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REMINDER: Youth Outdoor Festival is Saturday »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Which great event do kids rank right up there with Christmas and their birthday? According to Kent Hensley, Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism, it’s the annual Youth Outdoor Festival in Hays. This is the 17th year for the free event which will be held Saturday, August 16, 9 […]

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Commission bans open carry of firearms in 12 city buildings (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post A change in state law this year allows cities to ban open carry of firearms in city-owned buildings. Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler recommended the city adopt a prohibition of open carry of firearms within 12 city buildings. Scheibler explained to city commissioners Thursday night that Kansas open carry law […]

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City adopts $35.8M budget for 2015 with no public comment (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post With a 25 mill levy — the same as it has been the past six years — the 2015 budget for the city of Hays was adopted unanimously by commissioners Thursday night. There were no participants for the public hearing. Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno presented highlights of the $35.8 […]

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Konz: Jet service is ‘catalyst’ for Hays boardings (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Mike Konz, chairman of the Hays Airport Advisory Board, believes the inception of regional jet service at the local airport will be a “catalyst” for passenger boardings to increase. SkyWest, flying as United Express, began operating between Hays and Denver on Aug. 1. If passenger boardings reach 10,000 within a […]

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Buzzing again: Welcome rains brings unwelcome mosquitoes (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post “It’s a huge thing to try and tackle, and there is no easy solution,” according to Jeff Boyle, director of the Hays Parks Department. His crew has been battling a mosquito problem this summer thanks to more rain than usual. The city does not “fog” for mosquitoes, a chemical spray […]

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Ellis Booster Club ‘changes it up’ »

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ELLIS–The Ellis Booster Club is looking for new members.  Businesses, individuals and families are welcome and encouraged to join. “There will be some changes and exciting projects for the upcoming school year,” co-president Shelly Hensley said in a news release. Booster Club will continue to recognize honor roll students and athletes as well as support […]

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Hays man arrested in connection with child porn investigation »

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  By BECKY KISER Hays Post A 25-year-old Hays man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of multiple incidents of electronic solicitation and sexual exploitation of a child. According to Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler, Chance Charles Keiswetter, 25, is accused of two counts of electronic solicitation and seven counts of sexual exploitation of a child. […]

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Voter turnout less than 18% in Ellis County »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Voter turnout in Ellis County for Tuesday’s primary election was 17.43 percent. County Clerk Donna Maskus was “hoping for 20 percent.” Of the 17,667 total Ellis County registered voters, 3,079 people cast ballots. More Republicans voted than Democrats–73 percent and 26 percent. The results are unofficial until canvassed by the […]

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32 years of ‘Too Much Fun’ at Victoria Herzogfest (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post VICTORIA — “It’s too much fun!” That’s the slogan of the annual Victoria Herzogfest — and most attendees will agree. On Friday and Saturday, Victoria hosts its 32nd Herzogfest with plenty of fun and games, German food, and music. The family-oriented event in Honey Braun Park  is one of the largest […]

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McClelland defeats Johnston in Ellis County Commission race (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Marcy McClelland is the Republican candidate for Ellis County Commission District 1. McClelland defeated Lyle Johnston, R-Ellis, by a vote of 456 to 293, 61 percent to 39 percent, in Tuesday’s primary election. The 70-year-old Hays resident has never held political office before: “I just can’t believe it,” she said […]

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Smith Center native campaigns for Kan. insurance commissioner (VIDEO) »

Kan. Insurance Commissioner candidate Dennis Anderson, D-Overland Park

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Dennis Anderson, a Democrat from Overland Park, is one of several candidates for Kansas insurance commissioner. Republican incumbent Sandy Praeger is not running for re-election. Anderson, who is from Smith Center, started an insurance education business with his parents and sisters in 1979. The business focuses on training insurance providers […]

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Shade shelters part of Hays Dog Park Phase 3 »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post “There’s a definite need for shade.” According to Kim Perez, president of Friends of the Hays Dog Park, Phase 3 funding is underway to purchase shelters for shade at the park located in the Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex. Three shelters will be installed, providing a place for people to relax and […]

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Locals cheer arrival of SkyWest maiden flight at Hays airport »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Jet passenger service is now flying in and out of the Hays Regional Airport. The inaugural SkyWest flight early Friday afternoon from Denver drew more than 100 community members to watch and applaud the historic event. The 50-passenger jet touched down in Hays at 1:08 p.m., 15 minutes early, and […]

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