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December's top headlines for 2013


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

Dec. 1: Downtown tree lighting makes spirits bright -- Third annual tree-lighting ceremony in Hays helps kick off holiday season.

Dec. 2: Spirits fly high as Santa arrives in Hays -- St. Nick flies into Hays Regional Airport for holiday celebration.

Dec. 3: City hopes for airline competition -- Not happy with current provider, city officials hope new carriers will supply bids.

Dec. 4: Pool losses have drain on city, HRC -- Hays Aquatic Park, Wilson Pool see lower attendance, leaving Hays Recreation Commission and city officials looking at pitching in to help.

Dec. 5: Hays students' assessment scores fall -- Officials cite Common Core standards for decline.

Dec. 6: World mourns Mandela -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela dies.

Dec. 8: Snow, warmer weather possible -- Meteorologists predict snow, then end to frigid weather.

Dec. 9: Faithful flock to FrostFest -- Despite cold temperatures, annual parade down Main Street carries on.

Dec. 10: BOE names Katt superintendent -- Hays USD 489 hires Dean Katt for full-time position with district.

Dec. 11: Exhibit too 'cool' -- "Titans of the Ice Age: When Big was Cool" takes center stage at Sternberg Museum of Natural History.

Dec. 12: Clear Defiance -- Duo combines to open new brewing company in Hays.

Dec. 13: Stalemate allows guns in buidlings -- Tie vote during Hays City Commission meeting doesn't allow for delay of concealed carry.

Dec. 15: Airport worker arrested in bomb plot -- Terry Lee Loewen's plan to attack Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita thwarted by federal officials.

Dec. 16: Wreaths bring tribute full circle -- WaKeeney Veterans Cemetery one of several in U.S. to take part in Wreaths Across America ceremony.

Dec. 17: Commission faces budget shortfall -- Ellis County uses contingency funds to help close $404,500 shortfalls in seven departments.

Dec. 18: County gets only two bids -- Ellis County Administrator Greg Sound says he would have liked to see more interest in 718 Main project.

Dec. 19: EMS, fire bids on high end -- Bids for new building in Hays on 22nd Street higher than what was expected.

Dec. 20: County rejects building bids --  Ellis County Commission says new proposals are needed for two projects.

Dec. 22: Ellis trying to identify new water supply --  Town begins looking at options for future.

Dec. 23: 'Wise' production mixes cultures -- First Baptist Church hosts Three Kings celebration.

Dec. 24: Feds to boost ferrets -- New recovery plan aims to boost population of endangered black-footed ferrets in U.S.

Dec. 25: Still side by side -- John and Joan Gross, both facing medical issues, continue to stay strong while devoting lives to each other.

Dec. 26: Rise and shine -- Shoppers at it early to get post-Christmas bargains.

Dec. 27: Self-made musician -- Hays High freshman Hannah Norris delves into music world with writing, playing.

Dec. 29: Brewmaster celebrates successful year -- Gella's Diner and Lb Brewing is prepared to build on its success.

Dec. 30: Opposition hasn't quieted Medicaid -- Pressure likely to build next year in state.

Dec. 31: Happy New Year.