By BECKY KISER Hays Post The change application for the Edwards County R9 Ranch, the long-term water supply project for Hays and Russell, was submitted to the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Water Resources (DWR) six months ago. Revisions have been under review since then. Hays and Russell are asking to transfer their water rights […]
By BECKY KISER Hays Post Saturday’s early evening thunderstorm in Hays blew in from the south and then switched to come from the north. Several broken tree branches were reported around town along with minor street flooding. The official rainfall amount in Hays as recorded at the K-State Agricultural Research Center was 1.88 inches. Saturday’s […]
By BECKY KISER Hays Post “That’s good news. Hopefully that trend continues.” So said Hays Mayor Eber Phelps following Thursday’s report from Finance Director Kim Rupp showing an increase in sales tax collections for the city. “Everybody sat up when they heard we finally had an increase in sales tax (revenues),” Phelps said. In his […]
By BECKY KISER Hays Post The wheat harvest is moving into the northwestern region of the Kansas. Reports of harvests “considerably better than most” have been made in Ellis County. Hays Mayor Eber Phelps is an Ellis County Extension Board Member. The group met Thursday morning where, according to Phelps, K-State Research and Extension Agricultural […]
By BECKY KISER Hays Post Fireworks go on sale in Hays next week, Saturday, July 2, and will continue to be sold through Monday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. Discharge of fireworks in the city limits is allowed the same three days from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. At last week’s city commission meeting–as […]
By BECKY KISER Hays Post Ellis County commissioners have signed off on the new job description and title “Director of Fire and Emergency Management.” In May, Ellis County Administrator Phillip Smith-Hanes announced transitions among several appointed department head positions, impacting five departments. The changes are estimated to save Ellis County nearly $100,000 in fiscal year […]
By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays city commissioners will consider renewal of the city’s commercial insurance policy with BRIT Insurance during the June 23 commission meeting. The policy will expire July 1. BRIT was the only group to make a bid. The quote is $196,220, a 4.9 percent increase. In other business, an update of conservation […]
By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Ellis County Fair is less than 30 days away. Along with the usual–KPRA rodeo, car races, truck and tractor pulls, the Pride of Texas Carnival and a demolition derby–this year will include several new activities and events at the Ellis County Fairgrounds July 16-23. With the theme “Heroes in […]
By BECKY KISER Hays Post Last month, 397 medical boxes were set up and/or refilled for inmates in the Ellis County Jail. All that was done by soon-to-retire Ellis Co. Health Administrator Butch Schyler. “There will be lots fewer since the new medical company took over last Thursday,” Schyler told county commissioners Monday night. “They […]
By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Ellis County Public Building Commission needs to pay some change orders for ongoing work at the recently remodeled courthouse/Law Enforcement Center in Hays, but doesn’t have the money to do that. Ellis County Commissioner Barb Wasinger — who, like all three commissioners is also a PBC member — has suggested […]
Although many residents reported more, the official rainfall in Hays during Friday night’s severe weather was 0.92 as recorded at the K-State Agricultural Research Center. It was the first significant rain for the month, with the June total at 0.93. So far this year, 13.37 inches of rain has fallen in Hays.
By BECKY KISER Hays Post The weather was much more favorable Saturday evening than it was Friday in Hays. Local emergency responders were busy as a slow-moving severe thunderstorm traveled through the area, bringing high wind, lots of lightening and some hail. A Flood Warning was in effect for Ellis County until 9:15 a.m. Saturday. Many of […]
The National Weather Service in Dodge City has issued a Flood Warning for Ellis County until 9:15 p.m. Saturday, June 18. Trego, Ness and Rush counties are also in Flood Warnings until 9:15 p.m. tomorrow.