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County to pursue Hadley Center lease for temporary offices (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post After weeks of discussion and with a deadline quickly approaching, Ellis County commissioners voted 3-0 Monday night to authorize the negotiation of a lease with the Hadley Center for temporary housing of courthouse employees: The courthouse will be remodeled in phases starting with work on the jail and Law Enforcement […]

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Ground broken at site of new Ellis Co. EMS/Rural Fire building (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The bid for construction of the new Ellis County EMS/Rural Fire building was awarded July 8. Eager to get started on the oft-delayed project, Ellis County officials hosted the site groundbreaking Tuesday afternoon, just one week later. Commercial Builders Inc. of Hays was awarded the construction bid of $3.4 million […]

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Riding, ‘Riting, and Rodeo all part of annual pageant (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Jill Pokorny, the reigning Ellis County Rodeo Queen, will turn over her tiara and duties to the new 2014 queen next Tuesday night. Pokorny just graduated from Hays High School and will head to Kansas State University this fall to study biochemistry. Her horses will have to remain in Hays. […]

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Brownback: ‘Water Vision meeting will be held in Hays’ (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Kansas Water Vision Team is in the midst of a week-long tour to unveil the first draft of the “Vision for the Future of Water in Kansas.” Meetings will be held in 12 towns, but Hays is not one of them — not yet, anyway. The six-member team, with […]

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Ribbon-cutting set for Hays Middle School’s new addition »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The new eight-classroom addition on the east side of Hays Middle School is nearly completed. According to Hays USD 489 Superintendent Dean Katt, a ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 7 at 10 a.m.: The Hays school district received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for […]

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Former Marine Roberts rides with local Marines in WWF parade (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts was very happy to be invited to ride on the Marines float in Saturday morning’s Wild West Fest parade in downtown Hays. “It’s a real privilege to be here,” Roberts said prior to the start of the parade. He visited with several active and retired military members on […]

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Gov. Brownback rides in Wild West Fest parade (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Gov. Sam Brownback was one of several elected state officials participating in Saturday morning’s Wild West Fest parade in downtown Hays. The governor arrived at his parade entry spot in plenty of time to visit with other parade participants before it started. Brownback’s convertible was parked next to the fire […]

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New street projects to start next week in Hays (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post Summer is a busy time for street repairs and projects in Hays. Public Works Director I. D. Creech said a couple projects will begin within the next few days and he cautioned drivers to “be observant”: Creech also said the 41st Street widening project is progressing, although “rain has slowed […]

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Changes underway for Hays airport inside and out (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The look of the tarmac at Hays Regional Airport soon will change. SkyWest, operating as United Express, will start passenger flight service Aug. 1. The daily flights between Hays and Denver will operate using 50-seat Bombardier-manufactured CRJ200 aircraft. The planes are bigger than what’s been used by prior commercial flight providers. […]

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HFD staffing extra fire trucks for Independence Day celebrations »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post This was nearly the the third consecutive year fireworks were banned in Hays because of the ongoing drought. But thanks to abundant June rains, Hays city commissioners voted Monday night to lift the fireworks ban. “If people use common sense and respect their neighbors, it should be a safe experience […]

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Search process continues for Hays Regional Airport manager »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The search continues for a new manager of the Hays Regional Airport, after Bob Johnson resigned that position in early May. SkyWest Airlines, operating as United Express, is scheduled to start passenger service Aug. 1. Director of Public Works I.D. Creech, who is serving as acting airport manager, said Monday […]

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City to evaluate water supply after plentiful June rain »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The month of June yielded significant rain for Hays, nearly 10 inches, according to official records kept by the K-State Ag Research Center. That’s 6 inches above average for the month. Although lawns are green, Hays is still in the fourth year of a drought. During a special meeting Monday […]

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Wild West Fest’s 20th year kicks off Wednesday (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The city of Hays’ annual Fourth of July celebration, Wild West Festival, starts Wednesday and continues through Saturday. This is the 20th year for the event, and volunteer committee members said, as usual, there will be lots of fun, food and concerts. The parade along Main Street, with the theme […]

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