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    Abilene youngster returns from train trip

    Many young boys are interested in trains, but most of them don’t have the opportunity to spend two days as a junior conductor.
    Ethan Gustin, 8, recently went with his parents, Matt and Heather Gustin, and brother, Joshua, on a Make-A-Wish railroad

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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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    Concierge service seems successful


    Some Abilene businesses and attractions may be seeing more people this summer thanks to a program that actively guides tourists to visit them.
    Glenda Purkis, director of the Abilene Convention and Visitor’s

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    Carnival time has arrived


    Crews of Great Plains Amusement were setting up Tuesday for the carnival that is part of the Central Kansas Free Fair. The carnival opens this evening at 6 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. It also will be
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    House leader seeks feedback


    The top Democrat in the Kansas House has sent a letter to his caucus apologizing if he fell short of their expectations and requesting their feedback ahead of the next session.
    House Minority Leader

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    Lawmakers seek foster care audit


    Two Democratic lawmakers from south-central Kansas are calling for an audit of the state’s foster care system.
    "Four children have been killed while in the foster care system already this year,"

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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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    Briefly

    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

    Abilene Police Department

    ARREST

    July 17 — Clinton Rice, male, 32, 201 S. Cherry St., was arrested for domestic violence battery at 8:23 p.m. at 201 S. Cherry St.

    INCIDENTS

    July 5 — Audrey McGrath, 82, 312 N.

    Boat, jet ski collide at Cheney Lake

    Three people may be injured due to a boat and jet ski accident at Cheney Lake Sunday evening.
    At 8:36 p.m., a boat and jet-ski collided near Hobie Beach, according to Reno County dispatch officials.

    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?