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.

Riley County Health officials are encouraging parents to get their children up-to-date with recommended vaccines and boosters, with FDA and CDC guidance rolling out in the past week authorizing the use of a single Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine booster dose for kids ages 5 through 11. Children in that age range are now eligible to receive a booster if five months have passed since a previous vaccine dose. Currently, Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine authorized for young kids. Local Health Officer Julie Gibbs says Summer is a great time to get caught up on immunizations, saying over 18 million doses…

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News Radio KMAN · In Focus 5/16/22: Historical Riley County Lodgings and Hotels Segment 1 – 00:00 Segment 2 – 12:52 Segment 3 – 26:02 Segment 4 – 39:03 Monday’s episode of In Focus featured KMAN’s monthly visit with the Riley County Historical Museum. Executive Director Allana Parker joined the program and discussed the long history of temporary housing, hotels and resorts in the Riley County – Manhattan area. Throughout the program, Parker shared information on amenities and activities offered at various lodging options throughout the years including the Manhattan House Hotel and Adams House Hotel, the Eureka Lake Hotel…

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News Radio KMAN · In Focus 5/12/22: Fort Riley, Manhattan Housing Authority Segment 1 – 00:00 Segment 2 – 12:01 Segment 3 – 23:34 Segment 4 – 35:57 Thursday’s edition of In Focus included guests from Fort Riley and the 1st Infantry Division as well as the Manhattan Housing Authority. In segment 1, Maj. Scott Roett and Maj. Robert Castor joined the show to discuss Big Red One Year of Family, specifically focusing on the social and emotional dimensions of strength. Segment 2 featured Linda Ward of the Garrison Safety Office at Fort Riley and Lori Moriarty of the Kansas…

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The Flint Hills Discovery Center celebrated 10 years in Manhattan Thursday with cake, giveaways, traditional Flint Hills music by Derrick Doty and Melissa Atchison, and the ever-popular balloon drop made popular at its family-friendly New Years Eve events. The FHDC was a product of the City of Manhattan’s South End Redevelopment beginning in 2007. The center was the tourist attraction that opened the door for Sales Tax and Revenue (STAR) bonds to be awarded for downtown redevelopment in the district. STAR bonds are a mechanism through which cities can divert largely State shares of sales tax collections from a specified…

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On its 110th anniversary Saturday, the Polly Ogden Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution unveiled a new historic marker on Linear Trail to recognize the contributions and history of the Indigenous peoples of Manhattan and the Flint Hills. The Polly Ogden Chapter is Manhattan’s local National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) affiliate, founded April 9, 1912 by Elizabeth Hoyt Purcell who named the chapter for her great-grandmother. The NSDAR was founded in 1890, a non-partisan volunteer women’s service organization with a mission to promote patriotism and preserve American history. Members are able to trace their lineage…

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The City of Manhattan looks to April 19 to finalize amended redevelopment plans for the city’s Downtown STAR bond district to account for a private Art and Light Museum proposed to be built at the corner of Pierre and 3rd Street. Manhattan City Commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved the amended redevelopment plan on first reading as well as overturning the Historic Resources Board’s (HRB) vote to deny the project authorization to move forward. “We have expected a development on this piece of property, this area, for a long time – for over 20 years,” says Mayor Linda Morse. “It’s finally come…

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After a late night in Topeka Friday, most of Manhattan’s State legislative delegation stopped by the Manhattan Public Library Saturday afternoon for the League of Women Voters mid-term legislative forum. Sen. Tom Hawk as well as Reps. Sydney Carlin, Mike Dodson and Ron Highland were in attendance for the event, also sponsored by the American Association of University Women and Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce. The four talked about a variety of topics of interest in this legislative session. Following opening statements by the lawmakers, they were given 90 seconds to respond to an assortment of questions curated by the…

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A local entrepreneur will be speaking at the 2022 Kansas Minority Business (KMB) Summit in April. Sheila Ellis-Glasper is the founder of SEG Media Collective, a marketing agency based in Manhattan that provides a host of services from social media strategizing and management to IT consulting and brand design. Ellis-Glasper is also the founder and president of the Black Entrepreneurs of the Flint Hills, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to aid Black business owners in the region in streamlining and strengthening their firms. Ellis-Glasper is among at least 18 different individuals who will be speaking or presenting at this…

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Two people were injured in Manhattan after shots were fired in a Sunday morning domestic altercation, according to Riley County police. 37-year-old Ryan Powell was arrested after the incident on two counts of aggravated battery and assault, as well as three counts of aggravated endangerment of a child. Powell is accused of firing shots Sunday in the 3000 block of Kimball Ave., hitting a 23-year-old man in the leg and grazing a 21-year-old woman. The two victims’ injuries were treated at Ascension Via Christi. The woman has been released, the man was transported to Stormont Vail in Topeka for further…

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K-State Student Union’s Forum Hall was host Saturday to Sanskriti, an event celebration Indian culture with an assortment of performances. The annual outing is organized by the Indian Students Association at Kansas State, featuring diverse art, music and dance from across the 28 States and 8 territories of India. Performances included classical dance by the Nartan Academy of Dance, founded in Overland Park in 1998, Odissi dance originating from the Eastern State of Odisha, a dance arrangement set to an medley of Bollywood songs and more. The celebration ended with a fashion show, highlighting the styles of different Indian States.…

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