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Vintage cars and the musical, “Grease” go together like “rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong.” Here, cast members of Grease, currently being performed at Great Plains Theatre, pause for a photo in this blue 1956 Ford Thunderbird, owned by Pam Wingo of rural Salina. During the run of the sh…

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Former Abilene High School Football Coach Paul Dennis, left, and his wife, Jo, visit with Abilene Reflector-Chronicle Sports Editor Ron Preston, right, Tuesday afternoon during Preston’s retirement reception at the newspaper office. Preston’s final day at the Reflector-Chronicle is today (Th…

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The Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad and Kansas Operation Lifesaver have teamed up to bring a vital railroad safety message to ASVRR riders — “Trains belong on railroad tracks and you do not!”

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Note: A public reception for retiring sports editor Ron Preston will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 15 at the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle office, 305 N. Cedar.

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The piano bench became like a home for Sheree Glanzer through years of lessons and teaching students. Glanzer became a figure of the Abilene USD 435 music program through her work as an accompanist and this year marked her last before retirement. 

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Danny, Sandy, Rizzo, Kenickie and the gang are together once more as the iconic musical, Grease, opens Friday night at Great Plains Theatre in Abilene.

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With everything that 2020 threw at everyone, Almost Home Realty in Abilene wanted to do something fun, memorable and beneficial for the community. 

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The Abilene Municipal Band will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 10 at the Royer Band Shell, located in Eisenhower Park at 619 N. Rogers.

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Abilene Machine, located east of Solomon, was hopping Friday during its antique muscle tractor auction. The event — conducted by Mecum Auction’s agriculture branch, Gone Farmin’ — attracted a large crowd and people who bid in person and online. RFD-TV also was present, filming for a five-epi…

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The Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire at Abilene Center Apartments, located at 511 NW 14th St., on Saturday, May 29. Units were dispatched at 7:07 p.m.

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During a meeting in April, The Abilene City Commission and Mayor Brandon Rein approved the appointment of Ron Marsh as the new Abilene City Manager. Marsh started his new position June 1 with hopes to help the local community.

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Abilene area folks can now enjoy the fresh stock of delicious food at the Abilene Farmers Market, a seasonal market held from the end of May until mid-October filled with local vendors with newly harvested goods. 

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The Dickinson County Commission approved two resolutions Thursday, May 27 opposing two federal government programs.

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For many years, George Fink ran a small successful Heating, Plumbing and Air Conditioning repair business in Chapman. 

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Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad engineers back up the steam locomotive Monday morning in the pouring rain so it can connect to the rail cars preparing for the excursion train’s morning run to Enterprise. A number of people stood out in the rain to take photos next to the steam engine or wa…

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The chilly rainy weather seemed to match the somber mood during Memorial Day ceremonies Monday conducted by members of American Legion Post 39 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3279.

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The director of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum said she expects to see a lot of quick changes in the coming weeks related to reopening the facility after the COVID-19 shutdown.

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The Abilene City Commission met for their monthly meeting at 4 p.m. on Monday. Commissioners Chris Ostermann and Tim Shafer were unable to attend. 

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AJ Raaska, from Huntsville, Texas, has joined the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle staff.

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The Dickinson County Historical Society announces that Austin Anders, a native of Dickinson County, has been named executive director of the nonprofit devoted to the collection, preservation, promotion and sharing of the history of Dickinson County and the State of Kansas.  

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With Memorial weekend marking the start of summer break, the Abilene Municipal Pool plans on opening Monday, May 31. A stark difference from last year with the pandemic, Abilene Parks and Recreation decided to open the pool later in the season. 

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A new addition at Old Abilene Town opens this Memorial Day weekend with the grand opening of the Trail Center, where visitors can see, hear and touch the stories of the Chisholm and Smoky Hill Trails in a new interactive museum for all ages. 

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Editor’s note: Due to editor’s error, the ending times rather than start times were published in Wednesday’s edition for ceremonies being conducted by Abilene’s American Legion and VFW posts. Following is the corrected information showing anticipated start and ending times for the various services.

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The announced opening of Legacy Kansas, a new restaurant planned in Abilene combining the Brookville Hotel and Munson’s Prime, will not occur this summer because owners of the two eating establishments were unable to finalize a contract.

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“Tails and Tales,” the Abilene Children’s Library’s summer reading program, kicked off Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. after Abilene USD 435 dismissed for the summer. Youth gathered on the lawn of the public library to decorate book bags and do other activities. Here, from left, Savannah Smil…

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Severe thunderstorms are forecast to move into north central Kansas late Wednesday evening, according to the National Weather Service in Topeka’s Hazardous Weather Outlook 

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This is the second story about the outside museum buildings at the Dickinson County Heritage Center. This story features the Burklund Grocery Store, a mom-and-pop grocery that Joy and Leona Burkland ran for 24 years at the corner of Fifth and Cedar Streets in Abilene.

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Abilene City Clerk and Human Resource Director Penny Soukup is retiring after serving 19 years in that position. 

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Juneman Excavating has been contracted by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to perform channel repairs at several sites along Mud Creek in Abilene. The repairs/restorations are related to increased erosion due to the high-water events that took place in 2019.

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This week Dickinson County Health Department representatives ventured out once again to thank two more Dickinson County school nurses for the extra work they put in this year dealing with COVID-19 issues. Each school nurse received a gift basket and flowers. Last week, five other nurses from…

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The Abilene Middle School Star Singers went on tour Tuesday, May 18 around Abilene. The 32 seventh and eighth graders spent the afternoon performing Disney songs at the Abilene Senior Center, The Garfield and Brown’s Home, where they are pictured. The group is directed by Amy McClure and acc…

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A 14-year-old female juvenile, reported missing from Topeka, was taken into custody Thursday following a high-speed chase in Dickinson and Saline counties, according to information from the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department.

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The Dickinson County Sheriff’s office is seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman who may have been in a vehicle involved in a collision that started a vehicle fire on Interstate 70, according to information provided by Undersheriff Brian Hornaday.

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The Abilene High School Class of 2021 exited the school Wednesday morning for the final time to the sounds of cheers and congratulations as they walked through a tunnel of support surrounded by the other students, faculty and staff.

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt was one of several candidates who spoke to Dickinson County Republicans Monday night during the party’s Guest Night at the National Greyhound Hall of Fame. Schmidt is seeking the Republican nomination for Kansas governor. Other candidates who spoke inclu…