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Demel on deck to become new O’Loughlin principal »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hays Middle School Assistant Principal Shannon Demel is poised to become the new principal at O’Louglin Elementary School. According to a revised agenda released Monday afternoon, the appointment is up for consideration at Monday’s regular USD 489 Board of Education meeting. The BOE meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday at […]

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Washington Elementary’s future on USD 489 agenda Monday »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The decision on whether to move students out of Washington Elementary and move Early Childhood Connections into the building is expected at Monday’s Hays USD 489 Board of Education meeting. At last week’s BOE work session, several teachers, parents and community members expressed concern about moving the 117 students — […]

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Annual Valentine’s Evening to honor memory of CASA advocate »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The 2015 annual Court Appointed Special Advocates of the High Plains Valentine’s Evening will honor the memory of a former board of director and advocate Brenda Gabel, who passed away Feb. 11 of last year. According to CASA  Executive Director Lyndsey Crisenbery, it was Gabel who started Valentine’s Evening — […]

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HPD investigates incident that put Hays man in Wichita hospital »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Police said a 25-year-old Hays man is being treated for head injuries in a Wichita hospital following an incident Saturday night between at least one other man. According to Lt. Brandon Wright of the Hays Police Department, officers received a call Sunday from the victim’s father, who told police his […]

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Future of Washington Elementary discussed in community forum »

Washington Elementary School, 305 Main Street

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A petition with more than 100 signatures and a special request to listen to parents, teachers and community members concerned about the possible closure of Washington Elementary, 305 Main, led to a community forum discussion at Monday’s USD 489 work session. District staff is recommending Washington Elementary be repurposed to […]

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Flashy dressers wanted in 5K fundraiser for Special Olympics »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The downtown streets of Hays will be a “rainbow of colors” March 7,  when the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office and the Hays Police Department partner for the Flash Dash 5K Walk and Run, a fundraiser for the Western Kansas Special Olympics. Flash Dash co-coordinator and sheriff’s department records clerk Roberta […]

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Fate of Washington Elementary on USD 489 work session agenda »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hays USD 489 administration and the school board will discuss the possible repurposing of  Washington Elementary, 305 Main, at Monday’s Board of Education work session, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Rockwell Administration Building, 323 W. 12th. The proposed plan calls for the closure of Washington Elementary at the end of […]

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USD 489 chief reacts to school funding cuts: ‘Here we go again’ »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Superintendent Dean Katt said his first reaction to the recent announcement by Governor Sam Brownback to cut state funds for public education yet another year was “here we go again.” Gov. Sam Brownback announced the proposed 1.5 percent cut to K-12 funding on Thursday, along with a 2 percent cut […]

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Kan. Supreme Court Chief Justice Nuss tours Hays LEC »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss visited Hays Friday. Nuss and his wife, Barbara, checked out the temporary Law Enforcement Center located in the former N.E.W. building, 3000 New Way. Nuss said he was happy everyone came together to make the move a success. “I have been impressed how […]

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HHS singers to debut ‘own song’ at Basilica of St. Fidelis (VIDEO) »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post VICTORIA — The Hays High School Chamber Singers, joined by the Staley High School Chamber Choir, Kansas City, Mo., will debut an original song composed especially for them during a free concert next week at the Basilica of St. Fidelis in Victoria. According to HHS Choral Director Johnny Matlock, the […]

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Adams: Science background, passion for education will help 489 board »

Dr. Paul Adams

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Interim Dean of Fort Hays State University’s College of Education and Technology, Dr. Paul Adams said his background in science and critical thinking makes him a good candidate for the Hays USD 489 school  board. Adams said he has watched the board deliberate tough issues due to  “resources diminished because […]

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New coffee shop in Hays offers all the perks (VIDEO) »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post As Mike Huskey opens the doors to a new family business Tuesday, Union Station Coffee and Roastery, 1007 Vine, he makes it clear he will not be serving up the average cup of coffee. “You can get coffee anywhere but not like this,” Huskey said as he enthusiastically described Union Station’s […]

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Grrs and Prrs Valentine Gala will raise funds for animal shelter »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Volunteers from the Western Plains Animal Shelter are preparing for the upcoming third annual Grrs and Prrs Valentine Gala. Director Brendon McCampbell said all funds raised from the “semi-formal” event will go toward animal  care and building a new shelter facility. “The gala is a great night that benefits an […]

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