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Leadership Kansas Includes Two Area Residents; Few Western Kansas Applications »

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The Kansas Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2013 class for Leadership Kansas. Nobody from Hays or Salina was included this year. John Federico, Executive Director of the program told Hays Post, “It was not a great year for applications from Western Kansas and there was only one applicant from Hays. We can only deal […]

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So Far Legislature Keeping Higher Ed Funding Flat »

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Fort Hays State University President Edward Hammond is pleased that the bill approved by a Kansas House committee this week keeps higher education funding flat as opposed to the 10% cut facing other agencies. Hammond explains that the state needs help from the universities to complete the Governor’s economic plan by providing trained employees for […]

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Barton County Accident Injures One »

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A Garden City man was injured in a Barton County accident Wednesday morning. The Kansas Highway Patrol reports that 48-year-old Daniel Lerma was passing a vehicle on K 96 about one mile northwest of Great Bend when Lerma lost control. His car went into the ditch and rolled once. The other vehicle was not affected […]

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City Addresses Snow on Residential Streets »

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To try to hasten the snow melt, City of Hays Public Works crews have been applying a salt brine to the residential streets. The forecast for slightly warmer weather and the brine mixture is expected to speed  the process. Motorists are advised that this could create more ice potholes for the short term. Crews will […]

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Insurance Commissioner’s Tips on Winter Storm Damage »

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With winter storms bringing as much as two feet of snow to some parts of Kansas over the past week, the Kansas Insurance Department says there will likely be some damage claims filed. Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says consumers who have damage should contact their insurance agent as soon as possible. She also suggests taking […]

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Police Target Nighttime Seatbelt Use »

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Traffic studies have found that seatbelt usage drops at night. For that reason, some law enforcement agencies are specifically enforcing seatbelt laws at night. Hays Police Sergeant Mitch Berens says there are different methods for seatbelt enforcement at night including regular patrols and safety check lanes. He says the best method is having a spotter […]

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AG’s Office Hosts Document Shredding in Hays, Great Bend »

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Free document destruction will be offered next week to commemorate National Consumer Protection Week. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has announced that his office will sponsor the service at 11 communities across the state as a way to fight identity theft. The document destruction will be available Wednesday March 6, at the Farmers Bank & […]

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Community Corrections Programs Help Reduce Jail Crowding »

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Northwest Kansas is the only community corrections agency in the state with a bond program. The program was put in place in 2007 to help with jail overcrowding, and since then, Director John Trembley says nearly 550 offenders have been released on bond supervision. While Ellis County still has to jail inmates out of county, […]

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Weather Causes More Accidents on I-70 »

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Icy conditions on I-70 are blamed on two injury accidents Monday night in Ellis County. The first was around 6:30 three miles east of Hays. A westbound car hit an icy spot, according to the Highway Patrol. It went into the median and rolled once landing in the eastbound lane. The 18-year-old driver and two […]

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Communities Watching Supplies of Sand, Salt »

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With the large winter storms some Kansas communities like Wichita have been closely watching their supplies of materials to treat the roadways. Public Works Director I.D. Creech says the supplies of salt and sand in Hays are adequate, but he has ordered more. Creech says they haven’t had any difficulty ordering  supplies, but getting them […]

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Winter Traffic Emergency Ends »

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Hays City Manager Toby Dougherty has ended the Winter Storm Traffic Emergency. This means vehicles can again be parked along emergency snow routes. Hays Police and Department of Public Works express their appreciation to the residents of Hays for complying with the regulation and keeping their vehicles off of the designated streets. This enhanced the […]

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Huelskamp Appearances Cancelled »

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First District Representative Tim Huelskamp’s town hall meetings in Larned, Jetmore and Ness City Friday have been cancelled due to the winter storm creating poor traveling conditions. The appearances will be rescheduled at a later date.

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Time to Register Your Pet with the City »

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If you haven’t already registered your pet with the City of Hays for 2013, do so before March 1st to avoid a late fee. Animal Control Officer Nikki Hausler says it’s important to get your tags in case your animal gets loose. Having identification can prevent the animal from being taken to the shelter. Hausler […]

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