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Victoria students hope to build on SkillsUSA state win at nationals »

Pictured left to right: Senior Trenton Klaus,  Senior Nathan Kuhn,  Junior Bryan Dome

By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post Three Victoria High school students are headed to the National SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City next month after winning the state competition in April. Seniors Trenton Klaus, Nathan Kuhn and Junior Bryan Dome qualified for the national competition after winning the Kansas State Welding Fabrication competition in April. Bruce Engel, […]

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Palco marks 125 years with community celebration »


PALCO — As the Rooks County community of Palco prepares for its 125th anniversary celebration, Mayor Freda Lambert feels fortunate for the growth the community has seen in the last 25 years. Palco will honor the milestone with a two-day celebration beginning Saturday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new McKenna Youth Center, which […]

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Trego golfers win 2A Regional »


The Trego golf team placed two in the top-10 and won the team title at the Atwood 2A Regional tournament Monday. Trego finished with a 327 team score, 14 shots better than second-place Oberlin. Plainville was third with a 351 combined score. Ellis’ Skyler Tebo won the individual title with an even-par 72. Trego’s Blake […]

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Ellis County ban on fireworks remains in effect »


At Monday evening’s meeting, Ellis County Administrator Sund reminded commissioners of the ban on fireworks in rural parts of Ellis County. Under the resolution passed last year, it is illegal to sell, buy or discharge fireworks in rural Ellis County. The ban remains in place until the commission votes to repeal it. Violators are subject […]

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Community solar array Q&A session will be Tuesday evening (VIDEO) »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post As the western Kansas solar array becomes a reality, officials from Midwest Energy and community solar developer Clean Energy Collective have set up area meetings to discuss the project and answer questions. In March, officials from Midwest Energy and CEC announced an agreement to build a 1-megawatt community solar array […]

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Victoria parents hope to save gridiron grass with water conservation efforts »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post VICTORIA — Victoria High School supporters are rallying together to ensure the health of the football field as warmer weather approaches. Because all outdoor watering is banned in Victoria, the school district cannot water the field so, earlier this month, community members approached the school board with an idea to […]

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Area high schools set for graduation season »


As the school year comes to a close, graduation season is underway for high schools across the area. Here is a list of upcoming graduations: Victoria High School – May 18 at 1 p.m. in the auditorium Hays High School – May 18 at 3 p.m. at Gross Memorial Coliseum Thomas More Prep-Marian – May […]

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Ellis County Commission approves 718 Main renovation bid »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post The Ellis County Commission voted to move forward with the 718 Main Administrative renovation project Monday night by awarding the bid to Paul-Wertenberger Construction for $709,000. Ellis County Administrator Greg Sund said now it is up to the Hays construction company to work with the architect to lay out a […]

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Duran named All-Central Region Second Team »

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FHSU Sports Information- Fort Hays State’s Paxton Duran was named to the 2014 Daktronics All-Central Region Second Team, announced Monday by the organization. Duran, a sophomore pitcher from Brighton, Colo., led the Tiger pitching staff this season with a 17-9 record while helping FHSU earn the fourth seed in the MIAA Championships.  Duran appeared in 31 […]

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718 Main renovation bids could be awarded Monday by county »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post The Ellis County Commission will consider awarding the bid on the 718 Main Administrative Building renovation project after receiving three bids last week. The commission will meet at 5 p.m. Monday at the Ellis County Courthouse. The county received three bids ranging from $630,000 to $648,000 but Ellis County Administrator […]

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Letter carriers will have 21st annual food drive Saturday »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post The Hays Post Office will conduct its 21st annual Letter Carriers Food Drive this Saturday. Residents can put nonperishable food next to their mailbox to be picked up by their letter carrier and then delivered to the Community Assistance Center. Lester Robben, a carrier with the Hays Post Office, said […]

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Wind gust leads to injury at sports complex Wednesday »

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Hays Post A woman was injured Wednesday night after being struck by a metal bleacher at Bickle/Schmidt Sports Complex. At 6:37 p.m. Wednesday, Hays EMS and Fire were dispatched to the complex after a gust of wind flipped a bleacher into the air striking a spectator on the head. She had been sitting on her lawn […]

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Ellis County receives three bids for 718 Main renovation »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post Ellis County received three bids for the 718 Main Administrative Building remodel Wednesday afternoon. In December, the commission voted to reject all initial bids because they came in well over the $700,000 estimated for the project, with the low bid from Commercial Builders, Hays, coming in at $944,000. After spending […]

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