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Hays Post News for 12-11-14 »

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Free Children’s Holiday Party coming up at Hays Public Library »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The annual free Children’s Holiday Party at the Hays Public Library, 1205 Main St.,  is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 15 from 4 to 5 p.m. Children’s Department librarian Cathleen Kroeger said the event provides refreshments and an afternoon of “lots of smiles” and fun games for the kids. “One of […]

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Local law enforcement settling in at new temporary home »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Ellis County Law Enforcement Center at 1205 Fort soon will be almost empty when the entire judicial department makes its move this weekend to join the Hays Police Department and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Offive at a temporary location at the former N.E.W call center building, 3000 New Way. […]

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Magical mailbox awaits letters to Santa at Hays Public Library »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A magical mailbox  secretly delivered from Santa Claus himself is sitting on the second floor of the Hays Pubic Library. “This mailbox is special because it automatically transplants the letters directly to the North Pole to Santa,” said Cathleen Kroeger, children’s department librarian at HPL. Kroeger stressed the importance of […]

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Proposed improvements for USD 489 buildings visualized in rough draft »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Representatives from Topeka-based HTK Architects presented rough drafts visualizing what each school in Hays would look like if all recommendations from the district’s Facility Needs Committee are approved. Following a two-year study, the committee recommended short- and long-term infrastructure changes to improve safety and space issues throughout the district. The […]

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100 iPads delivered to select Hays USD 489 teachers this week »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The 100 iPads approved for a trial by the Hays USD 489 Board of Education have been delivered to Hays and will be passed out to selected teachers at each school in Hays this week. At Monday’s board work session at Roosevelt Elementary School, Technology Director Brian Drennon said members […]

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BBBS Christmas4Kids Telethon surpasses goal, brings kids ‘hope’ and ‘purpose’ (VIDEO) »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Raising a total of $84,953, the 11th annual Christmas4Kids surpassed its goal by nearly $10,000 at Sunday’s fundraiser for Big Brother Big Sisters of Ellis County held at James Motor Co. in downtown Hays. Nancy Jeter, BBBS executive director, said she is grateful to live in a community that believes […]

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HTK architect to discuss facility needs at USD 489 work session »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Hays USD 489 Board of Education work session is scheduled in the library of Roosevelt Elementary, 2000 MacArthur, following a 30-minute tour of the school beginning at 6 p.m. Monday. Zack Snethen, a representative from HTK architects, will be on hand to discuss specific facilities needs regarding the district’s elementary […]

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Hays Post News for 12-4-14 »

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Pick an angel to help a child have a happier Christmas season »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post With less than a week until the local Teaming Up for Tots toy drive ends, nearly 30 angels — each representing a child in Hays in need of a Christmas gift — remain on the organization’s Angel Trees at Walmart, 4301 Vine, and seven remain on the tree at First […]

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Toys for Tots to drum up more donations at FrostFest Parade »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post As volunteers for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots campaign continue to pick up donated toys at drop boxes across the region, Hays coordinator Ryan Bickle said this year the group is trying something new to bring in more donations. Bickle, president of sales at Federated Auto Parts in […]

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Popular poinsettia delivery grows funds for community’s youth »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Members of the Hays Kiwanis made special deliveries Tuesday — 471 poinsettias hand-delivered to Hays residents and businesses throughout the community. According to Kiwanis member Margaret Gabelmann, the Hays Kiwanis Club Poinsettia Fundraiser has been around for 20-plus years and  is the group’s most popular. The project raises more than […]

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Ellis County Law Enforcement Center relocation moving along »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Ellis County Administrator Greg Sund said the Law Enforcement Center’s temporary move to the former N.E.W. building, 3000 New Way, is going well — a credit he gives to the LEC staff. “It’s wonderful how everybody is pulling together on this move and hopefully through this move and the temporary […]

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