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WAYMASTER: From the Dome to Home »

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Troy L. Waymaster, State Representative, Kansas House District 109 From the Dome to Home February 13, 2015 Governor Sam Brownback Outlines Education Allotment As I mentioned in previous updates that with the tax revenue estimates for the month of January were $47.2 million less than expectations and the Rescission bill passed to address the $280 […]

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Hays man phones wife to ‘Pay with Lovin’ at McDonald’s (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post A lot of people saw the Super Bowl commercial in which customers get free menu items from McDonald’s when they “Pay with Lovin’ ” instead of cash. Some have wondered about its authenticity. It’s for real, and the new campaign continues nationally through Valentine’s Day, Saturday, Feb. 14. One of […]

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‘Disturbing stats for us in teacher preparation,’ says FHSU chairman »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post According to the National Center for Education, half of all public school teachers will leave their positions within five years. Those are “really disturbing statistics for us in teacher preparation,” said Dr. Adam Holden, Fort Hays State University’s chairman of the Department of Teacher Education. Holden is one of the consultants […]

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Farm Bill meeting in Hays draws hundreds of attendees (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Farmers are faced with some of their most important decisions ever in the 2014 Farm Bill. K-State agricultural economists Drs. Mykel Taylor and Art Barnaby are hosting 15 in-depth educational meetings across the state to help farmers better understand the details. Hundreds of people are turning out at each event. The pair, […]

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Year of change, budget concerns for Hays Catholic schools (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays is among the 1 percent of cities in Kansas that have Catholic schools for students from pre-kindergarten through high school. Thomas More Prep-Marian Junior and Senior High School, along with Holy Family Elementary, have a combined record enrollment of 779 students. Still, the Catholic schools are looking at a […]

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Farm Bill 2014 in-depth sessions ‘packing them in’ (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The morning session of the 2014 Farm Bill program next Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the K-State Ag Research Center in Hays is completely full, so the organizers have added an afternoon session. “We have 263 people signed up for the morning session,”  Ellis County Extension Agriculture Agent Stacy Campbell said Thursday. […]

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Ellis won’t remove light poles; considering franchise tax increase »

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ELLIS–After a spot check of the street lights in Ellis by Public Works Director Alan Scheurman and Midwest Energy, city council members have decided removing lights in alleys and behind buildings will not save much money. Recently, Midwest Energy dramatically increased its bill to Ellis after discovering it has been undercharging the city for years. […]

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City of Hays has high hopes for turf conversion rebate »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The city of Hays is ramping up its “Turf Conversion Rebate,” which Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno said has the “potential to be the city’s most successful water conservation program ever.” During the 2015 budget process, city commissioners allocated $50,000 dollars from the water sales tax for development of the […]

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From Valentines to pheasants, it’s February in Hays (VIDEO) »

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Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau From wedding planning and Valentines, to wrestling and pheasants, there’s plenty to enjoy in Hays this month. Janet Kuhn of the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau has highlights of some February activities: More information and updates is available by calling the Hays CVB office at (785)-628-8202 or at www.haysusa.net.

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Hurray! It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale kicked off Saturday and continues through March 8. The Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, which includes 80 western Kansas counties, will be selling eight cookie favorites — Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbreads and Thanks-A-Lots. Thin Mints and […]

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New DHDC executive director ‘missed small-town relationships’ »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The new Executive Director of the Downtown Hays Development Corporation is moving back to town from Wichita with her family. They’re moving Saturday, her husband starts his job Sunday, and she starts Monday. Sara Bloom and her husband Kael both enjoyed their jobs in Wichita, but Sara says her two […]

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City animal licenses help Fido and Fluffy find home (VIDEO) »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Pets sometime get lost and wearing a city of Hays pet license makes it easier for Fido to get home in time for dinner. Annual pet licenses are $5 for neutered or spayed cats and dogs; $25 if the pets are not altered. Even if your pet is micro-chipped, the information that is […]

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HAC music residency artists nominated for two Grammies »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The duo selected for the Hays Arts Council Music Residency in celebration of Kansas Day are award-winners and have been nominated for two Grammys. Scenic Roots is a sister duo, Erin and Amber Rogers, from Concordia, which combines old-time mountain melodies, bluegrass drive, Irish traditions and down-home humor. Using mountain […]

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