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County receives bids for courthouse and jail construction »

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Ellis County received four bids for the Courthouse/Law Enforcement Center Project when the bids opened last week. The four base bids were all in the $5.5 million rage with the addition of two alternates, MW Builders of Overland Park submitted the lowest bid of $7.02 million. County Administrator Greg Sund said he believes the first […]

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Ratification of tentative Hays NEA agreement scheduled for BOE meeting »

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By KARI BLURTON Hays Post USD 489 administration will present results from last week’s vote on the tentative terms and agreement with the Hays National Education Association’s contract at Monday’s USD 489 Board of Education meeting. According to the agenda, the administration is recommending the board approve the terms of the tentative agreement. Other items […]

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Ellis County jobless rate ticks up to 2.8 percent »

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While still well below the state average, the unemployment rate in Ellis County ticked up for the third straight month in July. The Kansas Department of Labor reported an unemployment rate in Ellis County of 2.8 percent in July, compared to 2.6 percent in June. Unemployment throughout northwest Kansas remains extremely low, with Rooks County’s […]

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KDHE Secretary Mosier: ‘Ebola not likely in Kansas’ (VIDEO) »

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By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an alert to all U.S. hospitals, warning them to make preparations for dealing with the possible spread of the Ebola virus. It’s unlikely the virus, which has spread rapidly throughout parts of west Africa, will make a sudden appearance in Kansas, […]

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Hays Fire Department responds to Sunday night building fire »

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At 9:48 p.m. Sunday, the Hays Fire Department, assisted by the Hays Police Department and Ellis County EMS, responded to a building fire at 1106 Vine, Lot 115. On arrival, firefighters found a small fire burning in the area of the clothes dryer in a mobile home. The fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters using […]

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FHSU faculty members honored at annual convocation »

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FHSU University Relations As part of last week’s annual convocation ceremony, several Fort Hays State University faculty members were honored. Dr. Dosse Toulaboe, professor of economics, finance and accounting, was named this year’s President’s Distinguished Scholar. Toulaboe, who receives a medallion and a $1,500 cash award, was selected by President Hammond from recommendations forwarded to […]

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Hays Arts Council ready for Fall Art Walk »


The Hays Arts Council’s 2014 Fall Art Walk will be 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, with events continuing into Saturday, as well. A complete listing of Friday’s events and exhibits: Hays Arts Center, 112 E. 11th “There’s No Place Like Home” National Conference Exhibition of the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media Body + Soul Day […]

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Fireworks, jail renovation on Ellis Co. Commission agenda »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post At Monday night’s meeting, the Ellis County Commission will discuss a proposed resolution that would make it easier to ease the ban on fireworks in rural Ellis County. The resolution allows the commission and, in some cases, the rural fire chief to relax the ban. It also would ban sky […]

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REMINDER: Freddy’s, foundation team up to raise money »


The Community Foundation of Ellis is teaming with a Hays restaurant to help raise funds for the Ellis Food Box. From 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Freddy’s will donate 15 percent of sales from dine-in and drive-through orders to the food pantry. Customers are asked to mention the Ellis Food Box drive when ordering.

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Sunday storm brought strong winds, some damage »

A panaramic view of Sunday night's sunset. Photo by David Koshiol.

SALINA — Sunday night thunderstorms brought strong winds and some reports of damage. Portions of Dickinson, Ottawa, and Republic County had some trees and power lines down. Wind gusts of over 60 mph were recorded in Salina, Abilene and in Phillips County. No injuries were reported. Rainfall totals varied from just less than an inch […]

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‘Faces of depression’ the topic of special NAMI presentation »


The Hays chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will have a series of events Sept. 8. From 6 to 7 p.m., the NAMI Connections Recovery Support Group will meet. From 7 to 8 p.m., special guest Ken Loos of High Plains Mental Health Center will present “The Many Faces of Depression.” And, from […]

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Sunny, hot Monday »

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Hot weather will persist through this week with only small thunderstorm chances. A cold front may bring some relief from the heat by Sunday or early next week. Today A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 98. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in […]

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NW Kan. woman hospitalized after two-vehicle accident »


COLBY – A Kansas woman was injured in an accident just after 2 p.m. on Sunday in Thomas County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2000 Ford Taurus driven by Ronald D. Owings, 65, Studley, was eastbound on U.S. 24 nine miles east of Colby and struck the drivers side passenger door of a 2011 […]

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