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July's top headlines in 2013

12/24/2013

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

July 1: Project eyes to save water -- Dermatologist Dr. Donald Tillman uses city's help with landscaping ideas.

July 2: BOE ends ties to fair funding group -- Hays USD 489, a charter member of Schools for Fair Funding, votes to discontinue involvement with group.

July 3: BOE sees changes with new members -- Hays USD 489 reorganizes, with Greg Schwartz becoming president, Darren Schumacher becoming vice president and newcomers Josh Waddell, Danielle Robben and Lance Bickle joining the board.

July 4: County looking at $900K shortfall -- Ellis County Administrator Greg Sund mentions a possible budget loss.

July 5: Fest, fireworks light up night -- Wild West Festival draws thousands to Hays to witness massive fireworks display.

July 7: HaysMed earns new accreditation --  Hays Medical Center honored as one of nation's top chest pain centers.

July 8: Holcomb plant still on back burner -- Hays-based Sunflower Electric's proposed coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas continues to face obstacles.

July 9: Sund says renovations might cost less -- Ellis County administrator says bids for buildings might come in below expectations.

July 10: Roth, Cain leaving district in fall -- Superintendent and deputy superintendent announce they will leave Hays USD 489 in early fall.

July 11: Sund trims away at budget -- County administrator whittles down projections for upcoming budget.

July 12: Classroom construction begins at HMS -- Eight classrooms being added to southeast corner of Hays Middle School, with help of FEMA funding.

July 14: Drought strangles McCracken's water use -- Small Rush County town dealing with continued drought conditions.

July 15: Ellis County Fair has old flavor, but new twists -- Traditional activities intertwine with new events at annual summer gathering.

July 16: Train collision causes fire -- Union Pacific locomotive runs into parked rail cars, causing large fire and evacuations.

July 17: Train drill turns into reality --  Recent training activity by Hays police and fire departments allow for quick response to train disaster.

July 18: New BOE digging deeper into issues -- Board policies and procedures come under scrutiny by newly reconfigured Hays USD 489 Board of Education.

July 19: Huelskamp behind farm bill provision --  Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a Republican, takes credit for bill's terms to help Sunflower Electric build second Holcomb plant, but then votes against it.

July 21: Train wreck, fire under investigation -- Officials continue to seek answers for why train collided with parked rail cars in Hays.

July 22: Basting the competition -- Fifth annual Blues, BBQ and Bargains event draws some of the best local and state cookers.

July 23: Wind whips fire out of control -- Fire south of Damar burns several hundred acres as multiple crews respond to battle blaze.

July 24: County budget on hold --  Ellis County budget not finalized after commissioner absent from meeting.

July 25: Power line developer files application -- Officials for a 750-mile, 600,000-volt power line seek request from Kansas Corporation Commission for portion through Kansas.

July 26: Heavy rain brings smiles in region -- Russell County receives largest amount of precipitation from thunderstorm, measuring at nearly 3 inches.

July 28: Bowyer ready for return trip to Hays -- NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer excited about returning to RPM Speedway for Mod Mania event.

July 29: Heavy rain draws crowd to Big Creek -- After more downpours, local creek in Hays sees rise -- and eyes.

July 30: Move marks end of era at St. Joseph -- Capuchin priests move into St. Fidelis Friary in Victoria.

July 31: Driver, sponsor deliver track success -- NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer draws a crowd at Crawford Supply event, then at RPM Speedway for a night of racing.