Local and state talking points


Engineering team wins international design competition

A K-State architecture engineering team won first place in the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system selection category an international design competition, according to a press release from the university.

The event’s host was the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, a professional group designed to promote growth in the industry.

Competition came in the form of 39 teams from 13 countries. The winning K-State team included seniors in architectural engineering John Gaito, Alex Pint, Megan Walkowiak, Lexi Oliver and Gordon Zimmerman. This marks the second year in a row a K-State team has won first place in the category.

Local Sheriff’s Office investigating series of thefts

A series of burglaries, property damage and theft are being investigated by the Pottawatomie Sheriff’s Office, according to a Manhattan Mercury article. The crimes have taken place mostly in the central and northern parts of the county.

In one incident that occurred sometime between Sept. 10 and Sept. 29, three chainsaws and two impact drivers were stolen near Martin and Watermill roads. The total estimated loss in that case was $2,800.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff Greg Riat said in a press release that the incidents began sometime in early June. The department is currently investigating whether or not the series of thefts are related.

The Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone with information contact them at 785-457-3353. Calls are anonymous and a reward is being offered for tips that can lead to an arrest and conviction.

Royals sweep the Orioles, head to the World Series

The Kansas City Royals won 2-1 against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday night, clinching the American League Championship and sending the team to the World Series. The Royals, who have not been in a playoff game for 29 years, will go on to face the winner of the National League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants.

“We know once we have the lead, we’ve got the best pitching staff and the best bullpen around,” Royals infielder Eric Hosmer said in an AP article. “So we’ve got to get them the lead. We’re not done. We ain’t done yet.”

The first two World Series games will be hosted at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri starting Tuesday.