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Oktoberfest, Honor Our Heritage keeps Volga-German lore alive »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The 42 annual Volga-German Society’s Oktoberfest Friday at Frontier Park will kick off with a new tradition this year — the ringing of the bells. Oktoberfest co-coordinator Janel Moore said an official “Oktoberfest Big Bell” has been purchased and will be placed on Oktoberfest stage. The ringing of the big […]

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Possible sightings of missing Hays man provide hope to family »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The mother of a missing Hays man said she has received two phone calls from people claiming to have spotted the brown 1997 Chevrolet Suburban her son, Jacob Montoya, 22, was last seen driving. Maria Montoya, Ulysses, said the latest tip placed Jacob — who has been missing since Sept. […]

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USD 489 seeks more ‘Best of the Best’ student nominees »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hays USD 489’s Board of Education is seeking more nominations for the district’s inaugural “Best of the Best” awards by Friday’s deadline. At Monday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Dean Katt said the district has received five staff nominations and just one student nomination. The awards program is new and created to […]

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State’s first payment to USD 489 arrives later than usual, sparks concern »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The district’s fear state payments would not be timely has been realized as the state’s first payment to Hays USD 489 was late, Tracy Kaiser, executive director of finance and support services, told school board members at Monday’s meeting. A new provision included in the Legislature’s school funding compromise this […]

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Awareness week aims to stop stigma of mental health illnesses »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post It’s National Mental Illness Awareness week, a weeklong effort to decrease the stigma associated with mental illness and increase the number of people reaching out for help. Ken Loos, manager of communications, prevention education and outreach at High Plains Mental Health Center, said mental health diseases are common. “When we […]

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Architects for USD 489’s $100M improvement plan to visit Hays »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The architects involved in the proposed $100 million in improvements to Hays USD 489 buildings will be at the Oct. 27 board meeting to answer questions and provide guidance on how to  communicate the district’s needs to the public, Superintendent Dean Katt said at Monday’s school board meeting. Katt said […]

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Mom of missing Hays man makes plea: ‘Please come home’ »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The mother of missing 22-year-old Hays man Jacob Montoya has a a message for her son. “We just want to hug you. We are not mad. We understand. We can get through this like we always do. I love you, ” Maria Montoya, Ulysses, tearfully said, adding his grandmother and […]

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USD 489 board will continue talks on proposed building upgrades »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Monday’s Hays USD 489 school board meeting will include discussion on the $100 million in recommendations to improve and update the district’s buildings. The proposal was made by the district’s Facility Needs Committee following a two-year study. The 10-member FNC presented its final recommendations at the Sept. 15 school board […]

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Hays High triumphs; homecoming royalty announced »

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by KARI BLURTON Hays Post Andrew McGinnes and Summer Smith are Hays High School’s Homecoming’s  king and queen. The announcement was made Friday night during halftime of the Hays High School Homecoming  game against Wichita South. Hays High won the game “big time” according to Tammy Deterding, with a  final score of 57 to 8, […]

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‘Courage, confidence and character’ the focus of Girl Scouts program »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is inviting the children and families to learn more about the benefits of Girl Scouts during an open house Saturday in Hays. Nancy Haney, Girl Scouts regional manager, said the Girl Scout program begins in kindergarten and goes all the way through grade 12. Haney said […]

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Hospice fundraiser helps death and dying support services live on »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Staff and volunteers at Hays Medical Center Hospice are asking the community to clean out their closets for a good cause. Donations for the nonprofit’s  weekend “garage-sale” fundraiser are being accepted from 6 p.m. to  9:30 p.m. Thursday at the south end of Hays Mall, 2918 Vine. Longtime Hospice volunteer […]

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USD 489 board members looking for ‘Best of the Best’ »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The first round of nomination forms for USD 489’s Best of the Best Awards were emailed to district staff, students and parents this week. At Monday’s work session, board President James Leiker said the awards  are intended to recognize the accomplishments of one student and one staff member each month […]

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HaysMed screening questions the first step in getting abuse victims help »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Don’t be surprised when you next visit a Hays Medical Center clinic and a health care professional asks you: “Has anyone hurt you? Hit you? Threatened you? Are you in a safe environment?” Carol Groen, HaysMed nurse and manager of accreditation, certifications and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program, said […]

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