Abilene

Amid the national conversation surrounding President Trump’s ban on refugees and immigrants, Abilene area residents are turning to a local non-profit to see how they can help refugees. For almost 20 years Global Samaritan Resources in Abilene has been sending aid to people in many of the countries included in the ban.

Photo Gallery: Women's March In Abilene

Jan 22, 2017

Abilene Will Have Sister March On Saturday

Jan 20, 2017

 

The Women’s March on Washington is a grassroots effort that grew to over 600 marches across six continents. Damion Moore will be marching Saturday at city hall in Abilene. He’s marching for issues that affect different groups of people, including disabled people, immigrants, LGBT, women’s rights, religious freedom and more. 

 

For college students practicing Islam it can be challenging to keep a class schedule and pray five times a day, which is required by the faith. McMurry University is making it easier for their Muslim students to worship by providing a prayer room on campus. 

Sultan Albogami and about 45 other Muslim students from Saudi Arabia are very grateful that McMurry granted their request for a prayer room. Now Albogami has a place for his daily prayers and the room helps him show others that Islam is a peaceful religion. 

 

If you’ve never heard of something called “change ringing,” you’re not alone. Change ringing is a musical performance that requires a team of people pulling ropes that ring giant bells in a precise order. It’s more popular in eastern states, but Texas has five churches with a bell tower built for change ringing – including one in Abilene. 

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, hundreds of Abilene citizens marched on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge. Young and old people of every race and gender marched and sang together to celebrate civil rights. Nelson Wilson, a Vietnam Veteran and longtime Abilene resident, participated in the first march in 1980. He said each year the march has continued to grow.   

 

Abilene Mayor Norm Archibald said the time has come for him to step aside and let someone else serve the city. Archibald announced his decision not to run again during a city council meeting today.

"I’ve been elected 5 times, I’m very honored, I’m very humbled to have served in this role," Archibald said. "I love Abilene very much." 

Abilene's Love And Care Ministry Expanding In 2017

Dec 8, 2016

 

Abilene’s Love and Care Ministries has worked for more than twenty years to help the Big Country area’s poor and homeless population. Love and Care served growing numbers of people last year and expects to see even more homeless people in need in 2017. 

 Mark Hewitt, founder of Love and Care Ministries, is asking Abilene residents to keep the poor and homeless in mind this holiday season because the success of Love and Care depends on Abilene’s continued support of ministries like his. 

Plastic Bags Bring Joy And Purpose

Dec 8, 2016

Plastic bags carry our groceries and our trash, but a church group in Abilene is using bags to carry a little bit of hope. They’re crocheting the bags into sleeping mats for homeless veterans. The mats will provide comfort. But one woman finds purpose in making the mats, even though crocheting is painful because she has a physical disability.

Coming up this Sunday, the Abilene Reporter-News will publish the second part to their series, "Too Many Cries," an investigative report on why Abilene’s region ranks highest in the state for child abuse and neglect. 

ACU Students Expelled For Blackface Video

Nov 15, 2016

 

(This story has been updated since it's initial publication date to include images and video from a student presentation by the Office of Multicultural Affairs)

According to Abilene Christian University President Phil Schubert, multiple girls involved in recording a racially offensive video and sending it over Snapchat have been removed from the university.

 

One Of Abilene's Oldest Veterans To Lead Parade

Nov 11, 2016

 

One of Abilene’s oldest U.S. Marine Veterans will be the grand marshal in the Veteran’s Day Parade on Saturday.

 

Ellen Webb, 95, joined the armed forces at the age of 23 during the deadliest war in all of history. She was part of the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve which was founded in 1943, just a year before her enlistment. She said she was proud to serve as a stenographer from 1944 to 1946.

 

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.

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