July's top headlines in 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.