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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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New polycarts would be cheaper, more durable (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Although they couldn’t agree on the color, Hays city commissioners are agreeable to a request by the Public Works Department to change the supplier of its polycarts for solid waste collection. Public Works Director I.D. Creech told commissioners during Thursday’s work session the city needs to purchase 400 more carts […]

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DHDC answers commission questions about goals, city funding »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The origin of the Downtown Hays Development Corp. 14 years ago was rooted in its initial goal to purchase six specific properties to “jumpstart the redevelopment of downtown Hays.” DHDC Board President Stacey Smith explained the group’s beginnings to Hays City Commissioners Thursday night. “It was done in partnership with the […]

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USD 388 Ellis will try another bond issue for school improvements (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The USD 388 Ellis Board of Education is again pursuing a bond issue to finance school improvements. A $10 million bond issue proposal last year was voted down by the school district patrons. Although “nobody wants to pay more in taxes, the community needs to understand how much education needs […]

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Hays fireworks ordinance remains unchanged (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The ordinance regarding fireworks sales and use in Hays has “changed eight times” during the tenure of city manager Toby Dougherty. Dougherty made the observation during Thursday night’s city commission work session, where commissioners talked about it again at the request of first-term commissioner Shaun Musil, who wanted a “clarification” […]

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City may change to polycart manufacturer in Kansas (VIDEO) »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Hays Public Works Department is asking the city commission to approve the purchase 400 polycarts to provide adequate reserves and to replace aging polycarts. Commissioners will consider the request during their work session tonight.  The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in city hall. The polycart solid waste collection program […]

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Water line leak survey underway (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post A search for any leaks in the city of Hays’ 180 miles of water lines is underway through September 19. The city contracted with Wachs Water Services of Buffalo Grove, Ill., to perform a non-invasive water line leak detection survey on the water distribution and raw water transmission lines from […]

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United Way campaign asks for ‘your hopes for our community’ (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post “It’s not ‘them’ or ‘they’,” contends Jason Rauch, United Way of Ellis County Executive Director. “It’s your friends, someone’s family member.  It’s us.” Rauch spoke passionately during the 2014 United Way Kickoff Campaign lunch Friday at Rose Garden Banquet Hall, surrounded by representatives of the 15 allocated member agencies, along with UW volunteer board members. […]

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