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Ellis, Russell counties in ‘extreme drought’ »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Ellis and Russell Counties are in an “extreme drought” according to the U.S Drought Monitor released April 17. Hays is in a Water Warning while Russell remains under a Stage IV Water Emergency. Earlier this week, city commissioners from both towns discussed the possible development of their jointly-owned R9 Ranch […]

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‘It’s your money,’ says state treasurer Estes (VIDEO) »

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  By BECKY KISER Hays Post State Treasurer Ron Estes has been traveling throughout northwest Kansas this week, spending a couple of days in Hays. Estes was guest speaker Tuesday at the Hays Lions Club meeting.  He explained why Kansas has $260 million in unclaimed property and how the treasurer’s office works constantly to return […]

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Lack of rain, not freezing temps, hurting wheat crop (VIDEO) »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post It’s typical spring weather for Kansas, warming up for a day and then the temperature plummets the next day with overnight lows below freezing. That’s tough on the emerging wheat crop, but in Ellis County the bigger concern is lack of rain, according to K-State Research and Extension Agriculture Agent […]

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Coming off record year, TMP ready for 40th ACE auction (VIDEO) »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Last year was a record for the annual ACE auction at Thomas More Prep-Marian High School in Hays. The fundraiser, which supports TMP and Holy Family Elementary schools, brought in more than $600,000, according to Advancement Director Jeff Brull. Half of the proceeds were used for the TMP elevator project, […]

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Fracking technology started in Kansas in 1947 »

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Ellis County has long been the number one oil-producing county in Kansas, an industry that’s grown 37 percent in the last ten years, according to the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association (KIOGA). KIOGA, with 1,400 members, is holding its mid-year meeting this week in Hays at Fort Hays State […]

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K-State ARCH celebrates 100 years of cattle research (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The K-State Agricultural Research Center in Hays celebrates 100 years of its  ”Roundup” during a program Thursday, April 17, in the ARCH auditorium.  Roundup is the major beef cattle education and outreach event sponsored by the research center. Registration and a commercial trade show kick off the event at 9 […]

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Employers look to fill positions with Hays Area Job Fair »


The Hays Area Job Fair is scheduled for April 30 at The Mall in Hays. The event is open to veterans/military and their family from 3 to 4 p.m. and to the general public from 4 to 6 p.m. A variety of businesses representing Ellis, Barton, Gove, Rooks, Russell, Rush and Trego counties are scheduled […]

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CVB: Tourism season starting earlier these days (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post News It used to be the month of May when tourism activities in Hays began to pick up for the summer season. But according to Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Jana Jordan, the busy season now begins in April: Spring also brings an increase of local activities, said […]

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Private wells now subject to outdoor watering rules (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The city of Hays on Thursday delegated the authority over private wells within city limits by the state of Kansas. Similar to city water customers, private well owners cannot water outdoors between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Violators are subject to citations from the Hays Police Department. Stormwater/Water Conservation Division Superintended […]

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BBBS Bowl for Kids Sake scheduled for May 5 (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post There are 50 children on a waiting list for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ellis County — Littles hoping to be matched with Bigs. And there are “more all the time,” according to BBBS Executive Director Nancy Jeter. And one of the organization’s biggest fundraisers, Bowl for Kids Sake, will […]

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Wild West CLOUD Fest to teach technology to teachers (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Teachers wanting to learn more about technology and how to use resources in the classroom are the focus of the upcoming Wild West CLOUD Fest at Fort Hays State University.  Teacher Education Specialist Kevin Splichal in the College of Education and Technology says this tech fair demonstrates what kind of […]

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New OPTIONS executive director starts job training (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post “A whirlwind.” That’s how the incoming executive director of Options Sexual and Domestic Violence Services Sharon Leuenberger described her first day of training. Leuenberger, 34, went from meeting to meeting Thursday, greeting Options staff and volunteers in the office building, and then it was on to  community supporters in Hays. Next […]

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TMP baccalaureate, commencement will move to church »

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  Courtesy Thomas More Prep-Marian In order to accommodate the completion of ongoing construction work in Al Billinger Fieldhouse, the 2014 TMP-Marian high school baccalaureate mass and commencement exercises will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 1805 Vine. In November, the state fire marshal notified TMP the fieldhouse needed to increase the number […]

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