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Fewer buses means more vehicle traffic around schools (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post As a cost-cutting measure, the Hays USD 489 school board voted in May to reduce bus routes by no longer picking up students who live within 2.5 miles of their school. As a result, “it’s put a lot more cars on the road,” according to School Resource Officer Tim Dreiling […]

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Moran: ‘EPA proposal would regulate every drop of rain’ (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Kansas Senator Jerry Moran and 32 other U.S. senators have sent a letter to the  administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, urging the withdrawal of proposed water regulations which would redefine “navigable waters.” “If not withdrawn, the guidance could lead the EPA to redefine when isolated wetlands, intermittent streams, […]

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Moran visits with KAYS Radio listeners (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, R-Kan., is using his month-long “vacation” from being in Washington, D.C. to being in Kansas. Friday morning he made an appearance in Hays on KAYS Radio with host Scott Boomer, before driving on to visit other locations in western Kansas. Moran talked about what he calls […]

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HFD volunteers take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (VIDEO) »

Volunteers from the Hays Fire Department take part in the challenge.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post The temperature was nearly at the century mark, and the wind was still as volunteers with the Hays Fire Department took the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” late Monday afternoon. “That was cold!,” Fire Chief Gary Brown concluded. “But it felt good!,” according to HFD organizer, Lt. Darin Myers. Myers said “the idea […]

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KDHE Secretary Moser: ‘Ebola not likely in Kansas’ (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an alert to all U.S. hospitals, warning them to make preparations for dealing with the possible spread of the Ebola virus. It’s unlikely the virus, which has spread rapidly throughout parts of west Africa, will make a sudden appearance in Kansas, […]

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City of Ellis will ticket those running afoul of fowl rules »

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ELLIS — It was recently brought to the attention of Ellis City Council members that some residents are keeping chickens on their property. Chickens and other fowl are prohibited within Ellis city limits by city code. During their Aug. 4 meeting, council members decided to insert a reminder about the fowl prohibition in the local […]

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REMINDER: Youth Outdoor Festival is Saturday »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Which great event do kids rank right up there with Christmas and their birthday? According to Kent Hensley, Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism, it’s the annual Youth Outdoor Festival in Hays. This is the 17th year for the free event which will be held Saturday, August 16, 9 […]

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Commission bans open carry of firearms in 12 city buildings (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post A change in state law this year allows cities to ban open carry of firearms in city-owned buildings. Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler recommended the city adopt a prohibition of open carry of firearms within 12 city buildings. Scheibler explained to city commissioners Thursday night that Kansas open carry law […]

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City adopts $35.8M budget for 2015 with no public comment (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post With a 25 mill levy — the same as it has been the past six years — the 2015 budget for the city of Hays was adopted unanimously by commissioners Thursday night. There were no participants for the public hearing. Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno presented highlights of the $35.8 […]

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Konz: Jet service is ‘catalyst’ for Hays boardings (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Mike Konz, chairman of the Hays Airport Advisory Board, believes the inception of regional jet service at the local airport will be a “catalyst” for passenger boardings to increase. SkyWest, flying as United Express, began operating between Hays and Denver on Aug. 1. If passenger boardings reach 10,000 within a […]

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Buzzing again: Welcome rains brings unwelcome mosquitoes (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post “It’s a huge thing to try and tackle, and there is no easy solution,” according to Jeff Boyle, director of the Hays Parks Department. His crew has been battling a mosquito problem this summer thanks to more rain than usual. The city does not “fog” for mosquitoes, a chemical spray […]

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Ellis Booster Club ‘changes it up’ »

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ELLIS–The Ellis Booster Club is looking for new members.  Businesses, individuals and families are welcome and encouraged to join. “There will be some changes and exciting projects for the upcoming school year,” co-president Shelly Hensley said in a news release. Booster Club will continue to recognize honor roll students and athletes as well as support […]

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Hays man arrested in connection with child porn investigation »

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  By BECKY KISER Hays Post A 25-year-old Hays man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of multiple incidents of electronic solicitation and sexual exploitation of a child. According to Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler, Chance Charles Keiswetter, 25, is accused of two counts of electronic solicitation and seven counts of sexual exploitation of a child. […]

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