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September 18

The 2015 Junction City and Geary County budgets have been approved by the respective commissioners. As the budgets were being reviewed and discussed for approval, the common measurement and concern with the budget impact to us was the mill levy.

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September 11

Junction City now will start enforcing its new ordinance on using handheld devices while driving, and it’s something motorists in Junction City and Geary County should stay ahead of the game to adhere to.

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September 06

A few mornings ago, I walked outside to head to work and noticed a pair of crows mingling near a trash can, cawing at anything — or anyone — who came near.

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September 01

Even before the gubernatorial election campaign kicks off in earnest at the State Fair debate Saturday, the issue of K-12 education appears to be clear or at least outlined well enough by both Republican Gov.

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September 01

School is off and running — we are having fun, and things are flowing very smoothly so far; we wouldn’t have it any other way, of course. When we think about getting the year started and what it entails, I think it’s important for us to all know how vital our transportation department

Housing data hits Wall Street; S&P has worst day since August 5
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks closed lower on Monday, with the S&P 500 suffering its biggest one-day decline since early August, as the latest housing data came in much weaker than expected, raising new concerns about the rate of growth in the economy...
Apple sells more than 10 million new iPhones in first three days
(Reuters) - Apple Inc said it sold more than 10 million iPhones in the first weekend after its new models went on sale on Friday, underscoring strong demand for phones with larger displays...
New Jersey hiker killed by black bear : police
(Reuters) - A man hiking in a heavily wooded area of northern New Jersey was killed by a black bear during the weekend, police said on Monday, in what experts called an extremely rare attack...
Qatar adamant it will host 2022 World Cup despite doubts
BERLIN (Reuters) - Qatar remained adamant it would host the 2022 soccer World Cup despite a FIFA Executive Committee member suggesting on Monday that the tournament would have to move because of scorching temperatures...
U.S. SEC to pay $30 million-plus in largest whistleblower award
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An anonymous tipster living abroad will be receiving more than $30 million, in the largest whistleblower award ever doled out by U...
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City and County reveals new monument

September 19
The new Veterans MIA and POW monument at Heritage Park was revealed during a ceremony yesterday. The monument was set up in time for National MIA and POW Day.
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Crash! Gesundheit

September 19
A sneeze supposedly was the cause of a collision Friday afternoon.
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The life of a single parent can be hard

September 19
While single parents have been around for as long as children, the "typical" single-parent household may be something of a myth. Death, separation and divorce, adoption, deployment and fostering, all
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#WhippingChildhoodCancer

September 19
September is nationally recognized as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
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Annual drug takeback day scheduled Saturday

September 23
TOPEKA — Law enforcement officers across the state will be collecting unused leftover medications for safe disposal on Saturday. The collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse....Full Story»
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Fort Riley plans fall carnival

September 22
FORT RILEY — The 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley will welcome the fall season with its annual Fall Carnival. The carnival is scheduled from Oct. 2 to 5 and Oct....Full Story»
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JC wants more signage

September 22
Junction City continues to look for signs. The discussion of erecting signs to guide visitors to Junction City’s points of interest continued during Monday’s city and county joint session....Full Story»
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US launches first airstrikes in Syria

September 22
SURUC, Turkey — The United States and partner nations launched their first airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, as fighting raged Monday between the extremist group and Kurdish forces near the border with Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees....Full Story»
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Police investigating report of possible shots fired

September 22
Junction City Police are investigating the report of shots fired in the 800 block of South Washington Street Monday evening. Police were dispatched to the area shortly after 8:30 p....Full Story»
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Westbound K-18 ramp on I-70 to be resurfaced

September 21
The westbound Interstate 70 ramp carrying traffic onto K-18 northbound will receive a high-friction surface treatment beginning the evening of Sept. 23, when the ramp surface will be shot-blasted, preparing it for an overlay....Full Story»

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Chiefs relishing must-win victory over Miami

September 23
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The sense of relief at One Arrowhead Drive was palpable. The first nine games last season were followed by what Chiefs coach Andy Reid calls "Victory Monday.
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Former Titans kicker Bironas killed in car crash

September 21
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rob Bironas, who worked his way through odd jobs and the Arena Football League before becoming one of the NFL’s most accurate kickers, died in a car crash.
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No. 20 K-State loses 20-14 to No. 5 Auburn

September 19
MANHATTAN — Bill Snyder will be having nightmares about the No. 3. As in three drive-killing turnovers, all of them costly. As in three missed field goals, all by the kid wearing — you guessed
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