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Driver at state hospital after Monday chase through north Hays »


By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post An individual is in custody at Larned State Hospital after leading law enforcement officials on a high-speed chase Monday afternoon. According to Ellis County Sheriff Ed Harbin, officers clocked a westbound car traveling almost 110 mph east of Hays just after 2 p.m. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, […]

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County calls for bids on 718 Main Administrative Center project »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post The Ellis County Commission moved the 718 Main Administrative Center closer to construction Monday evening when they voted to advertise for bids for the project. Denae Denio-Odle of Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architects presented commission and department heads with their first look at the redesign at last week’s meeting. The commission […]

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FHSU Rodeo set to draw region’s best talent »

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BY JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post Hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls and thousands of spectators will make their annual trek to Hays this weekend for the Fort Hays State University Rodeo. Fort Hays State Rodeo coach Bronc Rumford says the rodeo is a big deal for Hays and he expects at least 2,000 people to be […]

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Saturday fire causes smoke damage at La Crosse High, prom moved »


By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post LA CROSSE — An early morning fire Saturday caused extensive smoke damage at La Crosse High School. According to Rush County Sheriff Ward Corsair, the fire was reported at 4:09 a.m. Saturday and started in the gymnasium, where preparations for Saturday’s prom had been underway. Corsair said the gymnasium sustained […]

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Ellis County Sheriff’s activity log, April 10 »

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Animal Call, 1500 block Locust Grove Road, 11:04 a.m. Civil Transport, Ellis, 10:29 a.m. Motor Vehicle Accident/deer, 100 block Pfeifer Avenue, Victoria, 6:35 p.m., Trash Dumping, 1400 block 330th Avenue, Victoria, 6:52 p.m.

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Tax error will force county to refund $650,000-plus to company »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post As a result of a 2008 lawsuit, wireline company Wedge Log-Tech is set to get a tax rebate from Ellis County of more than $650,000. Ellis County Appraiser Lisa Ree told the Ellis County Commission at its weekly meeting Monday the county has run out of options on the lawsuit, […]

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41 calls in one month: Fires keeping county crews hopping »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post A little more than three months into 2014, and Ellis County Rural Fire already has responded to the nearly the same amount of fires fought in all of 2013. According to Fire Director Dick Klaus, crews have responded to 74 calls and 47 fires this year compared to 52 fires […]

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Building issues, election on Ellis County agendas »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post The Ellis County Commission will discuss advertising bids for the 601 Main storm water drainage project at Monday night’s meeting, scheduled for 5 p.m. at the courthouse. An architect from Driggs Design will be at the meeting to answer questions the commissioners have about the project. County Administrator Greg Sund […]

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Rove lecture ranges from health care to immigration to 9/11 »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post While the United States continues to face one of the slowest economic recoveries in the nation’s history, Republican strategist Karl Rove said Wednesday he believes Americans will find a way to get it turned around. Rove’s appearance Wednesday night was the second installment of the Keith Sebelius Lecture Series at […]

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FHSU Women’s track team moves into national rankings »


FHSU Sports Information Fort Hays State women’s track and field jumped into the USTFCCCA Outdoor National Rankings on Tuesday (Apr. 1) at No. 24. Fort Hays State is one of six women’s teams from the MIAA currently listed in the rankings. Fort Hays State joins a cluster of MIAA teams that jumped into the rankings […]

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Western Kansas libraries awarded Book Festival Grants »

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TOPEKA – Kansas First Lady Mary Brownback announced the winners of the 2014 Kansas Book Festival Grants during a news conference Monday at the Statehouse. “The Kansas Book Festival works year round to promote literacy and encourage a life-long love of reading,” First Lady Brownback said.  “These grants will help libraries to purchase new technology […]

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Owner: Qdoba work underway, tentative opening date set »


By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post “Construction, finally!” That is, according to Eric Estes President of Pratt-based Estes Enterprises, the next step in the process in bringing Qdoba to Hays. Crews began tearing down the building that housed Discount Liquor and Mattress America on Tuesday, and Estes, the Qdoba franchise owner, said warmer temperatures have allowed […]

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Holy Family students Race for Education »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post Students at Holy Family Elementary School in Hays once again are taking part in the Race for Education fundraiser. During the 10th annual event on April 25, students are asking friends and relatives to sponsor them based on the number of the laps they walk or jog in an hour […]

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