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‘Busy, busy’ morning of balloting at Hays American Legion (VIDEO) »

John Moravek casts his ballot Tuesday morning at the Hays American Legion.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Anxious voters were standing in line this morning at 6:45 a.m. at the Hays American Legion polling place, 27th and Canterbury, waiting for the polls to open at 7 a.m. It’s stayed “busy, busy” through mid-morning, according to poll judge Sandy Herrman. Herrman has worked at the American Legion polling […]

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Ellis faces jump in electrical bill for street lights; rejects bids for city lots »

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ELLIS–The monthly bill to keep the street lights on in Ellis faces a big increase. Council members were told at their Oct. 20 meeting that Midwest Energy has under-billed Ellis for its electric use the past 7 years. Effective immediately, Ellis will see a $1,002 monthly increase in its bill for street lights. A representative […]

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FHSU chief named president of state law enforcement organization »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Ed Howell, director of police at Fort Hays State University, recently became the 46th president of the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police. Howell is only the second university police officer to be elected president. The KACP, formed in 1965, has grown to more than 400 chiefs of police from […]

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Candy and cockroaches at Sternberg Museum Spooktacular »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Trick or treating at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History combines the best of Halloween traditions–candy, costumes (even on some of the exhibit animals), fun, a spooky atmosphere–with a little bit of natural history education lurking around every corner. The annual Spooktacular is a free event sponsored by the museum, […]

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Candidates Boldra and Leiker disagree on ending state income tax »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The two candidates for the 111th District in the Kansas House, which includes Hays, Victoria and Munjor, along with a few townships, both plan to “knock on more doors this weekend.” Incumbent Republican Sue Boldra, 65, is seeking her second term to the Kansas House. Democratic challenger James Leiker, 31, […]

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Ellis USD 388 patrons set to vote on $8.9M school bond issue »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Tuesday’s ballot for patrons of Ellis USD 308 includes an $8.9 million bond issue to finance school improvements. A $10 million bond issue proposal last year was voted down by the school district patrons, which includes residents in western Ellis and eastern Trego counties. Although “nobody wants to pay more […]

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New dean named at NCK Tech’s Hays campus »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post A new dean has been named of the Hays campus of North Central Kansas Technical College. Sandy Gottschalk has been serving as the interim dean since May, following the resignation of Don Benjamin. The announcement was made Monday evening after a meeting of the NCK Tech board in Hays. Gottschalk, […]

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Hays Med prepared for possible Ebola patients (VIDEO) »

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“If I had to wake up and worry about something, it’s probably not going to be about getting Ebola, especially in Hays, Kansas.” Hays Med Chief Medical Officer Dr. Larry Watts By BECKY KISER Hays Post Americans are much more likely to contract the flu virus than Ebola, according to officials at Hays Medical Center. […]

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Water education emphasis to begin next month (VIDEO) »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post The city of Hays is becoming about as water efficient as it can be, according to officials. Commissioners Henry Schwaller, Eber Phelps and Shaun Musil attended a regional water conference in Las Vegas earlier this month. Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno, who had to stay behind, said this is one […]

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Annual alley cleanup stops limited to approximately 20 minutes (VIDEO) »

Hays Alley Cleanup 2013

By BECKY KISER Hays Post There aren’t many things you can’t get rid of during the annual Hays Alley Cleanup, according to Solid Waste Supervisor Marvin Honas. No household hazardous waste — you can discard that for free at the Ellis County landfill. No medical waste will be picked up, nor tires or batteries. “We don’t have […]

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Orange and pinwheels make for a ‘Kind’ day at O’Loughlin Elementary »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post O’Loughlin Elementary School was awash in orange Wednesday. The students and staff weren’t celebrating an early Halloween — they were celebrating “Kansas Kindness Day” by wearing orange in support of October’s National Bullying Prevention Month. “We wanted to flip (the theme),” said Principal Nancy Harman, “and concentrate on the ‘being […]

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Unwanted appliances part of Hays alley cleanup (VIDEO) »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post This year’s annual alley cleanup in Hays starts Monday, with curbside collections first. Then it’s on to the alleys. City workers will be removing items not collected during normal trash pickup. Unwanted items for pickup should be separated into four categories, according to Hays Solid Waste Supervisor Marvin Honas. “The […]

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Coat giveaway scheduled for Saturday morning (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The forecast is not calling for “coat weather” Saturday — but you know it’s just around the corner. That’s why for 17 years, the annual coat drive in Hays has been scheduled for late October. This Saturday, the annual coat giveaway will be underway from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. […]

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