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Reaching the peak potential of Kansas agriculture »

John Schlageck writes for the Kansas Farm Bureau.

If today’s crop of young farmers and ranchers plan to play a part in the future of agriculture, they must position themselves where this industry will be – not where it is. There are four key considerations young farm and ranch couples must take to heart if they are to reach their full potential. These […]

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Top 10 frugal foods: Spend less, get more! »

Linda Beech

Think it costs too much to eat a healthy diet?  Think again! K-State Research and Extension presents our “top 10” list of frugal foods that combine great taste and a nutritious punch for a minimum cost. All of the frugal foods on our list are versatile — try them for breakfast, lunch, supper and snacks. […]

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Mississippi court throws out death sentence for Gillett »

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court has thrown out the death sentence handed down to Roger Lee Gillett and ordered him re-sentenced. Gillett was convicted in 2007 in Forrest County on two counts of capital murder for his role in the deaths of a Hattiesburg couple and the transporting of their bodies to […]

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Duane Owen Newcomer »

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Lifelong WaKeeney area resident Duane Owen Newcomer passed away Friday, June 6, 2014, at Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital, Long Term Care.  He was 82 years of age.  He was born on January 5, 1932, on the family farm east of WaKeeney to Dean S. and Mabel A. (Link) Newcomer. Duane was a graduate of Trego […]

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Duane Newcomer »

Duane Newcomer, of WaKeeney, passed away Friday, June 6, 2014, at Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital of WaKeeney. Services are pending with Schmitt Funeral Home of WaKeeney.

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Strong winds from Sunday storm take down 14 Midwest poles (UPDATE) »

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Sunday evening’s storm front brought with it gusting winds — and took down several power poles. Mike Morley of Midwest Energy said Monday morning that winds brought down 14 power poles throughout Ellis and Barton counties, causing outages that left approximately 2,400 customers without power. The largest outage — which affected approximately 2,200 customers for […]

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Final state track results »

2014 KSHSAA Track and Field

WICHITA — The 2014 state track meet is in the books. Here is a list of the area placers 1A Girls 4 x 400 Quinter, 7th 2A Girls 4 x 400 Ness City, 7th 1A boys 4 x 400 Osborne, 1st LaCrosse, 3rd Natoma, 8th 2A boys 4 x 400 Plainville, 2nd 3A boys 4 […]

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Can Libertarian candidate turn 13/87 into a winning formula? »


If there is a simple key to wooing voters in Kansas this campaign season, it’s coming up with a memorable, catchy phrase that even voters who don’t parse candidate qualifications will remember when they enter the voting booth. That key phrase might just have been hatched last week when Libertarian Party gubernatorial nominee Keen Umbehr, […]

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No city, county or school meetings this week »

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Because it is the fifth Thursday of the month, there will be no Hays City Commission work session Thursday. Also, the Ellis County Commission and Hays USD 489 Board of Education have no scheduled meetings because of the Memorial Day holiday.

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Ellis County wheat plot field day will be June 3 »

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K-State Research and Extension Farmers, make plans to take part in the annual Ellis County wheat plot field day at 6 p.m. June 3. Extension specialists in agronomy, plant pathology and entomology will discuss wheat varieties, various production topics including a sensor-based nitrogen fertilizer plot, and to answer any questions. Following the field day, a […]

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County OKs latest set of plans for EMS/Rural Fire building »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post The EMS/Rural Fire building project is a step closer to beginning after the Ellis County Commission voted Monday to move forward with the latest set of plans. Architect Brad Teeter from Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture met with the commission in a special meeting Monday afternoon to show the commission and […]

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Students’ challenge: ‘Are you strong enough to carry water?’ »

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FHSU University Relations Are you strong enough to carry water? Between 50 and 75 people recently experienced on the Fort Hays State University Quad what many African and Asian women and children have to go through to obtain the minimum amount of water needed to survive. Students in the Global Environmental Issues Class sponsored the […]

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REMINDER: Authorities ready for prescription drug takeback day »


Drug abuse evokes images of cocaine, pot, heroin and meth — but the most common type of overdose locally begins at the medicine cabinet, according to an Ellis County Sheriff’s detective. And Detective Chuck White, also a member of the multi-agency Ellis County Drug Enforcement Unit, is among the organizers fighting to get those prescription […]

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