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    ‘Destination Unknown’ brings youth to Abilene

    A group of teens were seen pulling weeds Wednesday in downtown Abilene. They weren’t getting paid, they were not from the area and they did not plan to come to Abilene.
    They came from Calvary Christian Church in Belleview, Neb., on a mission trip

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    News

    CVB parade entry promotes Chisholm Trail celebration


    One of the entries in today’s Central Kansas Free Fair parade will reference another big Abilene celebration coming in 2017 — the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail (CT150).
    Deb Sanders,

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    4-Hers show fabric creations


    AT RIGHT: Clothing construction and fiber arts judge Sharon Anderes (right) is amused by 8-year-old Payton Ballou’s answer when Payton was asked about her sewn dog mat and kennel cover. A member
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    No fishing allowed


    Employees with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism take a break Wednesday afternoon after setting up the department’s mobile aquarium in the National Guard Armory. (From left) Ernesto
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    New face in town


    UMB Bank, n.a., a subsidiary of UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF), has hired Angela Rindels as vice president, financial center manager in Abilene.
    Rindels and her husband and son moved to Abilene

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    Delegates: Maybe time to upgrade Abilene-Omitama relationship


    After a 30-year connection, the Omitama-Abilene relationship may be ready for an upgrade.
    That’s what sister city leaders — both local ones and some from Omitama, Japan — said at a

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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.

    Lockett

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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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    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

    Central Kansas Free Fair

    PRE FAIR SCHEDULE
    Today
    All day — 4-H Fashion Revue Judging-Constructed and Purchased at Emmanuel Church
    7 p.m. — Public Fashion Revue and King/Queen Coronation at Emmanuel Church

    FAIR

    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?