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Top headlines for March 2013

12/19/2013

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

March 1: Spellers coming to Hays -- Youth from across the state venture to northwest Kansas for Sunflower Spelling Bee.

March 3: Hays bee a S-U-C-C-E-S-S -- Sterling Holland, a sixth-grader from Leavenworth County, wins the Sunflower Spelling Bee.

March 4: Hall showcases Hays' music tradition -- Musicians inducted into Kansas Music Hall of Fame.

March 5: Water starts flowing into Smoky -- Release from Cedar Bluff Reservoir aims to recharge wellfields along river.

March 6: Hays sales tax dropping April 1 -- Half-cent sales tax will sunset after helping fund Bickle/Schmidt Sports Complex.

March 7: State trip part of recovery -- Dighton's trip to state basketball tournament helps community heal from loss of student on school trip earlier in year.

March 8: Vine Street work comes in under budget -- Bids lower than expected for street's reconstruction.

March 10: Water nears Schoenchen wells -- Water released from Cedar Bluff Reservoir gets closer to target areas.

March 11: Snow snarls weekend traffic -- High winds, snow make travel difficult in northwest Kansas.

March 12: Vote set for May 14 -- Passage of sales tax would fund improvements to Ellis County buildings.

March 13: Russell will call for water release --  City says now is the time for its portion of water to be released from Cedar Bluf.

March 14: Oil, ag behind boost in population --  Estimates from U.S. Census Bureau show outmigration has slowed in region.

March 15: School districts expecting more cuts -- Special services in schools could see funding dwindle from federal dollars.

March 17: Officials prepare for election frenzy -- Hays City Commission, Hays USD 489 Board of Education seats will be decided April 2.

March 18: Must citizens show proof? -- Supreme Court to consider validity of Arizona law that tries to keep illegal immigrants from voting.

March 19: Cedar Bluff water reaches Russell's wells -- Release from reservoir closes in on city's well fields.

March 20: Voters approve tax to help hospital -- Money will help shore up financially beleaguered Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital.

March 21: Federal cuts hit Head Start -- Sequestration will mean fewer children in Hays Head State and Early Heart Start programs.

March 22: Cut short, Olympics still promise winners -- Threat of winter storm cancels Special Olympics basketball tournament banquet, dance and games.

March 24: More snow pounds northwest Kansas -- Mother Nature drops more moisture on regions of northwest Kansas.

March 25: Winning ticket for Powerball sold in N.J. -- One ticket matches winning numbers in nation's $338.3 million drawing.

March 26: Ellis City Council elevates conservation policy --  Private well users in Ellis banned from using them for any purpose.

March 27: Seeing and believing --  A humble sharp-shooter, Wichita State's Ron Baker has fans in northwest Kansas excited about team's run in NCAA tourney.

March 28: Suspect guilty of murder -- Jury finds Dylan R. Coryell Jr., Oberlin, responsible for shooting death of Corey Cook in 2011.

March 29: Drought forces changes --  Dry conditions force farmers to rely on different planting procedures.

March 31: Moran sees driven students at KAMS -- Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., visits with high-schoolers of Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science.