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Warm-season test plots: Please do walk on this grass (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The city of Hays and the K-State Agriculture Research Center have partnered to produce test plots of warm season grass for this growing season. Seven buffalo varieties and one Bermuda variety will be planted at the research center south of Hays in 10-by-10-foot duplicate plots near the beginning of June. […]

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School block funding addressed at Eggs and Issues (VIDEO) »

Rep. Sue Boldra, R-Hays, speaks with Hays  USD 489 Superintendent Dean Katt and other constituents.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post A bill overhauling how Kansas distributes more than $4 billion in aid a year to its public schools has been delivered to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s office. It was drafted by top Republican lawmakers and incorporates Brownback’s proposal to replace the state’s current funding formula with “block grants” for districts […]

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City commission moves forward with development projects »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Continued development of residential and business areas in north Hays was reviewed by Hays City Commissioners during their Thursday night work session. Information was presented by Jesse Rohr, Superintendent of Planning, Inspection and Enforcement, for a replat in the North Hays Addition east of Carrico Implement, the final plat and […]

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Steward calls for major pay increase for city commissioners (VIDEO) »

Hays City Commissioner Kent Steward

By BECKY KISER Hays Post “It’s almost become an elitist position.” Outgoing Hays City Commissioner Kent Steward believes city commissioners are underpaid and that is “eliminating lots of people who would run for city commissioner.” During Thursday night’s work session, he called for a discussion of a pay increase for city commissioners–“maybe $1,500 a month”–at […]

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Levee repair work starts; 73 trees must go (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post “We said from the beginning we don’t want to remove any trees we don’t have to.” Hays City Manager Toby Dougherty revised the agenda for Thursday night’s city commission work session and added another discussion about the Big Creek levee reconstruction and associated removal of 73 trees. After engineers from […]

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Engineers: ‘Trees on levee really do need to come out’ »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post The trees really do need to come out. That’s the consensus of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the 74 trees along the Big Creek dike marked for removal as repairs to the levee get underway this week. Hays Assistant Public Works Director John Braun said Tuesday morning “the […]

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Former co-workers ‘shocked’ about murdered mom, suspect daughter »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post A former Hays resident and her husband were murdered in their Rhinelander, Wis., home last week. The woman’s daughter, Ashlee Martinson, who attended school in Hays, has been has been charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the killings of her mother, Jennifer Ayers, 40, and her stepfather, […]

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Schwaller seeks sixth term on city commission (VIDEO) »

Henry Schwaller IV

By Becky Kiser Hays Post Hays mayor Henry Schwaller is seeking his sixth term on the Hays City Commission in the April 7 general election. Schwaller is president of the real estate investment firm Henry Schwaller and Associates and also teaches business management classes at Fort Hays State University. In November, Schwaller opposed the one-cent […]

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RCT to present ‘Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.’ »

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Sheryl Krug, RCT Board Member RUSSELL–Russell Community Theater opens the 2015 season with Love, Sex, and the I.R.S., written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore and directed by RCT Volunteer Bob Roe. Both veteran and new actors are striving to bring characters to life. Michael Blanke, Alan Templeton and Mitch Eaton take to the […]

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Roll Out the Rain Barrel project saves water, reduces polllutants »

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Stacie Minson, KSU Watershed Specialist Big Creek Middle Smoky Hill River Watersheds Working with urban homeowners in teaching and educating on water quality issues is important to protect Big Creek and local water supplies. The average homeowner is mostly unaware that their daily habits affect water quality. In most people’s minds, they pay a monthly […]

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Tiger Gold on Friday proclamation adds fun to city meeting »

Hays Mayor Henry Schwaller gets a "tiger hug" from Victor.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post “This is the first time I’ve ever worn a cap to a commission meeting,” said Hays City Commissioner Kent Steward with a grin as he donned an official Fort Hays State University gold cap. The first item of business during Thursday night’s city commission meeting was not business at usual. […]

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Resident wants alternative to removing 74 trees along dike (VIDEO) »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Randy Rodgers and his wife walk along the Big Creek dike nearly every day. Thursday morning they noticed some “very large, stately cottonwood trees with a white mark at the base of them.” Rodgers, a retired KDWP wildlife biologist in Hays, made some calls and found out the trees are […]

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City manager Dougherty also gets employee bonus (VIDEO) »

Toby Dougherty, Hays City Manager

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays City Manager Toby Dougherty is now receiving the same pay bonus as other city employees have been given. During their meeting Thursday night, city commissioners authorized an increase of 2.0% of Dougherty’s base salary of the year 2014 as a bonus to be paid in equal amounts on each […]

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