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The Taylor County Livestock Show kicks off today as 4-H and FFA members begin showing their animals at the Taylor County Expo Center. Steer, lamb, goat, rabbit, heifer, swine and poultry are all included in the four-day event. 

 

Twelve-year-old Shae Nicholson has been involved in 4-H for three years. On a recent Wednesday afternoon she was standing on an overturned bathtub with a goat named “Fearless.”

 

“We are stretching them out and teaching them how to push,” Shae said as she wrestled a little with Fearless. 

 

The Black History Committee walked with people over the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Now that the ice has finally melted, the fourth annual YMCA Resolution Run is back on the schedule for Saturday at Redbud Park. Dawn Revoir, director of health and wellness, wants families to practice healthy habits by participating in the 1-mile Kids Fun that starts at 10:30 a.m. and the 5K, which begins at 11 a.m.  Registration is open at the Redbud YMCA; 3125 S. 32nd St. Registration fees are $25 for members of the Y or the Abilene Runner’s Club and $10 for the kids run. Non-members pay $30 with registration fees going up to $35 on Saturday, kids run staying $10.

Dancing with the Abilene Stars Chairwoman Shea Hall said 75 cents of every dollar raised from the event goes to the Hendrick Home for Children.

Anyone roaming downtown Abilene Thursday might end up surrounded by children dressed as characters from the film, “Frozen.” The popular Disney movie will be the theme for this month’s ArtWalk. Temperatures in Abilene have been a perfect fit lately but that is just a happy accident. Bird Thomas, Curator of Fun Learning Experiences at the Center for Contemporary Arts, said she planned this month’s theme way back in May.

Abilene Christian University Chief of Police Jimmy Ellison informed the campus through email to expect hearing sounds of gunfire or small explosions during a drill Wednesday inside the vacant Chambers Hall on campus. ACUPD and 17 Abilene Police Department SWAT members practiced reaction for events including active shooter response, hostage negotiation and collaboration with multiple agencies of police.

Early voting ends Jan. 9

Jan 6, 2015

Early voting is available through Friday for the Jan. 13 special election for Place 6 seat on the Abilene City Council. Steve Savage and Joy Ellinger are running for the open seat. Four locations are open for voters:

Abilene City Hall, 555 Walnut St. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Taylor County Plaza, 400 Oak St. 8 a.m. to 5 pm. Monday-Wednesday, Friday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday

Books-A-Million in the Mall of Abilene, 4310 Buffalo Gap Road 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday- Friday

Kmart, 4565 S. First St. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday

November Art Walk Celebrates Heroes

Nov 14, 2013

Here's to the heroes. That's the idea behind November's ArtWalk, a monthly celebration held in downtown Abilene. KACU's Breylin Becton explains what the Big Country can expect at tonight's festivities.

Do You Have A 'Heart For The Arts'?

Oct 11, 2013
Hearts For The Arts logo / Abilene Cultural Affairs Council

The fine arts has found an unexpected home in Abilene. A simple visit to downtown Abilene uncovers everything from art exhibits to musical productions. One Key City organization has made it a point to keep the fine arts a part of the town's environment.

Zombies Crawl Into Abilene

Oct 11, 2013
Bird Thomas / Facebook

On the second Thursday of each month, downtown Abilene is transformed into a celebration of the arts with Artwalk. Each event has its' own unique theme. October's theme brought zombies to the streets.

KACU's Meagan Freeman spoke with Bird Thomas with the Center For Contemporary Arts about what people could expect at the spooky celebration.

Pumpkin Patch Benefits Local Nonprofit

Oct 7, 2013

Fall is here. From pies to lattes, nothing says Fall quite like pumpkins. KACU's Breylin Becton visited one pumpkin patch that is celebrating the season while supporting a great cause.

Terry Bradshaw Talks Football, Faith and Family

Sep 27, 2013

Football icon, sports analyst and speaker, Terry Bradshaw paid a visit to the Key City for Global Samaritan Resources' annual benefit event. Hundreds arrived for the event to hear Bradshaw speak on "football, faith and family." KACU student reporters, Savanah Silva and Ashlyne Lanza spoke to attendants about why they chose to attend and support this Abilene non-profit.

More information on Global Samaritan Resources can be found at globalsamaritan.com.

The Daytripper Pays A Visit To The Key City

Sep 19, 2013
Meagan Freeman / Abilene Public Radio

We've all heard it before, everything is bigger in Texas. Every town in Texas has something great to offer and no one knows that more than Chet Garner, host of KERA's hit show, The Daytripper.

 

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