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Stories written by Callie Kolacny

Trash Dumping Frustrates County »


Dumping unwanted furniture, bagged grass clippings and other trash in the county is illegal, but happens frequently. Ellis County Public Works Administrator Mike Graf says unless there is a witness to the trash dumping or something in the refuse can be traced back to the offender, it is difficult to prosecute. Often the refuse is […]

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Areas of Hays Experience Power Outage »

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A power outage Wednesday morning affected parts of western and downtown Hays. Midwest Energy spokesman Mike Morley says the outage was reported just before 9 a.m. and was caused by a switch that failed on a pole along the Highway 183 Bypass. About 500 customers were affected. The failed part was replaced and power was […]

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Series Explores Drought Response »


Area residents can learn the best practices for conserving water while maintaining their property as the drought continues through a series of programs at the KSU Ag Research Center. Hays Parks Director Jeff Boyle says the Water $mart Landscape Series will provide a variety of information including details on the City of Hays turf conversion […]

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Celebrate Agriculture Week »

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In recognition of the state’s largest industry, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback declared March 12-19 Kansas Agriculture Week. One event highlighted during Kansas Agriculture Week is the Neighbor to Neighbor statewide food drive, which began Feb. 18 and will conclude on Kansas Agriculture Day, March 19. Each day of Kansas Agriculture Week will focus on a […]

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Arrest Made in Sexual Assault Cases »

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An arrest has been made in a sexual assault case reported early this month. A news release from Detective Dave Bunger with the Hays Police Department states that the department received a report of two sexual assaults on March 3rd. The attacks occurred in the 400 block of West 5th Street. Two females, ages 20 […]

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County Approves Drees’ Request »

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The Ellis County Attorney made a persuasive argument when requesting additional staff for his office. The county commission Monday night approved Tom Drees’ request for another attorney and support staff, which he says is needed to handle the office’s case load. The commissioners agreed that the need is there, but they are concerned about the […]

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Election Date Set for County Sales Tax »


The date has been established for the special election for Ellis County’s half-cent sales tax ballot question. The election will be held May 14th, and County Administrator Greg Sund says if the voters approve the tax, it will sunset when all of the costs associated with financing the project have been paid. A specific sunset […]

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May Cost More to Hold Tournaments at Fort Hays Course »


The Fort Hays Municipal Golf Course Advisory Committee has endorsed increasing tournament fees. The group and Parks Director Jeff Boyle say marshals are needed during tournaments and other high usage times to keep play moving and enforce the course rules. The proposal was made last week to the city commission, and Commissioner Ron Mellick says […]

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Hays PD on Teen Seat Belt Use »


The Hays Police Department along with other law enforcement agencies and the Kansas Department of Transportation are trying to increase the usage of seat belts among teenagers. Police Sergeant Dan Koerner says there will be enhanced enforcement March 11th through the 22nd. Despite efforts to educate teens about seat belt use, this age group continues […]

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City Considers Lawn Watering Permit Changes »

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The City of Hays is proposing changes to the newly seeded lawn permit process to encourage homeowners to use water more efficiently. Currently when the summer water restrictions are in place from June 1st to September 30th, residents who plant new lawns can get permits to water during the restricted time. City Manager Toby Dougherty […]

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Another Round of Construction Slated for Vine »

Vine Street in Hays has been reconstructed from 27th to 22nd, and this spring the next phase will be done. Assistant Public Works Director John Braun says this segment will encompass 22nd south to 13th. The bid from Pavers Inc out of Salina for $1,049,000 is lower than the engineer’s estimate, and through a grant […]

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Tigers Defeat Missouri Southern, Move on to MIAA Semifinals »


The Fort Hays State Tigers outscored Missouri Southern 28-12 over the final 11:23 and beat the Lions 79-60 in the quarterfinals of the MIAA tournament in Kansas City Thursday. It’s the Tigers third-straight win an improves them to 20-7. The Lions end their season at 13-15. Fort Hays State will face Northwest Missouri State in […]

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FHSU Men Wear High Heels for a Cause »


Men from Fort Hays State University fraternities will host the fifth annual “Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes” philanthropy event Monday night at 6:00 in Cody Commons in the Memorial Union to raise money and awareness for the victims of sexual and domestic abuse. All proceeds from the event will go to Options Domestic and Sexual Violence […]

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