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Ellis superintendent: ‘Time to heal,’ work together following bond defeat »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post ELLIS — USD 388 Superintendent Robert Young admits he had a sleepless night after learning the $8.9 million bond election failed to pass Tuesday — yet he remains hopeful the community can come together for the sake of district’s future. “We just have to look at it for what it […]

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Plainville man faces multiple drug-related charges after traffic stop »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A Plainville man is facing multiple drug charges following a traffic stop last week. Jessy Lee Eilers, 32, was pulled over by officers from the Hays Police Department due to a traffic infraction at around 1 a.m. Oct. 30 on the 1000 block of East 29th in Hays. According to […]

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Three teens arrested for tire slashings, criminal damage, car theft »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Three juveniles are under arrest for their alleged involvement in 11 separate criminal damage incidents including tire slashing and other criminal damage reports to property occurring the night of Oct. 25 on Eighth Street. Two of the juveniles also are allegedly involved in a recent car theft and one is […]

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Whatever the result, ‘community needs to stay united’ after Ellis vote »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post ELLIS — Voters in Ellis began lining up at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday morning in front of the VFW, 813 Jefferson, in part to decide the fate of  USD 388’s $8.9 million bond election to update schools. Ellis supervising judge Karen Day said she was excited about the large turnout, attributing most […]

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About 1,800 take advantage of early voting in Ellis County UPDATE »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post After Monday’s count, the Ellis County Clerk’s office reported approximately 1,800 registered voters had already cast their ballots in the mid-term elections in person or by mail. The chance to vote early ended noon Monday. An Ellis County Clerk staff member said the number of early voters seemed a bit […]

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‘Greatest grassroots campaign,’ Davis proclaims in final swing through Hays »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Looking to unseat Gov. Sam Brownback, Democratic candidate for governor Paul Davis was greeted by 80 supporters Saturday in Hays for one last “Restore Kansas” campaign tour through western Kansas before Tuesday’s election. Davis, a 12-year legislative representative from Lawrence and House Minority Leader, started his speech by thanking the […]

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HPD: Drunk drivers can make for scary streets Halloween night »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Hays Police Department is giving a advice to ensure Halloween night does not become someone’s nightmare. “What is particularly dangerous about this night is that you have a an increase in pedestrian traffic with children out trick-or-treating and an increase in drinking by adults celebrating Halloween, making for a […]

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Hands in the air, KNEA protests at GOP Clean Sweep tour in Hays »

KNEA protest GOP Clean Sweep Tour

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post When the GOP Clean Sweep bus tour rolled into Hays on Thursday morning blaring the hit song “Happy,” it was met with around 30 unhappy protestors from the Kansas National Education Association. The tour bus was carrying Gov. Sam Brownback and several other state Republican candidates to a rally at Thirsty’s Brew Club and […]

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Beyond the ‘bare minimum’ is goal of USD 489 calendar committee »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Superintendent Dean Katt hopes a recently formed calendar committee will help Hays USD 489 go beyond the “bare minimum” when it comes to teacher/student contact time and teacher contract hours. At this week’s board of education meeting, Katt presented graphs comparing USD 489’s student contact time and teacher contract hours […]

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Hays woman living with diabetes plans event to help ‘Type 1′ »

Step it Up for a cure

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hays resident Lexi Pfannenstiel’s worst fear about having Type 1 diabetes is the fear she “won’t wake up in the morning.” Pfannenstiel was diagnosed with the disease at age 9.  Eighteen years later, her body does not produce insulin at all and it is common for her blood sugar levels to […]

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USD 489 enrollment numbers strong but funding changes ‘discouraging’ »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post At Monday’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dean Katt said while the latest unaudited enrollment numbers for Hays USD 489 are good, legislative funding changes leave the district more than $75,000 short of the working budget. Katt said changes made in worker compensation insurance has already made up for more […]

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String of tire slashings on Eighth Street under investigation »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Hays Police Department is investigating a string of tire slashings at auto businesses and homes occurring overnight Sunday. According to HPD Assistant Police Chief Brian Dawson, an officer responded to the first report of criminal damage at 8:45 a.m. at A&A Coors Inc., 751 E. Eighth. Dawson said a […]

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Next steps on $100M bond proposal discussed by USD 489 »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Architects and financial consultants provided “next step” ideas regarding the proposed November 2015 bond election to fund $100 million in recommended updates to USD 489 buildings at Monday’s Board of Education meeting. The series of district-wide renovations were recommended recently by the Facility Needs Committee after two years of study. […]

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