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Wilson 2nd grader’s Smoky Bear poster is state winner (VIDEO) »

Mackenzie ?? poster won first place in Hays and in the state of Kansas.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post The city of Hays recently celebrated its 36th consecutive year as a “Tree City USA.” Northwest Kansas District Forester Brian Peterson presented the Tree City banner during the city’s Arbor Day celebration at the Hays Dog Park, 1376 Highway 183 Alternate. The event also included recognition of the local Smokey […]

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Saturday car fire threatened to spread to house »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post A vehicle fire nearly spread to become a house fire in Hays early Saturday afternoon. The City of Hays Fire Department, assisted by the Hays Police Department, Ellis County Sheriff, and Ellis County EMS, was dispatched at 12:28 p.m. May 2, to a car on fire threatening a house at […]

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41st Street is now open; cleanup continues »

41st Street pedestrian crossing at Thunderbird Drive

By Becky Kiser Hays Post Vehicles, bicycles and dog walkers could be seen utilizing the just re-opened 41st Street late this afternoon in west Hays. The reconstruction project between the US-183 By-pass and Hall Street is “substantially complete,” according to news release from the city of Hays Friday. The road is completely open to through […]

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Midwest Energy solar array is first of its kind in Kansas (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Donna Cooper, a retired Hays High School science teacher, had a big smile on her face as she signed her name on the back of a solar panel in “her” row at the new Midwest Energy solar array just north of Colby. Cooper, a longtime advocate of renewable energy, was […]

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Kiwanis Park spruced-up during ‘Kiwanis ONE Day’ (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Hays Kiwanis Club recently joined with other clubs around the world for “Kiwanis ONE Day,” with an estimated one million volunteer hours donated to community service projects internationally. The Hays club members did some spring cleaning and sprucing up in the Kiwanis Park located at 17th and Harvest Road. […]

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Donor starts FHSU Leadership Studies VALUE Program (VIDEO) »

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FHSU University Relations With a gift of $200,000 announced in a Tuesday news conference, Omer “Hap” Voss Jr. has created the Voss Advanced Leadership Undergraduate Experience at Fort Hays State University, known as the VALUE program. Hap Voss, of San Francisco, is the son of Omer Sr. and Annabelle Voss, long-time supporters of Fort Hays […]

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Rep. Boldra opposed to ‘Uncork Kansas’ (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Despite a “really big push” by ‘Uncork Kansas,’ Rep. Sue Boldra, R-Hays, “does not think the issue will come up for a vote” when state lawmakers return to Topeka Wednesday. ‘Uncork Kansas’ presented testimony March 31 in favor of Senate Bill 298 in the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee. […]

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Storm pictures from Friday night »

Hailstone in northeast Ellis County

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Pictures supplied by Ellis County Emergency Manager Bill Ring of storms Friday night, April 24, in northeast Ellis County, where there were reports of a tornado, hail and an inch of rain; in Lucas, where hail covered the streets; and in Scott City, where three tornadoes were reported. The Russell […]

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Less than half-inch of rain in Hays Friday night »

Hays received .40 of rain Friday night.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Although there were some thunderclaps heard in Hays during Friday night’s storm, more rain fell in eastern Ellis County–amounts of up to one inch. Rural residents also reported a tornado in the northeast portion of the county. The official rainfall total for Hays was 0.40 as recorded at the K-State […]

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41st Street to reopen by end of the month (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The project to reconstruct 41st Street between the US-183 By-pass and Hall Street “should be open for use at the end of this month,” according to Hays City Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno. “When complete, 41st will have three driving lane surfaces and a 10-foot multi-purpose path along the north […]

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Phelps: ‘April elections work well for Hays City Commission’ (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Newly-elected Hays mayor Eber Phelps welcomed the newest city commissioners to the governing body Thursday night. Phelps was first elected to the Hays City Commission in 1990 and then went on to serve in the Kansas House of Representatives for 15 years. Lance Jones and James Meier are serving their […]

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New Hays City Commissioners sworn in to office (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The three men recently elected to the Hays City Commission were sworn into office Thursday evening by City Clerk Brenda Kitchen. Lance Jones,  Henry Schwaller IV  and James Meier raised their right hands and repeated the oath of office administered by Kitchen, swearing to “support the constitution of the United States […]

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HACC Trike-A-Thon previews Tumbleweed Tour for Tykes »

Karissa Cochrane, Preschool A teacher at HACC, rides with students during Thursday's Trike-A-Thon.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post There was some serious biking and triking going on Thursday morning in the parking lot east of the Hays Area Children’s Center, 94 Lewis Drive. The kids, who all attend HACC, were cheered on by their family members and friends during the perfect spring weather. One youngster got her bike’s […]

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