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Hays contractor awarded EMS/Rural Fire building bid »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post The EMS/Rural Fire building project continues to move forward after the Ellis County Commission voted to award the bid for construction to Commercial Builders of Hays. At Monday evening’s meeting, commissioners voted to accept the base bid for $3.48 million with an alternate for extra insulation for $32,800, bringing the […]

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Hays High soccer camp back on after volunteer steps forward »


The Hays High soccer camps scheduled for later this month will go on. Hays High Athletic Director Chris Michaelis said Thursday an individual has stepped up and volunteered to run the camps. The resignation of former boys and girls soccer coach Saul Hernandez led to the camp being temporarily postponed, until Jim Maska, an assistant […]

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Vargas pitches Royals to victory, 4-0 over Twins »

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Jason Vargas threw seven scoreless innings, Raul Ibanez homered in his second game for Kansas City and the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-0 Wednesday. Vargas (8-3) allowed four singles and two walks while striking out five, allowing only two runners from a diluted Twins lineup to reach second base. Mike Moustakas […]

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Artificial turf garnering more interest with ongoing drought »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post Despite recent rains, western Kansas still suffers from the effects of the extended drought — and many are looking for ways to save water and keep their lawn attractive. For some, artificial turf is the answer. Trey Moeder, owner of ForeverLawn Western Kansas, said the interest in turf is on […]

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Ellis American Legion finished 2-2 in Garden City »

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The Ellis American Legion baseball finished 2-2 at the Garden City tournament over the weekend. Ellis split the first two games of the tournament on Friday, losing to Columbine Colorado 7-6 and then downing Dodge City6-5. On Saturday Ellis picked up an 11-3 win over Colby. Cole Pfeifer allowed three runs in six innings to […]

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Truck, motorcycle accident a reminder of harvest season dangers »


By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post A western Kansas man was injured Saturday afternoon when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a wheat truck east of Hays. According to Ellis County Sheriff Ed Harbin, at about 4:25 p.m. Saturday a 2014 Harley Davidson driven by Craig Knapp, Norton, was eastbound on Old U.S. 40. Knapp […]

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Fireworks ban remains in Ellis County »

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The Ellis County Commission elected to keep the current ban in place on fireworks in rural Ellis County at Monday evening’s commission meeting. A resolution allowing the commission to ease some restrictions on setting off fireworks in the county, while still keeping the ban on the sale and purchase intact was presented to the commission. But […]

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Work coming to an end on eastern portion of Old U.S. 40 »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post Construction on the eastern portion of Old U.S. 40 is coming to an end, and traffic could be moving by Monday. Ellis County Public Works Director Mike Graf said the project is “substantially complete.” Graf said crews need to do some grading work on driveway entrances and work on the […]

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Ellis County Commission accepts 718 Main bid, OKs wage study »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post The Ellis County Commission voted Monday night to go forward with a wage and benefit study for county employees, agreeing to a proposal with Evergreen Solutions for $37,500. During the study the firm will interview employees about job tasks, how much time is allocated completing certain aspects of the job […]

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Lighting strike causes Wednesday morning oil tank fire »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post A lighting strike in the early morning hours Wednesday caused a tank battery fire northeast of Hays. According to Ellis County Rural Fire Director Dick Klaus, crews were dispatched to the report of a fire in the 2100 block of Locust Grove Road at 5:07 a.m. Wednesday. Klaus said a […]

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Holmgren doesn’t file, could consider Independent run »

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Current District 1 Ellis County Commissioner Swede Holmgren confirmed Monday night his displeasure with both the Republican and Democratic parties led him not to file for re-election. Holmgren said he is disappointed with the bickering and lack of progress coming from both parties. He also said he will make a decision on running as an […]

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Salina man killed in Russell County motorcycle accident »

Russell Co. Sheriff

A Salina man was killed in a motorcycle accident in Russell County just before noon Saturday morning. At 11:50 a.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to the report of an accident south of the intersection of Highway 232 and Highway 181. According to the Russell County Sheriff’s office, the accident occurred when 64 year-old Dennis C. […]

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HHS boys finish third; girls eleventh at state meet »

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The Hays High Indian boy’s track team placed six individuals and one relay team on their way to a third place finished at the 2014 Kansas state track and field championships over the weekend in Wichita. The 4 x 100 meter relay team brought home the gold in 5A with a time of 42.69 seconds. The […]

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