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Despite summer rains, Hays still in drought (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post As of  July 28, rainfall records for Hays indicate the city is 0.66 of an inch of precipitation above normal for the year. Hays city commissioners get an update of the city’s water well levels each Monday.  According to commissioner Ron Mellick, the Smoky Hill water wells near Schoenchen have […]

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Ellis searches for new water source in Trego County »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post ELLIS — The city of Ellis had nearly 15 inches of rain during the first two weeks of June, and water was again flowing through Big Creek. But, like much of western Kansas, Ellis is in the fourth year of drought, and the city is looking for a new long-term […]

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Ellis County cuts $1.7 M from 2015 budget, sets public hearing »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post “That was far less painful than I anticipated.” That was the reaction of Ellis County Commission Chairman Barb Wasinger after Wednesday night’s special meeting in which commissioners set Aug. 18 as the public hearing date for the 2015 budget. Cuts of about $1.7 million were made. Commissioners were determined to close […]

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Ellis County still searching for temporary office space »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Last week, Ellis County commissioners agreed to begin lease negotiations with the Hadley Center for temporary office space of courthouse and Law Enforcement Center employees while the building is remodeled. Since then, they’ve been told Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, which will be using the Hadley Center third floor as […]

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Flights start Friday at Hays Regional Airport (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Air passenger service returns to the Hays Regional Airport Friday. SkyWest Airlines is operating as United Express with daily flights between Hays and Denver. Last Thursday night, Hays city commissioners approved spending $25,000 for regional marketing of the airport. City Manager Toby Dougherty explained the money will be combined with […]

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Although no measles reported at HaysMed, caution urged »


Hays Medical Center With the recent outbreak of measles in Kansas, HaysMed Infection Prevention is offering information to the public. While there have been no reported cases of measles at HaysMed it is important to be aware of the situation. First and foremost, if you think you or a family member was exposed to the […]

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Schuckman to retire as CVB Tourism Sales Manager »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Ruben Schuckman, Tourism Sales Manager for the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau, is retiring from his city position at the end of the month. Schuckman has worked in the job for 15 years. During Thursday’s Hays City Commission meeting, Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno reviewed the success of recent tourism […]

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In a world of sectarian violence, what can be done? »


Last week, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – the extremist movement now occupying large swaths of territory in the region – forced the last Christians out of the Iraqi city of Mosul. Images of desecrated churches, looted homes and ruined lives now serve as the obituary for one of the world’s oldest Christian […]

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Next step for Kansas Next Step is ‘brand-building’ (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The new executive director of Kansas Next Step Inc., Allison Ochoa,  plans to “build the KNS brand.” She has the experience, seven years, as the former public relations coordinator for the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce.  She has also worked as an adjunct instructor for the Fort Hays State University […]

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McClelland campaigns as ‘voice for the rural residents’ of Ellis County (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Two candidates will vie for the First District seat on the Ellis County Commission in the August 5 primary. Martha “Marcy” McClelland, Hays, and Lyle Johnston, Ellis, are both Republicans. Both filed their paperwork and paid the fee with the Ellis County Clerk’s office. McClelland, is a member of the […]

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First county fair for new Midway District 4-H Youth Agent (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post This is the 34th year for the Russell County Free Fair in Russell. It’s the first Russell County Fair for the new Extension 4-H Youth Agent, Nicolette Unruh, who serves Russell and Ellsworth counties as part of the Midway K-State Research and Extension District. Unruh grew up in Pawnee County, […]

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No employee raises in latest Ellis County 2015 budget draft »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Ellis County commissioners heard a progress update on the 2015 budget from county administrator Greg Sund during the regular meeting Monday evening. “We’re getting closer,” Sund told commissioners following a budget meeting earlier in the afternoon. “There are still adjustments that will have to be made to this to make […]

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‘Cool’ Commissioner’s Cookie Jar presented »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Ellis County Commission Chairwoman Barb Wasinger wanted to keep holding the Ellis County Fair Commissioner’s Cookie Jar presented at the start of Monday afternoon’s commission meeting. It was hot and humid outside, and the glass jar was refreshingly cold to the touch. The clear one-gallon jar, filled with nine different […]

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