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October 25

New hires should be made quickly, efficiently With a timetable now established for when Junction City officials plan to interview and select a new permanent city manager, city officials should keep in mind a decision needs to be made quickly, yet efficiently, to ensure the best possible future for Junction

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October 18

Last week, several of us at The Daily Union had the opportunity to attend the Montgomery Family Symposium at the University of Kansas, an annual event that provides additional learning opportunities for journalists in the state of Kansas.

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October 14

This same-sex marriage business has gotten very complicated and very political very quickly, hasn’t it? When you sit down and think it through, it’s probably this superior sovereignty business that makes it complicated.

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October 14

To the Editor: Some men and women seek offices such as state representative or other high office while others live their lives quietly, doing their jobs, helping their neighbors and serving their community, state and nation in ways that are far less public and glamorous, until they are called to serve

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October 06

To the editor: I plan to support Paul Davis and Jill Docking in their bid to unseat the current Gov. Sam Brownback. I believe Paul Davis can bring the right measure of cooperation and bipartisanship to the governor’s office.

Sanctions bind Russia's energy elite to Putin
MOSCOW (Reuters) - An offer by Gazprom to help rival Rosneft salvage an Arctic oil project shows how tightly sanctions have bound Russia's political and business elite together in the Ukraine crisis - an unintended consequence of the West's punitive measures...
UPDATE 8-Unmanned U.S. supply rocket for space station explodes on liftoff
(Adds comments about unknown cause of failure, adequate supplies; concerns about Russian engines in U...
UPDATE 2-Execution in Texas comes as U.S. capital punishment drop
(Adds U.S. Supreme Court halting execution in Missouri in paragraph 3-4)
Molten lava from Hawaii volcano crosses onto residential property
PAHOA Hawaii (Reuters) - A menacing river of molten lava that bubbled over a road and overran a cemetery on its way towards a village on Hawaii's Big Island crossed onto a residential property on Tuesday and threatened to consume its first home, officials said...
Around 100,000 Hungarians rally for democracy as internet tax hits nerve
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - About 100,000 Hungarians rallied on Tuesday night to protest at a planned tax on data traffic and the broader course of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government they saw as undermining democracy and relations with European Union peers...
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Leasing, not selling, after all

October 28
When it comes to the former Jupiter building, Junction City Commissioners said they have the best interest of taxpayers in mind. During a special City Commission session Monday evening, they decided
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JC's full-service station saying goodbye

October 28
Jim’s 66, an icon in Junction City, is saying goodbye. "He’s the last full-service gas station in town," said Nancy Slaten, who stopped in to have both her vehicles thoroughly checked before
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130th Field Artillery Brigade reactivates in Manhattan

October 25
MANHATTAN — The thunderous boom of three 75mm pack howitzers firing shook the ground and filled the air with smoke, officially signifying the return of a historic Kansas National Guard unit, as
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Recognizing Opera House volunteers

October 24
The C.L. Hoover Opera House held its sixth annual Volunteer Appreciation Event Oct. 21. This year’s event featured catered food, as well as tickets to the evening’s performance by the band
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Joint operation to validate flight landing strip

October 24
FORT RILEY — United States Army soldiers assigned to the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley and airmen assigned to the United States Air Force will conduct joint training for certification of
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Bicyclist collides with vehicle

October 24
A bicyclist was hit by a vehicle Friday on Washington Street. Isaiah Winder was riding a friend’s bike on the sidewalk when Alba Aguirre accidentally sideswiped him, pinning his foot underneath
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Walk to be held in memory of Walker

October 30
A community peace walk in memory of the late Lorraine Walker, former principal of Washington Elementary School, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Nov....Full Story»
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A chance at more money

October 30
More money soon could be on the way for Geary Community Hospital — nearly $700,000. Out of an estimated 1,200 hospitals, only 100 were able to reach part two of Meaningful Use, a national program designed to encourage hospitals to acquire electronic health records in three separate stages....Full Story»
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JCPD sets trick or treating time

October 29
Child safety always is a priority, especially on Halloween night. The Junction City Police Department has set trick or treating time from 6 to 8 p.m....Full Story»
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Geary County Health Assessment shows results

October 29
The Geary County Community Health Assessment has collected information Junction City and Geary County can work with. Geary Community Hospital Marketing Director Harold Marion presented the assessment results Monday during the Joint City and County Commission meeting....Full Story»
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JC announces fall leaf collection program

October 29
For those needing to dispose of pesky leaves from their yards, Junction City once again is hosting its leaf collection/dropoff program. Starting Monday, and continuing through Nov....Full Story»
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Chapman's upcoming musical

October 28
CHAPMAN — What does the French Riviera have in common with Chapman? ...Full Story»

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Blue Jays focus on Wichita North as playoffs loom

October 30
It’s all about staying disciplined. The Junction City Blue Jays (6-2 overall, 2-0 district) already have secured their place in the playoffs, with a home game scheduled against an as-yet unnamed
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Royals rout Giants 10-0 to force Game 7 in Series

October 29
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The raucous roar at Kauffman Stadium swelled with every batter in the second inning and then got louder the rest of the night. As bouncers rolled by infielders and bloops dropped
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Boys finish second at regionals, qualify for state

October 27
It’s been a long, grueling season, but it all comes down to this. Saturday, the Junction City cross country team competed at regionals in Manhattan. The boys’ team were the regional runner-up,
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