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Fit for the Holidays

Most depictions of Santa feature a potbellied man who may have eaten one too many trays of cookies.
But a local Santa lookalike characterizes a fitter version. The svelte St. Nicholas can be seen jogging at Eisenhower Park five days per week in his red

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The man of the moment


WASHINGTON — Perhaps it’s just holiday cheer, but a few weeks after his party suffered painful losses in the midterm election, President Barack Obama is ending 2014 with his highest approval
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Web sales, more holiday surprises


Steve Schneiders walks out of Best Buy in Timonium, Md., with a flat-screen television and other gifts he purchased online for Christmas. At Best Buy, some customers order online and come into the store
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State death spurs work on insect virus


There is no known specific treatment, vaccine or drug for a disease linked to a newly named Bourbon virus, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
However, the virus is thought to

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Chapman will give reverse parking a try


CHAPMAN — Austin St. John is fighting an uphill battle, it seems, in trying to convince citizens of Chapman to change angled parking to reverse parking.
While it doesn’t appear most are in

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Local sports

Kansas State evaluating options at free safety before Alamo Bowl


Bill Snyder knew the question was coming.
Kansas State’s secondary has been hurt by late-season injuries in three straight seasons, forcing the Wildcats to evaluate replacement options leading into

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Kansas State's Jake Waters presents 'unique challenge' for UCLA


Jake Waters is not the type of player who can fill up a SportsCenter countdown by himself, nor is he the type of prospect that has the type of pocket presence that makes NFL scouts salivate.
But with

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Lady Longhorns win NCKL titles


The Abilene Middle School seventh and eighth grade girls basketball teams were the winners of the North Central Kansas League championships recently. The 8th grade team finished season 14-0 and the seventh
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Cowboy wrestling team wins Abilene Varsity Invitational Tournament


The Abilene Cowboys wrestling team won the first Cowboy Varsity Wrestling Invitational Tournament Saturday in the AHS gym.
Abilene scored 183.5 team points to take the title over Salina Central 159, Scott

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Whatever, adoption to be focus

Gina Kuntz, owner of "Hairtiques, The Gift Parlor and Whatever" in Abilene, highlighting her newest venture the "Whatever" Shop, will be featured at a coffee event on Jan. 8.
Come hear about the inspiration

Woman tries to buy monkey online, out $1K

WICHITA — Police officials on Monday warned Wichita residents not to fall for any monkey business.
A 26-year-old woman is out nearly $1,000 when she went online Friday and found a breeder that agreed

Exporting to China

WICHITA — Air China has committed to buy 60 Boeing 737s, Boeing said Monday.
That includes Next Generation 737s and 737 MAX airplanes, the upgraded version of the 737.
When finalized, the order

Christmas Eve options

The Community Bible Church will hold its Christmas Eve Service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 121 N.E. Fifth St.
Emmanuel United Methodist Church will hold its candlelit Christmas Eve Service at

Education Foundation taking applications for LIFT program

SALINA — The Salina Education Foundation is taking applications for its Loan Initiative for Future Teachers scholarship program.
The program provides up to $5,000 a year while the student pursues

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?