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ACU Students Shift Census Work Online

Apr 1, 2020
Shared by Professor Malcolm Scott

As the Census 2020 deadlines approach during a national season of isolation, social work students are shifting gears to help reach traditionally undercounted populations.  

Past census counts in Abilene have shorted groups like African-Americans, Latinx, homeless, undocumented and children under the age of five.

KACU will preempt the first hour of All Things Considered this afternoon to bring you Coronavirus: Hope Not Hype, an Abilene Virtual Town Hall meeting.  Beginning at 3:00 p.m. KACU will broadcast the event live on 89.5 FM, and live stream it on our mobile app and website.  

The U.S. stock market has lost 10,000 points in the last six weeks.   Analysts suggest more than 3,000,000 Americans filed for unemployment last week.  Concerns about the coronavirus, and the measures aimed at slowing its spread, are hitting small businesses hard.

Heather Claborn / KACU

U.S. Senator John Cornyn is on the second day of a get out the vote tour of Texas.  He started his day in Abilene, before heading to Wichita Falls, Tyler, Waco and ending his day in Austin.

Texans head to the polls tomorrow, taking their part in Super Tuesday.  In a primary election officials expect to see just a fraction of the 79,717 residents who are registered to vote in Taylor County.  But early voting turnout this year was relatively strong.  The stakes are high for the candidates racing for the Democratic nomination.   The nation will be watching Texas, which has 228 delegates to divvy up among the candidates.

Courtesy of Pruett Gerontology Center

The Senior Health Fair and Town Hall Meeting will be different from previous year’s events.  Organizers have moved it from the campus of ACU to the Abilene Convention center, and expanded it from a morning event to a full-day affair.  Workshops will focus on issues from financial and living concerns to topics of physical and mental health.  The event is free, except for the town hall luncheon.  Tickets to the luncheon are $4.00 for seniors and $10.00 for everyone else.

Conductor's Notes

Feb 14, 2020

Here is a sneak peek of the Abilene Philharmonic's fifth concert of 2020, Pops II, Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert.

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

On Saturday, January 25th, Abilene’s Hispanic Leadership Council will host its 24th annual College and Career Seminar.  The event offers high school students and their parents sessions aimed at helping them to prepare for the next steps following graduation.

The free, half-day event includes lunch and opportunities for students to take home one of two laptops, gift cards and college swag, which will be raffled off at the end of the seminar.

Conductor's Notes

Jan 17, 2020

Here is a sneak peek of the Abilene Philharmonic's fouth concert and first of 2020, The Emperor Concerto, featuring Abilene's own Halle Puckett. Halle will perform Beethovan Concerto No. 5, Emperor. 

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

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.