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    Parade lines up 160+ entries

    A pair of spectators, two of hundreds of people lining the Third Street part of the annual Central Kansas Free Fair parade’ route, watch as the Old Abilene Town stagecoach carrying Old Abilene Gunfighters is pulled by a lot of horsepower (a pickup).


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    County OKs housing project

    The Dickinson County Commission meeting room was full Thursday morning as people crowded in, lobbying against a new housing subdivision in the western part of the county.
    During a 70-minute public hearing,

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    Presidential scholar to speak about Ike

    The third program in the Ike 125 lecture series commemorating the 125th anniversary of the birth of Dwight David Eisenhower will be presented in Kansas City and Abilene by John Robert Greene, Cazenovia
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    Harrington’s team wins pool competition

    Mike Harrington’s team recently won the pool competition with 28 games. Harrington won all five of his games. Team members were (from left) Dan Morton, Clarence Thompson, George Herrman, Harrington,Jane
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    Bear-ly done

    Beverly Murray of Westville, Okla., uses a chainsaw to cut the finishing touches on a wooden bear. As this year’s Central Kansas Free Fair chainsaw artist, Murray will give four carving demonstrations
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    They’ve got their goats

    Gracie Ehrichsen (from left) and Mackenzie Riffel wash their goats, while friend Shevy Olson keeps them company Thursday afternoon at the Abilene Fairgrounds.
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    State news

    KU introduces online program for degree completion

    LAWRENCE — A bachelor’s degree from the state’s flagship university will be within reach for more students with the launch of new online education opportunities at the University of

    Cooking Up Something Good, Cheap and Nutritious through funding from the Community Foundation of Dickinson County

    Parents and children helped prepare cornmeal crusted vegetables during a cooking and tasting session held in conjunction with USD 435 Parents as Teacher’s March playgroup. It was the first of a

    Ag help wanted

    There are 63,000 Kansans unemployed — yet in the rural reaches of the state, farmers like Mitchel Baalman could use a bumper crop of farm hands.
    There are just some jobs Americans seemingly won’t

    Vacation on way for feds

    President Barack Obama is expecte4d to announce plans to force private companies to give seven days of paid leave to employees and take executive action to give federal employees six more paid time off.

    Breezing past other states

    A trio of wind farms in central Kansas ran at nearly 50 percent capacity in 2013, which one Kansas senator says is a positive sign for the state’s young wind industry.
    Sen. Marci Francisco said


    Step-family reality

    Did you know that step-families are becoming one of the most common family forms in our country?
    Thousands of these blended families come together every week in the United States. Whether caused by divorce,

    Anniversary — Lee and Joan Mills

    Lee and Joan Mills, of Abilene, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary July 30. A family dinner will take place on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Enterprise Community Center.
    Their children are Susan

    Top dogs speak at Lions

    Lions president Harris Laing (from left) is seen with Lions Council Chair Beverly Greenwood and Regional Zone Coordinator Mo Greenwood, who were the program at a recent Lions Club Meeting. Bev talked

    Pen Points

    On my way to lunch at Subway Monday, I passed a couple sitting on their front porch, perhaps just watching the cars drive by and indulging in casual conversation. It put me in mind of pleasant days long

    4-H club news

    You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! The Fragrant Hilltoppers 4-H Club will soon hold their annual ice cream social.
    The club social is over 70 years old and is held at the Upland Park.

    Herrman’s team declared as winners

    The George Herrman Team won Thursday’s Abilene Senior Center Pool Tournament, with 28 games.
    Herrman’s team included Dan Morton, George Herrman, George Taplin, John Pientka, Dee Rodda, Oris

    Fair board members speaks at Lions Club

    Lion Ann Strunk (right) introduced Allison Forsyth and Brent Geering, Central Kansas Free Fair board members, as the program at a recent Lions Club Meeting. They talked about the many activities that

    Home health, hospice director speaks to Optimists

    Carol Whitehair, director of Home Health and Hospice of Dickinson County, was the guest speaker for the breakfast Optimist Club.

    Whitehair talked about some changes in home health and hospice. She said

    A Traditional Farm Life

    Greetings from Enterprise, dear friends. It’s the dog days of summer, and I’m dog-tired. Triple digit temperatures coupled with additional duties at the restaurant have left me dragging at

    Holland Sunflowers 4-H Club

    The Holland Sunflowers met at Rural Center Elementary at 7:30 p.m. July 20. Emilee Ediger led the Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H pledge. We sang the "milk song," led by songleader Hannah Snowball. Tweny-four
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