The Topeka Capital-Journal

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Articles from August 28, 2016

Aggieville: Defining Manhattan's Business, Nightlife since 1889
The mere mention of Aggieville is likely to elicit a sigh and a smile from many Kansas State University alumi, even decades later. Just blocks from campus, the city's bar and entertainment district has been the center of shopping, dancing and yes, drinking, for...
Are QBs Worth All the Hype? ; Haskin: Ertz Likely to Keep Starting Job at Kansas State
The accepted theory that a football quarterback plays the most valuable position in all of team sports is actually debatable. It is sports. We can debate anything, and do so frequently. Quarterback is the most glorious position considering...
Big Brutus: So Big, 'You Have to See to Believe'
WEST MINERAL -- Like a mountain in the distance, Big Brutus rises above the Kansas horizon long before visitors are anywhere close it.This part of Kansas is coal mining country. And Big Brutus -- the world's largest electric shovel -- is the last...
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COWBOYS QB ROMO HAS BROKEN BONE IN BACK: Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett says quarterback Tony Romo has a broken bone in his back, and there is no timetable for his return. Garrett made the comments on Saturday during a conference call. He...
Cat Dragged in ; Another Big Flathead Hauled into Boat
Crazy things occasionally happen in the outdoor world. Generally, they don't happen to me and my outdoor activities, while enjoyable, don't tend to be out of the realm of ordinary. But what happened the last two weekends on fishing trips just...
City High School Cross Country Capsules
HAYDEN Coach -- Tony Estes. Top boys returners -- Sebastian Anguish, jr.; Ryan Klemz, jr.; Danny Madsen, jr.; Parker Ramirez, jr.; Robbie Schmidt, sr. Top boys newcomers -- James Gillan, fr.; Jackson Soza, fr. Boys...
Construction Projects Changing the Face of K-State
The Kansas State University campus has been dotted with construction orange for months, a visual symbol of the physical growth occurring there. Newly completed buildings include the Berney Family Welcome Center, the Wefald Hall and Dining Center,...
County Should Approve Bonds for Cyrus Hotel ; but Taxpayers Need Accessible Information about How Industrial Revenue Bonds Work
AIM Strategies is asking the Shawnee County Commission to issue $25.3 million in industrial revenue bonds for the downtown Cyrus Hotel. If this request is granted, the company will be eligible for a 10-year property tax abatement and an exemption from...
Don't Dismiss Old Workhorse before Getting It Checked Out
Dear Car Talk: Hi, Ray, I bought a '95 Chrysler Town and Country from my brother last year for $1,500. He had recently bought new tires and struts and some other part, so I basically reimbursed him for the recent work he had done and got the car for...
Emporia State Hosts Olympic Gold Medalist for Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive
An Olympic gold medalist will partner with Emporia State University for an effort to register potential bone marrow donors. Earl Young was a member of the 1960 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team that competed at the Rome Olympics. He earned a gold medal...
ESU's Reese Richards, Justin Brown Set to Return after Traumatic Injuries
Reese Richards and Justin Brown were confined to the sidelines with serious injuries that put their football careers on pause during Emporia State's record-breaking 2015 season. Richards, an H-back, suffered a fractured vertebrae in his neck during...
Fly through the Air
It took two years to plan, design and then carve the Wildwood Outdoor Adventure Park out of the Flint Hills. Just south of Manhattan, the park opened in 2015, with seven zip lines, hiking trails and a free-fall tower with a drop of about 45 feet. ...
Haskell Professor Wins Emmy for Tulsa Documentary
LAWRENCE -- Bond Love doesn't consider himself to be in famed documentary film maker Ken Burns' league, but they do share award hardware. Love was presented last month with an Emmy for his collaboration on a documentary on the history of Tulsa,...
Horoscopes
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Focus on partnerships. Getting along and working with people trying to achieve similar goals will pay off. Romance will improve your life and help you avoid loneliness. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Keep your distance. If someone...
It's Your Biz
Items for It's Your Business can be submitted online at http:// cjonline.com/business, by email to iyb@cjonline.com or by mail to The Topeka Capital-Journal, 616 S.E. Jefferson, Topeka, 66607. Items and photographs will run in print as space permits....
Jeff Miller Remembered by Loved Ones
In the morning hours of Aug. 20, a Topeka man named Jeff Miller was found dead in Lake Perry after an accident aboard his sailboat. He was 46 years old. He was a pilot, an outdoorsman, a scuba diver, an Eagle Scout -- he also was a son, a husband and...
Kansan Seeks Change after Finding Mutilated Deer ; Officials Say Depredation Permit a Key Management Tool
A Labette County man stumbled upon a startling scene this week on state property -- and now he is pushing for change. Robert Broadway, of Altamont, said he was walking down the road Aug. 23 near 17500 and Douglas Road on the Big Hill Wildlife...
Kansas ACT Scores Show Persistent Achievement Gap
Less than a third of Kansas' class of 2016 high-schoolers who took the ACT are likely to succeed in introductory college classes in English, algebra, social science and biology, as estimated by scores on the test. Nearly 24,500 Kansas students...
Kansas Libertarians Bullish on 2016, Pursue 'Major Party' Status for 2018
Buoyed by a likable presidential candidate, Kansas libertarians are confident they can swell their ranks this year in pursuit of an improved party status in 2018. "It's going to be a dynamite year for us, and that is mainly because of the Gary...
Kansas State Football Upgrades Create Community Draw
The 48-year-old Kansas State University Bill Snyder Family Stadium, with a current total of 27 consecutive sellouts, is undergoing massive improvements as part of six-phase master plan to upgrade the facility. The construction started in 2010,...
K-State Punter Walsh Looks to Get off on Right Foot in '16
MANHATTAN -- Kansas State punter Nick Walsh ranked No. 3 in the Big 12 Conference last season with a 41.6-yard average and was honorable mention all-conference. He wasn't pleased with his performance. "As far as my performance, I'm never...
Major Portion of Yellowstone River Closed
Aquatic nuisance species, fish diseases and other parasites are problematic, even catastrophic, for water bodies across the country.One has to look no further than the spread of zebra mussels from the Great Lakes region where they arrived to states'...
Manhattan, K-State: Stronger Together
The story of Manhattan's growing economy is rarely told these days without focusing on the $1.25 billion National Bio and Agro- Defense Facility. But Manhattan is a thriving community, and it would be a mistake to tie all of that success to NBAF,...
Manhattan Retail District Continues Growth
In the late 1980s, Manhattan's leadership made a decision, after contentious debate, to locate the city's new mall at the east end of the downtown. It was an era when retail areas were developing away from downtowns, and it began a mass exodus...
Manhattan's Development, Growth Span Two Counties
The Little Apple is one of the few cities in Kansas located in two counties, Riley and Pottawatomie. Manhattan's economic activity and growth is felt in both counties, but also along the US-24 highway corridor, where subdivisions and businesses are sprouting....
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ABILENE COWBOYS Coach: Steve Simpson (3rd year). Last year's record: 9-2 Postseason: lost in 4A I playoff quarterfinals. Returning starters: Offense (5), Defense (7). Top returners: Sam Burt, OT/DE, 6-5, 230,...
New IMAX Theater Expected to Draw Visitors to Manhattan
Topeka-area moviegoers seeking out the immersive atmosphere of an IMAX theater will no longer have to make the trip to Kansas City or Wichita to have their cinematic cravings filled. A 13-screen movie theater is opening in Manhattan this fall,...
New Manhattan Winery Celebrates Liquid Art
David Tegtmeier became fascinated with the chemistry of winemaking when he was 15 years old, and he planted his first vineyard soon after. Tegtmeier, a seventh-generation farmer, was the first in his family to plant a specialty crop, said his...
No. 5 Baker Lives Up to Ranking, Routs No. 6 Grand View to Start College Football Season
BALDWIN CITY -- Baker made an early NAIA statement Saturday, blowing out a top-10 team in its season opener. The No. 5 Wildcats, coming off an 11-2 season, defeated No. 6 Grand View 36-13 at Liston Stadium. Quarterback Logan Brettell and the Wildcats...
Northeast Kansas Happenings
PRAIRIE TALK -- John Sharp will present a free talk, "Col. Sam Wood: Saint or Sinner?" at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, in the 1915 barn at Pioneer Bluffs, 695 K-177 highway near Matfield Green. Sharp will discuss Wood's history and importance to the...
Outdoor Calendar: Beau Arndt Foundation Guided Youth Deer Hunts Next Weekend
AUGUST 31 -- Clay target games, 4 p.m., Cokeley Farms. Call 771-3817 for more info. SEPTEMBER 2 -- Reduced price sporting clays, Cokeley Farms. $31 for 100 targets. Call 771-3817 for more...
Out of the Woods ; Chiefs Smoke Bears for Team's First Preseason Win
All week long Kansas City Chiefs players and coaches alike said preparation for Saturday's preseason game against the Chicago Bears served as the dress rehearsal for the regular season. If that's the case, the team certainly looks ready for its opening...
Police Calls - August 27, 2016
POLICE CALLS People booked into the Shawnee County Jail in connection with felonies. Marie Michele Burt, 48, in connection with domestic battery, 8/ 26 Spencer Anthony Allen, 38, in connection with driving with a suspended license,...
Putin's Fleeting Moral Superiority
Remember when Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote a sanctimonious rant about U.S. foreign policy for The New York Times?"A Plea for Caution from Russia" was a manifesto against American exceptionalism, unilateralism and "military intervention in internal conflicts...
Serena Seeks Career Major No. 23 at Open
Despite everything that Serena Williams has won and done, her sense of self can still fluctuate based on the outcome of a particular match. It doesn't always seem to matter that she owns a record-tying 22 major singles titles heading into the...
Stormont Vail CEO Will Be Honored for Lifelong Contributions to Health Care
Stormont Vail Health's leader is being honored by the Kansas Hospital Association for lifelong contributions to health care. Randy Peterson, president and CEO of Stormont, will receive the Charles S. Billings Award, which recognizes distinguished...
Teams of Racers Compete in Tests of Mind and Body in Downtown Topeka
Success at the Downtown Adventure Race Topeka is about preparedness and focus, according to a member of the team that has won for three years running. "Going in the race, there are a lot of unknowns, and it's set up to test you and confuse you,...
Thriving Economy Creates Challenges ; Manhattan Area Technical College Trains to Fill Needs
Manhattan added about 6,600 jobs in the last decade, growth of more than 18 percent, and meeting workforce needs in the area is an important concern. In June, there were 2,000 jobs open in Manhattan and a 20-mile radius around the city, said...
Topeka Seniors Show You're Never Too Old to Love, Love Tennis
After 45 years as a strategic planning consultant, Vann Anderson has time in retirement to work on his own strategy: "Trying to figure out where to put it so they can't get it." The "it" is a tennis ball, which the 81-year-old picked up about a...
USD 501 Lays out Plan to Bolster ACT Efforts
Topeka Unified School District 501 saw an increase in students taking the ACT last school year and is planning efforts to boost participation further this year. Among 2016 seniors, 425 students took the ACT, rebounding from the previous year's...
Varsity Donuts: Satisfying Sweet-Tooth Cravings, Even Late ; Donuts: Varsity Truck Offers Other Items
In the top 20 list of "must haves" for college towns, a cool, open-late doughnut shop has to rank near the top. Five years ago, six business people realized Manhattan didn't have a doughnut store, and they pooled resources to open Varsity Donuts...
Visit State Parks Free Oct. 1, Courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas wants to send Kansans outdoors Oct. 1 at the state's 26 state parks. The company announced last week it will sponsor the Healthy Trails Adventure Day for the second year. "On Sat. Oct. 1, we are offering free admission...
With Two Plays, Consider Them Both
John Dewey, an education reformer, philosopher and psychologist, said, "The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action." A bridge deal is not something ready-made, but something in continuous...
You Can Drive 55
Manhattan's growing, thriving community has become a regional shopping and entertainment center, a sports draw with winning K- State teams and a national and even international player in biosciences with the upcoming National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility....
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