Rittel's to celebrate new ownership Tuesday
Jacque Rittel is ready to celebreate a dream 30 years in the making next week. Karl is the new owner of Rittel’s Western Wear, 1810 N. Buckeye Ave. Her ribbon cutting and open house event will include "yummy western cookies" from local baker Becky Ryan, owner of 2RCakes, as well as bottled water from Longford....more»
On with the show
Great Plains Theatre staff has heard "all the world’s a stage." Now that the theatre’s walls have hit the ground, they’re putting the claim to the test....more»
Local officials praise firefighters, volunteers
As residents were still coping with the loss of Abilene’s cultural heart, local officials were quick to point to a bright spot in the loss of the Great Plains Theatre....more»
AMS hosts summer school for teachers
Abilene Middle School has been full of learning the past few days, but this summer’s lifelong learners weren’t pre-teens — they were teachers from across Kansas....more»
Old Abilene Town set to host 'Day of the Cowboy'
Old Abilene Town — "where the trail ends and the legends begin" — will come alive on Saturday in celebration of the American Cowboy. This weekend, Abilene will join cities across the nation in celebrating the 10th Annual National Day of the Cowboy....more»
Updated: Abilene loses historic landmark
By 9:30 Wednesday evening, an estimated 400 spectators had gathered for a final show at Abilene's Great Plains Theatre. There was no movie or musical act, just a nightmare unfolding in the city's historic downtown. Dickinson County Emergency Management Director Chancy Smith said the theatre was a complete loss about two hours after crews were first alerted to smoke in the building....more»
Fire devastates Great Plains Theatre
A fire was reported at the Great Plains Theatre shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday and less than an hour later the building was deemed a total loss, according to witnesses....more»
Woman, dog OK after rollover accident
Dickinson County resident Linda Jones walked away uninjured from a rollover accident on Eden Road Wednesday on Eden Road south of Abilene. Jones was southbound in the 1800 block of Eden Road when, shortly after 2 p....more»
Farmer's Market hosting mid-season celebration Saturday
A cooking demonstration from Shasta Hamilton, an interactive children’s story time and more will enliven the Civic Center Depot parking lot Saturday morning....more»
Peterson expects new office to open in August
Though he’s expanding his company, a local business owner said most of what he knows, he learned from Grandpa. Lynn Peterson, owner of Peterson Monuments & Design Inc....more»
Local Democrats organizing for election
Democratic candidate Jim Sherow said there is one reason he’s running for Congress — to oust U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp. At Tuesday’s meeting in the Abilene Senior Center, the Manhattan resident said his views differ from Huelskamp’s on many issues, including equality and insurance coverage for contraceptives....more»
Chapman hosting final summer concert tonight
A summer cookout and free music in the park will draw as many area people as possible for food, music and catching up tonight in Chapman. The event will be the third and final edition of this year’s Chapman EDC Summer Concert Series....more»

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