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WaKeeney City Council working on 2015 budget »

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WAKEENEY — The city of WaKeeney is working on its 2015 budget. The city council conducted a lengthy review of the 2015 draft city budget during its July 1 meeting. The complete meeting minutes follow. RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE GOVERNING BODY 1 JULY 2014 The Governing Body of the City of WaKeeney, Kansas […]

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Dirt bikes bring a new type of horsepower to rodeo »


  PHILLIPSBURG – A horsepower of another kind will roar into the Phillipsburg rodeo arena July 31 to Aug. 2. Meet Cowboy Kenny and his Steel Rodeo Tour. Kenny Bartram rides into the arena on a dirt bike and loves to thrill crowds with his freestyle motocross. Kenny and his fellow dirt bike riders will […]

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Ellis County unemployment up slightly in June »

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While still well below the state average, the unemployment rate in Ellis County ticked up for the second straight month in June. The Kansas Department of Labor reported an unemployment rate in Ellis County of 2.6 percent in June, compared to 2.4 percent in May. Unemployment throughout northwest Kansas remains extremely low, with Rush County […]

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Museum exhibit will focus on history of the American flag »


LOGAN — “Long May She Wave: A Graphic History of the American Flag” will open Aug. 22 at the Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum and run through Nov. 16. Among the most recognizable icons in the world today, the American flag has enjoyed a long history of graphic renderings and artistic re-interpretations. The flag design […]

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HPD activity log, July 18 to 20 »

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The Hays Police Department conducted 10 traffic stops on Friday, 18 on Saturday and nine on Sunday, according to the HPD activity log. The department also received 19 animal calls over the three-day period. July 18 Assist, 2500 block Sherman, 6:52 a.m. Death/natural causes, 1500 block Canterbury, 9:10 a.m. Burglary/business, 1100 block East 27th, 9:21 […]

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USD 489 board expected to rule on proposal to decrease fees »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post At Monday’s meeting, the USD 489 Board of Education will discuss whether to keep increased enrollment fees as is, or decrease the fees and add a pay-to-play fee. At last week’s work session meeting, board member Susan Rankin suggested decreasing the activity fees to $25,  the workbook/materials fee to $30, […]

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Ellis Jr. Free Fair ready to kick off another year of ‘tradition’ »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post ELLIS — The 82nd annual Ellis Junior Free Fair starts Tuesday. Fair Board President Brandon Pfiefer said the board has been meeting for the last year to ensure the fair is a good time for the entire family. “There is a lot of tradition,” he said. “People … remember the […]

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FHSU workshop will ‘teach teachers’ »

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FHSU University Relations How to teach English to speakers of other languages will be the subject of a workshop taught by Dr. Sherri Brantley, instructor of teacher education at Fort Hays State University, on Friday, July 25, in Rarick Hall, room 201, on the FHSU campus. K-12 teachers and students going into the education field […]

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Sunny, hot Monday »

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Highs today and Tuesday will be around 100 degrees with afternoon heat index readings ranging from 100 to 104. These high heat index readings may become an issue for those with outdoor interests. Remember to drink plenty of water, and wear light and loose-fitting clothing when possible. Do not leave any children or pets in […]

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Ellis Big Creek may see return of fish »

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ELLIS–Now that Big Creek in Ellis is no longer dry, thanks to abundant rains in June and July, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism may restock the creek with fish. KDWPT Fisheries Biologist Dave Spalsbury will talk about the possibilities during the July 21 Ellis City Council meeting. Council members will also discuss […]

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Summer time heat returns today »


After a week of below normal temperatures, Summer makes a return to western Kansas today. Afternoon temperatures will be near 100 degrees with an overnight low of around 74. Monday and Tuesday are expected to be the hottest days of the week with Heat Index readings from 100 to near 105 on both days. Slight […]

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Granger Smith will headline 32nd annual Herzogfest »

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VICTORIA — The 32nd annual Herzogfest in Victoria will kick off at 5 p.m. Aug. 8, with grounds and vendors opening, along with Fun Cycles & Banana Bikes, Bumpy Knuckles The Clown and free swimming. The Wes Windholz Band will entertain on the small stage at 5 p.m., followed by the welcome ceremony at 6:30 […]

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Now That’s Rural: Jill Martin »

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By RON WILSON Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development Jill Martin seems to have been born with a love for music. At the age of two, she was walking around singing songs in her rural Kansas home. That love of music would lead to a music career in Nashville, and ultimately to another love […]

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