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New street projects to start next week in Hays (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Summer is a busy time for street repairs and projects in Hays. Public Works Director I. D. Creech said a couple projects will begin within the next few days and he cautioned drivers to “be observant”: Creech also said the 41st Street widening project is progressing, although “rain has slowed […]

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Changes underway for Hays airport inside and out (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The look of the tarmac at Hays Regional Airport soon will change. SkyWest, operating as United Express, will start passenger flight service Aug. 1. The daily flights between Hays and Denver will operate using 50-seat Bombardier-manufactured CRJ200 aircraft. The planes are bigger than what’s been used by prior commercial flight providers. […]

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HFD staffing extra fire trucks for Independence Day celebrations »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post This was nearly the the third consecutive year fireworks were banned in Hays because of the ongoing drought. But thanks to abundant June rains, Hays city commissioners voted Monday night to lift the fireworks ban. “If people use common sense and respect their neighbors, it should be a safe experience […]

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Search process continues for Hays Regional Airport manager »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The search continues for a new manager of the Hays Regional Airport, after Bob Johnson resigned that position in early May. SkyWest Airlines, operating as United Express, is scheduled to start passenger service Aug. 1. Director of Public Works I.D. Creech, who is serving as acting airport manager, said Monday […]

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City to evaluate water supply after plentiful June rain »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The month of June yielded significant rain for Hays, nearly 10 inches, according to official records kept by the K-State Ag Research Center. That’s 6 inches above average for the month. Although lawns are green, Hays is still in the fourth year of a drought. During a special meeting Monday […]

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Wild West Fest’s 20th year kicks off Wednesday (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The city of Hays’ annual Fourth of July celebration, Wild West Festival, starts Wednesday and continues through Saturday. This is the 20th year for the event, and volunteer committee members said, as usual, there will be lots of fun, food and concerts. The parade along Main Street, with the theme […]

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Topeka attorney is Democratic hopeful for U.S. Senate (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Topeka resident Chad Taylor is a candidate for the Kansas U.S. senate seat currently held by Republican Pat Roberts. Taylor, a Democrat, is the district attorney of Shawnee County. On Monday, Taylor was campaigning in Hays and western Kansas. Although the state has not elected a Democratic senator to Congress […]

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Fireworks ban lifted in Hays »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post It was a standing-room-only crowd that gathered in Hays City Hall at 5:30 p.m. Monday for a special city commission meeting to discuss the sale and use of fireworks. In a normal year, the city of Hays allows fireworks to be discharged only on July 2, 3 and 4 between […]

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Johnson — ‘epitome of public service’ — dies at age 77 »

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Hays Post Former state Rep. Dan Johnson was the “epitome of public service,” Eber Phelps said as he reminisced about his friend and former House colleague. Johnson died Sunday in Hays at the age of 77. The two served 14 years together in the Kansas Legislature. Johnson was a Republican representing the 110th District, which […]

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Board members ‘disappointed’ by LOB election result (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays school board members Lance Bickle and James Leiker were disappointed — but not surprised — by the nearly 2-to-1 defeat of the  USD 489 LOB question Friday. With a turnout of 38.27 percent for the mail-in ballot, voters turned down the opportunity to increase the local option budget by one […]

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Deadline looms to change political party affiliation in Kan. »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post A new Kansas law affecting political party affiliation “concerns” Ellis County Clerk Donna Maskus. Anyone wishing to change their affiliation must do so before Tuesday. “We’ve had situations where people were used to changing their party affiliation right up until the registration books close 21 days before an election. That […]

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City sales tax collections continue to fall below expectations (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post One of the reasons Hays city officials have explained for not agreeing to a pay increase requested by the International Association of Fire Fighters union, which represents 18 firefighters, is the current “negative sales tax.” It’s now at 1.18 percent below expectations, and the trend is projected to end the […]

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City, firefighters’ union at impasse regarding pay plan (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER  Hays Post The city of Hays is at impasse with the International Association of Fire Fighters union regarding wages. IAFF, which represents 18 Hays firefighters, is proposing pay increases of 5 percent for firefighters and 7 percent for fire lieutenants — a collective increase of $47,500. IAFF also wants to increase both […]

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