A closer look at $63M in changes to the Kansas state budget

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By STEPHEN KONRADA and DAVE RANNEY Heartland Health Monitor Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration on Thursday announced $63 million in changes to the state budget. Much of that comes from increases in federal aid, cost-cutting measures and some services costing less than initially projected. Brownback’s budget director, Shawn Sullivan, outlined the plan in a Statehouse […]

HPD Activity Log July 30

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The Hays Police Department responded to 5 animal calls and 14 traffic stops Thursday, July 30, 2015, according to the HPD Activity Log. Driving Under the Influence–100 block E 17th St, Hays; 12:02 AM MV Accident-Private Property–1300 block Judith Dr, Hays; 2 AM; 3 AM MV Accident-Private Property–1200 block E 27th St, Hays; 7/29 9:17 […]

National publication highlights northwest Kansas storm study

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The National Geographic news service published a story this week highlighting the efforts of Plains Elevated Convection at Night, a Hays-based group focusing on the study of storms at night. The $13.5 million effort was financed by the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, and the U.S. Department of Energy, according […]

Youth Outdoor Festival in Hays scheduled for Aug. 15

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Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism ELLIS–If you’re interested in introducing your child to the world of shooting sports, hunting, fishing and other outdoor-related activities, mark your calendar for August 15. Hays area businesses, conservation groups and shooting sports groups have teamed together to offer a free day of target shooting and outdoor activities […]

Sunny, hot Friday

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  Rainfall chances will be minimal and mainly confined to areas south of Dodge City into Monday. Highs will warm to around 90 by Sunday, then into the mid 90s on Monday. TodayMostly sunny, with a high near 90. Light and variable wind becoming south southeast 5 to 8 mph in the morning. TonightPartly cloudy, […]

A&W offerings coming to Hays

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Along with the rash of recent restaurant openings in Hays comes big news to fans of traditional fast-food chains. Aaron White, Ellis County Coalition for Economic Development executive director, has confirmed the Long John Silver’s, 3380 Vine, will be expanding to include an A&W within the location. Work has began on the conversion, with an expected […]

Former Hays teen charged in March homicide enters insanity plea


A 17-year-old girl formerly of Hays and accused in the March homicides of her mother and stepfather pleaded not guilty last month by reason of insanity. Ashlee Martinson, is accused of killing her stepfather and mother, Jennifer Ayers, also a former Hays resident. She entered the plea June 29 in Oneida County District Court in […]

Ellis to pre-purchase wastewater plant improvement equipment


ELLIS–The city of Ellis will pre-purchase equipment and building materials for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project in order to save money as material costs increase. During their July 20 meeting, council members voted 5-1, with Gary Luea dissenting, to approve the proposal presented by Brian Spano, Wilson & Company engineer. In another water-related item, council […]

Hays-area firefighters training for trench cave-in rescue


Hays Fire Department The Hays Fire Department, along with members of Ellis County Rural Fire Department, City of Ellis Fire Department and City of Victoria Fire Department will be training with the Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute the next four days involving aspects of trench cave-in rescue. According to HFD Deputy Fire Chief Ryan […]

Student spots still open at Victory Christian Academy

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Submitted Victory Christian Academy housed in Celebration Community Church, 5790 230th Ave., will be hosting an Open House Tuesday, August 4, at 6:30 pm. to fill the remaining student positions for K-5th grades. As it expands, VCA is looking to add a K-2nd grade educator to partner with VCA’s current staff of Desty Cox and […]

Hays student researches human diabetes via channel catfish

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FHSU University Relations and Marketing Two Fort Hays State University biology undergraduates are working throughout the summer researching the causes of diabetes and obesity in humans by examining the genes of channel catfish. With the guidance of Dr. Yasuhiro Kobayashi, associate professor of biological sciences, Paige Evans, Concordia senior, and Alexyss Leiker, Hays senior, are […]