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    Whacking each other with inflatable lances. Using golden tickets for chances to win tech items. Teasing one another while tossing beanbags in the sunshine.
    There is no better way for local teens to spend a springtime school-day afternoon.
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    Who wants an iPad?


    All Abilene students will continue to use iPads for another four years.
    During a special meeting last week, the USD 435 Board of Education agreed to purchase new iPads for the district, sell most of the

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    Animal health leader to lead NBAF engagement


    MANHATTAN — A Kansas State University animal health leader has been chosen to engage local, regional and national stakeholders in the development of strategic partnerships for the National Bio and
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    No privacy?


    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The government can know about your phone calls, your emails, the way you use the Web.
    Private business tracks your clicks. Your boss knows your digital trail. Your online activity

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    Lawmakers meet on budget


    The Kansas House has yet to vote on a budget bill of its own, and it may not. Lawmakers from both chambers began conference meetings Monday on a joint budget bill.
    The Senate passed a budget last week

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    Mother speaks out for special needs students about Varsity jackets


    Jolinda Kelley, mother of Michael Kelley, who has Down Syndrome and was asked not to wear a varsity letter jacket by East High officials, speaks during a press conference Saturday at Sunrise Boundless
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    Local sports

    All-State Recognition


    Abilene junior Cara Donley leads a standout group of Dickinson County basketball players to receive recognition from two of the states largest newspapers.
    The Topeka Capital Journal named Donley to the

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    Johnson, Berven, Koop return to lead Cowboys


    Mike Jantz begins his second season as the head coach of Abilene High Schools Boys Tennis Team and will be looking for seniors Gabe Johnson and Reggie Koop and sophomore Jacob Berven to guide the Cowboys
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    Donley and Barbieri receive All-State Honors


    Abilene juniors Cara Donley and Belle Barbieri were recognized at the Cowgirl Basketball Awards Banquet Thursday evening for being selected Class 4A All State basketball players. Donley was named 3rd
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    Cowgirls recognized for league title


    Four Abilene Cowgirl basketball players were recognized by the North Central Kansas League head coaches by being named to the 2014-15 All League Team. Abilene won the league crown for the first time since
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    Karen Cooper to lead free workshop

    Local artist Karen Cooper will lead a printmaking workshop at 7 p.m. April 2 at the Abilene Public Library. Those interested in attending may sign up by calling (785) 263-3082, or stopping by the Library.

    Maundy Thursday

    A Community Maundy Thursday Service will be hosted by New Basel U.C.C at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tim Johnson, Pastor Mark Stanger and Rev. Don Schroeder will conduct the service. Everyone is welcome.

    Geary County dodges potential Ebola case

    JUNCTION CITY — The Geary County Health Department was on its toes after a potential Ebola patient had stopped in Junction City earlier this month.
    "The patient did not have Ebola, but had travelled

    Willowdale 4-H Minutes

    The Willowdale 4-H meeting was held at 7 p.m. Sterl Hall on March 9. The meeting was called to order by Rogan Tokach, and the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-H pledge was led by Alice Bathurst and Megan

    Local author to speak at public library

    Local author and Kansas State University Salina Professor Patricia Ackerman will be at the Abilene Public Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 for a program about her recent book, "Marymount College

    Childbirth class

    Memorial Hospital’s Birthing Center is offering a Childbirth Education Class comprised of two class sessions. The sessions will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on April 13 and 14 in Conference Room B (formerly

    CNA class to be held at Manor

    Get started in your nursing career now by registering for a CNA class.  Village Manor in Abilene will host a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) class April 1 to May 27 from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays

    Kennedy Kindergarten Roundup

    Kennedy Primary will be holding the annual Kindergarten Roundup from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 24.
    This is on a walk-in basis and no appointment is necessary. During the roundup, children

    Water main work starts Monday

    J-K Construction and the city of Abilene water distribution personnel will be making water main improvements in the 100 block of NE 9th Street.
    Work will start Monday, March 30, and will result in the

    Old hymns to be featured in song-fest

    Enterprise First Baptist Church is hosting a Fifth Sunday Songfest at 6 p.m. March 29 at the church, two miles east of Enterprise.
    Snacks and fellowship time will follow the singing.
    Come enjoy and share

    Justice Center
    Should the city of Abilene and Dickinson County continue exploring a proposal to place the Abilene Police Department and Dickinson County Sheriff's Department in a proposed justice center?