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HMS students mark Constitution Day by forming American flag »

Hays Middle School creates human American Flag for National Constitution Day Wednesday.

Time Lapse Video, courtesy HMS By KARI BLURTON Hays Post To mark National Constitution Day, 600 students at Hays Middle School gathered Wednesday morning to form the American flag in honor of . According to HMS social studies teacher Michele Brungardt, the social studies department is “celebrating freedom” and teaching students about the Constitution in […]

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Distracted driving simulation at Fort Hays serves as caution »

Distracted Driving Simulation Test Friday at FHSU's Memorial Union

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Fort Hays State University’s Tiger CLAWS — Campus Leaders Advocating Wellness for Students — wants to remind the community of the dangers of distracted driving. To help drive that home, the group recently brought the “Save A Life Tour” to FHSU’s Memorial Union. The Safe A Life Tour travels the […]

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City set to bid farewell to longtime CVB director Jana Jordan »


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The city of Hays will say goodbye and thank you to a longtime employee Friday with a going-away party for Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Jana Jordan, who recently announced her retirement after 26 years of service. Hays Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno said Hays tourism has been benefited […]

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USD 489 Facility Needs Committee recommendation on agenda »

USD 489

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Hays USD 489 Facility Needs Committee is scheduled to present a formal recommendation at the Board of Education meeting Monday evening. At the Sept. 8 work session, Superintendent Dean Katt said the presentation is scheduled for 30 minutes, and architects involved in the long-term proposal to update facilities within […]

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9/11 vigil: ‘Only thing that can conquer the dark is the light’ »

911 candlelight vigil

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Participants fought back tears as they fought to keep the wind from extinguishing their flames at a candlelight vigil marking the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Approximately 40 people took part in the somber event, held on the campus of Fort Hays State University on Thursday […]

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Hays firefighter honors 9/11 victims in memorial stair climbs (VIDEO) »

9/11 NYFD victims

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hays Fire Department’s Justin Choitz, 41, is honoring 343 of his fallen “brothers” as he joins firefighters across the country to climb 110 stories at Denver’s 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Thursday — a tribute Choitz said he feels called to undertake. “They did the same job, the same daily routine […]

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HMS band marching, ‘multi-tasking’ at Kansas State Fair »

Hays Middle School

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Seventy-six trombones, clarinets, drums, tubas and more left Hays Middle School before dawn Wednesday to lead the big parade at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson this morning. The seventh- and eighth-graders are following a more than 20-year tradition at HMS and traveling to Hutchinson to march in the annual […]

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HPD investigates theft of all-terrain vehicle at Hays business »

BOS Motorsports Employees arrived to work Tueday morning to see fence cut and a missing Polaris RZR-S and trailer - photo courtesy of Stephanie Bainter

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hays Police officers are investigating what appears to be an overnight theft of more than $16,000 in merchandise from BOS Motorsports, 1210 E. 43rd. BOS owner Stephanie Bainter said she came to work Tuesday morning and noticed a piece of the fence surrounding the building had been cut and a […]

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Best of the Best Awards coming soon to Hays USD 489 »

USD 489

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post At Monday’s Hays USD 489 Board of Education work session, board president James Leiker unveiled what will be the known as the “Best of the Best Awards,” which will acknowledge one outstanding staff member and one outstanding student each month this school year. Leiker said the prizes will be paid […]

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USD 489 board talks transportation, after-school options for students »

School bus

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post USD 489′s elimination of busing students who live within 2.5 miles of the school they attend has saved the district more than $114,000 this year, but appears to have created a difficult situation for parents unable to get off work to pick up their kids after school, said board member […]

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New type of bus taking first steps at O’Loughlin Elementary »

"O'Loughlin Elementary students take the Walking School Bus to school Monday morning.

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post O’Loughlin Elementary School’s Walking Bus is up and running. O’Loughlin principal Nancy Harmon and Walking Bus Coordinator Terri Tramel will  present more information on the implementation of the Walking Bus at the USD 489′s Board of Education meeting Monday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Toepfer board room at […]

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Bond set at $1M in Gove County murder case »


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Jason S. Force, 36, made his first appearance in Ellis County Court at 11 a.m. Friday before District Judge Glenn Braun. According to a complaint filed by Assistant Attorney General Nicole Romine, Force is accused of murder in the first degree and abuse of the child after allegedly shaking a […]

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‘Heart of Hays’ will come alive with Wines and Steins »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post As Traci Stanford, Downtown Hays Development Corp.‘s executive director, prepares for the next week’s fifth annual Wines and Steins fundraising event, she recalls being emotional this time last year. She had recently resigned her position and was preparing to move to Tennessee for her husband’s new job. “I remember last […]

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