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City to Decide on League Membership Next Week »

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After receiving updated numbers, the Hays City Commission will decide next week if they want to rejoin the Kansas League of Municipalities to save about $20,000 in workers compensation insurance. City Manager Toby Dougherty says the one bid received was $193,000, 12 percent higher than the current rate, and the market has shown that the […]

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Food Drive Surpasses Goal »


The Neighbor to Neighbor statewide food drive wrapped up this week. Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman says 58,000 meals were donated through the effort hosted by the Ag Department, Dillon’s Food Stores, Harvesters – The Community Food Bank, the Second Harvest Community Food Bank and the agricultural community. The food drive began February 15th with […]

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Kansans Missing Out on Refunds »

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Refunds totaling just over $917 million may be waiting for an estimated 984,400 taxpayers who did not file a federal income tax return for 2009. However, to collect the money, a return for 2009 must be filed with the IRS no later than April 15, 2013. Some people may not have filed because they had […]

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Commissioners Clarify Sales Tax Question »

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Now that the election date is set, the Ellis County Commission continues to explain and promote their request for a half-cent sales tax. Commissioner Barbara Wasinger says there are two points she wants to make perfectly clear. The first is that the sales tax will sunset when the bonds are paid off, and second the […]

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FHSU to Hold the Big Event »

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In 1982, Texas A&M University started the Big Event as a way to say thank you to the community. Other schools have adopted the same idea, including Fort Hays State. Coordinator Chris Roberts says this year’s event will be the third annual, and it has grown and become more organized each year. Over 250 students […]

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Midwest Energy Sets Deregulation Info Meetings »

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Midwest Energy is conducting a vote of its 49,000 customer-owners in May to become self-regulated, returning most decision-making authority from the Kansas Corporation Commission to its member-elected Board of Directors. Midwest Energy has mailed informational brochures to inform its members on self-regulation, and is hosting a series of member meetings to discuss it in the […]

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Drought to be the Focus of Solomon BAC Meeting in Stockton »

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The ongoing drought and the state water plan will be the main topics of the upcoming meeting of the Solomon Basin Advisory Committee. The meeting will be held April 3 at 6 p.m. at the Rooks County Health Department in Stockton. The Kansas Water Office’s BAC will discuss the current water issues affecting the basin […]

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Workers Comp Rates May Prompt Hays to Rejoin the League »

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The bid for workers compensation insurance for the City of Hays came in 12% higher than the current rate. The city could avoid such a steep increase, however, if the commission agrees to rejoin the Kansas League of Municipalities, which would provide access to the Kansas Municipal Insurance Trust. Commissioner Henry Schwaller says the city […]

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Adviser: Most Americans Aren’t Saving for Retirement »

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For the past eight years, financial adviser Jeff Seibel with Edward Jones in Hays has traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with the state’s Congressional delegation about financial issues. Seibel says the focus is preserving the incentives to save for retirement. Those incentives include tax benefits for IRAs and 401Ks. Seibel says the U.S. is […]

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Man Killed in Phillips County Accident »


An Omaha, Nebraska man was killed in a one-vehicle accident in Phillips County Thursday morning. According to the Highway Patrol, 53-year-old Michael Lampe was eastbound on Highway 36 just before noon when his truck left the road and traveled through the south ditch. The pickup went through a fence and hit a tree in a […]

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Drivers Will Again Deal with Vine St. Construction »

Next month work will begin on the reconstruction of Vine Street in Hays from 22nd to 13th. The city commission Thursday night approved the bid from Pavers Inc. for $1,049,000. Assistant Public Works Director John Braun says the project will be similar to the work done in 2011 from 27th to 22nd, and like with […]

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City Discusses Tourney Fees, Course Operations »


Proposals to increase the tournament fees at the Fort Hays Municipal Golf Course and decrease greens fees for juniors were rejected by the Hays City Commission Thursday night. Commissioner Henry Schwaller explained that he wants to have a more complete discussion about golf course operations while the city is preparing next year’s budget. The fee […]

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Events Lead Up to Relay for Life »

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As the Ellis County Relay for Life Committee prepares, there will be several activities and fundraisers leading up to the June event. On Monday Papa Murphy’s will donate 10% of their proceeds, and volunteer Lonny Claycamp says on April 6th there will be a 100th Anniversary party for the American Cancer Society. That event will […]

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