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Safe Ride has record year in 2014 »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Safe Ride reached a record this year by  safely transporting nearly 25,000 people to their destinations in 2014 — an increase of nearly 4,000 riders in 2013. Mike Ashcraft, one of the founding board members of Safe Ride, attributes the increase to an endowment from the Student Government Association at […]

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Defiance Brewing Co. tops off year one by earning national recognition »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hays-based Definance Brewing Co.is bubbling over national recognition in this month’s Beer Advocate Magazine. Defiance was named one of the top 28 “up and coming” breweries in the country. It was a little more than a year ago when Defiance co-founders and brewmasters Matthew Bender and Dylan Sultzer began brewing […]

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Police on the lookout for pickup reportedly involved in hit-and-run »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The Hays Police Department is looking for the driver of a white full-sized pickup with stickers in the rear-view window that is believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run incident this week. According to HPD Lt. Brandon Wright, officers responded to the incident at around 7:45 p.m. Sunday on […]

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Hays Academy students earn honors at international competition »

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Submitted Hays Academy of Hair Design, 1214 E. 27th, placed six students in the top 10 for the annual International Sassoon Connection School cut and color competition held in December in Long Beach, Calif. The honor is the academy’s second consecutive year placing six students in the top 10. Hays Academy staff and students will […]

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Hays Rec’s proposed addition could transform ‘cramped quarters’ »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post In just a few short years, the Hays Recreation Center’s wellness facility has boasted a steady membership of nearly 430 members and, according to staff, has already outgrown the 3,600-square-foot room crammed full of workout machines and weightlifting equipment. HRC staff are hoping a proposed 12,042-square-foot addition will solve space […]

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Red Cross: Annual Battle of the Badges blood drive ‘shatters goal’ »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The American Red Cross annual Battle of the Badges blood drive “shattered” the goal of reaching 270 units of blood by collecting 302 units of blood instead between Dec. 11 and Jan. 3. Red Cross donor recruitment representative Cathy Younger is not revealing the winning team yet, but said Friday […]

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Ness City couple welcomes in first baby of 2015 at HaysMed »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post The early birth of Hays Medical Center’s Baby New Year 2015 suggests a Facebook status could have a lot of power. Ashlee Phillips, 18, Ness City, was not due to give birth until mid-January, but early on New Year’s Day, she wrote a Facebook status on her profile — “My […]

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Need resolution help? HPMH offers free ‘health club for your mind’ »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post A free “health club for your mind” and support to help you complete a New Year’s resolution and more is offered through High Plains Mental Health. According to HMPH Outreach Coordinator Ken Loos, the mental health organization recently purchased software for anyone who works or lives within the 20 counties […]

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Hays USD 489 administrator weighs in on latest school funding decision »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post Hays USD 498 Assistant Superintendent for Special Services Mark Hauptman said Wednesday he and his colleagues are “happy” and “validated,” but were not surprised when they heard a district court panel in Shawnee County made a preliminary decision Tuesday stating Kansas is not funding education at an adequate level. “We […]

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Russell’s new chamber director gets ‘dream job’ before graduation »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post RUSSELL — Most college graduates are thankful to even obtain a job right after graduation, but Amber Zvolanek, 21, found her “dream job” five months before graduation. Zvolanek is the new director of the Russell Chamber of Commerce and also a student in travel and tourism at Fort Hays State […]

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School attorney: Court decision made for a ‘great day for Kansas kids’ »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post John Robb, the attorney for Schools for Fair Funding, said Tuesday’s district court decision that ruled Kansas is not spending enough on schools was “a great day for Kansas kids.” “I think the court reaffirmed the notion the Constitution guarantees that kids get an adequate education, and it found that […]

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Kansas court orders more state spending on schools »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A state district court panel has ruled that Kansas isn’t spending enough money on its public schools to provide a suitable education for every child. The three judges on Tuesday did not set a specific figure but said evidence indicates the state needs to spend at least $548 million more a […]

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