News Briefs


Local Applebee’s reports fire

Early Thursday morning, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, located in Manhattan Town Center, reported a structural fire. When firefighter units arrived, it took 15 minutes to contain the fire that started at 12:59 a.m. The last units left at approximately 4:15 a.m. According to a news release from the Manhattan Fire Department, the fire has been ruled by fire investigators to be accidental, due to combustible materials being placed too close to a heat source. The fire cost $75,000 in content damage and $75,000 in structural damage. The owner of Applebee’s is listed as RMH Franchising of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Applebee’s will be closed until further notice for clean-up and repairs.

Students participate, win cash prizes in sales competition

According to K-State Today, six students from the K-State College of Business Administration participated in the Edward Jones Sales Competition on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and walked away with cash prizes totaling up to $2,500. Four students, Helen Dinkel and Lars Hanson, juniors in marketing; Ryan Knight, senior in marketing; and George Hanna, sophomore in management won $500, while Armania Williams, junior in marketing; and Ashlynn Knol, senior in marketing, won $250.

In the competition, the students were judged on their performance in a role-playing scenario of a conversation between a prospective customer and themselves. According to Hanna, they were judged on the use of concepts that the students had learned in the college such as the introduction, establishment of a good rapport, identification of the customer’s needs, the sale and finally the close.

“I was a little more stressed than I thought I would be,” Hanna said. “It was suit-and-ties. The whole nine yards.”

Hanna said there were approximately 80 participants in the competition.

Crisis Center receives grant

Gov. Sam Brownback announced the 2015 recipients of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services grant program Wednesday, Oct. 1, which included the Crisis Center. The Crisis Center serves Riley, Clay, Geary, Marshall and Pottawatomie Counties.

According to the Little Apple Post, the grant totals around $4 million, and the Crisis Center will be receiving $329,659 of critical grant funds.

“We’re doing the best we can,” Judy Davis, director of the Crisis Center, said.

The Crisis Center and many other similar outreach programs are supported by federal grant money that has to be matched by a certain percentage of non-federal funds. Davis said it has been causing several programs trouble by trying to raise that percentage, but this grant is greatly appreciated.

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