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Vatican designates Victoria church as a minor basilica »

Cathedral of the Plains

By BECKY KISER Hays Post VICTORIA — It will the first in Kansas. St. Fidelis Catholic Church, Victoria, will be named a minor basilica. The Salina Diocese made the application to the Vatican, and Bishop Edward Weisenburger was notified last week of the approval. The church, also known as the “Cathedral of the High Plains,” […]

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HPD encourges you to ‘Party Smart’ (VIDEO) »

party smart

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Spring break is next week for Hays school and Fort Hays State University. With warmer temperatures in the forecast, more people will be spending outdoors. If you plan to host a gathering, the Hays Police Department has tips on how to “Party Smart.”  Assistant Chief Brian Dawson says to be […]

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Hays water supply is ‘planning in process-not a crisis’ (VIDEO) »


By BECKY KISER Hays Post Hays city officials want residents and potential newcomers to know the city’s water supply is “not in crisis,” but “planning is in process for the next 10 to 15 years.” The recent decision by the city commission to pursue development of its R9 Ranch in Edwards County 78 miles to […]

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Ostmeyer addresses water use by irrigators (VIDEO) »

State Sen. Ralph Ostmeyer, R-Grinnell

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Water resources are on the mind of Ellis city officials. During a town hall meeting Saturday afternoon, 40th Dist. Sen. Ralph Ostmeyer, R-Grinnell, was asked by Ellis City Council member Jolene Niernberger why Kansas farmers can continuously irrigate their crops when a community is running out of water. Ostmeyer, who […]

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Tuesday fire burns 25 acres »

grass fire

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Ellis County Rural Fire Chief Dick Klaus has “no idea” what started yesterday afternoon’s fire just north of Yocemento in the Limestone Acres area west of Hays. “It started in a trash pit, which was not burning at the time and hasn’t been used for some time,” he says. Klaus […]

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Details of Hays water warning explained (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The city of Hays is in a Water Warning, stage two of its water supply status.  City commissioners approved the change February 27. Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno explains the details and what the changes are from the earlier Water Watch status: ) City commissioners will host a town hall […]

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Let the Lions cook supper tonight »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post News “It was a little slow for breakfast, but the lunch crowd picked up,” says Hays Lions Club member Dee Bodine, “and with the weather cooler than expected, we hope a lot of people will be here tonight to enjoy the pancakes.” Bodine is the longtime chairman of the annual […]

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UPDATE: Fire extinguished north of Yocemento »


4:25p.m.  Chief Klaus declares all units have completed their assignment with no remaining hot spots. 2:31 p.m.  According to radio traffic from the scene, Fire Chief Dick Klaus says the fire is under control now, although crews remain on site. 1:55p.m.  Several trucks are on site.  Firefighters are checking nearby houses for possible evacuation.  Two […]

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Local legislators react to school finance ruling (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Friday’s long-awaited ruling from the Kansas Supreme Court about school finance was a popular topic Saturday during a series of town hall meetings by local legislators. 40th District Sen. Ralph Ostmeyer, R-Grinnell, and 110th District Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady, R-Palco, were in Ellis on Saturday afternoon after first making stops in […]

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Public meeting scheduled Tuesday for 41st reconstruction (VIDEO) »

hays city logo

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Reconstruction of 41st Street in Hays between the U.S. 183 Bypass east to Hall Street is scheduled to begin March 24.  The project will be completed in early 2015. Assistant Public Works Director John Braun says the $4.5 million project funding comes from two sources — $3.1 million is federal […]

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Sarah’s surprise engagement (VIDEO) »

Ryon King and fiancee Sarah Schmidt

By BECKY KISER Hays Post “My friends are telling me I’ve upped the bar for them,” says Hays resident Ryon King. “They’re all trying to think of super-romantic ways to propose to their girlfriends when the the time comes,” he jokes. Ryon couldn’t be happier with the result of his top-secret plan to propose to […]

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Committee ready to send facilities proposal to USD 489 board »

usd 489 building

By BECKY KISER Hays Post After studying the issue for more than a year, the Hays USD 489 facilities needs committee is ready to offer a draft plan to the community for a district-wide upgrade of buildings. During its meeting Friday morning, the group voted to pass along its recommendation to the school board.  The […]

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Breaking the barrier between campus and community (VIDEO) »

ks campus compact square

By BECKY KISER Hays Post Service learning is becoming an important part of many college courses. Kansas Campus Compact was established in 2003, joining a national organization of more than 1,200 campuses, to “teach the teachers” how to integrate civic engagement into the higher educational learning environment. Kansas Campus Compact hosted a service-learning institute Tuesday […]

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