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 […]

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

USD 489 wall

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 […]

Following special meeting, Hays NEA and USD 489 negotiations continue

USD 489

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Following a special meeting Monday evening, Hays USD 489 Superintendent Dean Katt said the district’s board of education will continue contract negotiations with the Kansas National Education Association-Hays on Tuesday. The special meeting, held in executive session at Rockwell’s Administration Center, featured a discussion on district policies, according to Katt. […]

‘Farewell’ open house will celebrate Washington’s rich history

Washinton Elementary

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post As the last weeks for Washington Elementary School approach, events to celebrate its 89 years of history are scheduled, beginning with the school’s last musical program starting Tuesday at 6:15  p.m and a  farewell open house Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. In February, the Hays USD 489 school board […]

Hays man arrested on suspicion of sexual battery, drug offenses

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Blayke Ayers, 24, Hays, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated sexual battery and several drug offenses after an incident reported Friday. According to Hays Police Department Lt. Brandon Wright, a 20-year-old Smith Center woman reported the alleged sex offense Friday evening. Details of the alleged offense were not released. Wright […]

Hays man robbed at gunpoint, police investigating

Hays police car

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hays police are looking for two masked intruders who reportedly robbed a 55-year-old Hays man at gunpoint in the 2100 block of Elm Street Saturday. According to Lt. Brandon Wright, the victim arrived at the Ellis County Law Enforcement Center, 3000 New Way, to report the crime at 12:34 a.m. […]

Guests from Thai university and FHSU to discuss re-establishing partnership

Left to right; Natchaya  Humna (Nath) & Sireetorn Pratumkaew, (Mint)  from Thailand's  Rajabhat University visit FHSU this week.

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post One professor and one student from a university in Thailand are touring Fort Hays State University today and will meet with FHSU President Dr. Mirta Martin Tuesday morning to discuss a possible partnership with Thailand’s Rajabhut University. Director of Fort Hays State’s Colorado Higher Education Opportunity Center Mike Leikam said […]

Ellis man facing several charges following fiery rollover in March

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Joseph King, 34, Ellis, is facing several charges, including aggravated battery, after to an incident last month in which King allegedly fled the scene after the vehicle he was driving hit a bridge, rolled and caught on fire. He is accused of leaving his passenger, a 43-year-old Hays woman, behind. […]

Nashville singer/songwriter to perform benefit concert for Hays woman

RIch and Mary Grizzle

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post 2012 Hays High School graduate and Nashville singer/songwriter Max Walker, 21, is bringing his tour with Alex Renbarger, a 2015 “American Idol” contestant, to Hays May 1 with a goal to help a Hays woman he has never met raise funds for her battle against cancer. According to Max’s mom, […]

Holy Family Elementary students prepare to ‘Race for Education’

Holy Family Elementary
pre-shcooler Katie Herrman with mom and Race for Education volunteer said she is "ready to run" Friday.
 Race for Education volunteer Katie Herrman holdsher daughter, Katie, who will be participating in the race for the first time this year.

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Hays community will see more than 400 kids running a makeshift track all day Friday outside Holy Family Elementary, 1800 Milner. The Holy Family students are running to raise money for the school’s 11th annual Race for Education fundraiser. Co-Chair Marcia Dinkel said the race will be begin with […]

April’s USD 489 Best of Best earn recognition

April's 'Best of the Best', Terri Tramel and Meredith Martin

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post O’Loughlin Elementary School administrative assistant Terri Tramel and Hays High School junior Meredith Martin are April’s USD 489’s Best of the Best honorees. Both received their awards Monday at the USD 489 Board of Education meeting. Tramel was nominated by O’Loughlin teacher Sonya Herl. “(Terri) always helps everyone at school. […]