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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Auditors: ‘City finance system is topnotch’ (VIDEO)

Hays City Commissioners look through the 2014 budget audit report.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Finance Director Kim Rupp somewhat jokingly referred to the 2014 City of Hays audit as “his report card” and called the process “aggressive.” Melissa Romme, CPA, and a partner at Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball in Hays, called it “very thorough.” Rome, with Ken Beran alongside, presented the 2014 audit […]

City’s AA bond rating is ‘excellent’ (VIDEO)


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Good financial news was shared with Hays City Commissioners during their meeting Thursday night. In the process of readying for Thursday’s sale of $1.01 million in general obligation bonds, the city learned it has earned a Standard & Poor’s AA rating on the bonds. David Arteberry with George K. Baum […]

Hays water wells ‘quite high’ but drought remains

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Watering restrictions in the city of Hays went into effect June 1 and continue through Sept. 30. No outside watering is allowed from city sources or private wells between noon and 7 p.m. and no water may escape business or residential property. With regular rain showers falling this spring and […]

Bird flu outbreak ends summer fair season’s poultry events


By BECKY KISER Hays Post “It’s sad,” said Ellis County Extension 4-H Youth Development Agent Susan Schlichting. Kansas agriculture officials issued an order Tuesday prohibiting movement of Kansas poultry in an effort to prevent the spread of a devastating form of bird flu. The order effectively cancels all poultry-related shows and events through the rest […]

Binding arbitration, leave policy addressed in USD 489 teacher contract negotiations

Union negotiations Tuesday evening

By BECKY KISER Hays Post “It’s a line in the sand,” USD 489 school board member Greg Schwartz said Tuesday night during teacher contract negotiations. “The board has no interest in binding arbitration,” Schwartz reported to representatives of the Hays National Education Association. The current contract includes an “Arbitration of Interests Option” for unresolved issues in […]

$1M bond sale on agenda for Hays City Commission

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BY BECKY KISER Hays Post The city of Hays will take bids for the purchase of approximately $1.01 million of General Obligation Bonds, Series 2015A on Thursday, June 11, at the city commission meeting. Commissioners must approve an ordinance and resolution to authorize issuance of the bonds. Final versions of the ordinance and resolution, as […]

Kansas is one of the fastest growing dairy states


Kansas Department of Agriculture MANHATTAN–Kansas is becoming known around the country as the dairy frontier. The industry is continuing to experience exponential growth, rising by 6.1 percent in 2014, making Kansas one of the fastest growing dairy states in the United States. Showing appreciation for the hardworking dairymen and women who toil 365 days a […]