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Fun at the fair

The annual Abilene Downtown Parade will start at 4 p.m. today. Carnival rides will start at 7 p.m., with the 69th Annual PRCA Will Bill Hickok Rodeo starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo

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Fun at the fair


The annual Abilene Downtown Parade will start at 4 p.m. today. Carnival rides will start at 7 p.m., with the 69th Annual PRCA Will Bill Hickok Rodeo starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo

GPT focused on moving forward


It started with crowds in the streets, watching a fire through the lenses of cameras and teary eyes.
It continued with a downtown company providing office space, and a church and school lending their

Davids to raise money for library


A Chapman graduate-turned bestselling author is returning to her roots to raise money for the public library.
Patricia (Stroda) Davids, author of 25 published books, will be conducting a meet and greet,

Rodeo queens aim to promote ag life


For their Abilene appearance Tuesday, the young women were decked out in tiaras and jewelry, but they got their start mucking stalls.
Long before her reign as Miss Rodeo K-State, Danielle Stuerman was

Life of a queen


While they get to wear plenty of western-style bling and are greeted each day with the flash of a camera, that doesn’t mean being a queen is all ease and glamour.
This year’s Miss America

State news

Kansas House panel's leader quits over school bill

Rep. Marc Rhoades unexpectedly resigned Monday as chairman of the Kansas House Appropriations Committee, saying he couldn't support the House Republican leadership's school funding bill because of how

Kansas residents rush to beat health care deadline

Consumers and health care counselors in Kansas are struggling through problems with the federal government's online insurance marketplace ahead of the deadline to sign up for coverage.
Kansas residents

Parents, teachers walk for Kansas schools

Despite sore feet and windy weather, five parents and teachers have completed a 60-mile walk from Johnson County to the Statehouse to show support for Kansas public schools.
The hikers are part of a group

Feds list lesser prairie chicken as threatened

The Obama administration said Thursday it is placing a grassland grouse known as the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species, a move that could affect oil and gas drilling, wind farms and

Kansas shutting off cold weather protection

State officials are reminding Kansans who fall behind on electric and natural gas bills that they will lose some protection against shutoffs next week.
The utility-regulating Kansas Corporation Commission

People

Cross-county walk brings woman to Abilene


With her reflective vest, minimal gear and black workpants, she looked more like a highway construction worker in between sites than a woman trekking the nation.
She wore no sign as she walked on Old

Coat worn by Hickok foe Phil Coe briefly returns to Abilene


Marilyn Pense has been intrigued by her family history since her 20s.
A coat worn by her great great-uncle ignited her passion to uncover the past.
Her great great-uncle, Phil Coe, owned the coat until

Houser to break tradition for parade


After 50 years of broadcasting the Central Kansas Free Fair parade, a local radio announcer will break tradition.
Gary Houser was reluctant to halt his five-decade streak, but his wife was able to sway

Mid-season celebration


Pat Langdon (left) and Brooke Langdon complete a purchase at Paul Flynn’s stand at the Abilene Farmer’s Market Saturday morning. About 500 patrons turned out for the market’s Mid-Season

Bull power bringing top cowboys to Abilene


When the bulls come to town this week for the Abilene rodeo, 14 of the top 15 bull riders in the nation will follow them.
The Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo kicks off Wednesday night and runs through Saturday,

Community

GPT focused on moving forward


It started with crowds in the streets, watching a fire through the lenses of cameras and teary eyes.
It continued with a downtown company providing office space, and a church and school lending their

Abilene moves to put sales tax question on ballot


Abilene voters will decide in November on a sales tax that won’t be levied until 2018.
The Abilene City Commission approved seeking a 20-year, 0.5 percent sales tax levy that would primarily fund

County to publish budget with nearly 3-mill increase


Area property owners will face a tax increase of about 3 mills across the county due to the need for more staff and uncertainty in state funding.
On Thursday, the Dickinson County commission approved

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