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Meteorologist, Dillons, Ellis Co. EMS partner for severe weather prep »

Jay Prater

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Thanks to a partnership between Dillons Food Stores, Wichita-based KAKE-TV and Ellis County Emergency Management, residents can receive free severe weather prep from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of Dillons, 1902 Vine. Longtime KAKE meteorologist Jay Prater will answer questions and program weather radios while staff […]

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USD 489 technology committee to present options at BOE meeting »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Hays USD 489 Technology Committee and Technology Director Brian Drennon will present options regarding the district’s technology plan per last week’s request from USD 489 board members, who heard the committee’s recommendation to provide a device for every student in the district. Drennon told board members last week, after […]

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Phillipsburg native takes reins as executive director at Options »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post From her past work of rescuing pit bulls and working as a shelter house advocate for Hays-based Options Domestic and Sexual Violence Crisis Intervention Services, Mandy Wallgren, the new executive director at Options, said she is ready to take on a new role that  “speaks to my soul.” Wallgren, a […]

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Budget and bond major issues at USD 489 candidate forum »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Six candidates vying for four open seats took the stage Tuesday night at the Hays USD 489 Candidate Forum attended by more than 100 people. Twelve year school board veteran Greg Schwartz, current board member Sarah Rankin, and challengers Leslie Blagrave, Luke Oborny,  Paul Adams and Miranda “Mandy” Fox introduced […]

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Real World 101 will help college grads get a head start on life »

Real World 101

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The challenges faced when a college graduate enters the “real world” is the basis for a first-time partnership between Hays Area Young Professionals and the Ellis County Extension Council for an upcoming panel discussion aimed to ease the transition from college to the real world. Real World 101 will offer […]

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USD 489’s tech committee recommends one device for every student »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Hays USD 489 Technology Committee is recommending a technology device put in the hands of every student and is asking the board to approve spending the $400,000 already budgeted for the next four years. Director of Technology Brian Drennon told board members at Monday’s work session the four-year plan […]

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USD 489 BOE president impressed with candidates, community turnout »

Hundreds attend the City of Hays/USD 489 Election Forum Monday at FHSU.

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Outgoing USD 489 Board of Education President James Leiker said he feels he will be leaving the school board in good hands after watching six school board candidates campaign for his spot and three others  in the USD 489 candidate section at Monday’s  forum held in Fort Hays State University’s […]

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Braun issues statement on withdrawal from school board race »

USD 489 Board of Education Candidate Gerald Braun

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The school board section of Monday’s Hays city/USD 489 candidate forum at Fort Hays State University began with an announcement Jerry Braun had withdrawn from the race. Braun emailed a public statement Monday night: “Personal issues have occurred beyond my control which put into question my ability to adequately fulfill […]

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With new funding plan in the mix, USD 489 awaits block grant approval »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Just as USD 489 and districts across the state were adjusting to a proposed bill replacing the state’s current school funding formula with block grants for the next two years, Director of Finance Tracy Kaiser warned board members at Monday’s work session of  a brand-new bill that deserves “watching.” Kaiser […]

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New HMS assistant principal candidate expected next week »

Hays Middle School

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A candidate for the new assistant principal of Hays Middle School is expected to be announced at next week’s Hays USD 489 Board of Education meeting, according to Superintendent Dean Katt. At Monday’s work session, Katt told board members 20 people applied for the position, including three internal applicants. Current […]

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Feeling lucky? Annual 4-H Clover Run is right around the corner »

Participants in 4-H Clover Run/Walk 2013

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Get out your lucky running shoes — the third annual 4-H Clover Run is coming up April 4, starting at 9:15 a.m. at the Ellis County Fairgrounds. Ellis County Extension Agent Susan Schlichting said the event is family-friendly and includes a 5K walk/run for all ages including toddlers and babies pushed […]

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Midwest Energy continues repairs following massive power outage »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Crews from Midwest Energy are in Hill City Sunday making final repairs to the cause of a massive power outage leaving thousands of  Hays area residents without power Saturday night. The outage affected nearly 4,500 customers beginning at 11 p.m. Saturday to 20 minutes after midnight. According to MWE Corporate […]

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Extension program aims to prevent splitting heirs, losing memories »

Linda Beech, Ellis County Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences.

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Keeping families together and “preventing fights and hurt feelings” is the goal of an upcoming program “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?” scheduled for noon Monday at the Ellis County Extension Office in Hays, 601 Main, and 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ellis Public Library, 907 Washington, Ellis. Extension agent […]

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