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Aerial video of truss plant fire aftermath »

Heartland Truss Plant about noon Saturday.  Firefighters were on the scene for 10 hours.   (Picture and video courtesy Darrel Goheen)

Hays resident Darrel Goheen used a drone to shoot aerial video of Saturday’s early morning fire at the Heartland Truss Plant just south of Hays, and the scene again at about noon with some visible smoke still rising. Approximately 30 firefighters responded and were on the scene from 4:40 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. RELATED […]

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State fire marshal investigators review Saturday morning fire »

Saturday's fire at the Heartland Truss Plant (Aerial photo courtesy Darrel Goheen)

By BECKY KISER Hays Post The main building where the trusses are built at the Heartland Truss Plant was completely destroyed by fire early Saturday morning. The large 200 foot by 112 foot building is “a complete loss,” according Ellis County Rural Fire Chief Dick Klaus, “including five forklifts inside.” The 30 firefighters from Ellis […]

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Aerial video of Heartland Truss Plant fire »

Firefighters, law enforcement and the American Red Cross all responded to the Heartland Truss Plant fire.

Hays resident Darrel Goheen used a drone to shoot aerial video of Saturday’s early morning fire at the Heartland Truss Plant, 710 General Custer Road, south of Hays. One building was completely destroyed; a second one was salvaged, according to Ellis County Rural Fire Director Dick Klaus. About 30 firefighters responded. The state fire marshal […]

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Early morning fire destroys portion of Heartland Truss Plant »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post An early morning fire destroyed one building at the Heartland Truss Plant, 710 General Custer Road, and damaged a second building. Hays City Firefighters initially responded to a 911 call at 4:40 a.m. Saturday. The caller thought the fire was in the trailer park on Reservation Road in south Hays. […]

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Registration open for 3rd annual Susan G. Komen Race in Hays May 9 »

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More than 1,500 people of all ages are expected to gather on Saturday, May 9, at Hays Municipal Park for the third annual Susan G. Komen Kansas Race for the Cure® in Hays. Participants will honor loved ones and celebrate survivors as they walk or run in the Hays race. The Kansas Affiliate of Susan […]

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Stockton museum becomes ‘education-oriented’ »

Rooks County Historical Society and Museum, Stockton

By BECKY KISER Hays Post The new coordinator of the Rooks County Historical Society and Museum in Stockton, Sue McFarland, has some new ideas for getting people through the doors and learning the history of Rooks County. The museum, at 921 S. Cedar, was dedicated in 1994. The original museum was located at the fairgrounds. […]

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All Ellis street lights will stay in use »

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ELLIS–Ellis will not be removing or shutting off any street lights. City council members voted 5-0 Monday evening to use Old Electric monies to pay the newly increased Midwest Energy bill for the remainder of the year. The council also agreed not to raise the franchise tax for now. Midwest Energy dramatically increased its bill to […]

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Thin Mints will soon disappear into ‘thin’ air (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post We’re in the final days of the annual Girl Scout cookie sale, which continues through Sunday, March 8. If you’ve already purchased enough Thin Mints for yourself, you can still help support the 212 Girl Scouts in Ellis and Russell Counties, as well as local charities, through the Cookie Share […]

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TMP hosts blood drive Wednesday »

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Several American Red Cross mobile blood drives will be held in the area during March. Call 1-800-RED CROSS or go online at redcrossblood.org to make an appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome. 3-4-15 TMP-Marian HS Al Billinger Fieldhouse 9 am – 2 pm 1701 Hall St., Hays Colby Community Building Noon – 6 pm 285 E. […]

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Stakeholder meeting scheduled for 13th Street reconstruction (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post A public information meeting and open house about the upcoming reconstruction of a portion of 13th Street will be held next Tuesday, March 10, at 5:30 p.m. in Hays City Hall. According to Assistant Public Works Director John Braun, the work will be on the four blocks between Main and […]

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Commissioners OK resolution, barely, opposing Kan. local election bill »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays City Commissioners had to consult their attorney regarding parliamentary procedure when they voted 3-1-0 for a resolution provided by the Kansas League of Municipalities which opposes Kansas Senate Bill 171. The final bill, with some amendments, was passed by the Senate 21-18 Thursday night and sends the measure to […]

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Bids awarded for 2015 Street Maintenance Program »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays City Commissioners approved four bids Thursday night for various projects in the 2015 Street Maintenance Program. The project total is $584,178 to be funded out of Special Highway monies. Bids were awarded to B&H Paving for chip seal operations; JCorp for reconstruction of 12th Street east of Canterbury; Sweeney […]

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WAYMASTER: From the Dome to Home »

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Troy L. Waymaster, R-Bunker Hill, State Representative, Kansas House District 109 TOPEKA–Turnaround Approaches This Friday, February 27, marks the first major deadline of the legislative session, commonly referred to as “Turnaround.” All bills, aside from some exempt bills, must be passed by the chamber of origin by this deadline in order to be considered after […]

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