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Stories written by Kari Blurton

Fifth-graders recieve redbuds as Arbor Day Tradition contintues »


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post In honor of National Arbor Day, members from the Hays Beautification Committee have been delivering redbud saplings to every fifth-grader in Hays this week, an annual tradition leaving Hays with a good supply of redbuds throughout the city. Brenda Stecklein, a fifth-grade teacher at Holy Family Elementary watched her students […]

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City of Russell asked to support R9 Ranch water project »


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post RUSSELL — The quest to create a new regional water source has the city of Hays asking the Russell City Council for a letter of support. Hays City Manager Toby Dougherty presented information regarding the development of the R9 Ranch to Russell commissioners Tuesday afternoon. Considering Russell owns 18 percent of […]

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HFD trains crews, waters park at same time »

HFP trains at Aubel-Bickle Park, waters park at same time.

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post With sirens blaring and water rushing from fire hoses, it was a bit noisy early Tuesday morning as crews from the Hays Fire Department conducted training exercises at Aubel-Bickle Park. With Hays water restrictions in mind, the HFD did double-duty — helping water the park’s grass at the same time. […]

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Proposed cuts, fee increases lead to big crowd at USD 489 work session »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post More than 100 community members attended Monday’s USD 489′s Board of Education work session as staff and school board members discussed possible cuts and fee increases to make up for a $1.3 million shortfall the district is facing for the 2014-15 school year. “Obviously, there are a lot of people […]

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USD 489 school board calls election to raise LOB »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hays USD 489′s school board members on Monday approved a resolution to adopt  a 1 percent increase in the local option budget . The special meeting was called in order to meet a June 30 deadline that Superintendent Dean Katt said has “school districts scrambling” across the state to pass […]

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Fee increases, staff cuts up for discussion at USD 489 work session »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Monday’s Hays USD 489 work session agenda calls for discussion of several items aimed at eliminating a $1.3 million shortfall for the 2014-15 school year, including discussion of fees increases and staff cuts. Superintendent Dean Katt will offer an update of proposed changes in the district’s transportation policy, the board […]

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Hays gardening club adjusting to drought conditions »


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post For people who love plants and flowers, the drought can be a “scary” time, said Jo Ann Schroller, president of the Kansas Association of Gardeners, as she and fellow gardeners from the local Prairie Garden Club met recently to pot plants for upcoming community service projects. “We are so uncertain […]

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Hays City Commission awards contract for zoning rewrite »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post At Thursday’s meeting, Hays city commissioners approved a request from city staff  and members of the planning commission to enter into a $150,000 contract with a consulting firm to rewrite the city’s zoning and subdivision regulations. According to Public Works Director I.D. Creech, a selection committee made up of city […]

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City agrees to pay EPA fine related to wastewater treatment plant »

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by KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Hays City Commission agreed to pay the $18,000 fine issued by the Environmental Protection Agency rather than contesting the issue with the federal agency. At Thursday evening’s commission meeting, assistant city manager Paul Briseno said the fine stems from 2012 incident when the city’s wastewater treatment facility was testing […]

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Steward’s term as Hays mayor ends, Schwaller’s begins »

Hays mayor Kent Steward reads a proclamation supporting "Battle of the Badges."

by KARI BLURTON Hays Post Kent Steward’s one-year term as mayor ends and the gavel was passed to former vice mayor Henry Schwaller at Thursday evening’s City of Hays Commission meeting. “I got to be honest and say it’s a relief to some extent,” Steward said. “It’s not that demanding of a job, but there […]

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Rope Em Ride and Bike Hays Master Plan ready to pedal »


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The 26th annual Rope ‘Em Ride is partnering with the Bike Hays Master Plan this year — something organizers of the annual cycling fundraiser say is a perfect fit. “The Hays Area Children’s Center serves families in our community and  the Bike Hays Master Plan is designed for families, as […]

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HPD arrests 18-year-old in connection with burglaries »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A 18-year-old is under arrest in connection with burglaries occurring early Saturday morning, between 12:30 and 1:30 a.m. According to Lt. Ron Rounkles of the Hays Police Department, residents in the 700 block of West 12th found a man sitting in one of their cars and called police. The suspect, […]

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‘Jana’s Memories’ is a powerful glimpse of young advocate (VIDEO) »


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post As Curt and Christie Brungardt opened an ordinary manila folder and began to share memories of their daughter Jana — poems, art, pictures, writings and letters from legislators — it became clear Jana was not a typical child. “My gift to the world in the brown paper sack would be […]

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