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Low gas prices will mean high-volume traffic for Thanksgiving holiday »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Good news for Thanksgiving holiday travelers — the price of gas is at a five-year lows, according to AAA Travel. That means a lot more vehicles will likely be on the road for the long weekend, according to Kansas Highway Patrol Technical Trooper Tod Hileman, Troop D, Hays. “I think […]

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Luminaries turn out as Martin embraces duty as FHSU ‘lightkeeper’ »


By NICK BUDD Hays Post It seemed like a statewide party at Gross Memorial Coliseum on Friday morning. After serving as president for the past five months, Dr. Mirta Martin was officially inaugurated as president on Friday morning. Attendees included Gov. Sam Brownback, Sen. Jerry Moran and Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little from the University of Kansas, […]

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WaKeeney accepts donation of Wilcox School property »

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WAKEENEY–The city of WaKeeney has accepted a donation of the Wilcox school property. City council members voted in favor of the donation during their Nov. 4 meeting. The Trego WaKeeney Community Foundation lost its tax exempt status, and a grant application to the Kansas State Historical Society for restoring the school requires a new sponsoring […]

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Grocery collection Saturday for ECMA Thanksgiving Feast giveaway »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post When you’re grocery shopping this Saturday, you’ll notice volunteers from Celebration Community Church near the doors of both Dillons stores and Walmart. They’ll be collecting food items Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.  The donations will be bagged next Wednesday, Nov. 26, and then given to people attending […]

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Hays sets record new low overnight »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post A new record low was set in Hays overnight. According to official records from the K-State Agricultural Research Center, the temperature Monday night dipped down to a mere 3 degrees. The previous low for November 17 was 4 degrees–110 years ago in 1904.

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Golden Corral offers free meals for Military Appreciation Monday »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Hays Golden Corral restaurant, 383 W. Mopar Dr., will participate in the 2014 Military Appreciation Monday this evening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Taft Yates, Master Sergeant, Ret., now the Ellis police chief, said all area veteran and active duty military members are invited to “enjoy the free […]

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One inch snowfall in Hays overnight »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post An official one inch of snow fell in Hays overnight as the Winter Weather Advisory which had been issued until noon Saturday was cancelled by the Dodge City National Weather Service. This was the first measurable snowfall for the 2014-2015 winter season. Records at the K-State Agricultural Research Center show […]

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Hays ‘Certified Navigator’ offers free help with Marketplace enrollment »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Open enrollment for the Affordable Health Care Act’s Marketplace Health Insurance in 2015 starts Saturday and will end Feb. 15. Coverage for 2015 can start Jan. 1. But using the federal website — created as part of national health care reform — can be confusing. Sayre Shuck is one of several trained […]

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NW. Kansas bridge destroyed, removed from National Register »

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TOPEKA–As a popular southwestern Kansas tourist attraction was recently nominated by the Kansas Historical Society for the National Register of Historic Places, two northwest Kansas locations already on the national list had to be removed because they both were destroyed earlier this year. The Rush/Russell County Line masonry arch bridge was demolished earlier this year […]

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Official voter turnout in Ellis County increased 1% »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Turns out, the voter turnout in Ellis County for the Nov. 4 election was even a little higher than first thought. As the polls closed and votes were tabulated last week, Ellis County Clerk Donna Maskus was “thrilled” with the 57.41 percent local voter turnout. “There was just a 17 percent turnout in […]

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PTSD affects family members as well as military veterans (VIDEO) »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has a lifetime prevalence among the U.S. general population of 8.7 percent, and the rate can be higher for military veterans, according to Ken Loos, High Plains Mental Health Center Manager of Community Education and Outreach. PTSD is also tough on family members. Family members should […]

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As deer run highways, KHP trooper offers defensive tips (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Late fall is the peak season for deer movement in Kansas and as a result, deer-vehicle crashes also go up, according to Kansas Highway Patrol Technical Trooper Tod Hileman “About half the deer-vehicle crashes we work all year long come in October, November and December — with November being the […]

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With winter looming, city preps for emergency snow routes (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post With temperatures predicted to plunge early next week, the city of Hays is reminding residents about the Emergency Snow Routes and Operational Plan. “If the city manager declares a snow emergency, we ask you to get your vehicles off the emergency snow routes. It makes snow removal difficult trying to […]

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