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‘Stay home’ if sick; flu is officially ‘widespread’ in Ellis County and KS »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The flu has officially hit the  “widespread” status in Ellis County, according Ellis County Health Administrator Butch Schlyer. The Centers for Disease Control warned of widespread flu this winter when admitting this year’s vaccine was only 23 percent effective compared to previous years of 50 or 60 percent effectiveness. “The […]

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Hays High yearbook team earns highest honor state group »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Hays High School yearbook staff  and newspaper staff were both recently named “All Kansas” — the highest award granted by the Kansas Scholastic Press Association for their 2013-14 yearbook. HHS instructor Bill Gasper teaches photography, journalism, newspaper and yearbook. Gasper said it is the second time in the past […]

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‘Ping-pong’ principal, ‘positive’ student earn Best of the Best »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post January’s USD 489 Best of the Best Awards were awarded to Wilson Elementary principal Tom Meagher and Hays High senior Lily Meska at Monday’s school board meeting. According to board president James Leiker, the awards are intended to recognize students and staff who go “above and beyond” to improve the […]

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Two new names in the running for USD 489 school board while Rankin and Schwartz make it official »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Two new names are in the running for April’s USD 489 school board elections, while current board members Sarah Rankin and Greg Schwartz officially filed their paperwork at the Ellis County Clerk’s office Tuesday. Luke Oborny, 1720 Wheatland Ave, Hays, filed his paperwork Wednesday morning and Miranda Fox, 4413 Larned […]

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With filing deadline looming, many seats open on April ballot »

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Sumbitted by Donna Maskus, Ellis County Clerk The deadline to file for the Ellis County 2015 city commission and Ellis County school board seat is Jan. 27 by noon. Below is a list of open seats and the candidates who have officially filed as of Monday. Ellis City Mayor -David R. McDaniel, 1003 Monroe St, […]

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O’Loughlin’s longtime leader earns praise during Monday meeting »

USD board member Sarah Ranking hugs Harman after BOE meeting Monday.

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post USD 489 Superintendent Dean Katt thanked longtime teacher and O’Loughlin Elementary Principal Nancy Harman for her 34 years of service in education, her 28 years in the Hays school district and her 17 years as principal. Harman formally announced her retirement at Monday’s school board meeting. Katt named some of […]

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Hays USD 489 tables decision on fees until needs are ‘prioritized’ »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post In a 5-2 vote, the Hays USD 489 Board of Education voted to table discussion on keeping the fees increased last year as-is for the the 2015-16 school year until further discussion regarding the district’s budget. Facing a more than $1 million budget gap last May, board members voted to […]

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Longtime Hays USD 489 board member says he will run again »

USD 489 board member Greg Schwartz

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Following Monday’s USD 489 school board meeting, veteran board member Greg Schwartz told Hays Post he will run for the Ellis County school board election scheduled for April 7 and plans to officially put his name in the hat Tuesday or Wednesday. “I have the paperwork all filled out. I […]

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Longtime O’Loughlin Elementary principal to announce retirement at Monday’s USD 489 Board Meeting »

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USD 489 Principal Nancy Harman of O’Loughlin Elementary school will retire effective June 1, 2015. USD 489  Board Clerk Sarah Wasinger said Harmon will officially announce her retirement the USD #489 Board of Education at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting at Rockwell Administration Center, 323 w. 12th. Harman has been the principal at O’Loughlin […]

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USD 489 board vote on retaining fee hike on Monday agenda »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post USD 489 board members will vote Monday evening  on whether to retain the increased fees imposed in July for the 2015-16 school year. Facing a more than $1 million budget gap, board members voted in May, and made a final decision in July, to approve an activity fee increase of […]

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Jana’s Campaign grants help teachers across Kansas »

Each participant became certified in the curriculum designed to prevent teen dating violence.

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Thanks to grants from Hays-based Jana’s Campaign and a partnership with the Kansas Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences, nearly 20 middle and high school teachers are learning how to teach students and colleagues how to prevent teen dating violence. National prevention trainer Kevin Ringhofer from the Hazelden-Betty […]

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ARC of the Central Plains Thrift Store moving on to larger pastures »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The ARC of the Central Plains Thrift Store — a staple in the downtown for 41 years —  is closed as the store moves to a newer and much larger building, the former Stromgren building located at 600 Main. Staff and volunteers are in the process of painting and renovating […]

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Search for instructors underway at Hays Rec »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Hays Recreation Commission is looking for community members with talent to share. “It can be anything,” said Haley Nixon, HRC’s program director for adult leisure. “We have had bee-keeping classes, jewelry design, dance, card making, cooking — all sort of classes.” Nixon said instructors can choose the class fee, […]

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