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Star Wars movie offers galaxy of thrills

Awesome time! If you came to the Plaza Cinema Thursday night, you know what I mean. And you know how the next Star Wars, The Last Jedi turns out. With 3D glasses on, we each sat down to an almost three hour Star Wars epic next step in the saga movie experience. It was action packed, full of secrets


ASK JODIE: Reflections on best of 2017

Another year is nearly behind us. Since I can be a bit nostalgic, I hope you'll indulge me in revisiting some of the more memorable column topics from 2017. I hesitate to call it a "Top 10" because they're all winners in my book, but the following stood out for their uniqueness, community relevance


Superintendent search firm consults community members

The Ottawa school district is searching for a new superintendent, and the firm hired to do the searching - McPherson & Jacobson LLC - is interested in involving the community in that search as much as possible. Wednesday saw a day's worth of district "stakeholder" meetings hosted by McPherson & Jaco


Farm finds niche in growing 'memories'

The busiest time of the year is nearly over for the only pine tree farm in Franklin County. And, though the ledgers of the Pleasant Ridge Memory Lane Tree Farm will talk in terms of resources expended and trees harvested, the farm's owners hope the dispassionate numbers will reflect a different sort


Church adorns park with Christmas lights

More than 50,000 lights will adorn Prairie Lane Park at First Christian Church, 2727 E. Crawford, from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning Sunday through Dec. 24. The display, designed by Manhattan resident and Salina native Andrew Knak, features lights around the nearly quarter-mile Reflection Path, three 24-foo


Bowling scores at Little Apple Lanes for early December

Scores posted from Dec. 4 through Dec. 10 Monday Niters Game scores 1. Josh Winiecki, 279 2. Tim Gromlovits, 259 3. Dave Prockish, 257 4. Mike Gassman, 257 5. Blake Ballhorst, 255 6. Brad Roberts, 254 7. Dave Zuck, 252 8. Chris Ziegenhirt, 247 9. John Bunger 247 10. Robert Regan, 245 Series 1. Blake

MANHATTAN MERCURY - 2017-12-17 15:00:00

Fitchburg's Tran to be sworn-in as newest state senator

A Republican from Fitchburg who won a special election to the state Senate is about to take his seat on Beacon Hill. Dean Tran will be sworn-in on Wednesday in the Governor's Council chambers. That will be followed by a ceremony in Gardner Auditorium, where senators have been meeting while the ornat

KANSAS CITY STAR - 2017-12-16 20:38:00

Several injured in fights on Massachusetts Street around bar-closing time

Several people were hurt - punched and apparently cut by "edged weapons" - in fights around bar-closing time early Sunday in downtown, Lawrence police said. Police took three reports in a 20-minute span, from fights that reportedly happened in the same general area of Massachusetts Street. About 1:

LJWORLD - 2017-12-18 20:27:00

BBB tips: More people return gifts than you might think

You might not like the color, fit or style of a sweater. You may already have the DVD you received as a gift. Sometimes a simple exchange will do the trick however, Connecticut Better Business Bureau says givers and recipients should know retailers' terms and conditions for exchanges, store credits

MONROECOURIER.COM - 2017-12-18 14:37:09

Sredzinski honored by CT Police Chiefs Association

The CPCA Legislative Award is presented during an annual winter meeting, which includes a luncheon and mini expo with various police equipment. The award is given to legislators that have stood out amongst others and supported police issues. "It is an honor and very humbling to have been recognized

MONROECOURIER.COM - 2017-12-18 14:29:40

Young adult author returns to inspirational home

"I don't like public speaking. I don't like getting up in front of crowds, except when I'm talking about books. And talking to the teenagers, it's just inspiring to me," said Ciocca. After talking to the creative writing classes, from 10:30 to 2, at Masuk High, Ciocca will be appearing at Linda's St

MONROECOURIER.COM - 2017-12-18 12:56:53

Test Drive: Volkswagen Tiguan SEL Premium is a refined SUV

When automakers finally figured out Americans wanted their sport-utility vehicles in smaller packages, we found our early objections to SUVs in general - too rough, too thirsty, too inefficient in their use of space - finally started to soften. Today, we have come to like several compact SUVs, also

MONROECOURIER.COM - 2017-12-17 14:30:40