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Although no measles reported at HaysMed, caution urged »


Hays Medical Center With the recent outbreak of measles in Kansas, HaysMed Infection Prevention is offering information to the public. While there have been no reported cases of measles at HaysMed it is important to be aware of the situation. First and foremost, if you think you or a family member was exposed to the […]

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Schuckman to retire as CVB Tourism Sales Manager »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Ruben Schuckman, Tourism Sales Manager for the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau, is retiring from his city position at the end of the month. Schuckman has worked in the job for 15 years. During Thursday’s Hays City Commission meeting, Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno reviewed the success of recent tourism […]

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In a world of sectarian violence, what can be done? »


Last week, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – the extremist movement now occupying large swaths of territory in the region – forced the last Christians out of the Iraqi city of Mosul. Images of desecrated churches, looted homes and ruined lives now serve as the obituary for one of the world’s oldest Christian […]

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Next step for Kansas Next Step is ‘brand-building’ (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The new executive director of Kansas Next Step Inc., Allison Ochoa,  plans to “build the KNS brand.” She has the experience, seven years, as the former public relations coordinator for the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce.  She has also worked as an adjunct instructor for the Fort Hays State University […]

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McClelland campaigns as ‘voice for the rural residents’ of Ellis County (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Two candidates will vie for the First District seat on the Ellis County Commission in the August 5 primary. Martha “Marcy” McClelland, Hays, and Lyle Johnston, Ellis, are both Republicans. Both filed their paperwork and paid the fee with the Ellis County Clerk’s office. McClelland, is a member of the […]

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First county fair for new Midway District 4-H Youth Agent (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post This is the 34th year for the Russell County Free Fair in Russell. It’s the first Russell County Fair for the new Extension 4-H Youth Agent, Nicolette Unruh, who serves Russell and Ellsworth counties as part of the Midway K-State Research and Extension District. Unruh grew up in Pawnee County, […]

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No employee raises in latest Ellis County 2015 budget draft »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Ellis County commissioners heard a progress update on the 2015 budget from county administrator Greg Sund during the regular meeting Monday evening. “We’re getting closer,” Sund told commissioners following a budget meeting earlier in the afternoon. “There are still adjustments that will have to be made to this to make […]

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‘Cool’ Commissioner’s Cookie Jar presented »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Ellis County Commission Chairwoman Barb Wasinger wanted to keep holding the Ellis County Fair Commissioner’s Cookie Jar presented at the start of Monday afternoon’s commission meeting. It was hot and humid outside, and the glass jar was refreshingly cold to the touch. The clear one-gallon jar, filled with nine different […]

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Advance voting underway in Ellis County (VIDEO) »

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BY BECKY KISER Hays Post Advance voting started July 16 in Kansas for the Aug. 5 primary election. In Ellis County, the courthouse is the only location where voters can cast their ballots early, according to Ellis County Clerk Donna Maskus: The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 5. Polls in Ellis County will be open […]

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County to pursue Hadley Center lease for temporary offices (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post After weeks of discussion and with a deadline quickly approaching, Ellis County commissioners voted 3-0 Monday night to authorize the negotiation of a lease with the Hadley Center for temporary housing of courthouse employees: The courthouse will be remodeled in phases starting with work on the jail and Law Enforcement […]

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Ground broken at site of new Ellis Co. EMS/Rural Fire building (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The bid for construction of the new Ellis County EMS/Rural Fire building was awarded July 8. Eager to get started on the oft-delayed project, Ellis County officials hosted the site groundbreaking Tuesday afternoon, just one week later. Commercial Builders Inc. of Hays was awarded the construction bid of $3.4 million […]

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Riding, ‘Riting, and Rodeo all part of annual pageant (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Jill Pokorny, the reigning Ellis County Rodeo Queen, will turn over her tiara and duties to the new 2014 queen next Tuesday night. Pokorny just graduated from Hays High School and will head to Kansas State University this fall to study biochemistry. Her horses will have to remain in Hays. […]

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Brownback: ‘Water Vision meeting will be held in Hays’ (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Kansas Water Vision Team is in the midst of a week-long tour to unveil the first draft of the “Vision for the Future of Water in Kansas.” Meetings will be held in 12 towns, but Hays is not one of them — not yet, anyway. The six-member team, with […]

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