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Local agency delivers ‘emergency meals’ for seniors in NW Kan. »

NWKAA volunteers and staff prepare the emergency meals for senior citizens.

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Volunteers and staff from the Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging this month are delivering more than 400 emergency meals to the home-bound seniors they serve in Ellis County and beyond. Homestead Nutrition director Kristen Schmidt said the non-perishable meals are vital for seniors who rely on the agency’s daily […]

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Chili fundraiser for ‘Goodness Sake’ set for Saturday tailgate »

Goodness fundraiser

by KARI BLURTON Hays Post It’s a chance to enjoy some “great chili and support a great cause,” according to Josh Rounkles, 20, regarding the second annual ‘Eat Chili For Goodness Sake’ fundraiser Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Lewis Field Stadium tailgate area in Hays. The fundraiser is on behalf of […]

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Hays man accused of solicitation, indecent liberties makes first appearance »

Ellis County courthouse

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A Hays man accused of electronic solicitation of a minor and indecent liberties with a child made his first appearance at the Ellis County Courthouse on Thursday morning. According to a criminal complaint filed Monday, Marcus West, 20, allegedly solicited a 14-year-old via text messaging on or around Oct. 6. […]

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Western KS state Board of Education rep worried about future of schools »

Vice Chair of State Board of Education and 5th Distritst representative Sally Cauble speaks to USD 489 board members Monday at Lincoln Elementary

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The vice chairwoman of the Kansas State Board of Education is touring central and western Kansas this week and said she is worried about the future of education in the Fifth District she represents. Cauble was in Hays on Monday to meet with principals and school board members.  She said […]

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‘Pinwheels for Peace’ to be planted at Hays elementary school »

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Submitted by Sarah Wasinger, Public Information Officer USD 489 Students and staff at O’Loughlin Elementary School, 1401 Hall, will celebrate Kansas Kindness Day Wednesday by making “pinwheels for peace” and wearing orange in support of October’s National Bullying Prevention month. Each student and staff member at O’Loughlin will create a pinwheel and display on the front […]

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Three people arrested after bust of alleged meth lab in Hays »

Hays police

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Three people are facing multiple charges related to the alleged manufacture of methamphetamine in Hays, stemming from a search warrant served Oct. 14 by the Hays Police Department and Kansas Bureau of Investigation in the 500 block of East 16th Street. According to HPD Lt. Ron Rounkles, “as a result […]

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USD 489 looks to get public more involved in building discussions »

USD 489

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post At Monday’s work session, USD 489 Board of Education members prepared for next week’s board meeting when architects and financiers involved in the proposed $100 million in improvements to the district’s buildings will be available to answer questions and provide guidance. Board member Greg Schwarz talked about the importance of […]

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

Jana's campaign

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 »

USD 489

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 »

Turning Points invite

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 »

Police feature HPD

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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