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Hays couple adopts mission to help orphans in Haiti »


BY KARI BLURTON Hays Post Orphans and community members in a remote village in Haiti will soon have access to health care due the efforts of a Hays based nonprofit, Open Hands Of the Fatherless. Board Vice President Mark St. Peter said the health care clinic, scheduled to open this June, serves the organization’s mission. […]

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Broken trailer axle ignites grass fire near I-70 »

Ellis County rural fire

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A grass fire 1 mile east of Yocemento burned through 3 acres of land, with flames coming within 300 yards of a house Wednesday afternoon. According to Ellis County Rural Fire Director Dick Klaus, crews were called to the incident shortly after 3 p.m. to find the center median and […]

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USD 489 administration offers ‘digital learning plan’ to board »

USD 489

BY KARI BLURTON Hays Post USD 489 Director of Curriculum Shanna Dinkel presented a detailed “digital learning plan” at Monday’s USD 489 work session, designed to serve as a framework for leading the district to “successful learning in a global, digital learning society.” In November, the District’s Technology Committee recommended the purchase of 152 iPads […]

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Elementary students and staff arrive to school ‘in character’ »

O'Loughlin library secretary, Toni Lohrmeyer

KARI BLURTON Hays Post It was a sight to be seen as Fancy Nancys, Harry Potters, and Things One and Things Two filled the rooms of O’Loughlin Elementary … and, ah yes, there was a Nancy Drew too. Monday’s “Dress as your favorite book character” is one of the many events planned this week at […]

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Hays USD 489 administrators recommend increased fees remain »

Superintendent Dean Katt

by KARI BLURTON Hays Post Facing a $155,000 loss in state funding, the administration of Hays USD 489 is asking the board of education to retain increased enrollment fees approved last summer for another school year. The proposal states “should there be an increase in state or local funding, fees could be lowered at that […]

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Hays man arrested after pickup rams police officer’s home »

Truck hits house on 100 block of 20 Friday (courtesy photo by Hays Fire Department)

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post An officer of Hays Police Department became an unwilling witness to a crime scene Friday when a Hays man, allegedly driving under the influence, drove his truck into officer Dustin Gall’s house a little after 3:30 p.m. Friday. The driver, David C. Holden, 20, Hays, was arrested on suspicion of […]

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Walk Kansas offers a path to healthy living »

Walk Kansas participants walk The Mall in Hays at event last year.

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post As springtime approaches with hopes of warmer weather, it’s a time many people start getting out of the house to exercise — only it’s not that easy for everyone. That’s where the eight-week Walk Kansas program, which begins March 15, comes in. “We know physical activity is good for us. […]

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Acclaimed actor Rainn Wilson brings SoulPancake to Hays »


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Rainn Wilson, best known  for his role as the eccentric but lovable Dwight Schrute on the popular TV show ‘The Office,’ presented “SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions” to a full house at Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Hays Thursday evening. The acclaimed actor started with a sing-along of the band […]

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Semi’s haul hits overpass just east of Ellis »

Kansas Highway Patrol

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The driver of semi owned by Ellis County apparently misjudged the height of an overpass just east of Ellis on Thursday, causing its haul to hit the bridge. According to Kansas Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Tod Hileman,  KHP troopers responded to a report of the crash at around 1 […]

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Unexpected and ‘significant’ growth rate for Ellis schools »

Ellis Feature Image

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post As the city of Ellis grows, USD 388 Superintendent Bob Young said enrollment at both Washington Grade School and St. Mary’s School has “grown significantly.” Young said both schools together have seen an enrollment increase of 25 percent more than was projected about eight years ago. Just the USD 388 district grew […]

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Preaching ‘PRIDE’ as Ellis residents prepare plan for future »


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post ELLIS — The city of Ellis will be looking for its residents and the Kansas PRIDE program to come up with ideas and funds to improve the community at a meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at Ellis City Hall, 815 Jefferson. The Pride Program, in partnership with K-State Research […]

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Proposed legislation would increase seat belt penalties »


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Both the Kansas House and Senate are scheduled to hear legislation increasing the adult seat belt fine from just $10 dollars to $60 dollars. An increase was recommended Tuesday in a report from the Senate Committee on Transportation. The hearing comes just as law enforcement from across the state began […]

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Ellis woman accused of passing 51 bad checks across region »

ellis police

KARI BLURTON Hays Post An Ellis woman was arrested on suspicion of up to 51 counts of theft by deception for allegedly passing bad checks at various businesses in Hays and across the region between the months of December and February. Amanda R. Berends, 34, was arrested Feb. 20 by Ellis Police Chief Taft Yates […]

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