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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

Kentucky firefighter dies after ice bucket challenge accident
LOUISVILLE KY. (Reuters) - A Kentucky firefighter who was severely injured a month ago while helping college students take part in an "ice-bucket" fundraiser died on Saturday from his injuries, authorities said...
NASA spacecraft approaches Mars to seek answers to lost water
CAPE CANAVERAL Fla (Reuters) - A NASA spacecraft designed to investigate how Mars lost its water is expected to put itself into orbit around the Red Planet on Sunday after a 10-month journey...
U.S. immigration protesters drop U.S. border blockade plan
DALLAS (Reuters) - A plan by U.S. protesters against illegal immigration to block traffic at more than a dozen border crossings in the southwest on Saturday was canceled after organizers said they received online threats from Mexican drug cartels...
Pope names moderate as Chicago archbishop, key role in U.S. Church
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in his first major appointment in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United States, on Saturday named Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago...
Brown says London must keep promise to Scotland as political truce ends
EDINBURGH/LONDON (Reuters) - Former prime minister Gordon Brown urged British leaders on Saturday to keep their promise to grant further powers to Scotland after it voted to remain in the United Kingdom, as a consensus between London's main parties evaporated...
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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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Delivering Change: Healthy moms, Healthy babies receives large chunk of change

September 18
Much like a healthy baby, Geary County’s Delivering Change program continues to grow.
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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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Washington Elementary commemorates legacy of Walker

September 19
No matter who you talk to, Lorraine Walker left an impression on the people she came into contact with every day. "She was always so positive, and that really rubbed off on everyone here at the school....Full Story»
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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....Full Story»
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Former minister waits for sentence appeal

September 19
Former Faith Tabernacle Apostolic music director Jordan Young still is waiting for a plea bargain on his sentence. ...Full Story»
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Crash! Gesundheit

September 19
A sneeze supposedly was the cause of a collision Friday afternoon. ...Full Story»
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Grandview Plaza, Junction City receive state funding for road projects

September 19
TOPEKA — Junction City and Grandview Plaza are among several cities in Kansas who have received state money for road improvement projects. The city of Junction City has received $200,000 through the City Connecting Links (KLINK) program for milling and overlaying U....Full Story»

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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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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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