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Stories written by Kari Blurton

USD 489′s former grounds, maintenance supervisor rehired in different position »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post After significant debate and two separate executive sessions, the Hays USD 489 Board of Education approved personnel transactions that included the rehiring of former supervisor of grounds and maintenance Francis Hammerschmidt as a maintenance technician. He will serve under Rusty Lindsay, who was recently hired in the newly created position of […]

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American Legion’s revitalization campaign kicks off with new banquet hall design »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Today, the old-fashioned wallpaper and yellow-gold paint that used to line the walls of the American Legion’s wedding reception and banquet room is gone, replaced with pristine white walls, gray trim and flat-screen TVs. “We wanted to support the community by providing a cost-effective place where people can come and […]

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Wild West Festival busy time for Hays Police Department »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post When the Wild West Festival is up and running, officers from the Hays Police Department is, as well. “The majority of our people are required to work this weekend because there are so many activities going on; the WWF itself, the parade, the 5Ks, all that activity,” said Chief Don […]

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Colorado man offers reward for lost container of heirloom quilts »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A blue plastic storage container holding quilts labeled “Luke’s wedding” and “Amanda’s baby” — along with six other quilts for future babies and weddings to come — has been lost and family members are desperate to find it. All of the quilts were hand-made by the family’s 88 year-old matriarch. […]

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New corporals at HPD will mentor younger officers »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post For the first time at the Hays Police Department, the position of corporal has been created to “lead and mentor” younger officers, according to Police Chief Don Scheibler. He said the four officers promoted to the rank of corporal have all demonstrated “a leadership role within the department.” Scheibler said […]

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Hays Fire Department called to garage fire: UPDATE »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Crews from the Hays Fire Department were called to the scene of a detached garage fire on the 2700 block of Hickory Street. Crews were dispatched to the fire at around 6:30 Wednesday evening. The Hays Police Department had the intersections of 27th and Woodrow Court and 27th and Fort […]

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Ellis County Clerk’s office prepares for LOB ballot count »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Ellis County Clerk’s office is preparing for the process of counting thousands of votes Friday in Hays USD 489′s local option budget election — a process Ellis County Clerk and election officer Donna Maskus believes will go quickly. “I hope Friday will go smooth, and we will be able […]

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Carnival crews set up rides for a go-round in Hays »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Traveling the country from February to November is not the life for everyone, but for two Texas men, it is the only life they have known or want. “I love it. I get to meet lots of people and see lots of smiling faces,” said Ricky Moore, owner of Moore […]

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USD 489: Newly created director position will ‘improve efficiency’ »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hays USD 489′s newly created position of director of building and grounds will “improve efficiency” and “create more savings,” according to superintendent Dean Katt. At Monday night’s Hays USD 489 Board of Education meeting, the board voted to terminate the position of supervisor of grounds and maintenance. The position had […]

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USD 489 Foundation hopeful Project 489 will help students in need »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Whether it’s a donation of $4.89 or $48.90, members of USD 489′s Foundation for Educational Excellence are spreading the word about how Project 489 can help low-income students throughout the district. Foundation President Roger Bixenman approached USD 489 Board of Education members at Monday’s school board meeting to provide an […]

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USD 489 lunch, breakfast prices going up a dime per meal »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The price of school meals will be increasing by 10 cents for the 2014-15 school year after action by the Hays USD 489 Board of Education on Monday. The move was made in order to meet U.S. Department of Agriculture pricing requirements. ‘The requirement is average $2.65 per meal,” said […]

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Ellis County election officer concerned about invalid LOB ballots »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post As mail-in ballots for USD 489’s local option budget election are coming in, the staff at the Ellis County Clerk’s office has concerns. Ellis County Clerk Donna Maskus said only 31 percent of the more than 13,000 ballots have been returned, and staff are finding many of those ballots are […]

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With new gun laws looming, officials ask gun owners to be responsible »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post On July 1, a new Kansas law nullifies any local gun laws and makes it legal across the state to carry guns in most public buildings. Legislators supporting the bill said their reasoning is to ensure all Kansas counties have uniform gun laws, which will prevent confusion for those traveling […]

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