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Coat worn by Hickok foe Phil Coe briefly returns to Abilene

Marilyn Pense has been intrigued by her family history since her 20s.
A coat worn by her great great-uncle ignited her passion to uncover the past.
Her great great-uncle, Phil Coe, owned the coat until

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Coat worn by Hickok foe Phil Coe briefly returns to Abilene


Marilyn Pense has been intrigued by her family history since her 20s.
A coat worn by her great great-uncle ignited her passion to uncover the past.
Her great great-uncle, Phil Coe, owned the coat until

Houser to break tradition for parade


After 50 years of broadcasting the Central Kansas Free Fair parade, a local radio announcer will break tradition.
Gary Houser was reluctant to halt his five-decade streak, but his wife was able to sway

Abilene moves to put sales tax question on ballot


Abilene voters will decide in November on a sales tax that won’t be levied until 2018.
The Abilene City Commission approved seeking a 20-year, 0.5 percent sales tax levy that would primarily fund

Mid-season celebration


Pat Langdon (left) and Brooke Langdon complete a purchase at Paul Flynn’s stand at the Abilene Farmer’s Market Saturday morning. About 500 patrons turned out for the market’s Mid-Season

Bull power bringing top cowboys to Abilene


When the bulls come to town this week for the Abilene rodeo, 14 of the top 15 bull riders in the nation will follow them.
The Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo kicks off Wednesday night and runs through Saturday,

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McDonald to fight bulls at Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo


The son of a local businessman will get his shot at being in the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo this week.
Ethan McDonald, son of John and Mary McDonald owners of Rawhide Portable Corrals, will not ride in the

Shelby Bryant to race barrels Saturday night


With high school behind her Dodge City Community College freshman, Shelby Bryant will take to the rodeo arena Saturday night aboard Timmy.
Shelby, the middle of three sisters, will be making her third

Kylie Bryant to ride Mickey in Abilene Rodeo


HOPE - A Dickinson County treasure will make it’s 13th consecutive entrance in the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo Friday night.
Mickey, the Bryant family horse, will be a contestant again in the 69th annual

Snider appreciates chance to fulfill dream


ENTERPRISE — A young mother of two returns for her third time as a member of the Bankes Barrel Racing Team for the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo.
Afton Snider, Enterprise, will ride her horse Jill, Thursday

Sexton completing internship in athletics department


MANHATAN — Having a dream of working in athletics and athletic administration has propelled Curry Sexton into a summer internship in the Kansas State Athletic Department.
Sexton, a fifth year senior,

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