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New location for Drug Takeback Day »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post For the first time, a Fort Hays State University drop-off location for unwanted drugs is part of the Ellis County Drug Enforcement Unit annual Drug Takeback Day. The Ellis County Law Enforcement Center, 105 W. 12th, has long been a drop-off site, but the building is undergoing renovation and closed […]

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USD 489 property/casualty insurance provider may change »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays USD 489 board members will meet in a special meeting at 7 a.m. Friday, April 17, to consider approval of changing the school district’s property/casualty insurance provider from EMC to the new Kansas Education Risk Management Insurance Pool. Cost comparison information was presented by a representative of Assurance Partners, […]

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Short agenda for Hays City Commission work session »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Just one item faces Hays City Commissioners on their agenda for the Thursday, April 16, work session. Commissioners will discuss an ordinance levying special assessments in two districts. Property owners have petitioned for improvements, resolutions have been passed authorizing the improvements which have been completed, and a resolution setting a […]

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HHS and HMS ‘pay to participate’ still under consideration »

HHS and HMS Athletic Directors Chris Michaelis and Bruce Rupp talk about the proposed Pay to Play.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post News The Hays USD 489 budget for high school and middle school athletics pays only for coaches and officials salaries, travel expenses, supplies and leases. Everything else, from uniforms to equipment, is funded by donations from parents and the community. The 2014 athletic funding budget for both schools was $563,923. Total […]

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Arbor Day celebration set for Hays Dog Park »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post The city of Hays has been named a Tree City USA for the 36th consecutive year. The honor will be recognized during the Arbor Day celebration April 16. The Tree City USA program is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across […]

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City approves first Owner-Representative contract »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays city commissioners unanimously approved a contract Thursday night for the Owner Representative of the wastewater treatment plant project utilizing the design-build process. The contract with HDR, which has offices in Colorado and Missouri, will not exceed $1,708,412. Reconstruction of the wastewater treatment plant is necessary to meet Kansas Department […]

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Departing Steward: ‘I love the city of Hays’ (VIDEO) »

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By Becky Kiser Hays Post Outgoing Hays City Commissioner Kent Steward, who chose not to run for re-election, welcomed incoming commissioner Lance Jones prior to the start of Thursday night’s city commission meeting. It was Steward’s final regular meeting. Next Thursday, April 16, is the commission work session. The new commissioners, Jones, James Meier and […]

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No pay increase for Hays City Commissioners (VIDEO) »

City commissioners voted not to act on a pay increase as proposed by outgoing commissioner Kent Steward.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Two variations of an ordinance providing for a pay increase for Hays City Commissioners were presented at Thursday night’s commission meeting. Neither was adopted following a motion by Vice-Mayor Eber Phelps that “we do not adopt the ordinance,” which was quickly seconded by Mayor Henry Schwaller. The motion passed 3-1, […]

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REMINDER: Ellis County offices closed Friday »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Absentee voting for the April 7 local election started strong, according to Ellis County Clerk Donna Maskus, but it has “really slowed down” — and that concerns her. “As of last Friday evening, we had 269 absentee ballots requested,” she said late Monday morning.   “You have until noon Monday, […]

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‘Hose-draggers’ now eligible for turf conversion rebate »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The city of Hays’ new turf conversion program and rebate is now available to more property owners following a change implemented this week. “If you have city water — irrigate with city water — a manual system is now also eligible. … As City Commissioner Ron Mellick likes to call it, […]

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Hays water bill redesign highlights conservation practices (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays water customers will notice a new look to their next water bill from the city. “The change is to help customers truly understand their water usage and if they’ve hit the conservation tiers,” according to Hays Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno. He showed an example of the redesigned bill […]

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North Hays continued developments approved »

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By BECKY KISER Hay Post Four areas of continued residential and business development in north Hays were approved unanimously by Hays City Commissioners during their Thursday night meeting, including one that was not supported by city staff.  Commissioner Kent Steward was absent. Information was presented by I.D. Creech, Public Works Director, for a replat in the North Hays Addition […]

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Water back on after main break at 22nd and Donald »

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By Becky Kiser Hays Post The water was back on about 7:15 p.m. Thursday evening following a break in an 8-inch water main at 3:45 p.m. just northeast of the intersection of 22nd and Donald streets. “It split apart on the bottom — blew out about a 3-foot piece,” according to Tobin Miller, Hays Utilities […]

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