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Hays CVB launches new trivia contest (VIDEO) »

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July kicks off with the annual Wild West Fest celebration in Hays for the July 4th holiday. Activities continue all month long with fun-filled events for local residents as well as visitors. The Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau has also launched a new trivia contest this month with questions about the city and its attractions. […]

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Hot enough for you? »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Yes, you were hot yesterday. That’s because the high temperature in Hays reached 105 degrees. Not warm enough though for the record. It hit 113 degrees in Hays June 30, 1933, according to official records maintained by Joe Becker at the K-State Ag Research Center just south of town. The […]

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HFD increases coverage during July 4th holiday (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post This will be a long, busy holiday weekend for the Hays Fire Department. In addition to manning an extra fire truck Thursday, Friday and Saturday — the days fireworks can be sold and discharged in Hays — firefighters will be on standby at the Wild West Festival for the July […]

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Dryden plans ‘more contact’ with United Way agencies (VIDEO) »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Sherry Dryden started her new position Monday as Executive Director of the United Way of Ellis County. Before she was even officially on the job, she attended last week’s annual Pacesetter kickoff luncheon and was meeting with UWEC board members and UWEC Office Manager Erica Burgess. The Pacesetter companies conduct […]

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Russell moves to Stage III water restrictions »

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City of Russell RUSSELL–Effective Monday, June 29, 2015 mandatory Stage III water restrictions are in place for Russell water customers. The flow in Big Creek has been steadily declining the past few weeks. The recent small rains have not been sufficient to maintain Big Creek’s levels. Until further notice the following water restrictions are in […]

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Ellis approves waterline improvement project »


ELLIS–Ellis city council members voted during their June 15 meeting to proceed with the Waterline Improvement Project with Driggs Design Group. The project will be done in two phases in an area where most of the waterline breaks have occurred. The waterline breaks will be replaced first, using USDA funding. The streets will then be […]

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Hileman: Kan. law allows cautious passing of bicycles on highway »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post As Hays motorists adjust to the newly marked bicycle lanes in town, Hays-based Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Tod Hileman is reminding highway drivers of safety rules for bicycle traffic. Hileman, KHP Public Safety Officer for Troop D, posted the reminder on his Facebook page Saturday. Bicyclists can often be seen […]

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Public meeting set July 16 for wastewater plant upgrade discussion »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Rates for city of Hays utilities customers will be going up. The city’s wastewater treatment plant, 1498 E. Highway 40 Bypass, must be upgraded to meet stricter state permit requirements of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The project is estimated to cost about $28 million. Hays must have […]

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Young bounces back in Royals’ win over A’s »

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By MICHAEL WAGAMAN Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chris Young bounced back from his worst start of the season to pitch six innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 Saturday. Kendrys Morales hit a two-run single in the sixth off Scott Kazmir (4-5) that erased a 2-1 deficit. The Royals […]

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City’s commercial insurance rates decreased (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hiring an insurance broker last year is paying off for the city of Hays. The city will again pay less for its commercial insurance annual premium when it’s renewed July 1. Tanner Burns of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. told commissioners Thursday night his company “has made just shy of […]

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Meier: ‘Discussion of where we go for water is over’ (VIDEO) »

James Meier, Hays city commissioner, indicates the thickness of a pile of water study results he reading.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post “It was a great meeting. I can’t imagine that meeting going any better than the way it did.” One of the two newest Hays city commissioners, James Meier, is very pleased with Tuesday night’s joint meeting of the Hays and Russell governing bodies about the R9 Ranch development project. The […]

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KHP reminds drivers to watch for harvest traffic »

Car vs. wheat-filled semi south of Gorham Tuesday afternoon.  (Photo courtesy KHP Trooper Tod Hileman)

By BECKY KISER Hays Post It’s summertime in Kansas and loaded wheat trucks are rumbling down the roads. Kansas Highway Patrol Technical Trooper Tod Hileman, Troop D in Hays, is reminding drivers to be on the lookout for harvest traffic. Hileman (@TrooperTodKHP) tweeted a picture Thursday afternoon of a crash between a passenger car and […]

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Commercial insurance renewal, wastewater plant rehab on city agenda »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The date for a public meeting regarding the wastewater facility rehabilitation plan will be set this evening during the Hays City Commission meeting. The city plans to apply for a State Revolving Loan (SRF) to pay for the $28 million project. The public meeting will include a discussion of the […]

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