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    Leading the way

    With motivational statements from a podium and graduates smiling for pictures, the event was similar to a high school graduation.
    But these graduates didn’t wear caps and gowns, and instead of receiving diplomas, they walked away with plaques and

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    Locals will pay more for lunch at Abilene schools


    Most people who have heard of the 2010 Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act know its stated purpose is to improve children’s nutrition by placing healthy foods in schools.
    What many people may not realize

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    Governor signs bill to change school formula


    A bill that overhauls the way schools are funded in Kansas was signed by Gov. Sam Brownback in a closed ceremony Wednesday.
    SB 7 replaces the state’s 23-year-old school funding formula, which allocated

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    Flowing fluoride


    The city of Abilene will once again fluoridate its water supply.
    Earlier this week, the City Commission unanimously approved a resolution to direct city manager David Dillner to take the steps necessary

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    Kansas to receive $13.5 million grant


    Kansas will be one of 10 states to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop work training programs for food stamp recipients, Gov. Sam Brownback announced Monday at a news conference
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    Taking it all in stride


    Though her fingers may play the keys of grand pianos on Nashville stages, her mind flashes back to where she spent some of her formative years — in Abilene.
    Songwriter Nicolle Galyon, 30, formerly

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    Local sports


    Abilene High School senior Storm Dalton has signed a letter of intent to continue her education and run Track and Field for Hutchinson Community College. Joining Storm at her signing is her mother Nita
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    Abilene Kids Wrestling qualifiers for State Tournament


    Gage Taylor, 8U, 43 lbs., Wyatt Frakes, 8U, 49 lbs., Joseph Welsh, 8U, 58 lbs., Tyler Holloway, 8U, 95 lbs., Hunter Taylor, 10U, 55 lbs., Tucker Cell, 10U, 61 lbs., Cooper Wuthnow, 10U, 67 lbs., Kaleb
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    Cowgirls will have experience on diamond


    The Abilene Cowgirls softball team returns the nucleus of its starting line-up and both starting pitchers in quest of their first North Central Kansas League title since 2009.
    "We are returning most of

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    Chapman tennis looks to thrive with Berns


    CHAPMAN — Chapman Director of Athletics Clint Merritt didn’t have to look very far to fill an opening for the boys tennis program head coach.
    All he had to do was ask Derek Berns, the 2014

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    Kansas income growth hobbled by farm drops

    Total personal income in Kansas was up 2.9 percent in 2014, ranking it 42nd among states, as a plunge in farm earnings held back income growth across the Midwest.
    Personal income counts all wages and

    Kansas Range Youth Camp planned in June - July

    The Dickinson County Conservation District will offer two full camp tuition scholarships of $250 each to Dickinson County youth attending the Kansas Range Youth Camp.
    The camp will be June 29 —

    Hooper withdraws

    Abilene City Commission candidate Sherry Hooper has plenty of signs up around the city, but yesterday afternoon she officially announced her withdrawal from the race.
    Hooper told the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle

    Mt. Pleasant Mother-Daughter Womenís Fellowship Salad Supper

    Mt. Pleasant Evangelical Presbyterian Church is hosting a Mother-Daughter Women’s Fellowship Salad Supper at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. A salad for every three people is suggested.
    The main program will

    New Basel Mother-Daughter Supper

    The mother-daughter supper of New Basel U.C.C. will be held in the Parish Hall at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 28.
    Anyone who would like to share in a special evening of Christian fellowship are welcomed.†The

    Parkinsonís meeting

    Parkinson Support meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m Thursday at Abilene Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab, 103 NW 15th St.†Steve LaFon, from Medtronics, will give a presentation on deep brain stimulation

    Preschool enrollment

    St. Andrew’s Preschool will hold an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Preschool enrollment is now open for new students. For more infor call the school, (785) 263-2453 or visit standrewsabilene.com.

    Junior League donates to infant car seat program

    The Junior League of Abilene made a donation to the Memorial Health System (MHS) Volunteer Corps to help fund the infant car seat program.†The MHS Volunteer Corps assists parents of newborns who are unable

    Parkinson's meeting

    Parkinson Support meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m Thursday, March 26 at Abilene Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab, 103 NW 15th St.†Steve LaFon, from Medtronics, will give a presentation on deep brain

    Preschool enrollment, open house

    St. Andrew's Preschool will hold an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Preschool enrollment is now open for new students. For more information, call the school at (785) 263-2453 or visit standrewsabilene.com.
    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?