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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

Chagrined NFL teams bow to pressure on domestic abuse cases
(Reuters) - Another National Football League player was arrested on domestic violence allegations hours after two teams succumbed to public pressure and suspended players enmeshed in similar cases on Wednesday...
South Carolina father accused of killing kids feared them: report
CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - The man accused of killing his five children in South Carolina and dumping their bodies in Alabama feared that they were going to chop him up and feed him to the dogs, a local television station reported, citing arrest records...
House votes to arm Syrian rebels
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama's plan on Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants...
Wall Street edges higher after Fed; Dow sets record
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks edged higher in volatile trading on Wednesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve renewed its pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time" and repeated concerns over slack in the labor market, standing firm against calls to overhaul its policy statement...
Divided, Scots prepare to vote on fate of the United Kingdom
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Just hours before Scotland's independence referendum, the fate of the United Kingdom rests on hundreds of thousands of wavering Scottish voters, as opinion polls showed supporters of the 307-year union just a whisker ahead of secessionists...
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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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