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Sewer cleaning contract up for extension in Hays »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post A short agenda faces Hays City Commissioners tonight. Other than mayoral appointments to the Airport Advisory Committee, Hays Area Board of Zoning Appeals and Hays Public Library Board, and a cereal malt beverage license request for the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce, there is just one item of new business. […]

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HRC Opening Day celebration rescheduled to May 31 »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Wet weather conditions forced the postponement of the Hays Recreation Commission’s 2nd Annual Opening Day celebration. According to HRC Youth Sports Director Keith Smith, the event has been rescheduled to Sunday, May 31, at 5:30 p.m. at the Bickle Schmidt Sports Complex. An abbreviated ceremony for the Mike F. Schippers […]

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Great Bend doctor takes on Huelskamp for Big 1st seat (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post “I think Kansas can be better. I think our country can be better.” That’s the reason Great Bend OB-GYN Dr. Roger Marshall told a Hays audience Wednesday evening he is running for Congress. Marshall, who said he and his wife Laina, have been thinking about his candidacy the past two […]

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New commissioners: ‘City employees are good money stewards’ »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post New Hays City Commissioners Lance Jones and James Meier agreed, “it was very informative” to tour all the departments in the city recently. “As a person who tends to be very cheap–although I’ll use the word ‘frugal’ because it makes me sound better–one of the things that struck me is […]

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Former Kan. budget director: State finances ‘badly out of balance’ »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post “The state of Kansas is in some deep financial trouble and is now experiencing a budget that is badly out of balance.” That’s the message from Duane Goossen, former Kansas Secretary of Administration and former Director of the Kansas Division of the Budget, now the Senior Fellow at the Kansas […]

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CID to remain in city’s economic development toolbox (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Community Improvement District will remain in the city of Hays’ economic development policy. City commissioners Thursday night discussed the possible removal of the CID section at the request of Commissioner Henry Schwaller. After input from city manager Toby Dougherty and city attorney John Bird, the commission ultimately agreed no […]

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Fireworks will be flying July 2, 3, and 4 in Hays (VIDEO) »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Conditions are wet enough to permit consumer fireworks for the 2015 Fourth of July holiday, agreed Hays city commissioners during their Thursday night work session “We’ve had adequate rain and the (city’s) Smoky Hill water wells are in good shape,” said commissioner Henry Schwaller. The sale and use of fireworks […]

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USD 489-Teacher negotiations address paid time off »

USD 489 and Hays NEA negotiations meeting Wednesday night

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Paid time off (PTO) and accumulated sick time were the focus of discussion¬†between the Hays USD 489 Board of Education and the Hays Kansas National Educators Association (H-NEA) bargaining team Wednesday night. Zach Butte, H-NEA team member and a Hays High School teacher, presented a proposal from the Leave Committee, […]

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Fireworks, CID removal to be discussed by Hays City Commission »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Sale and use of fireworks for this year’s Fourth of July holiday in Hays needs to be decided by city commissioners at the May 28 regular meeting. “I don’t see any problems with it,” Paul Briseno, Assistant City Manager, said Tuesday. “Conditions are wet and the threat of fire is […]

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692 years of experience retires from USD 489 »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post As Sarah Wasinger started designing the informational program for the annual Hays USD 489 retirement reception, she was struck by the number of years the honorees had worked in the school district. The list of 27 people includes principals, teachers, para-educators, secretaries and nutrition services personnel. “The shortest length of […]

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Final ‘Best of the Best’ honors Roosevelt student, teacher (VIDEO) »

Braydon Hines and Lois Britten are congratulated as Best of the Best winners from Roosevelt School.

By BECKY KISER Hays Post The final “Best of the Best” awards for the 2014-15 school year were presented during Monday’s Hays USD 489 school board meeting. The Student Award went to Roosevelt Elementary School fifth-grader Brayden Hines, and the Staff Award went Roosevelt kindergarten teacher Lois Britten. Brayden’s family, including the aunt and uncle […]

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Windows computer devices purchased for Hays High (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Although there were more questions and more discussion about keyboards and platforms, Hays USD 489 school board members finally voted 5-1 for a $673,532 purchase of Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 Microsoft Windows computer devices for Hays High School students and staff. Outgoing board member Greg Schwartz voted against […]

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One fee goes up, another goes down for USD 489 students (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The technology fee at Hays High School is increasing $20 to a total of $50, while the $160 workbook/materials fee for all USD 489 students will be reduced by $25 starting in the 2015-2016 school year. Hays USD 489 school board members voted 5-1 for the changes during Monday night’s […]

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