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    Federal requirements healthier?

    The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act says school lunches are supposed to be healthier, but are they just smaller?
    Because of federal nutritional and pricing guidelines, the lunches are supposed to cost a bit more and be healthier. But some, especially students,

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    City to install new leaders

    They’ve waited longer than normal, but Monday will be their day.
    A new set of faces will look out over the audience in the Abilene City Commission Chamber Monday afternoon.
    Following the spring

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    A local view of drones

    Drones have changed the way some organizations do business, but drone operators with local ties say the manned aircraft alternatives never will replace people.
    And while they can be misused to spy on

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    Local man honored as pioneer in greyhound industry

    Lester Raines (left), NGA Board of Directors, presented David Strickland, Abilene, with the 2015 Pioneer Award at the Greyhound Hall of Fame Thursday during the Spring Meet. Strickland is a greyhound
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    Clay Barker to speak

    Clay Barker, executive director and general counsel for the Republican Party of Kansas, will speak in Abilene.
    Clay will be the guest speaker for the Dickinson County Republican Guest Night at 7 p.m.

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    To blend or to juice?

    Which do you think is better? Juicing fruits can be tasty, but so can blending fruit. The process of juicing is a trend that is praised for its "detoxification" powers. Let us break down the benefits
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    Local sports

    Cowgirls split with Clay Center

    CLAY CENTER — Shortstop Allie Beswick kick-started the Abilene Cowgirl softball team with a fence clearing shot Tuesday in the fifth inning at Clay Center.
    Beswick’s homerun came with two

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    Junction City JV Track Meet Results

    Junction City JV Track Meet
    4/21/15 — Local Results
    Girls Pole Vault
    2. Raycelon Kuntz, 9, Abilene, 7-0
    5. Olivia Baugh, 10, Abilene, 6-0
    Girls Discus
    1. Molly Meyers, 10, Abilene, 98-03
    6. Elise

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    Cowboy bats come alive at Clay Center

    CLAY CENTER — The Abilene Cowboys collected 34 hits over 13 innings during a North Central Kansas League sweep of Clay Center Tuesday.
    Abilene took game one 20-7 by pounding out 19 hits combined

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    Team effort lifts Cowboys over Wamego

    The Abilene Cowboys got a balanced team scoring effort to win the Abilene Invitational Golf Tournament Tuesday at Great Life Country Club Course.
    "In golf, it always comes down to one shot," coach Mark

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    Severe storms could pop up in area today

    A gray, drizzly morning today will likely give way to potentially severe thunderstorms late this afternoon.
    The main threats for the area are strong gusts of wind and potentially large hail, said meteorologist

    Dickinson County Democrats

    Dickinson County Democrats monthly meeting will beat 7 p.m. Monday, April 27 at the Pizza Hut in Abilene. Guest speaker will be Ann Mah. Everyone is welcome.

    60th anniversary Tom and Phyllis Wilson

    Tom and Phyllis Wilson, of Abilene, are celebrating their 60th anniversary. Tom and Phyllis were married on April 23, 1955 in St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Abilene. Phyllis’ maiden name

    Diabetes support group

    The Dickinson County Diabetes Support Group will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, in Memorial Hospital Conference Room B (this room was formerly referred to as Conference Room 4).
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    Recent arrests in Abilene area

    April 1 — Kenneth Davis, 71, 325 E. Ninth St., was arrested for domestic violence battery and disorderly conduct at his residence.
    April 5 — Matthew Holt, 36, 1110 N. Buckeye Ave., was arrested

    State funding continues to cause issues at Rural Vista

    Superintendent of Schools Ralph Blevins spoke to the board for several minutes about state funding for schools.
    In summary, he said the state (legislators) can develop any type of funding formula they

    KSU learning how environmental factors affect drones

    WICHITA — The National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State is participating in a study with Kansas State University that focuses on minimizing risk of the operation of unmanned aerial

    Police: Man dies after shooting himself in leg, crashing vehicle

    A man died Monday morning after apparently shooting himself in the leg and then crashing while trying to get to a hospital, police said.
    Authorities learned of the shooting after responding to a collision

    Two men shot in Wichita

    WICHITA — Police are looking for two suspects linked to the shooting of two men late Monday night.
    The victims, 23 and 19, were shot shortly after 10:45 p.m. in the 900 block of South Mission, a

    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?