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Hays USD 489 will support Big Creek Travel Plaza TIF proposal »

Proposed Big Creek Travel Plaza

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hays USD 489 board members agreed to sign a letter of support at Monday’s meeting for a tax increment financing plan for developers proposing a travel plaza just off of Interstate 70 and Hays exit 157. Vice President of Chance Management Jim Millensifer operates the Oasis Travel Plaza in Colby. […]

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Hays USD 489 makes split decisions on technology financing »

USD 489 wall

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post On Monday night, the Hays USD 489 Board of Education voted 4-2 to approve the financing of 2,100 Apple iPads for grades K-8, but decided to wait on approving financing for Windows devices for grades 9-12. The board requested a detailed plan on how many Windows devices will be purchased […]

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Weekend altercation results in six arrests, injuries to HPD officers »

HPD crop

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Six men were arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct in connection with a fight at the Wild Rose, 109 W. Seventh, early Sunday morning, and two Hays Police Department officers received minor injuries trying to make arrests. According to Assistant Chief of Police Brian Dawson, at approximately 2 a.m., officers […]

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Hays USD 489 pursues proposed Kansas education insurance pool »

USD 489 Hays BOE

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The USD 489 Hays Board of Education and administration is waiting for the Kansas Insurance Commission to approve a proposed Kansas Education Risk Management Insurance Pool in hopes of saving money on district’s property/casualty insurance. The plan was brought to the table by the district’s insurance broker, Salina-based Assurance Partners, […]

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Vote to approve bids for iPads expected at USD 489 meeting »


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The USD 489 Hays Board of Education is expected to vote on a technology financing plan at Monday evening’s BOE meeting. The USD 489 technology committee recommendation includes the purchase of 2,100 Apple devices, which would provide iPads Minis for K-2 and iPads for grades 3-8 — a total of […]

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Munsch speaks at national ‘Healing After Suicide’ conference (VIDEO) »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Kris Munsch, Hays, presented his own project-based grief healing toolkit — The Birdhouse Project — to a new audience Saturday at the “Healing after Suicide” conference in Atlanta. Munsch created The Birdhouse Project in 2009, based on his own years of self-discovery and “rebuilding” himself after his 16-year-old son, Blake, […]

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Good Samaritan Adult Day Services expands its services »


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post On-site physical therapy has been added to the list of services provided at Good Samaritan Society Adult Day Services at the Hadley Center, 220 E. Eighth. According to Adult Day Service Coordinator Sharon Leuenberger, the addition of physical therapy along with existing services, such as speech and occupational therapy, gives […]

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Fishing, hunting, mayoral duties on horizon as longtime fire chief retires »

Retired ECRF Dick Klaus presents a plaque honoring him

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Tuesday marked the last day of 36 years of service to the Ellis County Rural Fire Department, as Director Dick Klaus retired. Klaus started his career as a volunteer for the ECRF company in Schoenchen and was appointed director in 1992. He said he will not miss the fires, but […]

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Options: ‘Teal Up’ in support of victims of sexual assault »

Start by Believing

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hays-based Options Domestic and Sexual Violence Services is asking the 18-county area it serves to “Teal Up” this month by wearing teal in support victims of sexual assault. Options Executive Director Mandy Wallgren said the campaign ties with this month’s National Sexual Assault Awareness campaign — “Start by Believing.” “It […]

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Former Navy SEAL trainer offers free self-defense workshop »

self defense

Former Navy SEALs mixed martial arts trainer Kenton Russell will lead a free self-defense training workshop for ages 12 and older Saturday on the campus of Fort Hays State University at Cunningham Hall, room 110 from 9 a.m. to noon. According to FHSU’s Women’s Leadership Project, the workshop will focus on situational awareness, common perpetrator […]

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Local homeschool event offers support, advice, curriculum ideas »

Ellis County Home School Network

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Ellis County Home School Network is providing a curriculum fair Thursday for those who have already made “the leap” to homeschooling and for parents who are thinking about it, according to group Treasurer Andrea Meier. Meier home-schools her 7- and 9-year-old children.  She said she started the  “homeschool journey” four […]

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Re-elected Rankin, unseated Schwartz thank community after election »


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post While the USD 489 election results will not be official until canvassed by Ellis County commissioners on April 13, it appears incumbent Sarah Rankin accomplished the goal she set for herself and proved her re-election was a “vote of confidence” from the community. With 1,460 votes in Tuesday’s election, Rankin […]

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City/school elections attract low, but ‘normal’ voter turnout »

Voters cast their ballots Tuesday at American Legion in Hays.

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post By noon Tuesday, Ellis County Clerk and Election Officer Donna Maskus was concerned with voter turnout reported at only 6 percent for the city-school elections. Maskus said she felt much better when she heard activity started to pick up in the late afternoon. The final number of ballots cast was […]

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