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New radiation equipment installed at Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute »

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Hays Medical Center It often is no surprise to cancer patients when they hear radiation treatments will take nine weeks. However, in the near future some may be surprised to learn treatment will take only one week thanks to new equipment at the Hays Medical Center Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute. The 14-year-old equipment was removed in […]

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Marilyn June Minkler »

Phillipsburg resident Marilyn June Minkler passed away Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Phillips County Retirement Center in Phillipsburg at the age of 86.  She was born June 19, 1928 in Courtland, KS, the daughter of Melvin & Fern (Sojandler) Kellogg. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband Milburn of Phillipsburg; 4 sons, Terry of Tyro, […]

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Curtis Dean Mong »

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Curtis Dean Mong (81) departed this world to stand before his heavenly Father on Sunday, January 11th, 2015.  Curtis was born March 8th, 1933 unto John A. Mong & Barbara (Weaver) Mong.  He was the 4th of 8 loving children born & raised on the family’s farm south of Ogallah, on Big Creek. Curtis proudly […]

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Lang Diesel announces winner of Facebook charity contest »


  Lang Diesel Inc. presented a $1,000 check Monday to representatives of Hillsboro Elementary School after the school won its “Win $1,000 For Your Favorite Charity” Facebook contest with the goal of replacing the school’s deteriorating playground equipment and adding safety surfacing. “We are thrilled to make our donation to a project with such a […]

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Geraldine Wittman »


Geraldine Wittman, age 59, of Hays passed away Thursday, January 1, 2015, at Hays Medical Center. She was born June 21, 1955 in Hays to Fidelis and Ileen (Wacker) Ruder. She attended Hays High. Geraldine was a CNA. She had attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. She enjoyed playing cards, watching TV and having conversations […]

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2014: The discouraging year in K-12 education »


Kansas became the second state to take away tenure from K-12 teachers. Previously teachers had to work three years at a school to prove their effectiveness. During this probationary time, they could be “let go” without explanation. After tenure, they could only be dismissed for cause. Kansas teachers lost this due process in April when […]

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Sneak exercise into your holiday activities »

Linda Beech

With the holiday hustle and bustle requiring so much of your precious time, how can you find opportunities to walk throughout your day to reach your goal of 10,000 steps? There are ways to search out those elusive minutes for movement. They are scattered throughout your morning, afternoon and evening, but with a little ingenuity […]

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Geraldine Chittenden Huff »

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Geraldine Chittenden Huff, 94, Phoenix, AZ, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 in Murrieta, CA. Geraldine was born in Hays KS on March 3, 1920 to Stanley and Myrtle (Truan) Chittenden. She grew up on the Chittenden farm outside of Hays. “Geri” attended school in Hays and after graduating from high school attended Fort Hays Kansas […]

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Without religious freedom, there will be no lasting peace »


On December 10, 1948, the nations of the world gathered at the United Nations to adopt the Universal Declaration of Rights, an American-inspired proclamation that launched the modern human rights movement. Voting in the shadow of the Holocaust, religious freedom was prominent among the inalienable rights that the world agreed must be guarded for all […]

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Torturing Obama’s legacy »

OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer and public speaker.

An old bumper sticker offered a stinging response to the Bush-Cheney regime’s enthusiasm for waterboarding: “Impeach Bush,” it urged. “Torture Cheney.” Bush and Cheney escaped unscathed. The Senate has just released an astonishing report detailing the depths of their depravity, but neither is likely to end up before a judge. Yet stunningly, there’s a new […]

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Huelskamp announces December town halls »


WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, is continuing the tradition of visiting each of the First District’s 63 counties each year. So far, Huelskamp has completed over 260 town halls during his time in office. “Now more than ever before the voice of the American people is needed in Washington. These town halls allow me […]

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RX farmers »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

File this under the heading of, who would have ever thunk it? What I’m referring to is the notion that today’s farmers need a prescription and a degree in chemistry to apply herbicides, insecticides and fertilizers to their land in order to grow and produce the food we eat every day. About this time, you’re […]

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Midwest’s $30M Goodman Energy Center expansion moves forward »

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Midwest Energy is moving forward with a $30 million expansion of the Goodman Energy Center in Hays, enabling the plant to accommodate load growth in the area while remaining a reliable backup generation source to wind generation resources in the region. The expansion will add 27 megawatts of generation capacity to the facility, which entered […]

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