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Future tech decisions make school board question copy center purchase »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post With Hays USD 489 preparing to make decisions regarding technology at the end of the school year in May, the Board of Education failed Monday to advance a proposal to lease a new copy machine at the district’s copy center. The vote was split in half as board members Greg […]

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December’s Best of the Best recognized by Hays USD 489 »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Lincoln Elementary fourth grader Riley Kershner and  O’Loughlin Elementary special education teacher Nancy Lundy received December’s Best of the Best Award at Monday’s Hays USD 489 Board of Education meeting. Lincoln Elementary Principal Elaine Rohleder nominated Kershner for her ability to “brighten” everyone’s day and to “always be ready to […]

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USD 489 to look toward local legislators for funding help »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post At Monday’s Board of Education meeting, Hays USD 489 Superintendent Dean Katt said he will meet with local legislators soon to find out what the district can expect regarding funding for the next school year in light of the state’s bipartisan research committee projecting a $648 million budget shortfall for […]

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Audit approved, but Hays USD 489’s funding concerns persist »

Melissa Rome and Ken Berens from local firm, Adam, Brown, Berens and Ball present annual audit at Monday's USD 489 school board meeting.

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The annual audit report presented at Monday’s Hays USD 489 Board of Education meeting contained few surprises and was unanimously approved by the board. According to Ken Beran from the Hays auditing firm Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball, the audit found no violations of Kansas state statues except for one […]

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NCKTC, Hays High School partnership expected to expand »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The list of dual-credit classes offered by North Central Kansas Technical College for Hays High School is expected to grow this evening when the Hays USD 489 Board of Education votes on Hays High School curriculum guide changes for 2015-16. According to HHS Principal Marty Straub, thanks to a policy […]

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Hays USD 489 approached by buyer to sell parcel of district land »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Someone has expressed interest in buying a piece of land owned by Hays USD 489. Superintendent Dean Katt told board members at last week’s work session he had recently been approached by a real estate agent who wanted to buy a small parcel of land located south of the bus […]

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Annual audit review scheduled for USD 489 school board »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Hays USD 489 Board of Education will go over the results of its annual year-end audit at Monday’s meeting at the Rockwell Administration Building, 323 W. 12th, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. At last week’s board work session, Superintendent Dean Katt said he has been presented with the […]

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Hays man arrested on suspicion of rape, aggravated sodomy »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A 21-year-old Hays man was arrested on suspicion of rape and aggravated criminal sodomy following an incident alleged to have occurred Tuesday night at a Hays residence. According to Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler, officers from the Hays Police Department responded to a report of a sexual assault at 9:30 […]

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Local Humane Society hopes to avoid many unhappy returns »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Just like the retail business, the Human Society of the High Plains manager Betty Hanson says the shelter sees many “returns” after Christmas. Hanson said the biggest mistake people can make is buying a pet as a gift — something she said happens often at Christmastime. “We have a lot […]

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Raising money will be the chief concern for joint police, fire effort »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Do not be alarmed if you see  a uniformed member of the Hays Police Department and the Hays Fire Department outside Walmart this weekend. Chief of Police Don Scheibler and Hays Fire Department Chief Gary Brown will be ringing the bells from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday for the Salvation […]

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First responders poke fun as annual Battle of the Badges begins »

Battle of the Badges

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The 12th annual  Battle of the Badges began Thursday at the Blood Donation Center, 208 E. Eighth. The American Red Cross community blood drive  challenges local police, fire and emergency medical services workers to pump up blood donations in their agency’s name. According to Red Cross spokeswoman Cathy Younger, the […]

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Hays Post News for 12-11-14 »

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Free Children’s Holiday Party coming up at Hays Public Library »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The annual free Children’s Holiday Party at the Hays Public Library, 1205 Main St.,  is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 15 from 4 to 5 p.m. Children’s Department librarian Cathleen Kroeger said the event provides refreshments and an afternoon of “lots of smiles” and fun games for the kids. “One of […]

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