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Matthew Thompson / KACU

Early voting now underway for the May 4th City and School Board Elections.  In Abilene, the race for Place 6 on the city council is heavily contested with five candidates vying for the spot.  Charles Byrn, a customer service representative at SignTEX, was the fourth person to file to run for the seat left open by Steve Savage.  Byrn favors a limited role for government, and is tackling the political world for the first time.   

Heather Claborn / KACU

Early voting is underway for City Council and School Board elections.  This week we’ll continue our series of interviews with candidates for Abilene’s City Council.  We heard from Place 5 candidates last week. 

Today we begin bringing you conversations with candidates for Place 6.

Five Candidates are running for the open Plac 6 seat on Abilene’s City Council.  The seat is currently held by Steve Savage, who did not seek reelection.

Heather Claborn / KACU

Place 5 City Councilman Kyle McAlister is running for a third term on Abilene’s City Council.  In his second term, McAlister has weathered community criticism and calls for him to step down from his seat.  His critics, led by the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, provided local media with a collection of nearly a decade of Facebook posts that they say cross the line into racism.  The outcry lead to a number of organizations, including KACU, to sever ties with McAlister.  

Abilene City Council Place 5 Candidate Cory Clements

Apr 18, 2019
Amber Chavez / KACU

 

 

 

 

City Council elections are right around the corner, and early voting begins on April 22nd. Among two candidates challenging incumbent Kyle McAlister for Abilene’s Place Five City Council seat, is Abilene attorney Cory Clements.

Clements began his Abilene law firm in 2014, and has been a part of several city organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, the Red Coats, and Abilene Young Professionals. The fire and police unions have endorsed him for Place Five.

Abilene City Council Place 5 Candidate Cynthia Alvidrez

Apr 17, 2019
Heather Claborn / KACU

The election for Abilene City Council is almost upon us, with early voting beginning April 22nd.  The race for the position of Place 5 is heavily contested with five candidates running.  Cynthia Alvidrez, founder and Director of the Battering Intervention and Prevention Program of Abilene is the only woman and the only Hispanic candidate in the race for Abilene City Council Place 5.  This is her second time to run for local public office.  Alvidrez made an unsuccessful bid for a spot on the Abilene School Board last year.

Heather Claborn / KACU

The Hispanic Leadership Council held its second forum featuring candidates for Abilene City Council Thursday night.  Several of the questions centered on how the candidates would represent various minority communities around the city.  Four of the five candidates vying for the open Place Six seat attended the forum and answered questions about everything from the behavior of city council members to economic development, crime, and affordable housing.

Matthew Thompson / KACU

The Hispanic Leadership Council held a forum Thursday night for Abilene City Council Place 5 candidates.  Moderator Kevin Pantoja asked audience-submitted questions of the three candidates for Place 5, incumbent Kyle McAlister, and the two challengers Cynthia Alvidrez and Cory Clements.  Each candidate had two minutes to answer each question.

The audience wanted to know how the candidates planned to improve the economic well-being of Abilene, how to address the low income and homeless situation of Abilene, among other things...  

Big Country Snake Removal

In March, Big Country Snake Removal responded to a call in Albany.  It was a windy day, and the homeowner was having trouble with his cable.  He had started to get under his house to fix the problem, but he didn't get very far before deciding to call Nathan Hawkins.  He told Hawkins he’d seen a few snakes and wanted them removed.  Those few turned out to be 45.  The video Nathan Hawkins and Maxwell Hicks recorded, documenting the day’s work, went viral.  The video posted on Facebook has been viewed more than 2.5 million times.

Heather Claborn / KACU

Congress to Campus, a program from the Stennis Center for Public Service, has brought two former congressmen to Abilene.  The  program aims to educate young people on the legislative process, giving them a bit of a behind the scenes look at Congress.  Former Congressmen Jason Lewis and Nick Lampson talked yesterday with students at Abilene Christian University, and the pair will meet today with Abilene High School students.

Levi McKay / Northwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church

The United Methodist Church met in St. Louis, Missouri, for its General Conference.  It's a time when the denomination brings together delegates from churches around the world to discuss and vote on proposed changes to church policy.  This year’s meeting was highly anticipated because of the vote on issues affecting Methodists in the LGBTQ  community.  Reverand Amy Wilson Feltz, Associate Pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Abilene, attended as an alternate delegate, and describes her experience and her hopes for the church's response to the controversial vote.

Community Solutions

Abilene tackled veteran homelessness as part of a nationwide challenge to mayors.  Organizers announced that they had successfully reached the campaign’s goals.

Over a 100 day period, Abilene met criteria set by Community Solutions and the Built for Zero Campaign for Ending Veteran Homelessness, making it the ninth city in the U.S. to do so.

Heather Claborn / KACU

In his State of the City address, Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams highlighted progress and economic growth.  But Williams didn’t shy away from the difficulties he and the city council have faced in recent months.

Mayor Williams started by praising the city council, his department leaders, local religious and community leaders who he says are making big things happen in Abilene.  He pointed to economic development and opportunities for area residents, noting $14,000 of growth in the average household income over four years.

City of Abilene

The City of Abilene has unveiled a new app which will help residents stay in touch with city officials, streamlining the process for reporting issues.  The Abilene Convention and Visitor's Bureau is updating another app that keeps locals informed on what's happening around town.

Diocese of San Angleo

Catholic diocese around Texas are publishing lists of priests that investigations prove were credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.  Of the 445 priests and 147 permanent deacons who have served in the San Angelo Diocese since its inception in 1961, officials compiled a list of 13 clerics who had credible accusations against them.  The 13 include four priests of the Diocese of San Angelo, eight priests from other diocese who served in the region, and one permanent deacon. The list details the cleric's names, where they held assignments and their status.

Heather Claborn / KACU

 

  

Rural school districts are far away from the bustle of Texas cities and suburbs. But with those wide open spaces come fewer students – and limited access to services and supplies they need. And all that can add up.

Texas school districts make it work through extra planning, and by making tough choices.

Goldthwaite Independent School District educates 553 students. They come from the town – population 1,800 – and surrounding rural communities like Mullin, Priddy, and Star.

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