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TMP homecoming bonfire is a father/son tradition (VIDEO) »

TMP-Marian Homecoming 2014 bonfire

By BECKY KISER Hays Post It’s long been a tradition at TMP-Marian High School for fathers of senior class students to build the homecoming bonfire, usually with help from their sons. Dean Haselhorst worked with his son Kolby and several other parents and their sons to gather and stack approximately 500 wood pallets donated by various […]

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Nat’l American Legion commander: Fire corrupt VA employees »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The new American Legion National Commander, Mike Helm, along with U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., who is a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, have called for immediate action to remove certain U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employees. Helm, a native of Norcatur in northwest Kansas, was in Hays recently […]

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Morning storm causes tank battery fire near Bunker Hill »

Lightning causes oil tank battery fire southwest of Bunker Hill Tuesday morning.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post BUNKER HILL — Today’s early morning thunderstorm brought welcome rain to the area, along with lots of lightning and noisy thunder. The lightning started an oil tank battery fire 6 miles southwest of Bunker Hill on Tuesday morning. According to Russell County Emergency Manager Keith Haberer, crews from Russell County […]

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Rebate available for fall planting of preferred trees (VIDEO) »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Hays Beautification Committee is promoting fall tree planting. Between now and mid-October is “the best time” for planting trees in the Hays area, according to Jim Strine, an HBC committee member and recently retired Northwest Kansas District Forester. “We’ve had some summer moisture, and now that the city recently […]

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City: First full month of SkyWest reliability is about 90% (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The first full month of passenger service by SkyWest, flying as United Express at the Hays Regional Airport, was successful, according to acting airport manager I.D. Creech. Service between Hays and Denver started Aug. 1. Although United has not yet released any official figures, Creech said, “We do know, unofficially, about […]

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Traffic flow changes in 41st Street project (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Traffic flow within the 41st Street project in north Hays has changed. According to Hays Public Works Director I.D. Creech, the traffic pattern from houses in the area now flows west.  Through traffic is prohibited. “We’ve been talking about this street widening project for some time,” Creech said. “It’s a […]

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Howell: ‘Measured response’ is not police militarization »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The actions of police officers in Ferguson, Mo., during recent unrest — and their use of  heavy-armored trucks and military-style equipment, including assault rifles — have spurred a national debate about the militarization of local law enforcement agencies. St. Louis County’s top police officer Col. Jon Belmar said Tuesday the equipment […]

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USD 489 work session locations will rotate through district buildings »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post A revised work session calendar was approved by USD 489 Hays school board members Monday night. In August, board Vice President Marty Patterson suggested conducting work sessions in each of the district’s school buildings. The board hopes the location changes will encourage district patrons to come talk to the school […]

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Wasinger named interim board clerk for Hays USD 489 »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post USD 489 Hays Board of Education members Monday night approved the appointment of an interim board clerk. Sarah Wasinger was named assistant to Superintendent Dean Katt and clerk of the school board. Her appointment is effective Sept. 22 and continues until the position is filled permanently. Wasinger attended Roosevelt Elementary […]

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USD 489 facility committee pitches $100 million recommendation »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post “The school district cannot fall behind. The reason that HaysMed, Fort Hays State University and other businesses are able to recruit new employees to Hays is, frankly, because of the school district.” That was the caution issued Monday night by Bryce Young, chief operating officer of Hays Medical Center and co-chairman […]

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Sentencing is Monday for Hays man accused of sex crimes »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post A 20-year-old Hays man arrested last year on suspicion of sex crimes against underage girls will be sentenced in Ellis County District Court Monday. Gustavo Reyes was arrested March 26, 2013, on suspicion of electronic solicitation of a juvenile, aggravated indecent liberties with a child, intercourse with a child between […]

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USD 489 facilities committee set to submit ‘big picture’ proposal »


  By BECKY KISER Hays Post The USD 489 Facility Needs Committee is scheduled to present its formal recommendation report to the Hays school board Monday evening. The presentation will be made during the committee reports portion of the meeting agenda. The meeting is set for Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rockwell Administration […]

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Ellis police officer fired, chief reprimanded Wednesday »

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ELLIS — An Ellis Police Department officer’s employment was terminated and Police Chief Taft Yates was reprimanded during an Ellis City Council special meeting Wednesday night. Mayor Lyle Johnston called five executive sessions, a total 75 minutes, for personnel matters of non-elected personnel to discuss performance and disciplinary matters. Following the fifth executive session, in which City […]

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