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Hands in the air, KNEA protests at GOP Clean Sweep tour in Hays »

KNEA protest GOP Clean Sweep Tour

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post When the GOP Clean Sweep bus tour rolled into Hays on Thursday morning blaring the hit song “Happy,” it was met with around 30 unhappy protestors from the Kansas National Education Association. The tour bus was carrying Gov. Sam Brownback and several other state Republican candidates to a rally at Thirsty’s Brew Club and […]

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Beyond the ‘bare minimum’ is goal of USD 489 calendar committee »

USD 489

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Superintendent Dean Katt hopes a recently formed calendar committee will help Hays USD 489 go beyond the “bare minimum” when it comes to teacher/student contact time and teacher contract hours. At this week’s board of education meeting, Katt presented graphs comparing USD 489’s student contact time and teacher contract hours […]

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Hays woman living with diabetes plans event to help ‘Type 1′ »

Step it Up for a cure

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hays resident Lexi Pfannenstiel’s worst fear about having Type 1 diabetes is the fear she “won’t wake up in the morning.” Pfannenstiel was diagnosed with the disease at age 9.  Eighteen years later, her body does not produce insulin at all and it is common for her blood sugar levels to […]

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USD 489 enrollment numbers strong but funding changes ‘discouraging’ »

USD489 logo white

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post At Monday’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dean Katt said while the latest unaudited enrollment numbers for Hays USD 489 are good, legislative funding changes leave the district more than $75,000 short of the working budget. Katt said changes made in worker compensation insurance has already made up for more […]

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String of tire slashings on Eighth Street under investigation »

Hays police

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Hays Police Department is investigating a string of tire slashings at auto businesses and homes occurring overnight Sunday. According to HPD Assistant Police Chief Brian Dawson, an officer responded to the first report of criminal damage at 8:45 a.m. at A&A Coors Inc., 751 E. Eighth. Dawson said a […]

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Next steps on $100M bond proposal discussed by USD 489 »

USD 489

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Architects and financial consultants provided “next step” ideas regarding the proposed November 2015 bond election to fund $100 million in recommended updates to USD 489 buildings at Monday’s Board of Education meeting. The series of district-wide renovations were recommended recently by the Facility Needs Committee after two years of study. […]

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Haunted Boot Hill to showcase Wild West days of Hays »

Boot Hill Cemetery

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Several icons  from the Wild West days of Hays will “resurrect” themselves at Boot Hill on Friday evening, as the the Ellis County Historical Society hosts Haunted Boot Hill. The staged performance features Hays historical characters such as Kate Coffey, owner of Kate Coffey’s Saloon; Sheriff Pete Lanahan; dance-hall girl […]

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‘Kind’ and ‘joyful’ describe USD 489’s Best of the Best award winners »

USD 489 board member congratulates Mahala Gregg  for winning "Best of the Best" student award.

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post One young student and one longtime staff member from Hays USD 489 are the district’s first recipients of the Best of the Best Awards announced at Monday’s board of education meeting. O’Loughlin Elementary third-grader Mahala Gregg won the Best of the Best student award and O’Loughlin fourth-grade teacher Sonya Herl […]

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Anthem will lead to awards, building discussions at USD 489 meeting »

USD 489

 By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A performance of the national anthem by Hays High School’s Full Chord Press will open Monday’s Hays USD 489 school board evening. A new portion of the agenda, “School Spotlights,” will showcase the district successes and initiatives such as last week’s Kindness Day at O’Loughlin Elementary in honor of National […]

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Local agency delivers ‘emergency meals’ for seniors in NW Kan. »

NWKAA volunteers and staff prepare the emergency meals for senior citizens.

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Volunteers and staff from the Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging this month are delivering more than 400 emergency meals to the home-bound seniors they serve in Ellis County and beyond. Homestead Nutrition director Kristen Schmidt said the non-perishable meals are vital for seniors who rely on the agency’s daily […]

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Chili fundraiser for ‘Goodness Sake’ set for Saturday tailgate »

Goodness fundraiser

by KARI BLURTON Hays Post It’s a chance to enjoy some “great chili and support a great cause,” according to Josh Rounkles, 20, regarding the second annual ‘Eat Chili For Goodness Sake’ fundraiser Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Lewis Field Stadium tailgate area in Hays. The fundraiser is on behalf of […]

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Hays man accused of solicitation, indecent liberties makes first appearance »

Ellis County courthouse

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A Hays man accused of electronic solicitation of a minor and indecent liberties with a child made his first appearance at the Ellis County Courthouse on Thursday morning. According to a criminal complaint filed Monday, Marcus West, 20, allegedly solicited a 14-year-old via text messaging on or around Oct. 6. […]

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Western KS state Board of Education rep worried about future of schools »

Vice Chair of State Board of Education and 5th Distritst representative Sally Cauble speaks to USD 489 board members Monday at Lincoln Elementary

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The vice chairwoman of the Kansas State Board of Education is touring central and western Kansas this week and said she is worried about the future of education in the Fifth District she represents. Cauble was in Hays on Monday to meet with principals and school board members.  She said […]

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