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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

FHSU’s Virtual College celebrated national distance learning week

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FHSU University Relations Fort Hays State University’s Virtual College recently celebrated National Distance Learning Week, an annual event sponsored by the United States Distance Learning Association, which promotes and celebrates the increasing growth and accomplishments in distance programs. FHSU currently provides more than 6,000 students in more than 20 countries the opportunity to earn online […]

Moran honors Ross and Marianna Beach on floor of U.S. Senate


WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., honored Ross and Marianna Kistler Beach on the U.S. Senate Floor. Marianna recently passed away, and her late-husband Ross Beach – who passed away in 2010 – were residents of Hays for more than 60 years before moving to Lawrence, Kan., in 2000. The devoted couple […]