Gourmet food on wheels
Tastes of shore-fresh Miami fare mingled with Kansas City barbecue comprise Foodies Paradise, a gourmet restaurant on wheels. Owners Lease Duckwall, of the original Alco family, and John Shaft, the former touring chef of country music star George Strait, park the truck at various locations in the Abilene area to serve quality cuisine to residents of Dickinson County....more»
Obama talks about economics at KU
LAWRENCE — President Obama pushed a agenda he argues will strengthen middle class families before an enthusiastic crowd of more than 7,000 people at the University of Kansas on Thursday, touting ambitious policy goals for the final two years of his presidency, such as universal child care and free community college....more»
City to hire new prosecutor
It will be a busy night for city commissioners this Monday. At 4 p.m. on Monday at the City Library, they are expected to formally hire a new City Prosecutor....more»
An educator in any language
SOLOMON — The Latvian teacher’s accent was detectable as she repeated to her students the word "hungry," which Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar used to describe Cassius....more»
Dickinson County Sheriff's Report
Incidents Nov 22 — Jessie Timm, Abilene, was the victim of theft of camper tire. Dec 13 — Debra Skidmore, Manhattan, was the victim of criminal damage to property in Chapman....more»
Debate on licensing mid-level dental providers resumes at Statehouse
Advocates for allowing dental hygienists with advanced training to perform a broader range of procedures in Kansas gathered Wednesday at the Statehouse....more»
Wedding — Shannon Myers and Gregory Jones
Shannon Myers, daughter of Rowena Myers and Steven and Tracey Myers, and Gregory Jones, son of Ron and Barbara Jones, got married Nov. 9, 2014 at Thompson Barn in Lenexa....more»
Biden says there's 'a chance' he'll run for White House in 2016
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is leaving the door open to a possible 2016 White House bid. Biden told ABC’s "Good Morning America" Wednesday that he sees the contest for the Democratic nomination for president as "wide open," even though former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — widely considered a front-runner — has yet to announce her candidacy....more»
Kansas Senate set to pass 'constitutional carry' of concealed guns, no permit required
The state Senate is poised to pass a bill that would allow any Kansan who can legally own a gun to carry it concealed in public. On Wednesday, senators introduced the so-called constitutional carry bill with 26 co-sponsors, five more than the number of votes needed to pass the bill through the chamber and send it to the House....more»
Learning a trade
Eighth-grader Brianna Riffel is comfortable in the kitchen. That’s the observation of Amanda Collins, owner of Amanda’s Bakery, 302 N. Broadway St., where Riffel served as a job-shadowing chef on Tuesday....more»
Senate committee hears from medical pot supporters
At an emotional hearing, teary-eyed parents of children suffering from a severe seizure disorders pleaded with lawmakers to seriously consider legalizing medical marijuana in Kansas....more»
GPT director resigns
After eight months as the head of Abilene’s venerable theater company, its young executive director resigned Wednesday. Maggie Hoffman, who took the reins of the Great Plains Theatre — a stage considered by many as one of the most revered and respected institutions of Dickinson County for setting professional plays and cultivating the fine arts amongst local youngsters — resigned, according to a press statement released by he theatre....more»
Wichita woman caught for prostitution business
A Wichita woman was sentenced to two years on federal probation for operating a prostitution business. Saundra J. Lacy, 60, Wichita, pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in interstate commerce in furtherance of prostitution....more»
60th Anniversary — Bud and Gertie Hinkle
Loren (Bud) and Gertie (Papenhaus) Hinkle will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Feb. 4, 2015. They were married in Herington Feb. 4, 1955. They have three children, Carmen Thrower, Julie & Ben Freeman and Tim & Kari Hinkle; four grandchildren; and four great grandchildren....more»
Health organizations applaud tobacco prevention in Brownback's new budget
TOPEKA — A broad coalition of Kansas’s leading health organizations applauds Governor Sam Brownback for including a $1.50-per-pack cigarette tax increase his 2015-2017 budget proposal....more»
New officers for Elsie Brooks
The Elsie Brooks Memorial Cancer Fund of Dickinson County has transitioned to new officers and new contacts for those wanting assistance. The quarterly meeting of the Elsie Brooks Memorial Cancer Fund of Dickinson County was held Monday, Jan....more»
To grave visitors, Tammy Faye's legacy was more than cosmetic
WICHITA — On the edge of Kansas’ windswept prairie, near a nondescript grave, sits the most recent token of affection. It’s a tube of lip gloss. Since her death on July 20, 2007, fans and friends of Tammy Faye Bakker Messner occasionally make pilgrimages to where the ashes of the Christian television celebrity were laid to rest....more»
Obama focuses on middle class during State of the Union
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama worked to frame his final years in office Tuesday as a time of national recovery from unpopular wars and deep recession, striving now to help a middle class left behind by an otherwise growing economy....more»
Sunflower Financial ends merger with Colorado bank
Sunflower Financial, Inc., which is headquartered in Salina, is ending its merger with Colorado-based First Western Financial, Inc. Mark Grant, senior vice president of Sunflower’s corporate marketing, said the change will not affect the Abilene location, which is an ATM at 2200 N....more»
County awards City grant for business program
The City of Abilene, Kansas has been awarded an $11,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Dickinson County for its Abilene Business Investment Program....more»
The upcoming elections
The filing deadline is creeping closer for candidates interested in serving on Dickinson County school boards, city commissions/councils or on the hospital boards in Abilene or Herington....more»
Easy riders of Abilene
A group of local cyclists pedal south on Broadway Street for a 20-mile ride to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather on Sunday afternoon. The day’s high was 59 degrees Fahrenheit....more»
Shopko taking over Alco store?
Shopko is probably coming to Abilene to take Alco’s spot. The 321-store company, based in the Green Bay, Wis., posted a job opening on sjobs.brassring....more»
Former tech director for city of Lenexa sentenced for wire fraud
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The former technology director for the City of Lenexa was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day in federal prison for wire fraud. The defendant also was ordered to pay more than $103,000 in restitution....more»
'Help make things better,' urges pastor at Wichita MLK Day celebration
WICHITA — Build a world that lives up to the expectations of your children. Relate to somebody who has already gone where you want to go. Stop using your smartphones to talk to dumb people about stupid things....more»
Navarre Boosters 4-H Club
The December meeting of the Navarre Boosters was called to order at 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 2014 at by Madisyn Riffel, President. The Flag Salute and 4-H Pledge was led by Tucker Seibert....more»
Optimist athletes
Tanner Hoekman, Abilene High School senior and member of the AHS Cowboys Basketball Team, was selected as the Athlete of the Week at the Breakfast Optimist Club....more»
Dan Morton's team shows up competition
Glen Hite (from left), George Taplin, George Herrman, Leroy Vonada, Art Schuette, Oris Thomas and Dan Morton (Galen Kubin not pictured) comprised the winning team for last week’s pool tournament at the Abilene Senior Center....more»
Reality star killed while filming video next to train
LOS ANGELES — He was strong and confident, a West Point grad, former Army Ranger and TV bodybuilder with rippling arms and washboard abs. But when Greg Plitt tripped while running along a Metrolink track in Burbank on Saturday, he could do nothing to avoid being struck and killed by an oncoming commuter train....more»
Remembering a King
Sequoyah Madison, 23, and her mother Kimberly Madison shield their eyes from the sun while watching participants in the 30th Annual Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles on Monday....more»
Analysis — Obama, Republicans clash ahead of State of the Union
WASHINGTON — A revitalized President Barack Obama and newly empowered Republican leaders are heading into Tuesday’s State of the Union address on a collision course....more»
House burns down in Talmage
TALMAGE — As late as 4 p.m. Monday afternoon, gray-white smoke could be seen rising from a pit near the corner of Buckeye and Virginia Streets in Talmage, where firefighters had spent two hours putting out most of a fire that morning....more»
An Abilene farmer in Topeka
A House representative from Abilene has taken a leap into leadership. This year, John Barker, Republican representative in the Kansas House, went from a sophomore House member sitting on the back row to the front row in third position....more»
Generosity for Hope
Members of Preceptor Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi chose to donate $100 to Hope Center and $100 to Kids in Crisis for their Valentine service project....more»
Willowdale 4-H
The Willowdale monthly meeting was held 7 p.m. at Sterl Hall Jan. 12. President Rogan Tokach called the meeting to order. Jerimiah Bathurst and Chase Lillard led the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-H pledge....more»
Engagement — Brie Morton and Bryan Campbell
Mike and April Morton of Abilene are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter, Brie Morton, to Bryan Campbell of Overland Park, son of Greg and Jeanne Campbell of Jacksonville, Flor....more»
Bank robbery in Topeka
TOPEKA — A Topeka man was indicted Wednesday on a federal bank robbery charge, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. Kirk Mychale Sexton, 26, who is currently in custody, was charged with one count of bank robbery....more»

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