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Stories written by Kari Blurton

Communication, Red Cross materials ease children’s fear of severe weather »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Preparing young children for severe weather can make a big difference in a child’s ability to handle emotions in healthy way. Director of Ellis County Emergency Management Bill Ring said it is not uncommon for children to consider a tornado as real monster coming to “get them.” Ring said communication […]

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Longtime Hays USD 489 music educator will leave a legacy »

HHS Sophomore Rachelle Lumpkins and HHS band dir. Craig Manteuffell discuss reaction upon hearing the beloved teacher was leaving.

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hays High School Band Director Craig Manteuffel admitted he probably “shocked” the community when it was announced early this week he was leaving the district after 19 years to join the Kansas State High School Activities Association this summer. “I think a lot of people thought I would retire from […]

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Komen coordinator praises local support, encourages race registration »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Dana Steffee, program coordinator of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, said she is looking forward to witnessing the “remarkable support” previously seen in Hays for the third annual 5K Walk/Run May 9 at Hays Municipal Park. Steffee attended last year’s event in Hays and said she was impressed […]

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Longtime USD 489 faculty member, sixth-grader named Best of the Best »

JoAnn Jennings receives staff 'Best of Best" for March

by KARI BLURTON Hays Post At Monday’s USD 489 Board of Education meeting, March’s Best of the Best Awards were awarded to Reading Specialist JoAnn Jennings and Hays Middle School sixth-grader Greg Robinson. Jennings, an 18-year district employee, consults with teachers on the best and most innovative ways to help students who are struggling with […]

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On 5-2 vote, USD 489 approves tech device for every student »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The crowd of nearly 30 teachers, administrators and community members broke out in applause following the Hays USD 489 Board of Education’s 5- 2 vote to approve the Technology Committee’s recommendation and move forward with the plan to provide technology devices for every student in the district. The approved plan […]

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

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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 »

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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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