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Budget and bond major issues at USD 489 candidate forum »

election forum sign

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Six candidates vying for four open seats took the stage Tuesday night at the Hays USD 489 Candidate Forum attended by more than 100 people. Twelve year school board veteran Greg Schwartz, current board member Sarah Rankin, and challengers Leslie Blagrave, Luke Oborny,  Paul Adams and Miranda “Mandy” Fox introduced […]

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Real World 101 will help college grads get a head start on life »

Real World 101

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The challenges faced when a college graduate enters the “real world” is the basis for a first-time partnership between Hays Area Young Professionals and the Ellis County Extension Council for an upcoming panel discussion aimed to ease the transition from college to the real world. Real World 101 will offer […]

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USD 489’s tech committee recommends one device for every student »


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Hays USD 489 Technology Committee is recommending a technology device put in the hands of every student and is asking the board to approve spending the $400,000 already budgeted for the next four years. Director of Technology Brian Drennon told board members at Monday’s work session the four-year plan […]

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USD 489 BOE president impressed with candidates, community turnout »

Hundreds attend the City of Hays/USD 489 Election Forum Monday at FHSU.

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Outgoing USD 489 Board of Education President James Leiker said he feels he will be leaving the school board in good hands after watching six school board candidates campaign for his spot and three others  in the USD 489 candidate section at Monday’s  forum held in Fort Hays State University’s […]

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Braun issues statement on withdrawal from school board race »

USD 489 Board of Education Candidate Gerald Braun

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The school board section of Monday’s Hays city/USD 489 candidate forum at Fort Hays State University began with an announcement Jerry Braun had withdrawn from the race. Braun emailed a public statement Monday night: “Personal issues have occurred beyond my control which put into question my ability to adequately fulfill […]

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With new funding plan in the mix, USD 489 awaits block grant approval »


By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Just as USD 489 and districts across the state were adjusting to a proposed bill replacing the state’s current school funding formula with block grants for the next two years, Director of Finance Tracy Kaiser warned board members at Monday’s work session of  a brand-new bill that deserves “watching.” Kaiser […]

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New HMS assistant principal candidate expected next week »

Hays Middle School

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A candidate for the new assistant principal of Hays Middle School is expected to be announced at next week’s Hays USD 489 Board of Education meeting, according to Superintendent Dean Katt. At Monday’s work session, Katt told board members 20 people applied for the position, including three internal applicants. Current […]

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Feeling lucky? Annual 4-H Clover Run is right around the corner »

Participants in 4-H Clover Run/Walk 2013

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Get out your lucky running shoes — the third annual 4-H Clover Run is coming up April 4, starting at 9:15 a.m. at the Ellis County Fairgrounds. Ellis County Extension Agent Susan Schlichting said the event is family-friendly and includes a 5K walk/run for all ages including toddlers and babies pushed […]

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Midwest Energy continues repairs following massive power outage »

Photo Courtesy Midewest Energy

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Crews from Midwest Energy are in Hill City Sunday making final repairs to the cause of a massive power outage leaving thousands of  Hays area residents without power Saturday night. The outage affected nearly 4,500 customers beginning at 11 p.m. Saturday to 20 minutes after midnight. According to MWE Corporate […]

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Extension program aims to prevent splitting heirs, losing memories »

Linda Beech, Ellis County Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences.

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Keeping families together and “preventing fights and hurt feelings” is the goal of an upcoming program “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?” scheduled for noon Monday at the Ellis County Extension Office in Hays, 601 Main, and 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ellis Public Library, 907 Washington, Ellis. Extension agent […]

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Repairs, technology, Buddy the robot on Hays USD 489 agenda »

Buddy, the Humanoid Robot

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post USD 489’s Director of Buildings and Grounds Rusty Lindsay will present a prioritized list of needed repairs to district buildings at the Board of Education work session Monday. Administrators will also present a technology update, following the approval of the USD 489’s Digital Learning Plan at the March 9 BOE […]

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County clerk: ‘Ready to go’ for advance voting beginning Wednesday »

kids vote

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The advance voting machines have been calibrated and the ballots delivered, as the first day to participate in advance voting for Ellis County City/Schools elections begins Wednesday. “We’re ready to go” said Ellis County Clerk and Election Officer Donna Maskus. Maskus said City/School elections tend to see a lower percentage […]

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Sparks from power line ignite grass fire in Ellis County »

Ellis County rural fire

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A short in a high-voltage power line was the cause of Monday’s grass fire in the 1300 block of 220th Avenue, which was reported at around 10:30 a.m., according to Ellis County Rural Fire Director Dick Klaus. Klaus said sparks from the short ignited very dry grass and rapidly burned […]

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