Commission votes to reopen fairground buildings amid virus concerns

BY JUSTIN SABATA The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has grinded many institutions in America to a halt, and in some cases, forced a difficult time for…

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Online COVID-19 resources for Ellis County residents

BY JUSTIN SABATA With 35 current active cases of COVID-19 in the county and both USD489 and FHSU classes right around the corner, it is…

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OPINION: Has the mindset on masks changed?

BY GUOWEI “GARY” LI Due to different national conditions around the world, countries will continue to face great pressure in terms of their initial response…

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Hays woman creates masks to help protect community

BY ANNISTON WEBER Cynthia Weigel felt called to help her community when the first COVID-19 case appeared in Hays in March. With family members who…

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OPINION: Ellis County commissioners are failing us

BY ANNISTON WEBER On Monday evening, I attended the county commission meeting where commissioners were set to discuss the potential mask mandate for Ellis County.…

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County health director provides COVID update; commissioners uncomfortable with mask mandates

BY JUSTIN SABATA The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported Monday the state saw an increase of more than 1,300 cases during the weekend.…

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Hays residents describe their experience with recent COVID-19 diagnosis

BY ANNISTON WEBER A week ago, Becky, a resident of Hays who is recently retired, woke up with a dry cough and a sore throat.…

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Ellis County COVID concerns continue, now at 27 active cases

BY JUSTIN SABATA Ellis County Health Director Jason Kennedy has seemingly had to repeat his recommendations to the public since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Questions…

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ICYMI: Ellis County Commission vetoes governor’s mask order; Kennedy addresses mask concerns

BY JUSTIN SABATA Thursday was one of Kansas’ busiest days of the year regarding COVID-19, beginning when Gov. Laura Kelly signed an executive order requiring…

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Uptown Fox hosts prom for Ellis County graduating seniors

BY ANNISTON WEBER At 7 p.m. Friday evening, approximately 100 high school students made their way inside the Uptown Fox for a night filled with…

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