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Engineers: ‘Trees on levee really do need to come out’ »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post The trees really do need to come out. That’s the consensus of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the 74 trees along the Big Creek dike marked for removal as repairs to the levee get underway this week. Hays Assistant Public Works Director John Braun said Tuesday morning “the […]

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Former co-workers ‘shocked’ about murdered mom, suspect daughter »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post A former Hays resident and her husband were murdered in their Rhinelander, Wis., home last week. The woman’s daughter, Ashlee Martinson, who attended school in Hays, has been has been charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the killings of her mother, Jennifer Ayers, 40, and her stepfather, […]

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Schwaller seeks sixth term on city commission (VIDEO) »

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By Becky Kiser Hays Post Hays mayor Henry Schwaller is seeking his sixth term on the Hays City Commission in the April 7 general election. Schwaller is president of the real estate investment firm Henry Schwaller and Associates and also teaches business management classes at Fort Hays State University. In November, Schwaller opposed the one-cent […]

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RCT to present ‘Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.’ »

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Sheryl Krug, RCT Board Member RUSSELL–Russell Community Theater opens the 2015 season with Love, Sex, and the I.R.S., written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore and directed by RCT Volunteer Bob Roe. Both veteran and new actors are striving to bring characters to life. Michael Blanke, Alan Templeton and Mitch Eaton take to the […]

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Roll Out the Rain Barrel project saves water, reduces polllutants »

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Stacie Minson, KSU Watershed Specialist Big Creek Middle Smoky Hill River Watersheds Working with urban homeowners in teaching and educating on water quality issues is important to protect Big Creek and local water supplies. The average homeowner is mostly unaware that their daily habits affect water quality. In most people’s minds, they pay a monthly […]

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Tiger Gold on Friday proclamation adds fun to city meeting »

Hays Mayor Henry Schwaller gets a "tiger hug" from Victor.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post “This is the first time I’ve ever worn a cap to a commission meeting,” said Hays City Commissioner Kent Steward with a grin as he donned an official Fort Hays State University gold cap. The first item of business during Thursday night’s city commission meeting was not business at usual. […]

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Resident wants alternative to removing 74 trees along dike (VIDEO) »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Randy Rodgers and his wife walk along the Big Creek dike nearly every day. Thursday morning they noticed some “very large, stately cottonwood trees with a white mark at the base of them.” Rodgers, a retired KDWP wildlife biologist in Hays, made some calls and found out the trees are […]

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City manager Dougherty also gets employee bonus (VIDEO) »

Toby Dougherty, Hays City Manager

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays City Manager Toby Dougherty is now receiving the same pay bonus as other city employees have been given. During their meeting Thursday night, city commissioners authorized an increase of 2.0% of Dougherty’s base salary of the year 2014 as a bonus to be paid in equal amounts on each […]

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Final addition phase approved in Smoky Hill Development (VIDEO) »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post With little discussion, Hays City Commissioners Thursday night unanimously approved a low bid of $399,453.20 with J Corp for construction of street, water, and sanitary sewer improvements within the 46th Street Second Addition, Phase 2, for the lots along Coolidge Ct. and Adams Dr. The city’s share is $32,883.00 to […]

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Hays Lions Club buys high-tech Spot Vision Screener (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Children’s vision problems, if detected at an early age, are 95 percent correctable. If not treated, vision disorders in children may lead to blindness and may result in development issues. Young children in Hays will soon benefit from the Kansas Lions Sight Foundation Children’s Vision Screening program. “The goal,” according […]

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HPD Activity Log March 10 »

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THe Hays Police Department responded to 9 animal calls and 23 traffic stops Tuesday, March 10, 2015, according to the HPD Activity Log. Drug Offenses–300 block W 9th St, Hays; 2:09 AM Abandoned Vehicle–1400 block Pine St, Hays; 4:49 AM Animal At Large–2500 block E 21st St, Hays; 6:54 AM Animal At Large–100 block W […]

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HCF ‘Match Madness’ underway »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post “As of noon today, our collections are at the $9,000 mark.” Heartland Community Foundation Executive Director Tammy McClellan had a big smile on her face as she tallied the morning’s donations for the first HCF “Match Madness.” The one-day event is designed to generate new gifts to HCF endowed funds […]

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88-year-old Hays man continues Lions pancake feed tradition »


  By BECKY KISER Hays Post Harold Schmeidler wasn’t the first one through the doors this year, but he was in line by 7 a.m. and soon enjoying his pancakes at the annual Hays Lions Club Sausage and Pancake Feed at the National Guard Armory, Second and Main. “I don’t think Harold has ever missed one […]

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