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.

In their first meeting of the year, Manhattan Airport Advisory Board members looked back at 2022 – which Airport Director Brandon Keazer says was marked by a return to consistency. The Regional Airport saw a return to 5 daily flights at the beginning of the year, and Keazer says the year was great for commercial enplanement numbers. “We finished the year with 73,962 enplanements,” Keazer says. “That is the second highest amount of enplanements that we’ve had on record.” That’s up significantly from 2021, which saw 57 thousand enplanements in Manhattan – though still a little behind the airport’s record…

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Manhattan has lost a pillar of the community with a heart made of love. Kenrick Waite, co-owner of The Little Grill and beloved local musician, has died. An outpouring of appreciation for the Montego Bay native has since flowed on social media, expressing both sadness and fond memories of the 69-year-old Muzizi band vocalist. Kenrick and his wife, Cathy, first opened The Little Grill in 2002 serving up a blend of Jamaican and American food that Kenrick called ‘Jam-merican’ according to the Dyer Road restaurant’s website. Waite moved to the United States by way of Mexico in 1998, having met…

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Manhattan City Commissioner Usha Reddi Thursday was selected by Democratic Party members to replace retiring State Sen. Tom Hawk by 23 to 19 vote. “Thank you everyone, I appreciate your support,” Reddi said following the vote. “I’m easily accessible, feel free to call me, text me — whatever you need, I’m working for you now.” A nine-year city commissioner, teacher at USD 383 and union leader, Reddi narrowly topped Riley County Democratic Party Chair Katie Allen for the nomination during a convention in the Flint Hills Discovery Center. “It was a very close race, it’s great to see that somebody…

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A former Manhattan restaurant owner charged with more than two dozen sex crimes now looks to a February sentencing after a Wednesday court appearance in Riley County District Court. 63-year-old Robert Iacobellis is accused of numerous counts of sexual assault and rape by four different people, three of whom were minors at the time. Iacobellis, the longtime owner of Bob’s Diner formerly on 3rd Street, was arrested on the charges in August of 2019. Iacobellis was set to be sentenced in August, having arranged an Alford plea deal with the prosecution in April 2022 – at the time represented by…

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The Manhattan City government reorganized Tuesday, with city commissioners unanimously confirming Mark Hatesohl to serve as mayor for the year 2023 as Linda Morse closes out her second term in the largely ceremonial position. By tradition, commissioners serving for four-year terms rotate the position among them in order of the number of votes cast in their name during the election. Hatesohl enters his second term as mayor, having previously held the position in 2008 during his prior time on the city commission. He was joined in celebrating the occasion by numerous members of his family. Also following tradition, Usha…

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News Radio KMAN · In Focus 1/3/22 – City of Manhattan, Tall Cop Says Stop Segment 1 – 00:00 Segment 2 – 21:54 Segment 3 – 33:30 Segment 4 – 37:07 Tuesday’s edition of In Focus welcomed guests from the City of Manhattan as well as the Manhattan Area Risk Prevention Coalition and USD 383. The bulk of the show centered around city officials, welcoming onto the program City Manager Ron Fehr, Mayor Linda Morse and Commissioner Mark Hatesohl. Manhattan’s city government meets this evening at 6 p.m. for a legislative session, during which the commission will reorganize along traditional…

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News Radio KMAN · KMAN On-Scene: New RCPD Dir. Brian Peete takes oath in Riley County Courthouse Judge Grant Bannister administered the oath of office for newly hired Riley County Police Department Director Brian Peete in the Riley County Courthouse on Friday, December 30, 2022. Follow these links for more on Peete’s hiring and contract. (1), (2). Peete is the 6th director in department history, coming to the county from Montpelier, Vermont, and is the first African American director in the agency’s history. Listen to the full ceremony above. See photos from the morning below: Judge Grant Bannister Friday administered…

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Manhattan City Manager Ron Fehr saw his contract renewed by city commissioners in December, though one member of the board thinks it’s time for a change in city administration. “I have some general issues with how the city was run last year,” says Commissioner Wynn Butler. The Commission on December 20 voted 4 to 1 to approve Fehr’s contract, with Butler the lone opponent. Fehr in 2023 will see his pay rise from about $174,000 to $192,000, a $17,000 increase that briefing documents indicate was ‘somewhat’ based on the city’s recent pay study – conducted by consultant A.G.H. L.C. out…

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Starting in January, parking regulations are set to change in the Aggieville Entertainment District. The first to go into effect focuses on street parking, and begins on Tuesday January 3rd says Manhattan Parking Services Manager Adrienne Tucker. “The three-hour limit on parking has been reduced to two hours,” she says. “And we will be enforcing parking through LPR or license plate recognition technology versus the traditional chalking method.” The two hour limit was settled on in a compromise between city and Aggieville representatives in 2022. Initially, on-street parking was to be limited to three hours with one hour free parking…

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Kansas State University will be relocating its indoor track facility from Ahearn Fieldhouse, following unanimous approval this week by the Kansas Board of Regents. The university had previously been approved to renovate the track, now looking to see the facility relocated to the existing indoor football practice building located at the K-State Athletics Complex on campus. The move is a result of decisions to demolish the Natatorium and Gymnasium buildings that adjoin Ahearn – part of an effort by K-State administration to reduce what they call underutilized and inefficient spaces. Ahearn Fieldhouse will remain in place amid the razing. The…

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