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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

U.S. Treasury moves against tax-avoidance 'inversion' deals
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Moving against tax avoidance by corporations, the Obama administration took several actions on Monday to curb "inversion" deals that allow companies to escape high U...
Ebola could strike 20,000 in six weeks, 'rumble on for years': study
GENEVA (Reuters) - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect 20,000 people as soon as early November unless rigorous infection control measures are implemented, and might "rumble on" for years in a holding pattern, researchers said on Tuesday...
Afghanistan's Karzai slams U.S., Pakistan in farewell speech
KABUL (Reuters) - Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday blamed the United States for his country's long war, a final swipe at the country that helped bring him to power 13 years ago but towards which he has become increasingly bitter...
U.S. attack on IS targets in Syria "will be answered" - fighter
BEIRUT, Sept 23 (Reuters) - An Islamic State fighter said on Tuesday the group will respond to U.S.-led air strikes inside Syria and blamed Saudi Arabia for allowing them to happen...
Chinese court jails Uighur scholar for life for separatism
BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court on Tuesday jailed for life the country's most prominent advocate for the rights of Muslim Uighur people, a sentence that rights advocates said sent a clear signal that the government is determined to suppress dissent...
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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.
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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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Delivering Change: Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies receives another big grant

September 23
Geary Community Hospital Foundation recently received a large amount of change to spread the organization throughout Riley County. Delivering Change: Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies, has received an $85,000 HRSA rural development grant from the March of Dimes foundation....Full Story»
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Geary Community Hospital adopts task management system

September 23
A new system implemented at Geary Community Hospital could help keep hospital staff on task. A system called SQSS was first introduced to Geary Community Hospital 18 months ago, when the systems creator Darlene Bainbridge, had already been developing the software for roughly six years....Full Story»
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Lamb Chop adds "teacher" to résumé

September 23
The C.L. Hoover Opera House in Junction City is in the presence of greatness as the famous puppet Lamb Chop and her trusty side-kick, Mallory Lewis, steady their nerves before performing to a packed auditorium....Full Story»
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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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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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