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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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Water Festival scheduled for Thursday in Ellis (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post ELLIS — The city of Ellis has banned all outdoor watering as it looks for additional water supplies.  To educate residents how to better conserve water, the city will host a Water Festival Thursday at Ellis High School. Fort Hays State University Leadership Studies student Valerie Ramage is one of […]

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‘Office in shambles,’ says secretary of state candidate Schodorf (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post “The Kansas Secretary of State’s office is in shambles because of inattention and a personal agenda by the current secretary of state.” That’s the premise of Jean Schodorf, a Democratic candidate hoping to unseat Republican incumbent Kris Kobach. Schodorf, a former state senator serving from 2001 to 2013 and former […]

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41st Street reconstruction starts Monday (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Reconstruction of 41st Street in Hays from U.S. Highway 183 Bypass to Hall Street begins Monday. The KDOT contractor is APAC-Kansas. Assistant Public Works Director John Braun says the first phase will involve closing 41st between the bypass and Covenant Drive: Braun says the first phase of reconstruction will continue […]

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Big First candidate Sherow campaigns in Hays (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Former Manhattan mayor and Kansas State University Kansas history professor Jim Sherow is spending his spring break campaigning for the Democratic Party’s nomination for the U.S. House seat held by Republican incumbent Tim Huelskamp. Sherow was in Hays on Thursday as a guest of the Hays Optimist Club. He’s a […]

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City works with SkyWest, DOT to avoid service gap (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays city officials are working with the new air passenger service provider SkyWest to determine how soon people will be able to book a flight online. The two-year contract with SkyWest begins July 1. The current contract with Great Lakes Airlines ends May 1, leaving a two-month gap. City Manager Toby […]

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Brown: Hays firetrucks not rugged enough for rural fires (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Ellis volunteer fire department and the Trego County rural fire department have been responding to and assisting with the rash of 18 suspicious fires just outside of Hays the past two weeks. The city of Hays fire department has not helped. Fire Chief Gary Brown explains the “city is […]

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Hays asks Ellis for letter of support for R9 water project (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post ELLIS–The Hays City Commission is asking for letters of support from Ellis, Victoria and nine rural water districts as the lengthy regulatory process gets underway to develop R9 Ranch as a long-term water supply. The city of Russell owns 18 percent of the ranch in Edwards County. Hays City Manager […]

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Moran talks keeping rural healthcare, rural towns alive (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Rural healthcare is important to Kansas, believes U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, R-KS, especially in the sparsely populated western region. “If you lose your healthcare delivery system, and don’t have a hospital and doctor nearby, you lose your community,” he said during a town hall meeting Saturday morning at the Hays […]

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SkyWest to utilize improved runway at Hays airport (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The new passenger service provider at Hays Regional Airport will use 50-passenger jet planes on the newly improved main runway. City officials announced Friday afternoon that SkyWest, based in St. George, Utah, has been awarded the federal Department of Transportation Essential Air Service contract for July 1 to July 31, […]

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