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USD 489 chief reacts to school funding cuts: ‘Here we go again’ »

Dean Katt

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Superintendent Dean Katt said his first reaction to the recent announcement by Governor Sam Brownback to cut state funds for public education yet another year was “here we go again.” Gov. Sam Brownback announced the proposed 1.5 percent cut to K-12 funding on Thursday, along with a 2 percent cut […]

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Kan. Supreme Court Chief Justice Nuss tours Hays LEC »

Lawton Nuss

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss visited Hays Friday. Nuss and his wife, Barbara, checked out the temporary Law Enforcement Center located in the former N.E.W. building, 3000 New Way. Nuss said he was happy everyone came together to make the move a success. “I have been impressed how […]

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HHS singers to debut ‘own song’ at Basilica of St. Fidelis (VIDEO) »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post VICTORIA — The Hays High School Chamber Singers, joined by the Staley High School Chamber Choir, Kansas City, Mo., will debut an original song composed especially for them during a free concert next week at the Basilica of St. Fidelis in Victoria. According to HHS Choral Director Johnny Matlock, the […]

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Adams: Science background, passion for education will help 489 board »

Dr. Paul Adams

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Interim Dean of Fort Hays State University’s College of Education and Technology, Dr. Paul Adams said his background in science and critical thinking makes him a good candidate for the Hays USD 489 school  board. Adams said he has watched the board deliberate tough issues due to  “resources diminished because […]

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New coffee shop in Hays offers all the perks (VIDEO) »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post As Mike Huskey opens the doors to a new family business Tuesday, Union Station Coffee and Roastery, 1007 Vine, he makes it clear he will not be serving up the average cup of coffee. “You can get coffee anywhere but not like this,” Huskey said as he enthusiastically described Union Station’s […]

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Grrs and Prrs Valentine Gala will raise funds for animal shelter »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Volunteers from the Western Plains Animal Shelter are preparing for the upcoming third annual Grrs and Prrs Valentine Gala. Director Brendon McCampbell said all funds raised from the “semi-formal” event will go toward animal  care and building a new shelter facility. “The gala is a great night that benefits an […]

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USD 489 school board candidate — ‘voice for the common man’ »

Leslie Blagrave

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Concerned with high enrollment fees and a proposal to close Washington Elementary, Leslie Blagrave said she has been attending Hays USD 489 board meetings for the past few months, but decided she would like to do more than watch. She recently put her name in the running to become a […]

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New partnership to provide farmers markets vendors ‘best practices’ »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The state Department of Agriculture and K-State Extension offices from across the state are partnering for five workshops geared to help vendors at farmers markets better market their products. The first workshop is in Hays Friday, January 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kansas State University Ag Research […]

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Ellis Co. law enforcement taking over regional drug take-back days »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Due to recent changes by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department will take over hosting the DEA’s well-known prescription drug take-back days. The regulations passed in the fall allow law enforcement, registered clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and pharmacies to collect and safely dispose of expired or […]

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Arrest made for attempted kidnapping after domestic incident »

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Hays Post A Hays man is facing an attempted kidnapping charge after an alleged domestic incident last week in the 100 block of West Fourth. According to Lt. Brandon Wright of the Hays Police Department, James L. Neil, 36, Hays, allegedly broke into the residence approximately 4 a.m. Jan. 24 and attempted to drag his […]

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Three arrested for alleged meth-related offenses in Ellis, Rush counties »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Three people were arrested on suspicion of methamphetamine-related crimes after an ongoing joint investigation by the Ellis County Drug Enforcement Unit, Rush County Sheriff’s Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation in Great Bend. According to Ellis County Undersheriff Bruce Hertel, Jason K. Meis, 40, Catharine, was taken into custody […]

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Seven in running for four seats on Hays USD 489 board »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post With the filing deadline past, Ellis County Clerk Donna Maskus confirmed there will be seven applicants vying for four seats on the USD 489 school board in the Ellis County 2014 school/city election April 7. Maskus said the latest name in the running is Dr. Paul Adams, who filed Monday. […]

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Three arrested after search warrant leads to drugs, candy-infused pot »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Three Hays residents were arrested on suspicion of drug-related offenses following a search warrant last week in Hays. According to Lt. Brandon Wright of the Hays Police Department, officers responded to a report of the odor of marijuana coming from a residence on the 500 block of West 15th on […]

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