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Administrative Center open to the public with new office hours »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post While there are still a few things to move the new Ellis County Administrative Center in downtown Hays opens to the public Tuesday morning. Employees have spent the past week moving from the courthouse to their new permanent location at 718 Main, the former Commerce Bank. With the move also […]

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Ellis County Commission approves 2015 salaries »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post The Ellis County Commission approved contracts with the four service employee unions and set salaries for 2015 for both elected and appointed officials at Monday night’s commission meeting. Employees will get a 2-percent raise and will also be responsible for an additional 2.5-percent of the health insurance premiums, bringing their […]

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Union contracts expected to be approved at county meeting »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post The Ellis County Commission is expected to approve new one-year contracts with courthouse, sheriff’s department, EMS and Public Works employees at Monday evening’s meeting. The agreement includes a 2-percent raise, with employees paying an additional 2.5 percent of their health insurance premiums. Employees will now pay 7.5-percent of their health […]

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Ebola drills help Ellis Co. first responders prep for the worst »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post Ellis County emergency officials are continuing their efforts to prepare for the possibility of an Ebola-infected person in Ellis County. County Health Administrator Butch Schlyer said first responders have been very active in discussing how to deal with a potentially infectious person or persons, including drills in Hays. Recently, Ellis […]

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McClelland ready to step into her role on Ellis County Commission »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post Jan. 12 will be a historic day for the Ellis County Commission – marking just the second time a woman will be sworn in as Ellis County Commissioner. Commissioner-elect Martha “Marcy” McClelland defeated Ellis Mayor Lyle Johnson in the Republican primary in August and ran unopposed in the November general […]

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Ellis County Sheriff’s activity log, Dec. 18 »

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Dec. 18 Motor Vehicle Accident, 2000 block Ellis ave. Ellis 3:05 a.m. Criminal transport, WaKeeney, 7:36 a.m. Motor Vehicle Accident, 1700 block 130th ave. 8:00 a.m. Criminal transport, Stockton, 11:43 a.m. Warrant service, 3000 NEW Way, 11:00 p.m.

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Lang Diesel looking to brighten the holidays with donation »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post Lang Diesel Inc. is celebrating the holiday season by giving $1,000 dollars to the charity that receives the most votes in an online contest. In celebration of opening Lang’s 12th location, Shelly Macumber, marketing director at Lang Diesel, said the first annual Facebook contest allows people to submit an entry […]

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Ellis County Commission holds final meeting at courthouse »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post The Ellis County Commission held its final regular meeting of 2015 Monday night, in what is expected to be the final county commission meeting at the courthouse. With construction nearing an end at the new Administrative Center at 718 Main, the commission will begin holding its meetings in the new […]

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Klaus retiring post as Ellis County Rural Fire director »

Ellis County Rural Fire Director Dick Klaus

By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post After more than 35 years with the Ellis County Rural Fire Department — 22 years as director — Dick Klaus will retire this summer. Klaus began working at the rural fire department in 1978 and, at Monday night’s Ellis County Commission meeting, said he plans to retire in June. The […]

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County extends closed days at courthouse due to relocation »

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Ellis County Administrative offices will close at the end of the business day on Dec. 30 and not open again until Jan. 6. Earlier this month the Ellis County Commission approved closing the administrative offices on Dec. 30 and reopening Jan. 2 but County Administrator Greg Sund said Monday they are going to use Jan. 2 to move computers […]

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HHS boys drop three spots in latest KBCA poll »

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Despite going 2-0 last week and moving to 4-1 on the season the Hays High boys basketball team dropped three stops to No. 6 in the latest 4A-division 1 KBCA rankings. The Indians only loss this season was to No. 3 in 6A Olathe North in the finals of the Gerald Mitchell Hays City Shootout. […]

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Thursday’s High School basketball scores »

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BOYS’ BASKETBALL Hays 79, Colby 27 KC Schlagle 78, Maranatha Academy 27 South Central 48, Aline-Cleo, Okla. 23 South Haven 38, Covington-Douglas, Okla. 35  Anderson County Tournament Burlington 68, Anderson County 38 Louisburg 69, Iola 45  Bennington Tournament Bennington 54, Solomon 46, 2OT Minneapolis 33, Halstead 15  Blue Valley Tournament Blue Valley Stillwell 60, KC […]

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Ellis Co. Courthouse will be closed early for relocation prep »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post Ellis County administrative offices will close a day earlier at the end of the year to allow staff to move office locations. At Monday night’s county commission meeting, staff approached the commission about the possibility of closing the courthouse for the year at the end of the business day on […]

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