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Bluebonnet Nearly Ready To Accept ICE Detainees

Dec 4, 2019
Hannah Stedman / KACU

After sitting empty for 10 years, the Bluebonnet Prison in Anson will soon begin receiving individuals detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

The facility, originally planned to only hold men, will now hold men and women. But officials say no families or children will be housed in Anson, because there are separate living spaces for each gender. Most of the 25 living spaces will be for men, but a section has been set aside to house 72 women. 

Conductor's Notes

Dec 2, 2019

Here is a sneak peek of the Abilene Philharmonic's third concert, A Hometown Christmas, featuring Bruce Ewing. Bruce will be backed by a choir made up of many Abilene church choirs. This concert also has a shortened matinee performance.

More information on this concert and the entire Abilene Philharmonic season can be found at thier website.

HSU Medical Mission Group Returns To Peru

Nov 22, 2019
Courtesy of Bonnie Powell / Hardin-Simmons University

Last Spring, 20 students and faculty members of The Physicians Assistant Program at Hardin-Simmons University traveled to the Dominican Republic for a medical mission trip. It was the second time the group had taken their training to serve people who lack access to adequate healthcare. In 2018, the group treated more than 700 people during their five days in Choco, Peru. This coming spring they will return to Peru. They partner with Family Hope Centers focusing on meeting to medical and physical needs of the community.  

Be A Santa Brightens The Holidays For Local Seniors

Nov 21, 2019
Home Instead Senior Care

The Be a Santa program gives communities the chance to brighten the holidays for a specific segment of society that is sometimes overlooked. Since it began in 2003, Be a Santa has served more than 700-thousand Seniors across the country.  Some seniors live on their own, or are far from family, and they find the holidays to be a lonely time.  Home Instead Senior Care in Abilene is organizing local participation. 

Be a Santa to a Senior trees can be found at the following locations:

The U.S. accepted no refugees in the month of October.  On November 1st, the White House announced that President Trump has set a cap of 18,000 refugees for the next fiscal year.  Over the past 20 years U.S. Presidents have maintained refugee ceilings in the range of 70,000 to 90,000 refugees per year.

This year Texas was the top refugee receiving state, with 1,389 individuals resettled here.

This week the National Center for Illustrated Literature will open its first exhibit highlighting the work of a Spanish-language author.  Organizers hope it is the first of many events to come that will reach out to Abilene's Spanish-speaking community, and that English speakers will also come to learn about the author and her writing, as much of it is bilingual.

Pantsuit Politics Podcast

A poll released just before Thanksgiving last year showed that just 15% of Americans looked forward to talking about politics around the table with their loved ones, while about 40% said they hoped to avoid the topics.  It’s become hard for many people to engage in political conversations with people they disagree with as more and more people are narrowing their sources of information, looking for news that they already agree with.  

Conductor's Notes

Oct 22, 2019

A sneak peek at the Abilene Philharmonic's second performance of the season featuring symphonic photochoreography and narration by Mayor Anthoy Williams. The concert will begin at 7:30PM on October 26th at the Abilene Convention Center. 

More information on the concert and the Abilene Philharmonic's entire season can be found on their website.

Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15th.  Seniors will have until December 7th to enroll, disenroll, or make changes to their Part D prescription drug plans.  As baby boomers continue to age, the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates more than 64-million Americans will be enrolled in Medicare next year.

Noah Project

More than one in three women and more than one in four men in the U.S. report having experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.  Domestic violence is rarely reported to police and only a third  of people who are injured during a domestic violence incident will ever receive medical care for their injuries

Heather Claborn / KACU

W. F. Strong brings his unique brand of storytelling to public radio airwaves on a regular basis.  Listeners may not know Strong spent several years in Abilene, and got his start in radio here.  He's back this weekend to be part of the Abilene Public Library’s West Texas Book Festival.

Government Accountability Office

About a quarter of students experience a lack of access to nutritious food when they go to campuses of four year colleges and universities.  

Conductor's Notes

Sep 20, 2019
In-Focus Digital

Here's a sneak peek at the first concert for the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra.  The season kicks off with The Heavenly Life, featuring soloist Lynnette Chambers.  The audience will also hear world renowned cellist Amit Peled perform Dvorak's Cello Concerto.  Greg Straughn, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Abilene Christian University, speaks with Maestro David Itkin about the first concert of the season on September 28th. 

Big Brothers & Sisters of Abilene

Being a Big Brother or Sister can be a lot of fun.  Coming up on September 28th, the youth organization is giving locals a chance to get a view of Abilene from the top of the tallest building in the city.  It's the fourth and final year for the Over the Edge rappelling event aimed at raising funds for their Big Brothers/Big Sisters in the Big Country.  They're hoping to raise money to help provide mentors to the 150 children on their waiting list.  Find out more about the event and volunteering on their website.

Shared with permission of the Center For Contemporary Arts

Last weekend, the Center for Contemporary Arts announced the winners of the 2019 National Juried Art Competition. All the pieces, chosen by artist Gary Bukovnik, are currently displayed in the galleries until November 2nd.

The show is free to the public. You can find times of operation and other information on the Center for Contemporary Arts website.