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Owners of Wilkens Acres Tina and Jeff Wilkens address the crowd at their shop during Business After Hours Thursday afternoon. They opened Wilkens Acres — a store that sells Kansas-made products — this April. The Wilkens own a hemp farm and the idea for the shop began as a vehicle to sell the…

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Editor’s Note: In the Feb. 17, 2022 edition of the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle, a story titled “Meahl plans to walk entire 2,193 mile-long Appalachian Trail” was published. This is a followup to that story, contributed by Meahl himself.

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Right now, the Arts Council of Dickinson County has sign-ups open for their annual three-week Chaffee/Bradshaw Memorial Summer Art Classes. The classes are for students between 4th grade and 12th grade. So far, the number of students signed up has doubled from last year, said Sam Gessinger, …

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The Symphony at Sunset Annual D-Day Commemoration Concert returns to the campus grounds at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum on Saturday, June 4. Several programs are scheduled leading up to the D-Day commemorative concert including the WWII Emerging Scholars Symposium.

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OCCK Transportation held a brief meet-and-greet in Abilene’s Eisenhower Park in honor of Transportation Week Tuesday afternoon.

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As Dickinson County’s new jail and renovated courthouse construction project draws to a close, members of the Dickinson County Public Building Commission (PBC) received an update during the annual meeting Thursday, May 5.

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On Friday, Lt. Governor and Commerce Secretary David Tolland announced Abilene as the recipient of a $22,000 Kansas Tourism Attraction Development Grant to construct the World’s Largest Belt Buckle. The buckle will include a spiral staircase so visitors can take photos “wearing” the WLBB.

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“The river bed out here for our Kansas River is fairly dry for most of the way between Garden City and Dodge City, almost turning into a desert-like landscape out here, especially once you get down toward Liberal and Elkhart,” said Jeff Johnson, meteorologist for the National Weather Service…

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The Kansas Big Band played a fundraiser concert for the Dickinson County Historical Society Friday evening. There were a little more than 100 people in attendance at the concert where they heard a performance of classical jazz and swing music.

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A handful of artists drew a small crowd to the Arts Council of Dickinson County’s Arts and Ales event Saturday afternoon. Attendees experienced live music, craft beer, food and local art.

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For their final events, the seven high school students a part of the Dickinson County CEO program presented their businesses and products in two Trade Shows. The shows occurred in Abilene May 2 and in Hope April 25. The group built their businesses and products during the course of the 2022-…

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As their jam-packed summer schedule of plays inches closer day-by-day, Great Plains Theatre will be hosting auditions for their August performance of the musical “Wonderland High.” The auditions will be at the theatre Monday, May 30, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and are open to children actively in…

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The public art installation is two steps closer to being completed. At this time, four out of the 10 boots have been painted. The painting is being led by the Art Council of Dickinson County which is painting some and commissioning other boots to artists. The project is funded by the Dickins…

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Abilene Public Library announces the Summer Schedule of Brown Bag Special Documentaries. Every Tuesday from June 7th through July 12th, a documentary will be shown, starting at noon. These events are free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch. Each film starts a…

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Shannon Stites, née Jackson, is the CFO for Huhtamaki North America, a branch of global food packaging specialist Huhtamaki Oyj. During the Kansas State University College of Business’ Scholarship & Awards Gala April 19, the college honored Stites for her career in accounting by inductin…

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Several employers across Dickinson County received a survey asking about their employee’s childcare needs and assessments. The Employer Childcare Survey is the second survey the Dickinson County Childcare Task Force’s has created to explore the needs of childcare in the county. While the sur…

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Taking over Little Ike Park May 14 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Arts Council of Dickinson County is set to have their fundraiser event, Arts and Ales, return. For four hours, art and liquor vendors will set up shop alongside vendors from the Abilene Antique Fest around the park. A mural will a…

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Madelyn Burns plays a piano solo at the Abilene Middle School/Abilene High School end of the semester concert Monday evening in the AHS auditorium.

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To make the public more aware of the two-hour parking in the downtown area, five Abilene High School students shot PSA videos for the Abilene Police Department. The videos will be posted on the department’s social media pages and YouTube account sometime in the future.

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Michael Ebersole spends time with his daughters by going to flea markets and auctions. They started attending when the COVID-19 pandemic came. Together, they look for knicks and knicks to resell and boost their collections. Eventually, they attended with their own stands. Now, Ebersole is ru…

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The ALG Gospel Network has announced that it will broadcast the movie, Can We Talk? nationally at 8:00 p.m. CST this Saturday night, May 7th on the ALG Gospel Network.