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    Parade lines up 160+ entries

    A pair of spectators, two of hundreds of people lining the Third Street part of the annual Central Kansas Free Fair parade’ route, watch as the Old Abilene Town stagecoach carrying Old Abilene Gunfighters is pulled by a lot of horsepower (a pickup).

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    News

    County OKs housing project


    The Dickinson County Commission meeting room was full Thursday morning as people crowded in, lobbying against a new housing subdivision in the western part of the county.
    During a 70-minute public hearing,

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    Presidential scholar to speak about Ike


    The third program in the Ike 125 lecture series commemorating the 125th anniversary of the birth of Dwight David Eisenhower will be presented in Kansas City and Abilene by John Robert Greene, Cazenovia
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    Harrington’s team wins pool competition


    Mike Harrington’s team recently won the pool competition with 28 games. Harrington won all five of his games. Team members were (from left) Dan Morton, Clarence Thompson, George Herrman, Harrington,Jane
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    Bear-ly done


    Beverly Murray of Westville, Okla., uses a chainsaw to cut the finishing touches on a wooden bear. As this year’s Central Kansas Free Fair chainsaw artist, Murray will give four carving demonstrations
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    They’ve got their goats


    Gracie Ehrichsen (from left) and Mackenzie Riffel wash their goats, while friend Shevy Olson keeps them company Thursday afternoon at the Abilene Fairgrounds.
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    Local sports

    Mike Mathis back for 8th year


    Mike Mathis wasn't supposed to be in the rodeo business. As a Texan, it would have been natural to be a cowboy and he even dabbled at competing in bull riding while in high school. Nevertheless, Mathis
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    K-State’s Lockett Named Big 12 Athlete of the Year


    MANHATTAN — One of the greatest wide receivers and return specialists in Kansas State history, Tyler Lockett was named the Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year on Monday, the conference office announced.

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    Dustin Brewer fighting his last battle in Abilene


    After fighting bulls for 15 years at the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo, Dustin Brewer is taking off his blue wig and striped shirts for something a little less hazardous to his health.
    The Elk City, Okla., native

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    Local barrel racer no stranger to Abilene rodeo


    A hometown cowgirl will compete at the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo in Abilene this week.

    Barrel racer Micah Samples will return to familiar stomping grounds on Saturday night to try to win the title of 2015

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    Galleries


    School board gets close look at improvements


    GPT Spotlight, Footlights 2015


    4th of July Pedal pull #1

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    Woman arrested for alleged prostitution

    The Drug Enforcement Unit for the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department and officers of the Abilene Police Department completed a two-week-long investigation of prostitution in Abilene with the

    Fair schedule

    TODAY
    1 p.m. — 4-H/FFA Crops followed by open class
    1 to 4 p.m. — 4-H Miscellaneous (conference judging by schedule) in Sterl Hall
    1 p.m. to 2 p.m. — 4-H/FFA Floriculture in the

    Dickinson County Sheriff’s Report

    Latest arrests reported by the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department:

    July 8 — Michelle Burger, of Arizona, arrested on Interstate 70 for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia

    Movie in park

    A movie will be shown at a park in Talmage Aug. 9.
    The free movie, "Big Hero 6," will be shown at 8:45 p.m. at 2970 Main St.
    The event is sponsored by the Talmage United Methodist Church. 
    A snack bar

    Rickenbrodes to celebrate 50th anniversary

    The children of Bill and Carol Rickenbrode invite family and friends to a "come and go" open house in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.
    The open house will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 1 at the American

    Rider family reunion

    The Rider family reunion will be held Aug. 2 at the Abilene Senior Center, 100 N. Elm St.
    The center will be open for the reunion from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    A covered dish meal will be served at 12:30 p.m.

    Fair schedule

    THURSDAY
    8 a.m. — Open Class Foods at Sterl Hall
    8:30 a.m. — 4-H/FFA Equine Show (ponies followed by horses) in the Equine Exercise Arena
    8:30 a.m. — 4-H/FFA Rabbits
    8:30 a.m.

    Incident at local pool

    A child was transported to Memorial Hospital following an incident Monday at the Abilene Municipal Pool.
    Abilene Police Department personnel and EMS responded to the pool around 7:50 p.m. Monday to a

    Fair Schedule

    WEDNESDAY
    8 a.m. — Timed Event Slack
    1 to 3 p.m. — Clothing Construction and Fiber Arts Judging in Sterl Hall
    6 to 11 p.m. — Carnival
    7:30 p.m. — Bull-N-Broncs
    THURSDAY
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    Volunteer opportunity

    Great Plains Theatre is looking for volunteers for this show season to help hand out programs, take tickets, drive golf carts and greet patrons.
    For more information, call the GPT office at (785) 263-4574

    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?