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Brownback: ‘Water Vision meeting will be held in Hays’ (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Kansas Water Vision Team is in the midst of a week-long tour to unveil the first draft of the “Vision for the Future of Water in Kansas.” Meetings will be held in 12 towns, but Hays is not one of them — not yet, anyway. The six-member team, with […]

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Ribbon-cutting set for Hays Middle School’s new addition »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The new eight-classroom addition on the east side of Hays Middle School is nearly completed. According to Hays USD 489 Superintendent Dean Katt, a ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 7 at 10 a.m.: The Hays school district received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for […]

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Former Marine Roberts rides with local Marines in WWF parade (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts was very happy to be invited to ride on the Marines float in Saturday morning’s Wild West Fest parade in downtown Hays. “It’s a real privilege to be here,” Roberts said prior to the start of the parade. He visited with several active and retired military members on […]

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Gov. Brownback rides in Wild West Fest parade (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Gov. Sam Brownback was one of several elected state officials participating in Saturday morning’s Wild West Fest parade in downtown Hays. The governor arrived at his parade entry spot in plenty of time to visit with other parade participants before it started. Brownback’s convertible was parked next to the fire […]

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


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 »


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) »


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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