Author: Kate Kennedy

The Riley County Law Board met in Ogden Monday, with a number of local citizens turning out for the regularly scheduled monthly meeting. At least 50 concerned community members showed up, many of whom did so after receiving an anonymous flier in the mail encouraging people to attend. The Law Board, typically meets at Manhattan City Hall, but holds two meetings annually outside of the Little Apple, meeting also in September in Leonardville. This flier led many to believe the main topic of discussion would be the crime occurring around town, and Ogden resident Kirk Crabtree felt the person who…

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The Riley County Seniors’ Service Center was full of smiling, festive faces for their annual Thanksgiving dinner. Volunteers served up plates full of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, and pumpkin pie while the Center Singers sang some holiday tunes. RCSSC Director Liz Nelson had many thanks to give for everyone who showed up and made the day possible. She also shared some kind words to those who attended. Program Director Dane Schmidt said that his favorite part of events like this is the chance to socialize with the local seniors. Manhattan Resident Jane Boys echoed a similar sentiment. RCSSC also…

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Manhattan Area Technical College officially broke ground on the first of four phases as part of their ‘Building HIRE Education’ plan. The new Advanced Technology Center will replace the inadequate modular units that are currently in use on campus. MATC President Jim Genandt explained more about this brand new facility. This expansion will also allow younger students to have greater access to the school’s resources as well. Kansas Board of Regents Vice Chair Carl Ice praised the project and said these advancements will allow local businesses to thrive and encourage others to move to the area as well. Manhattan Tech…

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November 6th through the 12th is Kansas Mobility Week, and ATA Bus is removing all fare costs during this time. That was ATA Bus Marketing and Communications Specialist Daphne McNelly on last week’s InFocus. McNelly says everyone is encouraged to take advantage of these services and recommends using this opportunity to ride fare-free to your local polling station for Election Day. Additionally, the organization will be raffling off some special prizes as a way to celebrate the week. A full list of bus routes and schedules can be found at the ATA Bus website.

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The Riley County Law Board has named Brian Peete as the new director for the Riley County Police Department in a 7-0 vote at a special meeting Monday. That was Riley County Law Board Vice Chair Robert Ward. Board Chair Linda Morse said that Monday’s special meeting served as a simply decision announcement, and there are more details that need to be worked out before Peete officially begins work. Morse extended her thanks to all of those who have been a part of this process. All of the commissioners agreed this was a hard decision to make. Board Member…

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A brand-new and bright-orange butterfly now adorns the Butterfly Lane street sign on K-State’s campus. Butterfly Lane was renamed Friday to Wefald’s Butterfly Lane in honor of the late Jon Wefald, lover of Monarch Butterflies and former K-State University President. President Richard Linton hosted the dedication ceremony and shared more about Wefald’s admiration for the dainty, orange insect. Linton also said he greatly admired Wefald and will be forever thankful for his guidance and support. During his tenure, Wefald had a significant impact on the university. In addition to being president, Wefald was also a dedicated and loving father. Andy…

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Local parishioners are excitedly awaiting the reopening of their beloved St. Isidore’s Catholic Church and Student Center after a year and a half of on-going construction. Father Gale Hammerschmidt said renovations began in the spring of 2021 to address the long-running issue of lack of appropriate space.  He also said this process has been long and challenging at times, but applauds his community’s resilience throughout.  Hammerschmidt  expressed tremendous gratitude towards K-State’s Alumni Center for allowing them to utilize their space while the church has been out of commission.  The church will host an opening celebration at the end of January,…

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The Manhattan Fire Department wrapped up their fire prevention week with family-friendly activities at their annual open house.  Community members flocked to the Headquarters Fire Station to ride Old Engine 1, practice using real fire hoses, watch real fire demonstrations and more.  MFD Captain Dan Newton explained more about the focus of this year’s fire prevention week: “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape” .  Battalion Chief of Training Jason Hudson said this week was a great success and they were able to reach out and work with a variety of groups and people across town. Hudson said he hopes people…

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That was Crisis Center Inc. Executive Director Kathy Ray officially announcing the opening of their new safe shelter. While the shelter was completed back in July, the announcement was made Tuesday at the center’s thank you reception inside the College Avenue United Methodist Church. The thank you reception was held to honor and recognize all of the partners and volunteers who made the project possible. Ray said that because of all of these people’s hard work, many others were able to receive much-needed help from the new shelter. Center Volunteer Cara Bilyew was one of the individuals honored, and she…

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The historic Wareham Opera House is now under new ownership. The new owner, Wareham Hall Inc., was formed back in March of this year. According to an October 7th press release, the organization officially purchased the building back on September 23rd. Wareham Inc. Co-Founder Blade Mages spoke about how this project came about. Mages said he has high hopes for the project and plans on Wareham becoming a highly versatile venue. Additionally, Mages has found the support from the community to be both surprising and encouraging. As of now, the project is in the early stages of planning and fundraising.…

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