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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

Eight bodies found after attack on Guinea Ebola education team
CONAKRY (Reuters) - Eight bodies, including those of three journalists, were found after an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday...
New evacuations ordered as California wildfire doubles in size
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - More residents of Northern California mountain communities were told to leave their homes on Thursday after an out-of-control wildfire doubled in size overnight, scorching more than 100 square miles of drought-parched timber and brush...
Kurds issue call to arms as Islamic State gains in Syria
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria on Thursday after seizing 21 villages in a major assault, prompting a call to arms from Kurds in neighboring Turkey who urged followers to go and help resist the group's advance...
JetBlue flight makes emergency landing at California airport, four hurt
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Four people were injured on Thursday when a JetBlue plane carrying 147 people made an emergency landing at the Long, Beach, California, airport, because of an engine issue, an airport spokeswoman said...
Russia's Putin says sanctions violate principles of WTO
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Western sanctions against Russia violated the principles of the World Trade Organization and the main way to combat them was to develop the domestic market...
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Alta Vista park welcomes new exhibit

September 18
ALTA VISTA — Ag Heritage Park is welcoming a new exhibit, along with the traditional corn-picking demonstrations, as part of the Old Settler’s Day activities in Alta Vista Sept.
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Mary's Story

September 18
Purple backpack? Check. Hair up in a perfect braid? Check. First day of kindergarten nerves brewing? Only within Mom. Kimberly Easterling’s morning begins as smoothly as one could expect —
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The truth about flu vaccinations

September 17
Coughing, sneezing, runny noses — oh my.
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New Dollar General receives go-ahead

September 16
Commissioners gave the go-ahead for the final plat of the Dollar General Store on Sixth Street and Garfield Street. The development agreement involves the final plat and a release of easement for a storm
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USD 475 continuing implementing STEM grant

September 18
Unified School District 475 is continuing to prepare to equip every third through fifth grade students with a laptop to enhance learning in and out of the classroom through a $2....Full Story»
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Delivering Change: Healthy moms, Healthy babies receives a large chunk of change

September 18
Much like a healthy baby, Geary County’s Delivering Change program continues to grow. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has been awarded a $3....Full Story»
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Milford Lake under split algae warning

September 18
MILFORD — Milford Lake has been issued a split decision concerning the presence of blue-green algae, Kansas Department of Health and Environment officials announced Thursday....Full Story»
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Ware Elementary School to host back to school event

September 18
FORT RILEY — Ware Elementary School teachers will welcome parent and students on Back to School Night Sept. 25. Ware Elementary students and their parents are invited to come to the school from 5:25 to 7 p....Full Story»
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RCPD make drug arrest

September 18
Manhattan police arrested a Manhattan man for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine. Matthew Sundgren, 30, was arrested at approximately 9:38 p.m. Wednesday in the 7600 block of Ceder Creek Road in Manhattan, which is located in Pottawatomie County....Full Story»
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Eureka Rodeo Queen helping others learn about horses, riding

September 18
Instead of talking about her personal achievements with horses, Eureka Rodeo Queen Shayla Lowry insists on crediting her mount for the titles and accomplishments they’ve had as a working team....Full Story»

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Lady Jays focus on improvement as season progresses

September 18
Going winless isn’t something that’s planned. It’s the opposite of the goal. But coach Tim Hickert and the Lady Jays tennis team know that it’s not the end of the world.
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Auburn, K-State have early chance to make statement

September 18
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State coach Bill Snyder was busy revolutionizing the spread offense, and the idea of a run-pass quarterback, at college football’s highest level during the 1990s.
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Lady Jay tennis finishes third at Chapman quad

September 16
CHAPMAN — The Junction City ladies tennis team grabbed four wins on their way to a third place finish Monday at the Chapman quad. "I thought it was a good experience for us," head coach Tim Hickert
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