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Public forum in Ellis tonight about proposed new community center »

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By BECKY KISER and NICK BUDD Hays Post Although there are a couple of places in Ellis that can be used for community meetings, they’re somewhat small and can’t hold that many people. The Ellis High School Alumni Association is pursuing the idea of a large community center in the vacant bowling alley at the […]

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Plane crashes in Sherman County »

Location of a freight plane crash Wednesday morning in Sherman County

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Officials are at the scene of a plane crash in Sherman County northwest of Goodland that happened Wednesday morning. Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Tod Hileman said a twin engine plane crashed in Sherman County about 8:56 a.m. Central Time near the intersection of county roads 10 and 71. According to […]

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FHSU Provost finalist withdraws, another candidate added »

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FHSU University Relations Dr. Sheryl L. Santos-Hatchett has been added to the slate of finalists who will visit the campus of Fort Hays State University to interview for the vacant provost position. FHSU is organized into three divisions — Student Affairs; Administration and Finance; and Academic Affairs — and the provost, as chief academic officer, […]

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Soup ‘R Bowl: ‘Charity never tasted so good’ (VIDEO) »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Soup ‘R Bowl is this Sunday, Jan. 25. No, it’s not that big football game — this is the Humane Society of the High Plains annual fundraiser. The 18th annual event is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Unrein Building at the Ellis County Fairgrounds. About […]

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CASA Valentine’s Evening tickets available now »


CASA of the High Plains CASA of the High Plains will host its fifth annual Valentine’s Evening Saturday, February 14, at the Rose Garden Banquet Hall, 2350 E. 8th. This fun and memorable evening of giving includes dinner, music by the Flat Land Band with a live auction and a silent auction. The event begins […]

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Survey: Street conditions are major concern of Ellis residents »

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ELLIS — Residents of Ellis who completed last fall’s City Resident Satisfaction Survey are mostly concerned about street conditions. Those surveyed also expressed concern about water availability and the ongoing drought. City council members discussed the survey results during their Jan. 5 meeting. It was noted that funds have been earmarked in recent budgets for […]

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SkyWest schedule changes in February to no morning flight (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post City officials acknowledge that upcoming changes in the SkyWest flight schedule at the Hays Regional Airport are not very convenient. Still, Public Works Director I.D. Creech hopes people will continue to book flights to show parent company United that Hays has a viable flying public. “There’s still two flights (week […]

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New HaysMed walk-in clinic opens Monday (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Earaches, lacerations and sprained ankles don’t always happen during normal business hours. When your doctor’s office is closed, you can go to the hospital emergency room, but that’s expensive. To “meet the community’s need,” HaysMed is opening its new Convenient Care Walk-In Clinic Monday, January 12. Located in Building 4 […]

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City reports ‘good rebound’ in sales tax collections at end of 2014 »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post For the second consecutive month, general fund sales tax collection for the city of Hays was up. Finance Director Kim Rupp called the December and November increases “a good rebound” at the end of 2014, which still had a negative sales tax trend. “(As of Dec. 23, 2014), general fund […]

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Hays water use down in 2014 despite ‘consistent’ top water users »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post At a time of year you might reasonably expect water use to be down dramatically, 50 water customers in Hays still used enough water during November to be charged the higher prices in the city’s Tier Two Conservation level. Finance Director Kim Rupp told city commissioners during their final meeting […]

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First Call For Help helps those ‘barely scraping by’ (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Most of the Ellis County residents who seek financial assistance from First Call For Help are employed, but their income isn’t enough when something unexpected happens. “There are many, many families in Ellis County, as well as individuals, who are working for minimum wage or just part-time,  or they may […]

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FHSU recognized for having second lowest in-state tuition in the U.S. »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Fort Hays State University has the second lowest in-state tuition in the country according to U.S. News and World Report. The recognition reflects updated ranks and data from the 2015 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, as reported to U.S. News by schools in an annual survey. Among the 10 schools […]

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2014 Alley Cleanup ‘considerably bigger’ than last year (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post This year’s annual Hays Alley Cleanup was a big one, according to Solid Waste Supervisor Marvin Honas. The 2014 cleanup netted 809,000 pounds of unwanted stuff, everything from old couches to concrete blocks to refrigerators and tree limbs.  Items not collected in the normal refuse are picked up and hauled off […]

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