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SALINA — A new 2020 Chevy Malibu was donated by Holm Automotive to the Salina Area Technical College.

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Memorial Health System announced that it is part of a movement to improve health care for older adults, contributing to a goal of 20 percent of U.S. hospitals and health systems becoming age-friendly by 2020.

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After asking the question “what now?” throughout most of 2020, Ashish Ghosh Hajra, the owner of the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, answered his own question at the Abilene City Commission meeting Monday.

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There were three COVID-19 related deaths in Dickinson County last week. Since last Monday there were 52 new cases, 30 reported over the weekend by the Dickinson County Health Department.

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OCCK Transportation will continue free fares for all public transit services, including CityGo, 81 Connection, Paratransit, city of Abilene and KanConnect through the end of 2020.

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Although masons are still in short supply, walls are still being built at the new Dickinson County jail.

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The last day to make payment for the first half property tax will be Monday, Dec. 21.

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A meeting between a couple Abilene school board members and administrators, one Dickinson County commissioner and other county representatives resulted in “good discussion,” Dickinson County Commission Chairman Lynn Peterson reported during the Nov. 19 commission meeting.

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The Chisholm Trail Extension District, which includes the Marion and Dickinson counties K-State Research Extension offices, will remain closed to the public through Nov. 30, following guidelines set by K-State University in the event of county courthouse closure. 

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City, county and district court offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. The city of Abilene will also be closed on Friday.

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An attempt to amend the order approved by the Dickinson County Commission mandating masks in public died for lack of a second.

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The prospect of a new Holiday Inn Express and Suites just north of Interstate 70 is back.

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COVID-19 has changed many aspects of the way schools operate, but so far the virus has not derailed snow days in Abilene USD 435.

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Starting this morning, Thursday, any person in Dickinson County shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or other face covering inside of, or in line of, any indoor public space, and outdoors in public places when unable to maintain a 6-foot distance.

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Some numbers changed, but the Nov. 3 General Election results in Dickinson County remained the same after the Dickinson County Commission canvassed the election Friday morning.

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Providing a happier Thanksgiving for low income families in Abilene, Chapman and Solomon schools is the goal of Kids in Crisis (KIC) volunteers who will be collecting food donations at West’s Country Mart on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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CHAPMAN — Chapman High School and Chapman Middle School classes will be held remotely Nov. 30 through Dec. 18. 

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“The show must go on” might be the best cliché describing Abilene High School’s fall musical “Disney Descendants.”

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Abilene City Manager Jane Foltz said at the study session Monday of the Abilene City Commission that she plans to retire from the city of Abilene on March 1, 2021.

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A sixth death was related to COVID-19, according to the Dickinson County Health Department’s Monday report.

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HERINGTON — A “Winning-The-Game” corn marketing workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Herington Community Building in Herington.

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COVID-19 didn’t cancel the 22nd annual Abilene Motorcycle Toy Run benefiting Toys 4 Tots Sunday. The parade of over 150 riders started at the parking lot of Lumber House True Value and went through the streets of Abilene, ending at Sterl Hall.

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 The Abilene Public Schools Board of Education approved a number of new classified employees Monday, Nov. 9.

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Once a top priority for the city of Abilene, the threat of the emerald ash borer hasn’t gone away.

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SOLOMON — Operation Gorilla Family Project will be launched with Stuff the Bus which kicks off next week and the Angel Tree on Monday, Nov. 23,  at the DS&O lobby, 201 Dakota.

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The Abilene city building will be closed to walk-in traffic on Friday because of increased COVID-19 cases and the absence of key front office personnel, the city announced late Thursday.

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The American Legion Riders rode through the streets of Abilene, carrying the American flag on Veterans Day. One of their routes was through the parking lot at St. Andrew’s Elementary where they were greeted by students. 

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Abilene Middle School will move to remote learning today (Wednesday) for at least one week because half the student body has been quarantined, according to information released Tuesday afternoon from USD 435.

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A request to reduce the bond of a 39-year-old man awaiting a jury trial on two felony complaints and facing four other complaints was denied in Dickinson County District Court on Monday.

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An anchor of the Abilene downtown business community is under new ownership.

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Abilene’s rich history includes many characterizations that include the Wild West with Wild Bill Hickok, the cattle train movement, the legacy of our 34th President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the many innovations of C.L. Brown, including the United Power Company and the United Phone Company.

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Last week close to 350 students in Dickinson County were quarantined because of contact with COVID-19 positive patients, according to the Dickinson County Health department.

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Construction on the new Dickinson County Jail was 60 percent complete at the end of October as county officials look toward phase 2 of the project that involves the renovation of the 64-year-old courthouse.

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When asked what position she would like to play on the Kansas Wesleyan softball team Shelly Emig Crane said, “I’m a catcher.”

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With positive cases of COVID-19 spiking locally, the Dickinson County Board of Health may institute a mandatory mask order in the near future — possibly as early as next week.