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February's top headlines in 2013


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

Feb. 1: Bills, reduced income force request -- Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital seeks assistance to boost bottom line.

Feb. 3: Ready for TVs, pizza? -- Super Bowl has businesses battling in the trenches.

Feb. 4: Changes at Legion hope to foster more relationships -- Lisa VanHorn takes reins as manager of Hays American Legion.

Feb. 5: County votes to seek state bill --  By a 2-1 vote, Ellis County commissioners authorize county administrator to move forward with proposing state Senate and House bills for 0.5-percent sales tax.

Feb. 6: USPS to cut Saturday mail --  Financially beleaguered Postal service says it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to disburse packages six days a week.

Feb. 7: Wheels turning for Hays bike plan -- Bike routes will link crucial areas in city of Hays.

Feb. 8: Speaker gives a hippie's view -- Skip Yowell, co-founder of JanSport, highlights Hays Area Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet.

Feb. 10: Golf club takes a swing at gaining new business -- Ellis Golf Club gains steam with new memberships rising.

Feb. 11: Parents swell with pride watching Grammys -- Band Fun. and bass guitarist Nate Ruess, with ties to northwest Kansas, grab two awards.

Feb. 12: Dog park fundraising tough, but group carries on -- Friends of the Hays Dog Park show gains in money toward improving land for first phase.

Feb. 13: Investigation continues in Colby death -- Garden City man held in lieu of $1 million bond in death of Teri L. Morris.

Feb. 14: Pope's resignation sparks surprise -- Locals shocked by Pope Benedict XVI calling it quits.

Feb. 15: New round of postal meetings slated -- Postal Service continues to gather with residents of small towns to discuss future plans.

Feb. 17: Candidates ready to tackle issues -- Those battling for positions on Hays City Commission get their say.

Feb. 18: City opts for plant upgrades -- In an effort to stay in compliance with state and federal requirements for wastewater operations, Hays moves ahead with upgrades.

Feb. 19: Wilson, O'Loughlin getting additional classes -- Two elementary schools in Hays will get more classrooms for Fall 2013.

Feb. 20: State agrees to water release -- Kansas Water Office announces it will begin releasing water from Cedar Bluff Reservoir to recharge wells along Smoky Hill River near Schoenchen.

Feb. 21: Snow forces changes -- Approaching winter storm sets sights on Hays, causes travelers for state wrestling tournament to alter plans.

Feb. 22: Storm dumps 16+ inches across NWKS -- Area buried knee-deep by Mother Nature, has travelers and businesses scrambling.

Feb. 24: Crews race to keep streets clear -- City of Hays struggles to remove massive amounts of snow left by winter storm.

Feb. 25: Sold -- Hays High FFA members bring in money for scholarships through auction.

Feb. 26: Heavy snow halts water release -- Weather causes obstacles for release of water from Cedar Bluff Reservoir.

Feb. 27: Advocates say KanCare concerns clear --  Concern grows in northwest Kansas as clock ticks toward implementation of new Medicaid program.

Feb. 28: Band headed to the Hall -- The Tempests, a 1960s Hays band, named to Kansas Music Hall of Fame.