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Sales Tax Front and Center

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It’s looking more and more like the state’s estimated $400-million revenue deficit in fiscal year 2010, will be taken care of by a 1% sales tax hike. Rival proposals to increase the sales tax from 5.3% to 6.3% emerged in both the Kansas House and Senate yesterday. Both proposals were drafted by coalitions of Democrats and moderate Republicans. The Senate ... Read More »

Personal Information Bill Scrapped

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Kansas is one of just 8 states in the country that grants access to personal information despite warnings against the practice by federal officials. A bill that would have required the Kansas Department of Corrections to stop granting inmates access to personally identifiable information as they perform contracted data entry and document scanning work for city, county and state government ... Read More »

New Investment Tools for Alternative Energy Sources

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One area college has made a substantial investment in wind-power and another is looking at making a sizable investment. Both are hoping to put a big dent in the money they shell out annually in energy costs. Last month state dignitaries travelled to Concordia to watch the Power-Up Clooud Wind Energy Farm go on line at Cloud County Community College. ... Read More »

Southern Wymore School District loses $665,000

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Southern Wymore School District’s First year Superintendent Less Hall is beginning his tenure at Southern with the task of finding $665,000 to cut from the district’s budget.  The original goal was to find the money without cutting staff positions.  Now, the Southern Board of Education voted 5-1 Monday evening to place the burden of eliminating staff positions on Hall and ... Read More »

USD #451 Board of Education Meeting Minutes

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The regular meeting of the U.S.D. #451 Board of Education was called to order Monday, April 12, 2010 by President Dale Sudbeck at 7:30 p.m. Alan Schmitz, Steve Sudbeck, Nick Holthaus, Jim Dalinghaus, John Haug and Martin Haug answered roll call. Also attending were Jerry Turner, Deborah Stallbaumer, and Carol Hunninghake. John Haug made a motion to approve the minutes ... Read More »

Kansas Appellate Judge Passes Away

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Flags at the state capitol in Topeka and all court buildings and facilities have been directed to lower flags to half-mast in memory of Kansas Court of Appeals Judge Jerry Elliot who passed away on Monday. The dictum came from Governor Mark Parkinson yesterday afternoon. Judge Elliot had served on the Kansas Court of Appeals since 1987 when he was ... Read More »

KDOT celebrates 20 yrs of volunteer road clean-up

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Kansas benefits from 20 years of AAH program More than 31,000 bags of trash – that’s just an average of what Adopt-A-Highway groups in Kansas remove from along roadways each year. This number is a rough estimate by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), that sponsors the program, taking the number of groups and multiplying them by an average of ... Read More »

Kansas and Nebraska reach agreement on drivers of farm vehicles

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Kansas and Nebraska have agreed to allow persons to operate farm equipment in either state without a CDL.  Under the terms of the agreement a persons from Kansas or Nebraska who has a valid driver’s license may operate a farm vehicle subject to the traffic laws of each state.  Driver’s must be 18 years of age, be operating a vehicle ... Read More »

Hanover Wildcats Win 1A State Basketball Championship

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The Hanover Wildcats defended their 2009 1A State Championship with a 58-49 win over South Gray Friday at Fort Hays State University. The Wildcats were led in scoring by 15 points by Conner Hynek, and 14 points by Taylor Nicholson. Official Basketball Box Score -- GAME TOTALS -- FINAL STATISTICS Hanover vs Montezuma-South Gray 03/12/10 7:30 pm at Hays,Kan (Gross Memorial ... Read More »

Obama Signs Disaster Declaration

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WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama has signed a major disaster declaration for parts of Kansas especially hard hit by winter storms over the holiday period. The declaration signed Tuesday makes federal aid available to offset the costs to the state and local governments of emergency response and repairs. Some private, nonprofit organizations will also qualify for the federal aid. The ... Read More »