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Better safe than sorry: Fire crews called to office building Tuesday »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Crews from the Hays Fire Department were called to a report of a structure fire at the Central Office Building of  Hays Medical Center Patient Accounts, 2507 Canterbury, at approximately 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. According to Fire Chief, Gary Brown, someone in the building had smelled the “odor of smoke” […]

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Bollig’s defense team questions witness interviews, recordings »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post WAKEENEY — The state and Scott Bollig’s defense lawyers are bolstering their cases after District Judge Glenn Braun ruled Friday there was enough evidence to bind Bollig over for trial in the death of an unborn child. Bollig, 30, WaKeeney, is accused of obtaining the abortion-inducing drug, mifepstrone, then crushing […]

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USD 489 discusses decreasing some fees, adding pay-to-play »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post As the school year approaches, Hays USD 489 school board members discussed decreasing some fees and possibly adding a pay-to play fee at Monday’s work session. In an effort to close the more than $1 million budget gap the district has been facing, board members voted in May to increase […]

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Discussion of fee increases on USD 489 work session agenda »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post At Monday evening’s work session, Hays USD 489 Board of Education members and administration will discuss whether the increased fees imposed in the spring should be reduced, stay as is or be withdrawn at Monday’s evening’s work session. In May, the board voted to increase workbook/materials fees by $60, approved […]

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Dog show provides lessons for both dogs and youth »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Nicholas Hund, 11, Hays, said training his dog Checkers would be a lot easier he he could train him to do one thing: “If only dogs could talk, that would be really helpful,” he said as he prepared to participate in the 4-H and Open Dog Show on Sunday afternoon […]

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Judge binds Bollig over for trial in death of unborn child »

Scott Robert Bollig

By KARI BLURTON Hays Post WAKEENEY — Following a two-day preliminary hearing at Trego County District Court, District Judge Glen Braun decided Friday there is sufficient evidence to take the state’s case against Scott Bollig to trial. Bollig, 30, WaKeeney, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of former Wakeeney resident Naomi’s Abbott’s unborn […]

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State’s grab of local tax money for schools raises concerns, questions »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post This September, for the first time, all county treasurers in Kansas will mail the county’s real estate tax revenues to the state of Kansas instead of their school districts. The funds, earmarked for school districts each year, then will be sent back to the school districts from the state. The […]

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Closure of rural health care clinic in Victoria ‘loss to the community’ »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post VICTORIA — A rural health care center in Victoria closed its doors Monday. According to David Karlin, executive director of Via Christi Village, an assisted-living center in Hays, Via Christi Health had sponsored the rural health center since 2007. The nonprofit had asked the city of Victoria to take over […]

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Sheriff: Investigators have suspect in string of spring arsons »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Ellis County Sheriff Harbin said Tuesday investigators have a “strong suspect” in the string of 20 March fires occurring throughout rural Ellis County. Harbin said investigators are waiting for lab results that could connect the suspect to the fires. The fires began March 6, and resulted in a total of […]

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USD 489 Board of Education to revisit fee increases »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Going back to school this year at USD 489 might not cost as much as expected, as Hays USD 489 school board members on Monday discussed rethinking the fee increases enacted earlier this year. To make up for a more than $1 million budget shortfall, the district had been facing […]

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Leiker named new Hays USD 489 board president »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post At the beginning of Monday’s Board of Education meeting, James Leiker was appointed the new USD 489 board president and Marty Patterson was named vice president. As is customary, the first school board meeting in July is the reorganization session. Both Leiker and Patterson will serve one-year terms. Leiker was serving […]

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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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