Retiring principal recalls ‘joyful days,’ looks forward to new ones

Nancy Harmon

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post After 17 years as O’Loughlin Elementary principal, Nancy Harman pictures herself sitting down this summer looking back on the “joyful days” that made her 40 years in education “blessed.” Harman was honored Tuesday at a retirement reception at the school. “I’m walking away knowing  (students and staff) are going to […]

Local fundraising continues for Komen Race for the Cure


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post While the third annual Susan G. Komen Kansas Race for the Cure is over, the fundraising continues. Susan G. Komen Race-Hays Chairwoman Jennifer Teget said the community still can donate online through May 31. As of Tuesday afternoon, Teget said donations continue to come in, noting this year’s event has […]

Good Samaritan of Ellis celebrates 5-star ranking

GSS - Ellis

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post ELLIS — Good Samaritan Society of Ellis, 1101 Spruce, is celebrating a 5-star ranking — the highest overall nursing home ranking possible — from the the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Good Sam Adult Care Home Administrator Noe Gillespie said only 10 percent of all nursing homes in the […]

Decision on pay-to-play fee for Hays USD 489 pushed to July

Patterson, Leiker, Schwartz

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The decision whether to implement pay-to-participate fees in the Hays school district will be discussed this summer when newly elected school board members take their seats. At Monday’s USD 489 Board of Education work session, the board tabled further discussion of the issue until July. Hays Middle School Athletic Director […]

USD 489 school lunches could increase due to federal requirement

USD 489 will discuss increase to school lunches at Monday's works session.

by KARI BLURTON Hays Post USD 489 Director of Nutrition Services Jessica Younker is recommending the Board of Education increase elementary school lunches 5 cents and middle and high school lunches 10 cents to prevent the district from having to subsidize the currently self-funded food service program with more than $15,000. At Monday’s work session, […]

Children’s Miracle Network fundraiser helps local kids, families


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The annual Children’s Miracle Network Fundraiser hosted by Walmart is “amazing” according to Campaign Champion and Hays Walmart associate Dawn Mallot, who said all donations go back to the local community. “I can’t give you the names of the people that (the fundraiser) has helped right here in this town, […]

Chloe’s Tree: Sixth graders plant tree in memory of custodian’s daughter

Chloe Medina (800x533)

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The sixth-grade class at Hays Middle School is planting a tree Friday morning in memory of the daughter of a longtime custodian. Frank Medina’s daughter, Chloe, died of leukemia in September at age 2. Hays Middle School sixth-grade social studies teacher Karen Nowak said students asked for donations and participated […]

Ellis County burn ban lifted

Ellis County rural fire

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Ellis County burn ban enacted in March has been lifted, according to Ellis County Rural Fire Chief Darin Myers. Myers said he will be meeting with Ellis County Commissioners on Monday evening to discuss the possibility of changing language regarding the current burn ban policy. “We are going to […]

Hays man arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a minor

Sean Robert Morris

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A Hays man was arrested late last month on exploitation and drug allegations. Sean Robert Morris, 28, Hays, was arrested April 30 on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a child, two counts of contributing to a child’s misconduct, suspicion of distribution of a depressant within 1,000 feet of a school and […]

Upcoming receptions will honor longtime Hays teachers

Wilson School

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post As children celebrate the last days of school, many teachers are celebrating the beginning of retirement with receptions held in their honor. Wilson Elementary is honoring four longtime teachers within the district Thursday: kindergarten teacher Jonita Windholz has taught in the district for 35 years, physical education teacher Patti Weber […]

Moran talks rural health care, LPC debate, staying grounded

KS Sen. Jerry Moran

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post As the U.S. Senate reconvenes after a short break Tuesday, Sen. Jerry Moran and former Hays resident used his time away from Washington — as he usually does — visiting the home state he represents and talking about issues close to the hearts of Kansans. Moran began his tour of […]