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Stories written by Kari Blurton

TMP seventh- and eighth-graders rise to the challenge for Toys for Tots »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Thomas More Prep-Marian seventh- and eighth-grade classes delivered nearly 300 toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots campaign last week. The students carried four huge cardboard boxes filled to the brim with stuffed animals, trucks and dolls from their classroom’s third floor to a Federated Auto Parts […]

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Hays businessmen put points on the board with HMS donation »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hays Middle School Athletic Director Bruce Rupp is relieved he no longer has to worry about not being able to find parts to fix the more than 20-year-old scoreboards that used to hang in the gym. The two brand-new LED scoreboards were installed in August and were officially dedicated during […]

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FHSU’s Martin reflects on ‘surreal’ inauguration ceremony »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post It has been less than a week since Fort Hays State University President Dr. Mirta M. Martin was officially inaugurated as the ninth president of the university in what she describes as a “surreal” ceremony. Martin said she just remembers bits and pieces of Friday’s event, but needed to watch […]

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Major gift to be announced as Power of One campaign nears deadline »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post As Fort Hays State University’s Power of One scholarship campaign nears its deadline to raise $12 million by Dec. 31,  Tim Chapman, CEO and president of the FHSU Foundation, announced Tuesday another major gift will be unveiled next week. The Dec. 3 announcement will bolster the fund that has raised […]

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Fifth-graders go ‘back in time’ during Colonial, Native American Days »

5th graders learn to emboider on "Colonial and Native American Days' at O'Loughlin Monday.

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A chance to “go back in time” is how O’Loughlin Elementary fifth-grade teacher Gina Johnson described Colonial and Native American Days, which took place Monday and Tuesday at the school. Both fifth-grade classes taught by Johnson and Karen Smith are studying the Revolutionary War, and the special event offered a […]

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‘Haunted to home': Munsch’s latest transformation goes beyond the walls »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Kris Munsch has renovated 50 houses during his lifetime, his latest — and most famous —  sits on 415 W. 17th in Hays. The home recently was featured in ‘This Old House Magazine” and will be part of the Hays Christmas Home Tours in early December. Munsch, 51, said he […]

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Commission action would move Bike Hays one step closer to reality »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post At Thursday’s Hays City Commission work session, city staff asked commissioners to consider approving a contract by the Kansas Department of Transportation to build the 22-mile bike path throughout the community. Assistant City Manager Paul Briseno said the contract calls for the state to pay 60 percent of the $1 […]

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Free health insurance for city of Hays employees up for debate »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The days of free health insurance for city of Hays employees could be nearing an end. At Thursday’s Hays City Commission work session, city staff presented next year’s lowest bid health insurance plan which was with the city’s current provider, Coventry Health Care. Human Resources Director Erin Giebler said, due […]

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Free ‘Storybook Walk’ in Ellis encourages reading, healthy choices »

The groups hosted a Storybook Walk based on 
the book, 'The Hungry Caterpillar' in September in Ellis.

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post ELLIS — A free “Storybook Walk” Saturday morning in Ellis  aims to encourage kids and parents to take frequent breaks from technology and sweets and participate in reading and healthy activities instead. Event co-coordinator Kelly Rudzika, said the kids will walk an outside trail (weather permitting) while a witch based […]

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School security among USD 489’s most pressing building concerns »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post With the Hays USD 489 Board of Education advancing a proposed $100 million bond issue to upgrade buildings district-wide, Superintendent Dean Katt told O’Loughlin staff at one of the first Talking Tours” of the year that security issues are especially important. The board voted Monday to continue working on the […]

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Believe: The Polar Express makes tracks toward Ellis »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post ELLIS — The fifth annual Polar Express will pull into the Ellis Railroad Museum Depot from 6:15 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6. Dena Patee of the Ellis Chamber of Commerce says the fifth annual event, based on the “Polar Express” Christmas book and movie classic, is special for all ages. […]

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TMP Christmas Home Tours back by popular demand »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Five homeowners in Hays will open their doors — decked out with boughs and holly and much more — to the public this holiday season. After a seven-year hiatus, the Christmas Home Tours sponsored by Thomas More Prep-Marian’s Parents, Teachers and Friends group are returning this Dec. 7, from 1 […]

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Bond issue on USD 489 board’s plate at Monday meeting »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post With the Hays USD 489 Board of Education poised to vote Monday on the proposed $100 million bond issue to improve school buildings, the issue has been the key topic in recent Talking Tours between administration and staff. On Tuesday, Superintendent Dean Katt and other administrators visited O’Loughlin Elementary School […]

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