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Monk Brings Ancient Religious Texts To Abilene

Nov 4, 2016

Abilene Christian University celebrated the inauguration of the Center for the Study of Ancient Religions Texts, or CSART on Thursday. The center strives to inspire students and help them conduct research alongside established scholars. On Thursday, manuscripts that were written as long as 1700 years ago were featured.

They were on display in a quiet, temperature-controlled room guarded by a police officer in the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies building.

They say the days of fishnets and tutus are pretty much in the past for Roller Derby. Since its early 2000's revival in Austin, Texas, Roller Derby has moved away from scripted action and staged conflicts similar to those seen in professional wrestling. Abilene’s resident Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby team, the Sugarbombs, is no exception.     


The Abilene Public Library’s South Branch is scheduled to reopen on Nov. 19. Previously on South Fourteenth Street and Danville Drive, the South Branch has been closed since the end of September while library staff transitions to the new location inside the Mall of Abilene.

The Taylor County Expo Center office is busy these days with people stopping by to grab “Grow Expo” yard signs that promote the $55-million-dollar bond election that, if passes, will pay for renovations to the Expo Center.

Global Samaritan Resources had a charity dinner Tuesday evening at Abilene Christian University, featuring Jim Kelly and his wife Jill Kelly as guest speakers. Jim, an NFL Hall of Famer with four super bowl appearances, and Jill, a New York Times best-selling author, talked to a crowd of approximately 800 people about their challenging life in the dinner titled, Stories of Courage and Faith. Their story centered on Jim’s two bouts with cancer, and the couple’s loss of their only son, Hunter, at 8 years old to a rare disease.

DRI Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser Open For Business

Oct 3, 2016

Three generations in Bob Cowin's family went on a hayride at the opening of the Disability Resources Incorporated Pumpkin Patch Saturday. Each year the family comes to the patch to pick about a dozen pumpkins.

“It's the time of year, it's pumpkins, its for a good cause," Cowin said.  

Historical Marker Unveiled At Dyess Elementary

Sep 28, 2016



This morning Dyess Elementary School students unveiled a Historical Marker on campus that commemorates the date the school was integrated. Students, Administrators, Military Personnel, and members of the Dyess Air Force Base African American Heritage Committee were on site to witness the event. Betty Jones was one of the 38 African American students to attend the school after its integration in 1963.

Stamford Native Shares Publishing Insights

Sep 27, 2016

Books may not be the first thing you think of when you hear the word ‘festival’, but at the 16th Annual West Texas Book Festival, they’re the main focus. Authors, publishers and readers have gathered in Abilene this week to highlight the importance of reading and literacy in the community.

International News & Music

Starting this week, we're increasing the presence of international news and music in our schedule. You'll hear more from BBC news anchors throughout the day, and BBC correspondents on a new program, "The World," at 2 p.m. weekdays. "The World" focuses on international stories that remind us how connected we all are. Listen for the Geo Quiz and music interviews that test your knowledge and explore new sounds.  

A line of people stretched out the door of Hastings Monday morning as people waited to meet Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.  He's on a state-wide tour to promote his book, “Broken But Unbowed: The Fight To Fix A Broken America.”

Donna Draper was one of the first people in line to meet Gov. Abbott and have her book signed.

“I think he’s a very good man, he’s a very conservative, moral, Christian man and I just wanted the opportunity to shake his hand and affirm that I appreciate him,” Draper said. 

If you’re a cyclist or know someone who rides throughout Abilene then you’re probably familiar with the risks that come with sharing the roads. Some area residents are taking part in the worldwide Ride of Silence bike rally Wednesday to raise awareness for safety and honor cyclists killed in accidents.

The first Ride of Silence was held in 2003 in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was killed by a passing bus on an empty road. Since then it’s been in over 350 locations, 49 US states, 20 countries and seven continents.

The Taylor County Health District and the city of Abilene are working together to launch a Zika prevention campaign this summer. Their goal is to educate residents about how to minimize risk of contracting the virus.  

According to the Texas Department of Health, Texas has had 33 confirmed cases of Zika this year. Most of those have been related to people becoming infected while traveling abroad but that is expected to change soon. The mosquito that will transmit Zika is already in Taylor County and that means the virus be transmitted any day.

Food Truck Trend Parks In Abilene

May 12, 2016

Adam Singleton was standing in line for more than food. He was hoping for a taste of the culture where he had once studied abroad.

“Food trucks bring a lot of variety that previously you hadn’t really seen in Abilene,” Singleton said.

In line for the London Express food truck, Singleton had not tasted true London cuisine even when he studied abroad. On Saturday, April 23, he finally got to taste authentic fish and chips at the new Abilene Food Park where the London Express joined several other food trucks

On a recent Friday morning in Abilene, Phil McCauley and Lou David Allen were sitting in McCauley’s home in a room that could be a guest bedroom, instead its filled with hundreds of thousands of stamps. Old, new, faded or shiny, valuable and worthless alike.

The hobby is known as Philatelics.

“But we just usually say stamp collecting,” Allen said.

Allen lives in Merkel,Texas and he visits McCauley about once a week to talk stamps. The friends met five years ago after McCauley put an ad in the newspaper offering to trade or sell duplicate stamps.

Fallen Officers Honored Through Police Unity Tour

May 9, 2016

Abilene Law Enforcement Officer Joshua Ward is serving Abileneans from the east coast this week, sporting a blue jersey, he’s one of 2500 officers cycling 300 miles for the Police Unity Tour.

“Its just a sea of blue for miles,” Ward said. “They shut down six lane highways for us.”

Each year around mid-May, National Police Week is observed nationwide.  Many National Police Week events will take place this week including the tour which begins Monday in New Jersey and ends Thursday in Washington DC.