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Only minor damage after HFD fights AC fire at City Hall »

Hays Kanas Fire Department

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Hays City Fire Department fought a small fire in their own backyard Saturday as one of the six air conditioners for Hays City Hall caught on fire. According to HFD Chief Gary Brown, the firefighters, whose department is connected to City Hall, noticed smoke coming from the air conditioner […]

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HPD gears up for second annual bike-safety event »

Last year's HPD Bike Rodeo

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Many kids soon will be riding their bikes to school, and officers from the Hays Police Department bike patrol want to ensure those kids know the “rules of the road.” The Hays Police Department will hold its second annual Bike Rodeo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 9 at […]

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USD 489 board work session added for Thursday »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The USD 489 Board of Education will meet on different day than usual for next week’s work session. The meeting, scheduled for Thursday, was added to meet annual budget publication and hearing deadlines, according to Elizabeth Jaeger, USD 489 coordinator of public information. The meeting will include a FY 2015 […]

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Rollover accident results in minor injury »

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by KARI BLURTON Hays Post One Hays teenager sustained minor injuries to her hand after the vehicle she was riding in with two other teenagers rolled “multiple times” early Wednesday morning. The accident was reported at 1:12 a.m. on the 1300 block of Spring Hill Road. According to Ellis County Sheriff Ed Harbin, the driver […]

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Wilson Elementary welcomes new teaching technology tool »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Thanks to a multi-year fundraising effort, teachers at Wilson Elementary are preparing classes for the upcoming school year with new technology. The Wilson Home and School Association recently purchased Mimio interactive technology projectors that turn an ordinary white board into an interactive teaching device. Brenda Bickle, Wilson Elementary Home and […]

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Hays Police Department bike patrol gets an upgrade »

New HPD bike patrol bike

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Hays Police Department is making improvements to the bike patrol with the recent purchase of four new 27-speed custom police edition mountain bikes. Sgt. Jason Bonczynski said the officers are “really enjoying them” as the bikes are lighter and more rugged than the older models the officers used on […]

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HACC Food Drive Challenge underway; HPD drops by with donations »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post With a little more than a week to go, kids at Hays Area Children’s Center are asking the community for help with their second annual Food Drive Challenge to reach their goal of raising nearly 400 cans of food for Options, a domestic and sexual violence advocacy group in northwest […]

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Police: Hays man had homemade bomb in car »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A Hays man is expected to face charges after a traffic stop in Hays resulted in the discovery of homemade explosive device and drugs. According to Hays Police Department Lt. Brandon Wright, Lloyd C. Symns, 32, Hays, was pulled over for speeding on the 1000 block of Reservation Road shortly […]

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USD 489 board votes to maintain increased enrollment fees »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post After lengthy discussion at Monday’s meeting, Hays USD 489 Board of Education members voted 3-2 to make no changes to the increased enrollment fees. Facing a more than $1 million budget gap, board members voted in May to increase workbook/materials fees by $60, approved an activity fee increase of $50, […]

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USD 489 board OKs sale of 33rd Street property to housing developer »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post At Monday’s meeting, Hays USD 489 Board of Education members voted unanimously to approve the sale of the more than 7-acre piece of land the district owns near 33rd and Hall streets. The vacant property was recently put out for bid. The board received two bids and approved the highest […]

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HPD investigates fake currency turned into local bank »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Officers from the Hays Police Department are investigating counterfeit bills turned in to Golden Plains Credit Union. HPD Assistant Chief Brian Dawson said employees at Golden Plains last week reported receiving three counterfeit bills — two fake $10 bills and one fake $1 bill. Dawson said the bills mostly were […]

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USD 489 board expected to rule on proposal to decrease fees »

USD 489

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post At Monday’s meeting, the USD 489 Board of Education will discuss whether to keep increased enrollment fees as is, or decrease the fees and add a pay-to-play fee. At last week’s work session meeting, board member Susan Rankin suggested decreasing the activity fees to $25,  the workbook/materials fee to $30, […]

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Ellis Jr. Free Fair ready to kick off another year of ‘tradition’ »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post ELLIS — The 82nd annual Ellis Junior Free Fair starts Tuesday. Fair Board President Brandon Pfiefer said the board has been meeting for the last year to ensure the fair is a good time for the entire family. “There is a lot of tradition,” he said. “People … remember the […]

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