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Orscheln hay bale fire ‘could have been much worse’ »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post By the time an Orscheln Home and Farm Store employee grabbed a fire extinguisher and ran out the front door to put out a hay bale fire, she knew it was too late. Another employee called 9-1-1 shortly after 2 p.m. Friday as the flames started shooting up and towards […]

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November kicks off holiday season in Hays (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The holiday season in Hays kicks into high gear this weekend, with plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy. Janet Kuhn of the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau talked about some of the highlights: Details about more November activities area available on the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau website or […]

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Western Kan. schools get funding for Safe Routes to School »

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TOPEKA — Fifteen projects intended to encourage children to walk or bicycle to school have been selected for funding through the Safe Routes to School program administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation. A total of $1,335,000 will be allocated for projects including development of a Safe Routes to School plan and infrastructure construction. The […]

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McClelland will take seat on Ellis Co. Commission in January »

Marcy McClelland, 1st District Ellis County Commissioner-elect, looks over balloting results with Lisa Campbell Tuesday in the Ellis County Clerk's office.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays resident Marcy McClelland was elected Tuesday as the new 1st District Ellis County Commissioner. Her win came as no surprise — McClelland had no Democratic challenger. She won the April primary race against fellow Republican Lyle Johnston, Ellis. The unofficial result showed McClelland with 2,866 votes. There were 49 […]

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Maskus: ‘Good numbers at all poll sites’ (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Ellis County Clerk Donna Maskus is “thrilled” with Tuesday’s 57.41% local voter turnout. “During the April primary, we had a 17% voter turnout, so we showed lots of improvement and that’s just great,” she said. “We were running out of supplies at the 10 poll sites. All of them had […]

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Alley cleanup expected to be completed today »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Wednesday should be the final day of the annual Hays Alley Cleanup which started Oct. 27. According to Solid Waste Superintendent Marvin Honas, all that remains to be collected today is tree limbs in a limited area. City crews were busy Wednesday morning collecting limbs by hand and using a […]

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SAFE Initiative ‘proactive’ in preventing, responding to gender-based violence »

For the first time, Walk A Mile in Her Shoes makes a donation to Jana's Campaign,

By BECKY KISER Hays Post There’s a national movement underway encouraging college campuses to better prevent and better respond to gender-based violence, whether it’s dating violence, sexual assault or stalking. It’s being lead by the White House,  U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice and victims of such crimes on college campuses, according to […]

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Education remains top priority for Leiker after losing to Boldra (VIDEO) »

James Leiker looks at the first results in his race to unseat incumbent Sue Boldra.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post “Education will definitely continue to be a top priority for me.” Hays resident James Leiker, president of the Hays USD 489 school board, lost his challenge to take the 111th District Kansas House seat from incumbent Sue Boldra. Leiker, a Democrat, lost to Boldra, a Republican, 43% to 57%, or […]

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Graham County passes school bond issue »

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By Becky Kiser Hays Post Voters in Graham County’s Hill City USD 281 school district approved a school bond issue Tuesday. The ballot question results were 62% to 38% in favor, or YES-687 to NO-415. The $7.65 million bond issue will be used for facility improvements at the Hill City grade school and junior/senior high […]

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Rooks County approves half-cent sales tax to build new jail »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Rooks County voters approved a 0.50 % sales tax Tuesday to fund the building of a new jail. According to Rooks County Clerk Clara Strutt, the results of the ballot question were  YES-974 to NO-777. The tally is unofficial until canvassed by the Rooks County Commission.

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Ellis school bond issue soundly defeated, again »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post For the second time in two years, voters in Ellis USD 388 have turned down a multi-million dollar bond issue for various school improvements. The question of whether to support a $8.9 million dollar bond issue  was defeated in Ellis County by a vote of 63% to 37%, or 780 NO–457 […]

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Boldra outlasts Leiker, retains statehouse seat »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Republican Rep.Sue Boldra of Hays will retain her 111th state district seat. She defeated Democratic challenger James Leiker, also of Hays, by a vote of 4,747 to 3,629, or 57% to 43%. Voter turnout in Ellis County was 57.41%. Results are unofficial until canvassed by the Ellis County Commission Monday, […]

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Kids Voting USA — and in Hays (VIDEO) »

Garrett Wellbrock, O'Loughlin Elementary School 5th grader, casts his vote before class started Tuesday.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post There were some very young voters joining their parents at the Hays American Legion on Tuesday morning. Too young to vote in the actual mid-term election, yet young enough to participate in the national Kids Voting USA project. Poll booth volunteer Niki Clark is normally headed to her Nex-Tech job […]

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