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Report of water violations encouraged by city (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post As the spring temperatures warm up and lawns begin to green up, more Hays residents are watering their grass. The city is in a water warning, and outdoor watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. It’s also unlawful to allow water to run off private or business property. […]

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Voters return Walz, McDaniel to Ellis City Council »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post ELLIS — Six people were vying for the three open Ellis City Council seats during today’s local election, and incumbent John A. Walz and former mayor David McDaniel have been re-elected to the council, joined by Gary Luea. The unofficial results follow. Ronald Johnson–164 John R. LaShell–109 Gary Luea–179 David […]

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Russell County and Luray residents approve sales taxes »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post RUSSELL — Russell County voters cast their ballots today as local elections were held across Kansas. The half-cent countywide sales tax has been renewed again for another five years by an overwhelming 75 percent of the voters: Yes-737; No-252. According to Russell County Economic Development and Convention and Visitors Bureau […]

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Monday fire destroys property of Gorham fire chief »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post GORHAM — A fire late Monday afternoon south of Gorham destroyed two combines and a metal shed owned by Gorham Fire Chief Glen Blundon. Russell County Emergency Manager Keith Haberer told Hays Post Tuesday he was one of the first responders at 5:55 p.m. to the fire at 17953 Fairfield […]

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Two sales tax questions on Russell County ballots Tuesday »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post RUSSELL — Voters across Kansas will go to the polls Tuesday for local elections. In Russell County, there are two contested races for Russell City Council seats. Ward I candidates are Teresa L. Shaffer and incumbent Michelle B. Wagner.  The two candidates for Russell’s Ward III are Peter Cochran and […]

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Bargain Hut brings successful Ellis program to Hays (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Ellis Thrift Shop, opened seven years ago by the local “Live to Give” ministry, is so successful in its mission of “Recycle, Reuse, Rebuild” the program is expanding to Hays. Bargain Hut”will open its doors Tuesday at 125 E. Eighth. “No fooling,” manager Michele Eiland said of the April […]

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Six candidates on tomorrow’s Ellis City Council ballot »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post ELLIS — Six candidates are vying for three open positions on the Ellis City Council. Residents will go to the polls Tuesday as local elections are held across Kansas. Candidates for the Ellis City Council are: • Ronald Johnson • John R. LaShell • Gary Luea • David R. McDaniel […]

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Russell volunteer firefighter receives Community Service Award »

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  RUSSELL — Crystal Steckel Walton received the 2014 Community Service Award from Ellsworth County Emergency Management and the Russell 911 Communications Advisory Board at a ceremony recently. Walton works for the Russell County Sheriff’s office and is a volunteer firefighter for the City of Russell Fire Department. She also is a vital part of […]

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Russell chief honored by emergency responder group »

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RUSSELL — Ellsworth County Emergency Management and the Russell 911 Communications Advisory Board announced recently that Russell-Grant Fire Chief Don Boxberger has been named 2014 Emergency Worker/Volunteer of the Year. “This individual has devoted his time, energy and talents to the fire service not only in the townships that he serves and for Russell County, […]

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Finding new Ellis water source ‘tough and expensive’ (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post ELLIS — Ellis Water Authority Board Chairman Ron Johnson manned the “Spin the Wheel” event at Thursday night’s Ellis Water Festival. All the prizes given to attendees will help conserve water or provide information about water conservation. Last summer, the Ellis City Council voted to ban all outdoor watering in […]

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FHSU president finalist Mason meets with public (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The first of five finalist candidates for president of Fort Hays State University met with the public Monday afternoon. Many Hays residents already know Dr. Tisa Mason. She’s the current vice president of student affairs at Fort Hays State, serving in that position since 2008. While greeting about 70 well-wishers in […]

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Russell County issues burn ban »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post RUSSELL — A burn ban is now in effect in Russell County. Russell County commissioners approved the resolution during their regular Tuesday meeting. According to Emergency Manager Keith Haberer, the fire danger is “extreme” in Russell County, and there already have been several fires causing some damage. All outdoor burning […]

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Russell County residents to vote on half-cent sales tax »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post RUSSELL— Russell County residents will go to the polls April 1 to decide whether to renew the county’s half-cent sales tax for economic development and capital improvements. The sales tax was first approved by voters 10 years ago. “Originally, economic development was funded by levied tax dollars, ” said Janae […]

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