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HMS students and staff plant lasting memorial to young Chloe Medina »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A flowering pear tree now stands in front of Hays Middle School in memory of Chloe Medina, who died of leukemia in September at age 2, thanks to the fundraising efforts of Hays Middle School’s sixth-grade class. Hays Middle School sixth-grade social studies teacher Karen Nowak said the tree was […]

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Children’s Miracle Network fundraiser helps local kids, families »

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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, […]

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

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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 […]

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Ellis County burn ban lifted »

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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 […]

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Hays man arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a minor »

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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 […]

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Upcoming receptions will honor longtime Hays teachers »

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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 […]

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Moran talks rural health care, LPC debate, staying grounded »

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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 […]

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Mentor passes baton to protege to lead Hays music program »

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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 […]

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HHS grad, Nashville artist performs at school prior to benefit concert »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hays High School class of 2012 and Nashville singer/songwriter Max Walker, 21, is and Alex Renbarger, a 2015 “American Idol” contestant, warmed up for a benefit concert with a performance at Hays High School late Friday morning. As a student at HHS, Walker was a percussionist in the Hays High […]

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

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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 […]

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Hundreds bid farewell to Washington Elementary (VIDEO) »

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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. […]

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KNEA questions board proposal to cap sick, leave time »

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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 […]

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USD 489 teachers union, board bicker over hours in the workday »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A proposal by the Hays USD 489 Board of Education to add seven days to teacher contracts, increase daily hours and increase students contact time was presented at Tuesday’s contract negotiations meeting to members of the local Kansas National Education Association. The board presented graphs comparing USD 489 with 17 […]

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