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August's top headlines for 2013


A day-to-day look at stories making headlines in 2013.

Aug. 1: Former diocese bishop remembered for strong presence -- Bishop George Fitzsimons dies at age 84.

Aug. 2: City begins cutting back arts funds -- Commissioners propose trimming Hays Arts Council funding by approximately $1,000.

Aug. 4: Board set to interview job candidates -- Hays USD 489 begins process of replacing retiring Superintendent Will Roth.

Aug. 5: Enormous sinkhole opens in NWKS -- Large hole, nearly 200 feet wide and 90 feet deep, is discovered in Wallace County.

Aug. 6: Sinkhole draws a crowd -- Thousands head to Wallace County to eye much-talked-about sinkhole.

Aug. 7: Hays-NEA, BOE at odds over teacher salaries -- Bargaining team, district don't see eye-to-eye over $180,000 difference in proposed salaries.

Aug. 8: Shrine Bowl returns to Hays in 2015 -- The 42nd annual all-star football game for high-schoolers will be in Hays for fourth time.

Aug. 9: Missouri River water an option for KS -- Kansas Water Authority wants 1982 plan updated to see if water can be moved to holding area near Utica.

Aug. 11: Small-town celebration offers big-time fun -- 31st annual Herzogfest in Victoria a successful event once again.

Aug. 12: Full of hot air -- Despite wind grounding flights, hot-air balloon causes spirits to rise at Herzogfest.

Aug. 13: Tradition stays on track -- Rooks County Fair keeps dirt-track motorcycle racing alive during two-day event.

Aug. 14: Former water manager charged -- Charles L. Blair, former manager of the wastewater facilities for the city of Hays, charged with violating Clean Water Act.

Aug. 15: Students await true first day of school -- Hays Victory Christian Academy prepares for begin inaugural school season as Hays' newest private school.

Aug. 16: Students learn patience on move-in day -- Thousands flock to dorms as Fort Hays State University students ready for school year.

Aug. 18: Victory Road open for school traffic -- Trafficway on TMP campus able to be used by Hays USD 489 parents when picking up O'Loughlin Elementary students.

Aug. 19: Rains fail to solve water crisis -- Despite rains in region, officials still concerned about water supplies in Hays, Russell.

Aug. 20: BOE elects to hire business manager -- Hays USD 489 opts to go with business manager to replace retiring Deputy Superintendent Richard Cain.

Aug. 21: FHSU events make impact -- Fort Hays tries new, creative ways to get students involved on campus.

Aug. 22: Complaints few at transmission line meeting --  Questions far outweigh concerns about route of Grain Belt Express line at meeting.

Aug. 23: Commissioners approve budget -- Hays City Commission gives OK to $35.98 million budget.

Aug. 25: USD 489 board selects interim superintendent -- Dean Katt named to position while board of education conducts search for full-time official.

Aug. 26: Couture makes move, expands -- Leland Olive moves his business, Couture for Men and Women, downtown to new location while adding clothing for females.

Aug. 27: Fire destroys home, injures three -- Two-story home damaged significantly by blaze, sending three to hospital.

Aug. 28: Governor says water a 'key issue' -- Gov. Sam Brownback offers key talking points after meeting with Council of Economic Advisers.

Aug. 29: Residents find new place to call home -- Ellis Estates in Hays opens doors as people move into independent living complex.

Aug. 30: Campus sees Hays' core -- Inaugural Core2Campus event coordinated by FHSU and city of Hays shows students what downtown offers.