered essential business, and while social distancing guidelines will eventually limit some aspects...
04/26/2020
Early closing of school buildings means early construction for some USD 383 bond projects

Construction is considered essential business, and while social distancing guidelines will eventually limit some aspects, construction is still in preliminary stages, allowing workers to space themselves out on site.

https://themercury.com/news/early-closing-of-school-buildings-means-early-construction-for-some-usd-383-bond-projects/article_80156562-4ff9-5f85-ab44-485456333313.html

Although the pandemic disrupted regular Manhattan-Ogden school operations for the rest of the school year, there’s been the small silver lining that construction crews on several district bond projects can

Fewer people are going to Ascension Via Christi’s emergency room, and that has hospital officials concerned that people ...
04/26/2020
Got a non-COVID-19 health issue? You should still seek treatment, hospital CEO says

Fewer people are going to Ascension Via Christi’s emergency room, and that has hospital officials concerned that people are avoiding the hospital because of coronavirus fears.

https://themercury.com/news/got-a-non-covid-19-health-issue-you-should-still-seek-treatment-hospital-ceo-says/article_0bdcb0d1-1aa2-597f-b4dc-b316cc3bcee1.html

Fewer people are going to Ascension Via Christi’s emergency room, and that has hospital officials concerned that people are avoiding the hospital because of coronavirus fears.

Sure, there was some anxiety, but there was also a sense of resolve among the CNAs: as nurses, this is what they do.http...
04/26/2020
Five Manhattan CNAs headed to COVID-19 frontlines

Sure, there was some anxiety, but there was also a sense of resolve among the CNAs: as nurses, this is what they do.

https://themercury.com/news/five-manhattan-cnas-headed-to-covid-19-frontlines/article_9b575ff3-3a35-5edd-840b-a1e083f23255.html

For all the metaphors of sending medical soldiers to wage war against the invisible enemy, the five certified nurse assistants “deploying” from Manhattan’s Ascension Via Christi Hospital were, well, just

It was just over a month ago that Andrew Smith’s test results came back, confirming his and his family’s fears: he had t...
04/26/2020
They were the first infected with COVID-19 in the area. Now they hope to help others fight it.

It was just over a month ago that Andrew Smith’s test results came back, confirming his and his family’s fears: he had tested positive for COVID-19.

https://themercury.com/news/they-were-the-first-infected-with-covid-19-in-the-area-now-they-hope-to/article_70a67d9b-64c1-5dfe-88f4-c930d90c66af.html

It was just over a month ago that Andrew Smith’s test results came back, confirming his and his family’s fears: he had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by

Sundown Salute is cancelled for 2020
04/26/2020
Sundown Salute is cancelled for 2020

Sundown Salute is cancelled for 2020

Sundown Salute, Junction City’s annual Independence Day celebration, has been cancelled for 2020 due to concerns around the spread of COVID-19. The 48th annual Sundown Salute had been scheduled to

The new patients, a 22-year-old man and two 23-year-old women, are all known contacts of previous cases and are all in s...
04/26/2020
Three new COVID-19 cases in Riley County bring total to 43

The new patients, a 22-year-old man and two 23-year-old women, are all known contacts of previous cases and are all in self isolation in their homes.

The Riley County Health Department reported there are three new cases of coronavirus in the county, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 43.

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How come during the coronavirus??? I'm not allowed to return to my home state of Kansas to my owned Three bedroom home that I paid all the property taxes and mortgage and utilities on still in Russell Kansas but instead I am forced to be banned from Kansas for life reporting public corruption involved with organize crime in 2018 ??? I'm severely disabled and I was INFORMED BY THE RUSSELL POLICE SERGEANT JORDAN HARRISON SPECIFICALLY DISABLED PEOPLE don't get the same rights as other people FOR REPORTING DRUG TRAFFICKING AND OTHER CRIMINAL ACTIVITY THAT RUSSELL COUNTY ATTORNEY DANIEL KRUG AND JUDGE MARTY CLARK ALONG WITH THE RUSSELL POLICE DEPT ARE USING AMANDA DAVIS TO LEAD SEVERAL PRIVATE CITIZENS IN CHANNELING $$$ BECAME AWARE OF IN 2018 where the RUSSELL COUNTY ATTORNEY IAnd therefore are banned from Kansas for reporting public corruption involved with organize crime because that is something that is not to be exposed to the public after they stole over $41,000 from me And now have cost me over $200,000 since 2018 as I still own my home in Kansas but I'm not allowed to return to it as I still pay all the mortgage and property taxes and utilities on it and have to pay somebody to stay there to keep the criminals from using the property for fraudulent crimes In the meantime I live in a 12 foot 1962 camper in seclusion in Montana for the rest of my life under threat to my life that I will be in prison if I ever return to Kansas or speak to anyone in Kansas and get caught by this Russell County Attorney Daniel Krug who wants to hold a private hearing with the Magistrate Judge Marty Clark who is married to Meridith Krug Clark. And in the Blackmail later I must pay a bribe to advantage Realty as it states in the letter whose wife that works there as a realtor is Meridith Krug Clark. It is now two years later in 2020 and I still refuse to pray to bribe Of relinquishing my house as a homeowner in Kansas even though I have had to relinquish all rights to Kansas and travel sets 2018 As I am determined To return home someday and sleep in my own bed in Russell Kansas like every other US citizen is allowed Except me because as the county attorney specifically states in this letter that I am severely disabled where I need a Power of Attorney But also says for the best interest of all parties involved A.k.a. meaning the people that are involved with the organize crime and public corruption including the county attorney himself because the county attorney as you can see in this letter is USING HIS HOME NEX-TECH CLASSIFIED EMAIL ADDRESS FROM his home email DISGUISED TO NOT BE TRACED as being official to blackmail me successfully so far by evicting me from the state but not so far by getting my home until he bankrupts me using His elected position disguised as being official but only for his own personal and financial gain add the judge that is related to him by marriage. THE FBI APPEARED TO BE QUITE INTERESTED WHEN I SHOWED THEM HUGE AMOUNT OF DIRECT EVIDENCE EVEN PROVING THAT A KBI SPECIAL AGENT DUSTIN SNODGRASS IS USING HIS POSITION ALSO BY EXPLOITING CHILDREN FOR KRUG TO COMMIT ADULT CRIMES FOR KRUGS PERSONAL AND FINANCIAL GAINS AND Provide A good cash flow to reward the ones involved at the same time keeping Krug and Clark in their elected positions as they have for over the last 20 years as this criminal activity didn't begin overnight this is hard to build up with many previous victims before me and after me that have been silenced the way that this letter has silenced me written by Krug himself NOTE FOR THE PEOPLE THAT CLAIM The charges will be dismissed if I obey the demands in the blackmail letter...... People that are for not familiar with Public corruption and organize crime that are saying there are charges that are going to be dismissed if I obey the blackmail demands... THERE ARE NO CHARGES !! THIS IS WHY THE RUSSELL COUNTY ATTORNEY DANIEL KRUG IS USING HIS HOME NEX-TECH email to send this letter to use his Elected position and resources in disguise May I repeat in disguise as looking official IF THE RUSSELL COUNTY ATTORNEY DANIEL KRUG WAS USING HIS OFFICIAL EMAIL IT SURE WOULDN'T BE FROM A NEX-TECH DOMAIN Also If this wasn't true then why is it Russell county attorney Daniel Krug speaking up about it why is he staying so secretively quiet and hiding from the public eye? If you want to attack Public corruption and organize crime Then all you have to do is publicize it because that is their worst nightmare and how you will know the ones that are involved in this huge organized criminal team of players are the ones who will complain about this post the most those are the ones that people need to pay attention to that why does it bother them so bad lol If it wasn't true then they would be trying to place lawsuits against me for slander but you don't see any of that except you see complaining that they don't want this publicized I want this publicized because I want the other victims that were silence like myself that have been coming forward from my being public to keep coming forward and contacting the FBI in Wichita Kansas and the Department of Justice in Washington DC PUBLICITY IS PUBLIC CORRUPTION/ ORGANIZED CRIME WORST FEAR
A friend asked me when and why the Mercury stopped running the restaurant inspection reports. I had no idea. So... inquiring minds are wondering...
No, he’s not welcome here.
You guys need to be a little more thorough....words mean things 🤷‍♂️🤣
Anyone heard about this?
I just called the Mercury to find out why I haven't received a paper yet. Temp driver forgot to leave a paper for me and all the Mercury can offer me is my Sunday paper delivered next Tuesday. Sorry I just renewed my subscription last week. Thankfully I only renewed for 3 months. That's the last straw Manhattan Mercury. Your customer service sucks and you can't seem to realize without customers buying your paper, you have no paper.
Hey, Manhattan Mercury publisher Ned Seaton, you are wrong in your linked OP/ED. Last night's melee at the KSU @ KU game is ALMOST ENTIRELY on KState players. Yes, Silvio De Sousa messed up big time, but THE FACT REMAINS that up to and including SDS' taunting technical the game was just that, another game. The bush league steal by Gordon with 8 seconds to go and trailing by 20+ points -- after being told by his coach "Don’t press. Don’t foul. Back off." -- actually started the chain of events. Without it, the game ends with De Sousa dribbling out the clock and no melee. Silvio's recovery and block of Gordon was all hoops. His standing over Gordon, who had fallen to the floor after his shot was blocked, was not smart and against the rules (he got the technical foul) but understandable in the circumstances. UP TO THAT POINT, if the KSU players keep their cool, NOTHING ELSE HAPPENS. BUT SLOAN and THREE (3) KSU players leave the bench to "come to the aid of Gordon", whose only real danger was the broken ego he had just endured after his bush league play. THAT was Escalation 1. The wall of KSU bench players and Sloan knock De Sousa down, that was Escalation 2. Silvio bouncing back up and throwing a punch at KSU's Sloan was Escalation 3. Injured and street clothed KSU player James Love III coming off the bench attacking Silvio fists flying was Escalation 4. Silvio falling over, finding the stool in his reach and standing up and raising it over his head before he finally drops it thanks to the efforts of your photographer Nick Oatley and KU ASSISTANT COACH JERRANCE HOWARD (not just "somebody else" as you wrote) was Escalation 5. That's 5 Escalation points, and 3 of them were created by KSU players, not De Sousa. That's not including the bush league steal by Gordon, contrary to his coach's orders, which actually started the whole chain of events. AT EVERY STAGE mature action by KSU players defuses last night. Didn't happen. Silvio screwed up, and he will pay. But he is far from the only person to blame for last night. Get your facts together, sir, and tell it like it was, not like you want it to be.
What a shame.
Why can’t my paper be delivered before 7 pm every night?
Thanks for finally delivering last Friday’s, last nights and today’s paper all three at once tonight. It’s almost a week old news hitting my box all one night. Good thing I have newsfeeds on the web from other media sources so I can see if it’s still relevant by the time your print news arrives. Great service huh? My advertising dollar budget will reflect the same results.
No paper tonight. Again.