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Martin’s first convocation: ‘American Dream is alive and well’ »

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By NICK BUDD Hays Post As thousands of students began filling dorm rooms and apartments on the Fort Hays State University campus in anticipation of the first day of school on Monday,  President Mirta Martin offered her first State of the University speech at the annual fall convocation. Martin said the American Dream ultimately brought […]

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FHSU prepares to welcome students back to campus »


By NICK BUDD Hays Post Over the next couple of days, thousands of students at Fort Hays State will commute back to Hays for the 2014-15 school year. Currently, the university is in the process of training several students and faculty who will help facilitate the move. “All of the preparation and training for student […]

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Hays Airport to move ahead with new Passenger Charge »

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By NICK BUDD Hays Post At Thursday’s city commission work session, commissioners gave acting airport manager I.D. Creech the go-ahead to apply for a Passenger Facilitation Charge at the Hays Regional Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration allows airports to collect a maximum of $4.50 from originating ticket for specific airport improvement projects approved by the […]

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More discussion of city’s funding of outside agencies »

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By NICK BUDD Hays Post Hays city commissioners continued 2015 budget discussions at Thursday’s work session in anticipation of the public hearing next week. The main item of discussion was the funding of outside agencies. The combined request of all outside agencies is $445,755. Commissioner Ron Mellick suggested keeping all of the agencies at 2014 […]

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City commission considers banning open carry of firearms »

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By NICK BUDD Hays Post At Thursday night’s city commission work session, commissioners heard a request from city staff to pass a resolution that would ban the open carrying of firearms in city-owned buildings. In the past state legislative session, state lawmakers passed House Bill 2578 which prohibits local governments from enacting or enforcing laws that […]

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Inspection: Bedbugs close rooms at Hays Ambassador Hotel »


By NICK BUDD Hays Post In a mid-July inspection of the Hays Ambassador Hotel by the Division of Food Safety and Lodging of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, inspectors found what  they said was evidence of bedbugs in three rooms of the hotel located near Interstate 70. According to the report filed by the agency, […]

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Open carry, airport discussions on Hays commission agenda »

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By NICK BUDD Hays Post Hays city commissioners will discuss prohibiting the open carry of firearms within city buildings at their work session Thursday. During the 2013 legislative session, lawmakers gave concealed carry licensees the right to carry a concealed weapon within municipal building if the buildings did not have “adequate security measures” in place. […]

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Ceremonial dirt turned for Hays airport renovations »


By NICK BUDD Hays Post Members of the Hays City Commission, SkyWest Airlines, Hays Area Chamber of Commerce and other patrons continued the new era at the Hays Regional Airport with a Tuesday groundbreaking ceremony for terminal renovations. One of the biggest renovations to the airport will be the construction of a new 50-passenger holding […]

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Chiefs Training Camp Report With Mitch Holthus »

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Get the latest from Chiefs training camp report from St. Joseph, Missouri with the “Voice of the Chiefs” Mitch Holthus. It can be heard Monday through Friday around 5:30pm on KFIX (96.9-FM).

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Davis: Kansas needs a ‘uniter instead of a divider’ »


By NICK BUDD Hays Post Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis visited Hays on Sunday, meeting with supporters and various community groups to talk about his campaign to unseat current Gov. Sam Brownback in the November general election. Davis, Lawrence, practices as an attorney and has served as the House minority leader over the past six […]

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Gubernatorial candidate will be in Hays on Sunday »

Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis will be in Hays on Sunday. He plans to hold a community gathering at the VFW, 2106 Vine, at 6 p.m. Davis plans to take on the incumbent, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback in November’s general election. Brownback faces a primary challenge from Wichita Republican Jennifer Winn in the Aug. 5 […]

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City commission and staff continue budget talks; schedule hearing »

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By NICK BUDD Hays Post City manager Toby Dougherty presented the Hays City Commission with suggested changes to the 2015 budget during Thursday night discussions about scheduling of the budget public hearing. City staff is recommending commissioners fund the” quality of life” agencies  Hays Arts Council, Ellis County Historical Society, Wild West Festival, and Sister […]

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City accepts 2013 audit from ABB&B »

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By NICK BUDD Hays Post At Thursday’s Hays city commission meeting, commissioners voted 3-0 to accept the 2013 budget audit prepared by Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball of Hays. Mayor Henry Schwaller and Commissioner Shaun Musil were absent. Kansas statutory law requires each municipality to put together an audit by an outside firm so that […]

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