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Online learning takes dedication and commitment. In exemplifying those qualities Crystal Ritz, a recent Army retiree who now lives in Manhattan, earned the 2020 K-State Global Campus Extraordinary Student award and the 2020 Outstanding Professional Online Student Award.

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Volunteer Dawne Hargrove, left, and Dennis Dennings with the Open Door fills to-go cups with chicken soup and chili during the annual chili cook-off fundraiser Saturday. Mickie Davies, Open Door director said the even raised just over $500, which will benefit the Open Door homeless shelter, …

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LaFarris Risby set out to write her memoir as means to share, encourage and inspire others and for herself. As she penned the words of her life it helped her heal from long-held emotional wounds, some that didn’t realize were still open until the memories came flooding back.

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The Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce (JCACC), the Geary County Republican Party, and the Geary County Democratic Party are working jointly to host a non-partisan candidate forum on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. at the C.L. Hoover Opera House.

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The Junction City Downtown Revitalization Initiative appointed its first board members and officially became an organization under the Geary County Community Foundation when they met earlier this month.

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When Dr. Marc Felts walks out of Geary Community Hospital on Oct. 31, he will shut the door on a 35-year chapter of his life. He will retire from the same place he started his medical career in 1985, about 175 miles from the small town of Phillipsburg where he grew up.

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Geary County Health Department is reporting a COVID 19 related death. This involves a 81 year old male. This is the fourth person who has died in Geary County related to COVID 19.

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COVID-19 has altered the way students are learning this year but it has not dampened Blue Jay spirit, which has been on full display this week at Junction City High School.

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The Junction City Commission discussed Blue Jay Way — a street associated with the new Junction City High School — at its Tuesday night meeting.

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The 2020 JCHS Fall Homecoming Court was announced this week as students participated in different outfit themed days. The candidates include: Backrow: seniors Megan Hunt, Andrew Khoury, Taylor Strickland, Donovan Bryant, Ashlynn Shea and Marcello Bussey. Third row: juniors Jayda Harris, Dama…

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The United Way of Junction City-Geary County will host their annual Day of Caring event Oct. 17 around the community. The day is a way to assist the elderly and disabled members of the community with basic yard maintenance that may have stacked up over the summer and “stuff that one would ge…

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School board members will discuss hiring a speech language pathologist and classroom aide during its regular board of education meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Mary Devin Center. USD 475 staff request the positions because of the additional workload remote learning has added.

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On a stage at Junction City Middle School in 2006, a sixth-grade student played her violin in front of a live audience — it was her first introduction to orchestra. Now, 14 years later Daijana Wallace is sharing her music to a much broader audience.

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A 49-year-old local male has died of COVID-19 after “several weeks" in intensive care at the hospital, according to Geary County Emergency Management.

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The Geary Community Schools Foundation established a new, forgivable loan program designed to address the ethnic disparity gap which presently exists between teachers and students in USD 475. The program, “Supporting A Diverse Staff: Loans for Aspiring Educators”, offers financial assistance…

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Several parts of the economy took a hit this year because of COVID-19 — retail tax collection in Geary County was not one of them. Retail tax collection for the county was $225,630 for August, up from $179,439 in Aug. 2019.

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More than 2,000 pounds of apples were washed, peeled, cut and seasoned before being placed into pie plates the last few days on Fort Riley as members of the Historical and Archeological Society of Fort Riley assembled more than 500 apple pies following the 100-plus year old recipe of Libbie …

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Trooper Access Control Point will reopen Sept. 28 at 5 a.m., following the completion of a construction project. The Trooper gate will then be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Beginning Monday, Grant ACP will return to its previous hours of 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed …

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In the latter half of the week, Geary County’s COVID-19 numbers rose by 12.

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