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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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Hays auto business helps promote child safety campaign »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post A Hays-based automotive group is helping remind western Kansas drivers not to accidentally leave their children unattended in a hot vehicle. Lewis Automotive has teamed up with a Wichita television station to raise awareness for the STOP. CHECK. DON’T FORGET. campaign. A 10-month-old baby girl died in Wichita July 24 […]

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City superintendent: Wastewater treatment a biological process (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Hays City Commission is beginning discussions about renovation of the aging city’s wastewater facility. According to Roger Moerke, Utilities Superintendent-Wastewater, the digester was built in 1953 and the last upgrade to the plant was in 1997. During a recent tour of the facility, Moerke called the plant “antiquated.” The […]

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Hays City Hall, live painting part of Friday’s Art Walk (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Downtown Hays will filled with an “estimated 1,500 or more art lovers” Friday night during the annual Hays Arts Council Fall Art Walk, according to HAC Executive Director Brenda Meder. “The fall event tends to be the biggest” of the three art walks held throughout the year, she added. This […]

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Fewer buses means more vehicle traffic around schools (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post As a cost-cutting measure, the Hays USD 489 school board voted in May to reduce bus routes by no longer picking up students who live within 2.5 miles of their school. As a result, “it’s put a lot more cars on the road,” according to School Resource Officer Tim Dreiling […]

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Moran: ‘EPA proposal would regulate every drop of rain’ (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Kansas Senator Jerry Moran and 32 other U.S. senators have sent a letter to the  administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, urging the withdrawal of proposed water regulations which would redefine “navigable waters.” “If not withdrawn, the guidance could lead the EPA to redefine when isolated wetlands, intermittent streams, […]

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Moran visits with KAYS Radio listeners (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, R-Kan., is using his month-long “vacation” from being in Washington, D.C. to being in Kansas. Friday morning he made an appearance in Hays on KAYS Radio with host Scott Boomer, before driving on to visit other locations in western Kansas. Moran talked about what he calls […]

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HFD volunteers take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (VIDEO) »

Volunteers from the Hays Fire Department take part in the challenge.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post The temperature was nearly at the century mark, and the wind was still as volunteers with the Hays Fire Department took the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” late Monday afternoon. “That was cold!,” Fire Chief Gary Brown concluded. “But it felt good!,” according to HFD organizer, Lt. Darin Myers. Myers said “the idea […]

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KDHE Secretary Moser: ‘Ebola not likely in Kansas’ (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an alert to all U.S. hospitals, warning them to make preparations for dealing with the possible spread of the Ebola virus. It’s unlikely the virus, which has spread rapidly throughout parts of west Africa, will make a sudden appearance in Kansas, […]

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