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Millennial Men Do Quilt

May 31, 2017

It’s easy to assume that all the quilters in West Texas are women old enough to collect social security. However, the treasurer of the Abilene Quilters Guild is a millennial who has entered several quilts in the upcoming 23rd Annual Stars Over Abilene Regional Quilt Show. 

“A lot of people tell me, ‘Oh! You’re a quilter!’,” laughed Jud Beall.

In many ways Jordan Click is like any typical 27-year-old; she likes shopping, enjoys sports and dreams of owning a boutique. However, her limitations are anything but normal. It’s been seven years since the Abilene native was paralyzed from the shoulders down. Now she’s seeking specialized treatment to regain some ability. It’s not always easy to ask for help, but that’s exactly what Click’s family is doing.  

If you stop by Abilene’s Convention Center you’ll find busy city maintenance workers, landscape artists planting flowers and volunteers painting rebar. People are working overtime to get the Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden finished in time for the Children’s Art and Literacy Festival.

Few people feel the weight of that deadline more than Pam Tippen. She’s an Abilene Cultural Affairs Council board member and she’s overseeing the garden.

The Abilene Zoo is investigating how one of the Zoo’s jaguars escaped its exhibit on Monday. The incident happened early in the morning before the Zoo was open to the public. Staff found two-year-old Estrella perched above the neighboring exhibit where she had attacked a spider monkey. She was sedated and put into her off-exhibit quarters. The spider monkey had to be euthanized.

"There have been jaguars in that facility since 1995," said Zoo Director Bill Gersonde. "So, that’s probably the frustrating thing for us is, how did this happen?"

West Texas Veterans and their loved ones are sharing their stories with historians for the project, “War Stories: West Texans Experience War.” Historians from Angelo State University are working to preserve these stories by recording interviews, digitizing photographs, documents, letters, diaries and other artifacts.

Abilene's Child Advocacy Center is asking the community to put a lock or ribbon on a gate in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month in April. 

Early voting numbers are up after 1,024 people voted in person on Tuesday and 850 people voted early on Monday. 

Here are the locations and times for early voting:

Abilene City Hall, 555 Walnut St., April 24-28 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., May 1-2 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Taylor County Plaza, 400 Oak St. Suite 101, April 24-28 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., May 1-2 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Mall of Abilene, 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd., April 24-28 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., May 1-2 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

An introduction 

"I’m a family man and Christian who has worked and provided donuts for the children’s department at First Baptist Church for 29 years," Robert Briley said. "I’ve served as a deacon and have served the Lord’s Supper to nursing homes and retirement centers. I’ve coached Little League baseball and basketball. I love Abilene and I’ve served on the city council for six years and have been involved with over 100 non-profits serving those in need."

 

This legislative session, some Texas lawmakers are pushing bills that would increase per-student funding for public charter schools. Each year, these charters schools currently receive $1400 dollars less per student than traditional public schools. Backers of the proposed changes want give charters more money, specifically for maintaining and updating school facilities. 

Local Representatives React To School Choice Bill

Feb 24, 2017

Local representatives Senator Dawn Buckingham and State Representative Stan Lambert are stepping into the debate over school choice programs. Senate Bill 3 would allow low-income parents to use tax dollars to send their children to private or religious schools. The second half of the bill allows businesses to receive tax credits for contributing to scholarships. Both Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have supported the bill. But critics of the bill say the school choice program takes away money from public schools. 

Lambert Working On Hotel Project, CPS Funding

Feb 22, 2017

 

The Texas District 71 Representative is working on legislation to help the Big Country, including a bill to help fund a convention hotel in downtown Abilene. Stan Lambert, an Abilene native and former Abilene ISD board member, said the biggest issues in the Texas House revolve around money, so he's using his financial skills as a former banker to represent Taylor, Jones and Nolan counties.

Amid the national conversation surrounding President Trump’s ban on refugees and immigrants, Abilene area residents are turning to a local non-profit to see how they can help refugees. For almost 20 years Global Samaritan Resources in Abilene has been sending aid to people in many of the countries included in the ban.

Photo Gallery: Women's March In Abilene

Jan 22, 2017

Abilene Will Have Sister March On Saturday

Jan 20, 2017

 

The Women’s March on Washington is a grassroots effort that grew to over 600 marches across six continents. Damion Moore will be marching Saturday at city hall in Abilene. He’s marching for issues that affect different groups of people, including disabled people, immigrants, LGBT, women’s rights, religious freedom and more. 

 

For college students practicing Islam it can be challenging to keep a class schedule and pray five times a day, which is required by the faith. McMurry University is making it easier for their Muslim students to worship by providing a prayer room on campus. 

Sultan Albogami and about 45 other Muslim students from Saudi Arabia are very grateful that McMurry granted their request for a prayer room. Now Albogami has a place for his daily prayers and the room helps him show others that Islam is a peaceful religion. 

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