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John AndersonApril 25, 2022

ABILENE AND SMOKY VALLEY RAILROAD ANNOUNCES 2022 SEASON DINNER TRAIN SCHEDULE            The Abilene and Smoky Valley has announced its schedule of dinner trains for the railroad's 28th season of operation, which begins on Saturday, May 7, and runs through the last weekend in October.  At least seven different dinner trains are being planned, featuring food from area resta...


John AndersonApril 21, 2022

Dickinson County EMS has a new tool in its arsenal which can significantly increase the odds of survival for an individual experiencing a cardiac arrest. LUCAS (Lund University Cardiopulmonary Assist System) is a mechanical chest compression device that delivers high quality, consistent chest compressions to patients having a cardiac arrest. Staff with Dickinson County EMS conducted a simulation d...

Grant not approved

John AndersonApril 20, 2022

Dickinson County officials learned on Wednesday, April 13 that a joint grant application to improve the northwest corridor of Abilene was not funded. In February, county and City of Abilene leaders applied for a BASE (Building A Stronger Economy) grant, seeking funds to improve the Northwest 14th corridor on the edge of Abilene. Some of the area is located in the city of Abilene, while other porti...

Unemployment Rate

John AndersonApril 19, 2022

Preliminary estimates reported by the Labor Market Information Services division of the Kansas Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics show a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 2.5% in March. This was unchanged from 2.5% in February and a decrease from 3.5% in March 2021.Dickinson County is reporting an unemployment rate of 3.1 percent, Saline 2.7, Geary 3.8 Clay 2.8 and Riley...

Dickinson County Van Stop

John AndersonApril 14, 2022

Empyreal’s armored vehicle, which was carrying $165,000 in cash from marijuana dispensaries in Missouri, was stopped May 18, 2021, at this exit on I-70 as it headed for Colorado. The company settled a federal suit but litigation relating to Kansas remains ongoing.   The U.S. Department of Justice agreed Wednesday to return all cash seized from an armored car company used by legal marijua...


John AndersonApril 12, 2022

After years working in the criminal justice system, Neal Gugler will bring a lifetime of experience to his new job as Dickinson County’s magistrate judge. Gugler, a rural Chapman resident, was appointed Dickinson County Magistrate Judge March 4 by the 8th Judicial District Nominating Commission following a public interview process. Eight candidates had applied for the position. “I was s...


John AndersonApril 11, 2022

On April 10, 2022 at approximately 9:00 PM, the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office responded to 100 Dakota Drive (Dollar General) in Solomon, Kansas for a report of a victim who had sustained a gunshot wound.  The investigation revealed that Samantha E. Baum (27) of Topeka, Kansas sustained a single gunshot wound while driving westbound on Interstate 70 near Solomon.  Baum was transported by Di...


John AndersonApril 9, 2022

The first of a two-phase track construction project is slated to begin this week on the Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad, as work crews will begin the process of laying new ties between Abilene and Enterprise. Workers from Mussleman and Hall, a railroad construction contractor from Wichita, will begin the task of tearing out old ties and replacing them with new ones, a job that is expected to tak...

Ike’s boyhood home closed

John AndersonApril 7, 2022

As foundation repairs are made on the house built in 1887, Ike’s boyhood home has been closed to the public. The Eisenhower Presidential Library says a project is underway as of Thursday, April 7, to complete structural preservation on the boyhood home of President Dwight. D. Eisenhower in Abilene. The Library and museum was built in 1887 and like other aging homes, needs attention. The home is ...

People to People Bankruptcy

John AndersonApril 6, 2022

People to People International filed for bankruptcy in the Western District of Missouri two weeks ago. The nonprofit has not made an official announcement yet as of April 5. The organization, founded by former president Dwight Eisenhower in 1956, is unable to continue because of financial issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The bankruptcy follows concern fro...




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