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    Tornado damages homes

    Abilene was spared the wrath of a large tornado Wednesday night that remained on the ground west to east, across the entire width of Dickinson County.
    Other areas of the county weren’t so lucky. Assessment reports conducted Thursday morning showed

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    2 Dickinson Co. families survey tornado damage


    Two of the more than 20 families that suffered damage from Wednesday night’s tornado surveyed that damage early this morning.
    "We saw it coming right toward us about 3 miles away," Kevin Stroud

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    Red Cross sets up shelter; command center controls efforts


    When severe storms struck the Dickinson County area Wednesday evening, the American Red Cross set up a shelter at the Abilene Community Building, at 1020 NW Eighth Street.
    "Since last night volunteers

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    Volunteer Corps donates to transportation fund


    The Memorial Health System Volunteer Corps (MHSVC) recently donated $250 to the Memorial Health Foundation. The donation is designated for the Abilene Public Transportation Fund, a fund that provides
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    City band slates concert


    The Abilene Municipal Band, directed by Toby Weishaar, will perform beginning at 10 a.m. Monday in the Abilene Cemetery across from the middle school.
    The Memorial Day concert will include:
    · "Star

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    Commission approves ‘committee’ appointees


    Abilene city commissioners appointed members to six city advisory and action organizations during their regularly scheduled meeting Monday afternoon in the Abilene Public Library.
    Bruce Youtsey was reappointed

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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.
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    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

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