Abilene http://kmuw.org en Fire Destroys Theater Housed In Historic Abilene Church http://kmuw.org/post/fire-destroys-theater-housed-historic-abilene-church <p>Officials say a fire destroyed a theatre housed in a historic church in Abilene.</p><p>No injuries were reported after the fire Wednesday night at the Great Plains Theatre.</p><p>Dickinson County Emergency Management Director Chancy Smith said the theatre was a total loss. He says no one was inside the building at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.</p><p>The building housing the theater was built in 1881 and served as the First Presbyterian Church for years and was later converted to a live theatre.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:52:14 +0000 Associated Press 37967 at http://kmuw.org Abilene Among Smithsonian's 'Best Small Towns To Visit' http://kmuw.org/post/abilene-among-smithsonians-best-small-towns-visit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Abilene, </span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., has been recognized by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the 20 best small towns to visit. The article, titled “</span><a href="http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/The-20-Best-Small-Towns-to-Visit-in-2013-196855051.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">” appears in Smithsonian Magazine’s April issue.</span></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 15:47:32 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 15182 at http://kmuw.org Abilene Among Smithsonian's 'Best Small Towns To Visit'