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Upcoming benefit to commemorate five years of Jana’s Campaign »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post “Eat, Drink, Make a Difference” is the message for the third annual “Empty Place at the Table” to benefit Jana’s Campaign. Founders Curt and Christie Brungardt started the campaign to curb gender-based violence five years ago, shortly after their daughter Jana Mackey died as a result of domestic violence in […]

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Sternberg exhibit uncovers region’s limestone layers of history »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Sternberg Museum of Natural History’s latest exhibit tells a story of our region’s hard-working settlers — and a story of the sea creatures who lived here well before them. “Post Rock Country,”  on loan from the Historical Society of Rush County’s Post Rock Museum in La Crosse, features photography […]

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489 board to prepare questions for architects on $100M upgrade »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Monday’s USD 489 Board of Education work session includes continued discussion on the Facility Needs Committee’s $100 million in recommendations to improve districts buildings, funded with a proposed bond election in November 2015. The  board will develop questions for the Oct. 27 board meeting during which representatives from HTK Architects […]

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Hays man arrested on suspicion of multiple rape incidents »


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A 28-year-old Hays man has been arrested on suspicion of four sexual offense allegations authorities said occurred between 2010 and 2014. According to court documents, Arthur L. Gonzales Jr. was arrested in August on one count of rape in which the victim was under the of age of 18, allegedly […]

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Turning Points film is ‘love letter’ to Hays community »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post It’s a “love letter to the community of Hays,” said Lucia Bain, Kansas Room Librarian at Hays Public Library, as she described the upcoming premiere of the film “Turning Points: The Art of Change.” Hays Public Library was one of four Kansas communities awarded a grant by the Kansas Humanities […]

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Counterfeit $50 passed at local sporting goods store »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post An unknown person recently purchased an item or items with a counterfeit $50 bill at Hibbett Sports, 120 W. 43rd, Hays. It is unknown when the transaction took place, according to Lt Ron Rounkles of the Hays Police Department. Rounkles said the counterfeit bill was discovered by an employee at […]

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Students experience poverty to raise funds and awareness (VIDEO) »

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BY KARI BLURTON Hays Post Dressed as homeless people and standing at busy intersections carrying cardboard signs, Fort Hays State University Leadership Studies students are raising awareness about poverty in Ellis County this week. Two students were standing at 27th and Vine Monday afternoon, with signs displaying poverty statistics in Ellis County.  The students will be […]

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Man with gun arrested in parking lot of local nightclub UPDATE »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A 41-year-old man was arrested Friday night in the parking lot of the Wild Rose night club, 109 W. Seventh, after officers responded to the report of man allegedly brandishing a firearm in the parking lot at 1:38 a..m. Upon further investigation, a .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol and illicit drugs […]

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Community organizations join forces for ‘Confronting Violence’ summit »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hundreds of people from across the state will be attending the fourth annual “Confronting Violence in Our Community,” Summit and Forensic Symposium Tuesday and Wednesday at Hays Medical Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days. The event is co-hosted by Jana’s Campaign, Options Domestic and Sexual Violence and Hays […]

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Davis focuses on education, economy during swing through Hays »

Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post With the campaign down to “crunch time,” Kansas gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis spent Saturday in Hays. The Democrat said his reception in Hays and across the state has been warm. “We’ve been traveling extensively around the state and getting very positive reaction from people all across the political spectrum — […]

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Smoky Hill Pheasants Forever free event keeps ‘hunting heritage’ alive »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Smoky Hill Pheasants Forever Chapter 424 is hosting a free opportunity to introduce or expand youth’s hunting and shooting skills while “getting the kids outside” and away from the television, according to the chapter secretary and youth coordinator Shayne Wilson. The ninth annual Darrell Brown-Lavern Stieben Memorial Youth Upland Hunt […]

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Oktoberfest, Honor Our Heritage keeps Volga-German lore alive »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The 42 annual Volga-German Society’s Oktoberfest Friday at Frontier Park will kick off with a new tradition this year — the ringing of the bells. Oktoberfest co-coordinator Janel Moore said an official “Oktoberfest Big Bell” has been purchased and will be placed on Oktoberfest stage. The ringing of the big […]

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Possible sightings of missing Hays man provide hope to family »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The mother of a missing Hays man said she has received two phone calls from people claiming to have spotted the brown 1997 Chevrolet Suburban her son, Jacob Montoya, 22, was last seen driving. Maria Montoya, Ulysses, said the latest tip placed Jacob — who has been missing since Sept. […]

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