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State senator endorses Wilson for state board of ed »

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Kansas State Sen. Larry Powell, R- Garden City, Chairman of the Natural Resources committee has endorsed Meg Wilson for State Board of Education District 5. Senator Powell stated: “Kansas’ greatest resource are the children.  We must allow them to succeed in their own strengths during their education process.  To have a one size fits all […]

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Who is the Kansas Values Institute? »

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During the last several weeks the Kansas Values Institute, a (c)(4) group based in Topeka, has been sending tens of thousands of dollars of mail on behalf of candidates in the Republican primary. Who is this conservative-sounding group? Kansas Values Institute chair Dan Watkins, has been a longtime Democrat activist and was the senior adviser […]

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‘Western Kansas’ gripe highlights Wolf’s lack of depth on farm issues »

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Last week, Sen. Pat Roberts’ began a series of radio ads in rural areas of Kansas pointing out that his opponent in the upcoming August 5 primary, Milton Wolf, has an alarming lack of depth and understanding on the issues that impact Kansas farmers and ranchers. Dr. Wolf’s response? That Sen. Roberts was conducting “geographic […]

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Time for Kansas to have a second senator! »

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I am a lifetime Republican and, in fact, voted for Sen. Pat Roberts in all of his past elections. I will not be this year. I am appalled and embarrassed at the outright lies and smears he has directed at Dr. Milton Wolf. Dr. Wolf has said he will not run a negative campaign towards […]

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Kansas ag, ethanol groups voice disappointment in Huelskamp »

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Representative Tim Huelskamp remains a cosponsor of a bill that calls for the repeal of the Renewable Fuels Standard, a key program that gives ethanol producers access to sell their product in a market controlled by the oil industry. In a recent visit to Rep. Huelskamp’s office, leaders from Kansas Corn Growers Association (KCGA) delivered […]

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Shultz has the right skills to be Kansas Insurance Commissioner »

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During his 17 years in the legislature, Clark is proud to have earned a 100% pro-life voting record and helped pass key anti-abortion legislation that said abortions will no longer be considered a “medical procedure” for insurance purposes. Clark is a champion for the 2ndAmendment, having received the Legislator of the Year award from the […]

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Firefighters Negotiation With City of Hays »

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Citizens of Hays, In response to several related media stories regarding the negotiating of salaries between the Hays Firefighters Local 2119 and the City of Hays, the firefighters union would like to express it was our intention to keep negotiated items confidential as they should during this process. However, we feel that the public must […]

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Open letter to the ‘Plant Thief’ »

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Dear Plant Thief, I hope you are enjoying your 12 beautiful “new-to-you” drought resistant stonecrop succulent plants. I’m certain that they are a lovely addition to your yard, and really look snazzy next to your other “borrowed” landscaping. Trust me, they are easy to care for, not much maintenance, and environmentally friendly during the hot/dry […]

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Fireworks and water-wasting? Give us some credit »

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Regarding the wise … cough, cough … decision by the Hays City Commission to continue the ban on fireworks this year: Are they crazy? I think the citizens of Hays are wise enough to know that just because they may be able to blow off a few fireworks, it doesn’t mean we can start wasting […]

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No tax dollars? Kids get the short end »

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Too bad the people of the school districts, cities and other taxing units did not support  wind energy in Ellis County. There would have been probably three wind farms pumping payments in kind of about $2 million per year into the coffers. It would not have cost the Ellis county taxpayer a nickel of incentives. […]

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Questions about LOB ballot? Call the clerk’s office »

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On behalf of the Ellis County Clerk’s Office, USD 489 would like to remind patrons that if you have not received a ballot, please contact the Clerk’s Office before noon, Friday, June 27, if you would like to vote in the special election, (785) 628-9410. If you have received a ballot, please be sure to […]

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Fireworks ban is the wrong call »

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On June 19, the Hays City Commission again exercised their power of community control to deny the citizens of Hays to celebrate Independence Day in the traditional sense. Again, dry conditions were cited as a compelling reason. This approach has become shop-worn to the point of being transparent. There are politics at play here that […]

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Prayer & Action in Ellis »

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Have you seen the signs around town? The “Prayer & Action” signs, that is! Throughout the month of June high school and college aged students from surrounding communities have came to Ellis to help the elderly, disabled, and low-income families do odds & ends around their homes. This week is the week for you! Yes, […]

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