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Stories written by Becky Kiser

Survey: Street conditions are major concern of Ellis residents »

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ELLIS — Residents of Ellis who completed last fall’s City Resident Satisfaction Survey are mostly concerned about street conditions. Those surveyed also expressed concern about water availability and the ongoing drought. City council members discussed the survey results during their Jan. 5 meeting. It was noted that funds have been earmarked in recent budgets for […]

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SkyWest schedule changes in February to no morning flight (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post City officials acknowledge that upcoming changes in the SkyWest flight schedule at the Hays Regional Airport are not very convenient. Still, Public Works Director I.D. Creech hopes people will continue to book flights to show parent company United that Hays has a viable flying public. “There’s still two flights (week […]

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New HaysMed walk-in clinic opens Monday (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Earaches, lacerations and sprained ankles don’t always happen during normal business hours. When your doctor’s office is closed, you can go to the hospital emergency room, but that’s expensive. To “meet the community’s need,” HaysMed is opening its new Convenient Care Walk-In Clinic Monday, January 12. Located in Building 4 […]

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City reports ‘good rebound’ in sales tax collections at end of 2014 »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post For the second consecutive month, general fund sales tax collection for the city of Hays was up. Finance Director Kim Rupp called the December and November increases “a good rebound” at the end of 2014, which still had a negative sales tax trend. “(As of Dec. 23, 2014), general fund […]

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Hays water use down in 2014 despite ‘consistent’ top water users »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post At a time of year you might reasonably expect water use to be down dramatically, 50 water customers in Hays still used enough water during November to be charged the higher prices in the city’s Tier Two Conservation level. Finance Director Kim Rupp told city commissioners during their final meeting […]

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First Call For Help helps those ‘barely scraping by’ (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Most of the Ellis County residents who seek financial assistance from First Call For Help are employed, but their income isn’t enough when something unexpected happens. “There are many, many families in Ellis County, as well as individuals, who are working for minimum wage or just part-time,  or they may […]

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FHSU recognized for having second lowest in-state tuition in the U.S. »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Fort Hays State University has the second lowest in-state tuition in the country according to U.S. News and World Report. The recognition reflects updated ranks and data from the 2015 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, as reported to U.S. News by schools in an annual survey. Among the 10 schools […]

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2014 Alley Cleanup ‘considerably bigger’ than last year (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post This year’s annual Hays Alley Cleanup was a big one, according to Solid Waste Supervisor Marvin Honas. The 2014 cleanup netted 809,000 pounds of unwanted stuff, everything from old couches to concrete blocks to refrigerators and tree limbs.  Items not collected in the normal refuse are picked up and hauled off […]

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New airport manager very familiar with snow removal process (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Dealing with snow removal is nothing new for the new manager of the Hays Regional Airport. Nathan Marcucci began his Hays job November 3, after serving as the Cherry Capital Airport operations supervisor in Traverse City, Michigan.  The city averages 102 inches of snow each winter, according to U.S. Climate Data. In […]

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TMP Marian to discontinue dorm program next year (VIDEO) »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Thomas More Prep Marian is discontinuing its dorm program next year. Development Director Jeff Brull described the change as “unfortunate, but necessary, because the Catholic school can’t keep up financially with the maintenance needs of the high school boys and girls dorms.” Instead, TMP is partnering with Nacel Open Door, a […]

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Recycle your Christmas gift wrap and boxes (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The day after Christmas will be a busy one for employees of the Hays Solid Waste Division. They’re planning on picking up lots more trash than usual, the shiny remnants of all those holiday gifts and decorations. Solid Waste Superintendent Marvin Honas hopes the recycling trucks are really busy.  “We […]

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Upcycled scrap metal becomes artful Christmas ornaments »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Christmas tree in the Dreiling Lobby of the Fort Hays State University Sheridan Hall is decorated with unique sparkling silver ornaments. When you look closely, you can see the official FHSU Tiger logo engraved onto each piece. A traditional star topping the Christmas tree also features the Tiger logo. […]

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New TSA holding area now in use at Hays airport »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Work continues on renovations to the Hays Regional Airport terminal. Groundbreaking for the $1.3 million project was in August and includes expansion of the passenger holding area. It features a bathroom, which has not been available once passengers enter the holding area, according to Assistant Hays City Manager Paul Briseno. “As […]

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