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Rain flow being monitored at 27th and Cottonwood Lane (VIDEO) »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post With light rain still falling at mid-day in Hays, water levels are being monitored in the pond located north of 27th Street and adjacent to Cottonwood Lane, commonly called “Van Doren Pond.” “It seems to be doing okay for now, as long as the rain stays steady like it has […]

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Downtown market opens for second season (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post A cool overcast morning greeted the ten or so vendors readying their booths at 7 a.m. for the opening of the Downtown Hays Market’s second season at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The temperature dropped to 58 degrees before the clouds began parting and the sun started to shine. Most of […]

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New booths joining familiar faces at Hays Downtown Market (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Downtown Hays Market opens for its second season Saturday, June 7,  at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot at 10th and Main. Downtown Hays Development Corporation Executive Director Megan Colson says there will be lots of familiar vendors and products, a few new booths, and some new ideas: The […]

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Unusual weather phenomenon causes temps to spike after dark »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post A heat burst at the Hays Regional Airport at about 9:40 p.m. Tuesday resulted in a high temperature for the day occurring well after dark, an unusual phenomenon. “The high temperature at the airport was 97 degrees around 5 p.m. Tuesday,” said Larry Ruthi, meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service […]

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Downtown Hays Market starts second season Saturday (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The second season of the Downtown Hays Market opens Saturday morning and the new executive director of  the Downtown Hays Development Corporation is ready to go. So are the vendors, according to Megan Colson. “We had about 35 different vendors last year and most of them are returning,” said Colson. […]

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USD 489 board member Leiker files for state 111th District seat »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays resident James Leiker has filed to run on the Democratic ticket for the Kansas 111th district that includes Hays and Victoria. “The past number of months, I’ve been approached about it by various people. I sat down and looked at it and it makes sense,” Leiker told Hays Post […]

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‘Strict process’ required for upcoming USD 489 mail-in ballot (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The upcoming mail-in election for USD 489 constituents requires a “strict procedure” for Ellis County Clerk Donna Maskus. “The process has to be approved by the secretary of state,” according to Maskus. Her 86-page plan was submitted to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on April 27 and has been […]

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Hays Dog Park improvements continue »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Hays Dog Park continues to add improvements as donations are made to the third and final fundraising phase. Four new benches, for humans, adorned with plaques honoring the donors, were installed Thursday. City crews also removed the rules sign and kiosk outside of the park fence. Friends of the Hays […]

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Taking them out to the ball game for HRC Opening Day (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post It was perfect weather at the ball park Wednesday night for the Opening Day celebration of Hays youth baseball and softball players participating in the Hays Recreation Commission summer leagues. The first-time event, which HRC youth sports director Keith Smith hopes will become an annual tradition, invited 850 players, plus […]

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Record flooding in Hays 63 years ago Thursday »

Downtown Hays May 22, 1951

By BECKY KISER Hays Post May 22, 1951, was a deadly day in Hays. Heavy early morning rains 63 years ago today produced one of the worst flood disasters in Hays, according to records from the National Weather Service in Dodge City. Six people were killed. Fort Hays Kansas State College was flooded as well […]

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Ellis County Davis-Docking group organized »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post A bi-partisan group of Ellis County residents met Tuesday evening in Hays for the organizational meeting of Ellis County Team Davis. The group, comprised of  Democrats and Republicans, supports Paul Davis and Jill Docking in November’s election for Kansas governor and lieutenant governor. There were the 28 people attending the initial […]

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’3rd worst drought for Kansas’ according to local research (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Now in its fourth year, this Kansas drought is the third worst in the last 100 years. That’s the assessment of Bob Gillen, director of the K-State Agricultural Research Center in Hays: Gillen says the 1930s drought lasted eight years, from 1932 through 1940, with 1933 to 1936 the worst […]

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Family fun at Great Planes on the Great Plains (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post You don’t have to be an aviation fan to enjoy Great Planes on the Great Plains at the Hays Regional Airport. The annual free event is Saturday, June 7, from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., according to Hays Public Works Director I.D. Creech: The pancake breakfast will be prepared by […]

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