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 […]

Mentor passes baton to protege to lead Hays music program


KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hays High School Band Director Craig Manteuffel is happy to hand over his baton to the man hired to replace him, Matt Rome. Rome is a former student of Manteuffel’s and is also a familiar face at HHS as a student-teacher for the band program. Rome will graduate with a degree […]

Hays financial adviser in D.C. to talk simplified retirement plans

Jeff Seibel

by KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hays financial adviser Jeff Seibel of Edward Jones is in Washington this week to meet with state congressional representatives and Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts to discuss upcoming legislation that will make it easier for small businesses to implement 401(k) plans. Seibel said the SAFE Act (S 1270), sponsored […]

Hundreds bid farewell to Washington Elementary (VIDEO)


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Harold Kraus, 84, Hays, walked the hallways of Washington Elementary with his former first-grade classmate Aletha Denning, Hays, during Washington’s Elementary’s Farewell Open House Wednesday evening and admitted both were emotional. “We have shared a few tears today,” Kraus said. Denning and Kraus toured their former classroom and shared memories. […]

KNEA questions board proposal to cap sick, leave time


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Hays USD 489 Board of Education proposed a cap on sick leave and paid time off during Tuesday’s negotiation with local members of the Kansas National Education Association. The board’s proposed contract caps paid time off — including sick and bereavement leave — at 11 days a year and […]