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KAMS Classes Filling Up »

Kansas Academy of Math and Science

Sixty-three students make up the current class of the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science at Fort Hays State University. Director Ron Keller says this fourth year is going well, and interest remains strong around the state for future classes. The fifth year class already has been recruited and work is underway on the sixth. […]

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Dog Park Group Establishes HCF Fund »

friends of hays dog park

The Heartland Community Foundation is partnering with Friends of the Hays Dog Park. The organization is working to raise funds for the construction of a dog park, and through this partnership, will establish a provisional fund with the foundation. President Kim Perez says this will simplify bill paying as the construction progresses, and when the […]

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County’s Adviser Projects Sales Tax Revenue »

el co courthouse

If Ellis County’s sales tax request is approved by the voters, financial adviser Piper Jaffray says it is projected to bring in $3.5 million a year if all of the communities agree to surrender their shares to the county as the City of Hays has. County Administrator Greg Sund says the company also has projected […]

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Sports Complex Sales Tax to Sunset »

bickle schmidt sports complex

At the end of the month, the sales tax approved by Hays voters to build the Bickle Schmidt Sports Complex will sunset. The sales tax will go from 8.55% back to 8.05% at midnight on March 31st. The tax was approved in 2008 and is expected to collect $11 million. City Finance Director Kim Rupp […]

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Jail Planner Presents Needs for Ellis County »

jail bars

In studying the inadequacies of the current Ellis County Jail and criminal justice data, a criminal justice planning firm has projected the average daily need for bed space in the jail. As the county prepares for renovations, Aaron Baggarly with Carter Global Lee says the projected daily population in 2025 is 58, but the bed […]

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Midwest Energy Customers Report Copycat Scam »

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Midwest Energy is again warning customers of a scam where a person calls claiming to be from the electric company. This person then says the customer’s bill is past due and they have to make immediate payment or service will be cut off. The scam was first reported from a Hays business owner in January. […]

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Firefighters Respond to Early Morning Fire »

Hays Fire

The Hays Fire Department responded to a fire early this morning at a home in the 1900 block of Holmes Road. When firefighters responded, they found smoke in the building and upon further investigation, discovered fire in the wall near the electrical meter box caused by a short in the box. Midwest Energy crews shut […]

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Severe Weather Can Strike at Any Time »

As the state approaches Severe Weather Awareness Week, Kansans are reminded that tornado season in Kansas last year began on February 28 with eight tornadoes including one that caused serious damage and a fatality in Harveyville. It’s important to be ready for these storms to occur any time of year. Severe Weather Awareness Week, which […]

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Hays Airport Reaches Important Number »

Hays Regional Airport

For the second year in a row, Hays Regional Airport has surpassed 10,000 boardings. The final year-end audit is not complete, but airport officials are projecting that the past year had nearly 10,200 boardings. Hays Public Works Director I.D. Creech says surpassing the 10,000 mark makes the airport eligible for $1 million in federal funding […]

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Discussion on Purchase of Polycarts Includes Color Choice »


It’s time for the City of Hays to purchase replacement polycarts. Public Works Director I.D. Creech says the carts are needed to replace ones that have been damaged. The city has over 7,000 carts distributed. The city commission Thursday night approved purchasing 350 additional carts for $20,250, which will come out of the solid waste reserve […]

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New Site Offers More Options for CVB »

Hays CVB

The Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau has unveiled a new website. Executive Director Jana Jordan says along with photos, a community calendar and information on sites and amenities, visitors to the website can sign up for notifications on their specific interests. The site was developed by Civic Plus out of Manhattan. The website can be […]

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Alert: New Designer Drug »


A drug that is part stimulant and part hallucinogen has been found in eastern Kansas communities, and Regional Prevention Specialist Kari Sparks with the Smoky Hill Foundation says parents and law enforcement locally need to be on the look out for the drug called Molly. Molly creates the symptoms of an amphetamine and ecstasy. A […]

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Group to Hear Latest on Kansas Drought »

Drought tour

Governor Sam Brownback’s Drought Response Team will meet Friday to hear the latest update on the lingering Kansas drought. The team will  share updates regarding drought conditions, contacts with public water suppliers as well as resources available to Kansans to cope with the ongoing drought. The 12-member team is chaired by the head of the […]

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