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Jail inmates will be in temporary pods during courthouse remodel (VIDEO) »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT and BECKY KISER Hays Post While the Ellis County courthouse and law enforcement center are being remodeled, a process that is slated to take 325 days–nearly a year–inmates in the Ellis County Jail will be housed in temporary jail pods. Sheriff Harbin said the county is currently in discussions to rent several mobile […]

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Stormwater projects update for city commissioners Thursday (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post It’s a short agenda, just two items for Hays city commissioners to review during their work session this Thursday evening. The first agenda item is an update of stormwater activities. City Stormwater Specialist Steve Walters will review the National Pollutant Discharge System permit and which requirements the city still needs to […]

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HFD stresses importance of smoke detectors for Fire Prevention Week »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Having a working smoke detector in your home reduces the likelihood of dying in a house fire by half. That’s a statistic the new Hays Fire Department Deputy Chief Ryan Hagans wants the public to know and think about during National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 5 to 11. “The best […]

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DSNWK employee finds cash, turns it in to HPD »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays resident Jeff Saindon was shaking a lot of hands at work Friday morning. The longtime employee of Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas Employment Connections was on the job as usual at the Hays Regional Airport. While he was cleaning in the terminal area about 9:20 a.m., Saindon found what […]

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TMP homecoming bonfire is a father/son tradition (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post It’s long been a tradition at TMP-Marian High School for fathers of senior class students to build the homecoming bonfire, usually with help from their sons. Dean Haselhorst worked with his son Kolby and several other parents and their sons to gather and stack approximately 500 wood pallets donated by various […]

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Nat’l American Legion commander: Fire corrupt VA employees »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The new American Legion National Commander, Mike Helm, along with U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., who is a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, have called for immediate action to remove certain U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employees. Helm, a native of Norcatur in northwest Kansas, was in Hays recently […]

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Morning storm causes tank battery fire near Bunker Hill »

Lightning causes oil tank battery fire southwest of Bunker Hill Tuesday morning.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post BUNKER HILL — Today’s early morning thunderstorm brought welcome rain to the area, along with lots of lightning and noisy thunder. The lightning started an oil tank battery fire 6 miles southwest of Bunker Hill on Tuesday morning. According to Russell County Emergency Manager Keith Haberer, crews from Russell County […]

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Rebate available for fall planting of preferred trees (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Hays Beautification Committee is promoting fall tree planting. Between now and mid-October is “the best time” for planting trees in the Hays area, according to Jim Strine, an HBC committee member and recently retired Northwest Kansas District Forester. “We’ve had some summer moisture, and now that the city recently […]

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City: First full month of SkyWest reliability is about 90% (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The first full month of passenger service by SkyWest, flying as United Express at the Hays Regional Airport, was successful, according to acting airport manager I.D. Creech. Service between Hays and Denver started Aug. 1. Although United has not yet released any official figures, Creech said, “We do know, unofficially, about […]

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Traffic flow changes in 41st Street project (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Traffic flow within the 41st Street project in north Hays has changed. According to Hays Public Works Director I.D. Creech, the traffic pattern from houses in the area now flows west.  Through traffic is prohibited. “We’ve been talking about this street widening project for some time,” Creech said. “It’s a […]

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Howell: ‘Measured response’ is not police militarization »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The actions of police officers in Ferguson, Mo., during recent unrest — and their use of  heavy-armored trucks and military-style equipment, including assault rifles — have spurred a national debate about the militarization of local law enforcement agencies. St. Louis County’s top police officer Col. Jon Belmar said Tuesday the equipment […]

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USD 489 work session locations will rotate through district buildings »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post A revised work session calendar was approved by USD 489 Hays school board members Monday night. In August, board Vice President Marty Patterson suggested conducting work sessions in each of the district’s school buildings. The board hopes the location changes will encourage district patrons to come talk to the school […]

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Wasinger named interim board clerk for Hays USD 489 »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post USD 489 Hays Board of Education members Monday night approved the appointment of an interim board clerk. Sarah Wasinger was named assistant to Superintendent Dean Katt and clerk of the school board. Her appointment is effective Sept. 22 and continues until the position is filled permanently. Wasinger attended Roosevelt Elementary […]

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