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USD 489 board votes to maintain increased enrollment fees »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post After lengthy discussion at Monday’s meeting, Hays USD 489 Board of Education members voted 3-2 to make no changes to the increased enrollment fees. Facing a more than $1 million budget gap, board members voted in May to increase workbook/materials fees by $60, approved an activity fee increase of $50, […]

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USD 489 board OKs sale of 33rd Street property to housing developer »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post At Monday’s meeting, Hays USD 489 Board of Education members voted unanimously to approve the sale of the more than 7-acre piece of land the district owns near 33rd and Hall streets. The vacant property was recently put out for bid. The board received two bids and approved the highest […]

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HPD investigates fake currency turned into local bank »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Officers from the Hays Police Department are investigating counterfeit bills turned in to Golden Plains Credit Union. HPD Assistant Chief Brian Dawson said employees at Golden Plains last week reported receiving three counterfeit bills — two fake $10 bills and one fake $1 bill. Dawson said the bills mostly were […]

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USD 489 board expected to rule on proposal to decrease fees »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post At Monday’s meeting, the USD 489 Board of Education will discuss whether to keep increased enrollment fees as is, or decrease the fees and add a pay-to-play fee. At last week’s work session meeting, board member Susan Rankin suggested decreasing the activity fees to $25,  the workbook/materials fee to $30, […]

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Ellis Jr. Free Fair ready to kick off another year of ‘tradition’ »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post ELLIS — The 82nd annual Ellis Junior Free Fair starts Tuesday. Fair Board President Brandon Pfiefer said the board has been meeting for the last year to ensure the fair is a good time for the entire family. “There is a lot of tradition,” he said. “People … remember the […]

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Logan Mize and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band attract thousands to Ellis County Fair »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Before a crowd of more than 2,500 people, Kansas native Logan Mize followed by the legendary Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, belted out their hits on the midway of the Ellis County Fairgrounds Friday night. As a boy growing in Clearwater Kansas, population “2,000 give or take,” Mize said he always […]

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Walking School Buses under construction at O’Loughlin Elementary »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post We have all heard the stories – the days when kids actually walked to school, sometimes five miles and uphill both ways. Now, through a grant funded program, staff at O’Loughlin Elementary School are taking steps to help bring walking to school back in style. O’Loughlin Elementary is one of […]

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Road Closure for Blues & BBQ Event »

Blues, BBQ and Bargains

City of Hays Beginning Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 5:00pm, Main Street from Elm to 3rd Street and the 100 blk of West 3rd Street will be closed for the events surrounding the 6th Annual Blues and BBQ. Vehicle traffic in the 300 blk of Main Street will also be closed to through traffic, but […]

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Advisory: 29th & Oak – Pavement Repairs »

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City of Hays Beginning Monday, July 21, pavement repairs will begin at 29th and Oak. Traffic will be restricted to one lane on Oak Street. Signs will be in place to direct the traveling public. The traveling public should use caution and if at all possible avoid this area. This section of work should be […]

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Ellis County Fair; horseshoe tournament moved »

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Ellis County Fair The Ellis County Fair Horseshoe tournament has been moved to a different location. The tournament will be held at the northeast corner of the Beef Show Arena. Sign-up begins at 7:00 p.m. The tournament will begin immediately following the beef show.

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Racing pigs a crowd favorite at Ellis County Fair »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The fact that pigs love rain is probably no surprise, and definitely a good thing for “Pork Barrel Annie,” the race announcer for Hedrick’s Racing Pigs. The pig races,  like most events at the Ellis County Fair, have continued through rain and shine at this week’s fair in Hays. As […]

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“Big events” scheduled to close annual Ellis County Fair »

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by KARI BLURTON Hays Post With three days left of the Ellis County Fair, board president Jill Pfannenstiel is encouraging the community to come out and support one of Ellis County’s longest running traditions and the local youth who have worked all year on their 4-H exhibits. “These kids would love to teach you about […]

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Ellis County Fair royalty hails from Smith Center, Ellis »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Ellis County Fair’s Kansas Professional Rodeo Association event kicked  off with the coronation of the Ellis County rodeo queen and princess Tuesday night. Logan Snyder, 17, Smith Center, was named Ellis County queen and Jaylinn Pfeifer, 14, Ellis, was named princess “I am really excited to get this year […]

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