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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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R9 Ranch water project brings Hays and Russell together (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post RUSSELL–Russell Mayor Curt Mader, who grew up in the town, remembers the days when it was “us against them.” The cities of Russell and Hays often were viewed as competing with each other. Today, the towns are co-owners of the R9 Ranch in Edwards County, purchased in 1994 as a […]

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‘No mow’ doesn’t mean never mow (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Hays Parks Department has been fielding a lot of phone calls recently from residents asking why the city isn’t mowing waterways in town. The Parks Department has changed its maintenance practices for water drainage ditches–areas including Chetolah Draw, Skyline Draw, Anthony Draw, Canal Draw and Lincoln Draw–according to Jeff […]

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Patee surprised in Ellis with state ‘We-Kan’ award »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post ELLIS — “Only in a small town can you make a phone call and 14 people and 1 bulldog show up 12 minutes later for a ‘flash mob award ceremony.’” Mari Penner and WenDee LaPlant, executive director and assistant director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, were on the road last Monday–driving […]

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KDA photo contest now open »


KS Department of Agriculture Manhattan–As agriculture in Kansas flourishes this summer, pull out a camera, capture the moment, and submit your photos to 2015 Kansas Department of Agriculture’s photo contest, beginning June 15, 2015. Nearly every aspect of daily life can be tied to agriculture. Be creative with entries; agriculture can be more than the […]

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Commissioner Schwaller has ‘regrets’ with Bike Hays project (VIDEO) »

Newly marked bike lane on Main Street

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays City Commissioner Henry Schwaller sees a “silver lining” in what he calls the “controversial” Bike Hays project. He also has two regrets. “The major portion of the city’s cost of the project went to the repair and reinforcement of the (Big Creek) levee–the floodwater control system on the west […]

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June 19 is ‘I.D. Creech Day’ in Hays (VIDEO) »

Retiring Public Works Director I.D. Creech is presented the key to the city by Hays Mayor Eber Phelps.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post It’s not a bad way to way to retire from your job–having your last day proclaimed in your honor by the city mayor. Hays Public Works Director I.D. Creech is retiring Friday, after more than 30 years of public service with county and city administrations in Kansas. Mayor Eber Phelps […]

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City to talk financing for wastewater treatment plant reconstruction »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The city of Hays’ commercial insurance premium should be decreasing slightly. City Finance Director Kim Rupp will present the information to Hays city commissioners during their work session this evening. Rupp will also discuss the possibility of using State Revolving Loan funds for the wastewater treatment facility reconstruction–a project estimated […]

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HPD Facebook page addresses Bike Hays questions »

Drill to enhance policing in crowds or small spaces.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Hays Police Department has taken to social media to answer questions about the new Bike Hays program. Frequently asked questions will be answered each day on the Hays Police Department Facebook page. Updated information is also available on the Bike Hays website, www.bikehays.com. HPD Corp. Brandon Hauptman, who leads […]

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New bike signs, symbols causing confusion in Hays (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays City Commissioners and city staff are getting a lot of comments and questions about the new Bike Hays program. Numerous signs and street markings for bicycle traffic have been appearing across town this week. Some residents are excited and have been looking forward to the changes–others, not so much. […]

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