Author: AJ Shaw

Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, AJ joined KMAN in the Summer of 2023 and is currently a news/sports reporter, producer and host of Scoreboard Saturday. You can contact AJ at aj@1350kman.com.

USD 475 Board of Education announced on Friday that they have approved the hiring of Kimbre Smice as the new principal at Fort Riley Elementary. Smice is set to take over for longtime principal Kenny Upham who was recently named the academy principal of Business, Public Service and Hospitality Academy at Junction City High School. Smice has been in the district since 2011, working at Fort Riley Middle School and Seitz Elementary. She has previously worked at Fort Riley Elementary and is currently at Ware Elementary. She graduated from Illinois State in 2011 and received her masters from K-State in…

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Dension Avenue will be closing down on Monday for at least the next two weeks between Anderson and Claflin. Crews hope to have the project completed by Thursday Jul. 25 as a concrete base is repaired followed by some paving. The official detour will be Sunset Avenue from Anderson to Claflin. Denison concrete repairs will also be getting underway today as Anderson and Bluemont will be milled from 11th Street to Harris Drive. Work is expected to last until Friday Aug. 9. Anderson and Bluemont will not be fully closed during this work, but there will be a shifting of…

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On Thursday’s edition of The Game, Dylan Edwards has come out to discuss his journey to K-State. Then in Hour 2, former K-State football players Eric Wolford, Curry Sexton and Zach Nemechek join the program to discuss No Stone Unturned.

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The names of the four finalists for Manhattan City Manager have been released to the public. The candidates will be Jacob Wood, Jamie Miller, Jason Gage and Danielle Dulin. The four finalists will be coming to Manhattan on Jul. 22 to meet with city residents at the Flint Hills Discovery Center from 4:30 to 6 as they’ll answer questions from the public. All four candidates have lengthy experiences working in city government. Mr. Wood has more than 15 years of experience in local government, including more than 10 years in senior leadership positions. Currently, he serves as the Deputy City…

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Two men were injured in an accident in Geary County on Wednesday evening. Geary County Sheriff’s Deputies responded just 5 pm to I-70 in the eastbound lane near the exit ramp at milemarker 303 to find a two-vehicle injury accident. Edward Huddlestun of Manhattan was at the stop sign at the intersection for Clarks Creek and the K-18 bypass when his motorcycle was hit by a 2016 Ford Fusion driven by Clayton Southers of Lost Springs. Both vehicles were damaged causing them to both be disabled. Both men were injured and transported to Stormont Vail for their injuries. The status…

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Wabaunsee County Sheriff’s were alerted on Wednesday to a possible exploitation of a child. Detectives and deputies from the Sheriff’s Office responded to the report in the 400 block of East 1st Street in Eskridge on Wednesday where they made contact with 24-year-old Manuel Bailey of Eskridge. Following a further investigation, deputies took Bailey custody on a charges of aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated child endangerment. Bailey was transported to the Wabaunsee County Jail where he is currently confined on a bond of $100,000. At this time, the child remains reportedly safe and the case remains under…

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On Wednesday’s edition of The Game, the guys explain why Lance Leipold did not inherit a harder job than Bill Snyder. Also, comments from Avery Johnson on Big 12 Media Day and nominations for the 5th annual Gameys!

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Pottawatomie County ECODEVO provided an update on Wednesday on the closure of Caterpillar in Wamego. Executive director Shanna Goodman announced that a regional task force convened earlier in the week to discuss the ramifications of the closure and strategize moving forward. In the task force’s plan, they look to find support for affected workers and market the facility being left open by Caterpillar. The task force has also been in contact with state and federal officials to ensure they leverage all available resources. Goodman says these discussions have been productive. Caterpillar announced on Jun. 6 that it intends to leave…

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As primary elections near, Riley County Clerk Rich Vargo is reminding residents to get registered to vote for the Aug. 6 primary election. “The voter registration deadline for the primary is Jul. 16,” Vargo said. “If you want to vote in Riley County, you need to make sure you’re registered in the county. We’ve had several college kids drop ballots off from different counties in the past.” Advanced voting then gets started the following day at 110 E. Courthouse Plaza with voting allowed from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until noon on Friday and…

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Geary County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating the theft of a 4-wheeler. Deputies responded just prior to 6 p.m. on Tuesday to the 500 block of Airport Road in Junction City Airport in reference to a stolen 4-wheeler that was used to damage fields around the area between K-57 highway at mile marker 6 and Elm Dale Road. The case remains under investigation at this time.

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