Author: Nick McNamara

Community and government broadcast journalist. 2019 1st place Kansas Association of Broadcasters Award winner in the medium market radio spot news category. Product of Kansas State University, Cal State Long Beach, and Los Angeles Pierce College. Reach me at Nick@1350KMAN.com.

K-State’s Johnson Cancer Research Center capped off a week of cancer research week events Saturday with the Ride for a Cure fundraiser ending at the Manhattan Arts Center. Attendance was lower than anticipated for the motorcycle ride amid rainy, thundering conditions in the morning, but a small group endured and set off riding North out of the rain to Olsburg before looping back through Leonardville and Riley on their return. “It was just beautiful,” says Christine Guillory, riding with friends and fellow members of the Women in the Wind motorcycle club. “Started off a little bit rough, but in the…

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A Geary County school was among three in Kansas to be recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools in 2022. Morris Hill Elementary is that school, now inducted in the NBRS Program’s 39th cohort. The announcement was released Friday by Gov. Laura Kelly’s office. The program is under the purview of the U.S. Department of Education, and the award is bestowed to schools based on their overall academic performance or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Morris Hill was recognized for exemplary high performance in serving its nearly 300 students, part of the Geary County USD 475 district.…

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State and local dignitaries were among about 100 people in attendance for the ceremonial groundbreaking of future Museum of Art in Light in Downtown Manhattan. Friday marked the official beginning of the $43 million facility’s construction, having jumped past a number of hurdles in securing financing via STAR bonds and receiving city approval to proceed. Read more here. “I could go on and on today, but what you need to recognize today in Manhattan is that we have become — and are becoming moreso — an oasis for the arts,” says Robert DeBruyn, the developer of the museum along…

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A fire caused by a mower prompted emergency response by Pottawatomie County fire crews Thursday afternoon. First responders were called to the vicinity of the intersection of Sales and Westmoreland Roads, South of Fostoria. Scanner traffic indicated the mower had caused a grass fire within 20 yards of a structure, though the reporting party was able to stomp it out before fire crews arrived. According to Pottawatomie County Fire Supervisor Jared Barnes, Westmoreland 7 Township Volunteer Fire Department responded and stayed on scene to ensure the fire was fully extinguished. Barnes noted that with grass as dry as it currently…

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A Topeka man was arrested early Sunday morning in Manhattan, accused of drug distribution as well as obstruction charges. Dennis Alcox was taken into custody by Riley County police after 1:40 a.m. on Sunday in the 600 block of 12th Street. The 36-year-old is charged with three separate counts, one for opioid distribution as well as one count each for disorderly conduct related to a fight as well as obstructing or resisting the execution of a warrant. Alcox was confined to the Riley County Jail as of Sunday on $10,000 bond. Police additionally made an arrest early Saturday morning for…

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News Radio KMAN · KMAN Interview – Sec. of State Scott Schwab Incumbent Sec. of State Scott Schwab stopped by the News Radio KMAN studio Friday morning. He spoke about his confidence for the general election a month out from his primary victory, the philosophy and ideals he carries with him in his role, what inspires him to serve and to run for re-election, as well election security and ways the office of the secretary can support new businesses and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Kansas State University leadership, faculty and students attended a community open forum in Manhattan Thursday morning, kicking off the first of a host of community visits around the State informing the university’s new strategic plan. This academic year, President Richard Linton and others from K-State will travel to nine different regions around Kansas to listen and learn about their ideas on how the university can better serve their communities as well as strengthen existing bonds and partnerships. “These community visits – you are the first, you are the guinea pig; you guys are the test, you are the experiment,” Linton…

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Members of NASA’s Earth Sciences Division capped off a week in Kansas with a Friday presentation at K-State detailing the administration’s work supporting agriculture and environmental research missions. Hosted by the College of Agriculture, multiple officials from the division spent the week meeting with local agriculture producers and industry advocates throughout Kansas as well as Nebraska amid droughts in the two Midwestern states and around the United States. Friday’s presentation was led by Dr. Karen St. Germain, director of the Earth Sciences Division located at NASA headquarters, with contributions from Water Resources and Agriculture Program Manager Dr. Brad Doorn. St.…

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Manhattan’s two middle school recreation centers will be reserved for youth activities for a few hours in the afternoon on school days, part of a new partnership between the city and the Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan beginning Monday. The Boys & Girls Club will utilize space in the facilities at Anthony and Eisenhower Middle Schools between 2:45 and 5:30 p.m. those days – otherwise remaining open to the public during normal hours on those days and all day on weekends and non-school days. The agreement will last at least through the end of the school year in 2023.…

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Riley County police made a trio of arrests in Manhattan after conducting a search warrant on Colorado Street. RCPD reported officers found what they called a significant amount of meth in a residence in the 1300 block of Colorado Thursday. Antwine Berry was taken into custody, accused of possession and distribution of meth within 1 thousand feet of a school. Kristanna Hill was arrested on charges of possession and probation violation. DeShawn Gosha was also taken into custody on a warrant out of Grandview Plaza for failure to appear. Police Thursday made numerous separate arrests as well, with three accused…

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