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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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Voter turnout less than 18% in Ellis County »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Voter turnout in Ellis County for Tuesday’s primary election was 17.43 percent. County Clerk Donna Maskus was “hoping for 20 percent.” Of the 17,667 total Ellis County registered voters, 3,079 people cast ballots. More Republicans voted than Democrats–73 percent and 26 percent. The results are unofficial until canvassed by the […]

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32 years of ‘Too Much Fun’ at Victoria Herzogfest (VIDEO) »

The traditional "Welcome" toast Victoria Herzogfest

By BECKY KISER Hays Post VICTORIA — “It’s too much fun!” That’s the slogan of the annual Victoria Herzogfest — and most attendees will agree. On Friday and Saturday, Victoria hosts its 32nd Herzogfest with plenty of fun and games, German food, and music. The family-oriented event in Honey Braun Park  is one of the largest […]

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McClelland defeats Johnston in Ellis County Commission race (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Marcy McClelland is the Republican candidate for Ellis County Commission District 1. McClelland defeated Lyle Johnston, R-Ellis, by a vote of 456 to 293, 61 percent to 39 percent, in Tuesday’s primary election. The 70-year-old Hays resident has never held political office before: “I just can’t believe it,” she said […]

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Smith Center native campaigns for Kan. insurance commissioner (VIDEO) »

Kan. Insurance Commissioner candidate Dennis Anderson, D-Overland Park

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Dennis Anderson, a Democrat from Overland Park, is one of several candidates for Kansas insurance commissioner. Republican incumbent Sandy Praeger is not running for re-election. Anderson, who is from Smith Center, started an insurance education business with his parents and sisters in 1979. The business focuses on training insurance providers […]

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Shade shelters part of Hays Dog Park Phase 3 »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post “There’s a definite need for shade.” According to Kim Perez, president of Friends of the Hays Dog Park, Phase 3 funding is underway to purchase shelters for shade at the park located in the Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex. Three shelters will be installed, providing a place for people to relax and […]

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Locals cheer arrival of SkyWest maiden flight at Hays airport »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Jet passenger service is now flying in and out of the Hays Regional Airport. The inaugural SkyWest flight early Friday afternoon from Denver drew more than 100 community members to watch and applaud the historic event. The 50-passenger jet touched down in Hays at 1:08 p.m., 15 minutes early, and […]

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104th year of fun at the Trego County Fair (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post WAKEENEY — This week marks the 104th year of the Trego County Fair in WaKeeney, and according to fair board member Sara Dunn, the committee works hard year round to make it a true “family event”: “We actually call it ‘Something for Everybody,’ ” Dunn said. “We try to get […]

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Johnston: ‘Ellis Co. needs to look at permanent sales tax’ (VIDEO) »

Lyle Johnston-R, Ellis is running for Ellis County Commission District 1.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Ellis Mayor Lyle Johnston is running for Ellis County Commission District 1. He is being challenged in the Aug. 5 primary by another Republican, Hays resident Marcy McClelland. The seat is currently held by Ellis Republican Swede Holmgren, who did not file for re-election but has considered running as an […]

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Despite summer rains, Hays still in drought (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post As of  July 28, rainfall records for Hays indicate the city is 0.66 of an inch of precipitation above normal for the year. Hays city commissioners get an update of the city’s water well levels each Monday.  According to commissioner Ron Mellick, the Smoky Hill water wells near Schoenchen have […]

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