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FHSU’s Martin on merger: ‘Dodge City is an imperative partnership’ »

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By NICK BUDD Hays Post In a recent interview, FHSU President Mirta Martin voiced her support for the proposed Dodge City Community College merger  with Fort Hays State University. The college is considering a proposal to create an Institute of Applied Technology on the Dodge City campus, with FHSU offering some four-year degree programs. If […]

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Moran issues statement on Dan Johnson’s passing »

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  U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran issued a statement on the passing of former 110th district representative Daniel Johnson. “A farmer, veteran and representative for the 110th District, he will be remembered for his work ethic and commitment to improving his community and our state. (Dan) was independent in thought and firm in his conviction, and […]

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Commissioners approve ‘win-win’ insurance renewal contract »

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By NICK BUDD Hays Post Hays city commissioners agreed to renew their commercial insurance coverage at Thursday’s meeting, but some changes were made to the plan. The current policy will expire July 1. The city’s insurance broker, Arthur J. Gallagher, recommended commissioners renew the city’s plan with BRIT Insurance, but place the city’s crime and […]

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Hays City Commission approves one-time bonus for employees »

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By NICK BUDD Hays Post The city of Hays and the Service Employees International Union Local 513 recently agreed to an addendum that will give members a one-time 2 percent bonus for 2015, and city commissioners voted 4-0 in favor of accepting the agreement at Thursday’s meeting. The bonus will be based on hours and […]

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Commission agrees to airport renovation; construction to begin soon »

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By NICK BUDD Hays Post At Thursday’s meeting, Hays City Commissioners voted in favor of entering into a contract with the Federal Aviation Administration for grant funding for renovations at the Hays Regional Airport terminal. According to I.D. Creech, director of Public Works, upgrades include improvements to the mechanical and electrical systems, restrooms, walls and […]

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City commission will consider employee bonus, airport contracts »

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By NICK BUDD Hays Post The Hays City Commission is expected to vote on a one-time 2 percent bonus for some city employees at tonight’s city commission meeting. Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno said, if approved, the raise would affect approximately 51 employees, costing the city approximately $41,000. The raise will be based on weekly […]

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Summer Gallery Walk proves a downtown draw »

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By NICK BUDD Hays Post Pleasant weather and a bit of culture lured people downtown Friday night for the annual Hays Arts Council Gallery Walk. More than a dozen businesses opened their doors for the annual event and, despite a decrease in attendance and a smaller number of displays, HAC Director Brenda Meder said the […]

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FAA grant awarded for airport upgrade, commissioners to vote next week »

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By NICK BUDD Hays Post According to I.D Creech, director of Public Works for the city of Hays, the city is “in the process of finalizing the final details” before construction begins on the renovations at the Hays Regional Airport. Recently, the city found out that its Federal Aviation Administration AIP Grant, which will fund […]

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Hays city commissioners discuss talks with employee union »

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By NICK BUDD Hays Post At Thursday’s Hays City Commission work session, Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno presented an agreement with the Service Employees International Union Local 513 that would provide a one-time 2 percent bonus to members of the union. According to Briseno, the raise would affect approximately 51 employees, and it will cost […]

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Hays commissioners indicate fireworks ban will remain »

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By NICK BUDD Hays Post After recent rains, the Hays City Commission discussed lifting the fireworks ban last night at its work session. Currently, fireworks can neither be sold nor set off over the Fourth of July holiday. Dan Thyfault and Roy Herman, fireworks vendors, were present at the meeting to express their concerns. “I think […]

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City looks for alternative ways to dispose of lime residue »

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By NICK BUDD Hays Post The city of Hays has sent out a request for proposals from firms who seek to reuse the lime residue that comes as a result of the city’s water-softening process. According to Utilities Director Bernie Kitten, the city uses lime in its water-softening process for municipal water. Once the lime […]

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Hays City Commission to discuss airport bid, fireworks at work session (VIDEO) »

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By NICK BUDD Hays Post At Thursday’s work session, the Hays City Commission will discuss accepting a Federal Aviation Administration grant to help fund renovations at Hays Regional Airport. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. In May, the commissioners awarded the bid for the improvements to Paul Wertenberger Construction […]

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FHSU seeks to expand, add programs in budget proposal to Regents »

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By NICK BUDD Hays Post In its FY 2016-17 budget request to the Kansas Board of Regents, Fort Hays State University has asked for funding to expand capacities for the  the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Master of Secondary Education in Higher Education Student Affairs MSE programs. The university also is asking […]

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