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Stories written by Jon Zweygardt

Series of grass fires sparked in Rooks County since Sunday »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post A fire Monday night in southern Rooks County burned 20 to 25 acres of grassland, according to Rooks County Emergency Management Coordinator Butch Post. Post said authorities received a report of a pasture fire at around 9:30 p.m. less than a mile from the Rooks/Ellis County line. Crews from Rooks […]

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County closer on building budgets, talks temporary relocation »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post As planning continues for the renovation project at the Ellis County courthouse, jail and Law Enforcement Center, department heads got their opportunity to meet Tuesday with the project architect. Andy Pitts from Treanor Architects spent Tuesday in Hays discussing ways to reduce the cost of the project and bring it […]

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Klaus: Rains don’t relieve fire danger — ban still in place »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post Despite the recent rains in parts of Ellis County, the burn ban is still in effect. After the weekend precipitation, Ellis County Rural Fire Director Dick Klaus said more than two dozen phone calls were received by his office and county dispatchers asking for the burn ban to be lifted. […]

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Monday afternoon accident sends five to the hospital »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post An accident northeast of Hays sent five people to the hospital Monday afternoon. According to Ellis County Sheriff Ed Harbin, at about 1 p.m. Monday, a 2005 Dodge Caravan, owned by Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas, was westbound on Feedlot Road and failed to stop at a stop sign at […]

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With help of grant, Ellis County will get new digital signs »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post Thanks to a pair of grants, Ellis County Public Works will be adding new signs to help with traffic control. At Monday night’s Ellis County Commission meeting, Public Works Director Mike Graf told the commission the county has been approved for $56,000 grant through the Kansas Department of Transportation to […]

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Kansas oil and gas producers meet in Hays for mid-year meeting »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post Oil and gas producers from across the state of Kansas gathered Thursday in Hays for the annual Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association mid-year meeting. KIOGA President Ed Cross said more than 200 people attended the 22nd annual mid-year meeting at the Schmidt-Bickle Indoor Training Facility at Fort Hays State University. […]

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Driver at state hospital after Monday chase through north Hays »

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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 »

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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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