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    4-Her transfers love of all trees into public service

    Thirteen-year-old Grant Heintz was interested in plants long before he joined 4-H, but as a member of the Fragrant Hilltoppers club he put that interest into action by doing a forestry project that eventually earned him a purple ribbon at this year’s
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    Branson show coming to Chapman auditorium

    BDS Productions is hosting the best variety show directly from Hamner Theater in Branson, Mo., in the Chapman High School Auditorium on Halloween (Oct. 31) at 7 p.m.
    The next "Branson in Chapman" concert

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    Honoring a fallen ‘brother’

    Antique tractor enthusiast Michael Fasse of Frankfort stands beside his John Deere 730 diesel he brought to the 37th Annual Chisholm Trail Festival in Abilene Saturday. Fasse, a Vietnam War wounded veteran
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    AHS debaters do well in meet

    A young Abilene High School debate team recently competed at tournaments in McPherson and Clay Center.
    "I want to congratulate our debate team," said Megan Hagaman, AHS director of debate and forensics.

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    PAT visits pumpkin patch

    ‘Tis the season for changing colors, crunchy leaves, cooler weather and pumpkin picking!
    After a short drive to the country, children in USD 435’s Parents as Teachers (PAT) program each claimed

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    County cleanup gets 141+ tons

    The Dickinson County transfer station took in 141.26 tons of trash Sept. 24—26 during the fall cleanup.
    Rural and city residents were allowed to dispose of most trash free of charge during the

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    Local sports

    Solomon stays undefeated with 46-20 win

    SOLOMON — Although they trailed after the first quarter, the Solomon Gorillas rolled to their fifth win of the season Friday with a 46-20 victory over Ellinwood.
    Solomon drew first blood in the

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    Regional - Sub-State Assignments

    Class 4A Cross Country Regionals — Saturday Oct 24
    4 Regionals — 3 teams qualifying per regional
    Top 10 runners with possibility of additional individual qualifiers

    HAYS (Hays High School)

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    Rural Vista heat scorches Madison 54-14

    The Rural Vista (Hope-White City) football team improved to 4-1 for the season with a 54-14 victory against Madison Friday night at Hope. MHS fell to 1-4.
    RV Head Coach Jeff Hostetter said he was pleased

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    Turnovers lead to Longhorn loss

    Between fumbles and a muffed kick, the Abilene Middle School 7th grade football team was saddled with a 40-14 loss to Clay Center Thursday.
    The Longhorns were led offensively by running back Trey Tovar

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    Baxa joins clinic staff

    Dr. Amanda J. Baxa is joining the staff of Heartland Health Care Clinic and will begin seeing patients of all ages on Nov 2.
    Baxa practices family medicine with obstetrics. She has a special interest

    ‘Trail’ pedal pull winners named

    Results of the pedal tractor pull at the annual Chisholm Trail Festival Saturday was provided by Van De Creek Pedal Power, who supplied the equipment and ran the pull.
    Prizes were provided by C&I John

    Cedar House coordinator to speak at community forum

    The Quality of Life Coalition’s monthly Community Forum will be at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 14 with guest speaker Patti O’Malley.
    O’Malley will be speaking on behalf of the Cedar House which

    Local appointments available for Medicare enrollment

    Annual open enrollment for Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Plan) begins Oct. 15.
    "It is time to review your prescription drug plan and see if there are less expensive options available," said Brenda

    Huelskamp, Arpke, Moran, Barker to speak in Abilene

    A panel discussion on the future of the Republican Party will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Greyhound Hall of Fame, 407 S. Buckeye in Abilene.
    Kenny Roelofoson will moderate the discussion to include

    Beta Sigma Phi

    The Alpha Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the home of Louise Frey (note this is a half-hour earlier than usual). Marge Green is the co-hostess and Meta West is

    District court

    Following court appearances were reported for the period beginning Sept. 25 and ending Oct. 2:
    · Slayde Wyatt Markley received deferred adjudication for purchase/consumption of alcoholic liquor/CMB

    Beyond ‘time out’

    Shana Schmidt, a licensed professional counselor and infant mental health specialist, will teach parents ways to help their children gain self-control and communication skills at free programs in Dickinson

    Need for justice center explained

    The county jail is "a ticking time bomb," Dickinson County Sheriff Gareth Hoffman told about 40 people attending Wednesday’s public forum on the need for a new justice center.
    He and County Administrator

    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?