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489 board candidate: Schools are the ‘foundation’ of a community »

USD 489 board member candidate Mandy Fox pictured with her family. (photo courtesy)

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Miranda “Mandy” Fox said she is running for a  seat on the USD 489 school board because she wants to make a positive difference in a system she believes is vital to any community. Fox was in the running for the USD 489 school board last April when Darren Schumacher’s […]

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Violence-prevention training offers Kan. coaches a new playbook »

Coaching Boys Into Men

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post More than 20 coaches and teachers in Hays, Ellis, Plainville and across the state this year are participating in the violence prevention program Coaching Boys Into Men. The program was presented last week by Brian Porch and Andre Tyler from the Community Violence Action Council in Johnson County and hosted […]

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Three Hays band students headed to prestigious concert at KU »


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Three Hays students are headed to Lawrence Friday to join the Kansas John Philip Sousa Junior Honor Band concert held on the campus of the University of Kansas on Saturday. According to Hays Middle School band director Marcus Bishop, Spencer Wittkorn, an eighth-grader at Hays Middle School and ninth-graders Abby […]

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Race begins as two more file for Hays USD 489 school board »


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post There are now six people registered for the four open seats on the Hays USD 489 school board. Jerald J. Braun, Hays, and Leslie Blagrave, Munjor, both filed Thursday. Braun is a former USD 489 teacher at Hays Middle school and is currently employed at  Sunflower Child Support Services Office, […]

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Updated list of open seats, candidates in Ellis Co. local elections »

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Submitted by Donna Maskus, Ellis County Clerk and election officer Ellis County, Kansas 2015 City-School Candidates City/School Election, April 7, 2015 Ellis City Mayor David R. McDaniel, Ellis Ellis City Treasurer Ellis City Council (3 positions) Ryan Joseph Augustine, Ellis Jolene Niernberger, Ellis Hays City Commission (3 positions) Henry Schwaller, Hays Schoenchen City Mayor Richard […]

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‘Stay home’ if sick; flu is officially ‘widespread’ in Ellis County and KS »


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The flu has officially hit the  “widespread” status in Ellis County, according Ellis County Health Administrator Butch Schlyer. The Centers for Disease Control warned of widespread flu this winter when admitting this year’s vaccine was only 23 percent effective compared to previous years of 50 or 60 percent effectiveness. “The […]

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Hays High yearbook team earns highest honor state group »

Bill Gasper

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Hays High School yearbook staff  and newspaper staff were both recently named “All Kansas” — the highest award granted by the Kansas Scholastic Press Association for their 2013-14 yearbook. HHS instructor Bill Gasper teaches photography, journalism, newspaper and yearbook. Gasper said it is the second time in the past […]

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‘Ping-pong’ principal, ‘positive’ student earn Best of the Best »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post January’s USD 489 Best of the Best Awards were awarded to Wilson Elementary principal Tom Meagher and Hays High senior Lily Meska at Monday’s school board meeting. According to board president James Leiker, the awards are intended to recognize students and staff who go “above and beyond” to improve the […]

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Two new names in the running for USD 489 school board while Rankin and Schwartz make it official »

USD 489

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Two new names are in the running for April’s USD 489 school board elections, while current board members Sarah Rankin and Greg Schwartz officially filed their paperwork at the Ellis County Clerk’s office Tuesday. Luke Oborny, 1720 Wheatland Ave, Hays, filed his paperwork Wednesday morning and Miranda Fox, 4413 Larned […]

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With filing deadline looming, many seats open on April ballot »

Donna Maskus

Sumbitted by Donna Maskus, Ellis County Clerk The deadline to file for the Ellis County 2015 city commission and Ellis County school board seat is Jan. 27 by noon. Below is a list of open seats and the candidates who have officially filed as of Monday. Ellis City Mayor -David R. McDaniel, 1003 Monroe St, […]

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O’Loughlin’s longtime leader earns praise during Monday meeting »

USD board member Sarah Ranking hugs Harman after BOE meeting Monday.

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post USD 489 Superintendent Dean Katt thanked longtime teacher and O’Loughlin Elementary Principal Nancy Harman for her 34 years of service in education, her 28 years in the Hays school district and her 17 years as principal. Harman formally announced her retirement at Monday’s school board meeting. Katt named some of […]

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Hays USD 489 tables decision on fees until needs are ‘prioritized’ »

USD 489

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post In a 5-2 vote, the Hays USD 489 Board of Education voted to table discussion on keeping the fees increased last year as-is for the the 2015-16 school year until further discussion regarding the district’s budget. Facing a more than $1 million budget gap last May, board members voted to […]

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Longtime Hays USD 489 board member says he will run again »

USD 489 board member Greg Schwartz

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Following Monday’s USD 489 school board meeting, veteran board member Greg Schwartz told Hays Post he will run for the Ellis County school board election scheduled for April 7 and plans to officially put his name in the hat Tuesday or Wednesday. “I have the paperwork all filled out. I […]

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