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Donate Your Car to KACU

Jun 23, 2015

The donation of your car to 89.5 KACU helps us to continue to provide the quality of programming that you expect and hear from Abilene Public Radio KACU.  It also helps us hire quality staff to keep that programming coming to you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Selling your car can be expensive and time consuming.  Getting a low blue book value for the car as a trade in can be hard to handle when the dealer turns around and sells it for twice the amount. BUT, by donating your car to KACU, you can rest assured that the money raised from the sale will go directly to 89.5 KACU.

The last sliver of sunlight was receding Wednesday evening when spotlights clicked on then aimed at an acre-sized prairie theater surrounded by a hillside of Mesquite trees.

“Go! Go! Go!” Betsy Parsons said into her microphone. Following her cue, dozens of cowboys raced on horses across the prairie rehearsing the opening scene of the Fort Griffin Fandangle.

The word “Juneteenth” is a blend of “June” and “Nineteen. On June 19, 1865, two and one half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, a union general traveled to Galveston and announced the end of slavery.

Iziar Lankford, Pastor at Southwest Drive United Methodist Church, is one of nine people on the Juneteenth Celebration Committee in Abilene. 

“When you think and look back that my people, slaves, were free just a 150 years ago,” Lankford said in reflection.  “I am only the 4th generation from slavery.”

New technology is changing the way we play old games. President of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, Trish Trifilo, dreamed up the idea to use an international scavenger hunt app during the 2015 Children’s Art and Literacy Festival in Abilene.

Trifilo had a free app open on her smart phone Tuesday as she navigated through a new game created for people in Abilene.

“This is called a goose chase app,” Trifilo said. “It’s an app that was created about four years ago by a group in Canada and the U.S. and it’s an international app. It’s a scavenger hunt game.”

  

In between the costume contest and parade that kick-off the 2015 Children’s Art & Literacy Festival Thursday, State Rep. Susan King will announce that Abilene has been designated the “Storybook Capital of Texas.”

Executive Director of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, Lynn Barnett, said three big pieces came together that allowed the first legislative designation for Abilene.

Larry Zelisko is a columnist and the content editor at the Abilene Reporter-News. His column, "Larry The Answer Guy," responds to reader-submitted questions on a wide range of topics.

In today's column a reader asked, What is a baccalaureate service?

Several years ago when the Dyess Air Force Base Chief’s Group held their first Memorial Day service, forty people showed up. Last year more than eleven hundred people traveled from across the state to take part in the event at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

This year there will be a fly-over by the Commemorative Air Force and a community band performance. One part of the service is devoted to honoring Gold Star mothers and fathers.

Larry Zelisko is a columnist and the content editor at the Abilene Reporter-News. His column, "Larry The Answer Guy," responds to reader-submitted questions on a wide range of topics.

Today a reader asked, "I always hear people pronounce "drought" as "drouth." Are there two separate words that mean the same thing?"

"Some of the regional dictionaries say it is a term that is heard mainly in the south and mainly among older people," Zelisko said.

Melissa Mason’s mascara was running. Beads of sweat rolled across her forehead as she scraped coarse hair off the back of a dead pig.

“I grew up on the 35th floor of a building in New York City,"Mason said. "We did not have things like this."

“Not in New York City?” said Justin Gibson, Mason's boyfriend. The two worked side by side Wednesday at Slowpoke Farm in Cross Plains.

A petite young woman watches as her peers shuffle into their seats for microbiology class on Tuesday at Abilene Christian University. Then she stands up to make an announcement.

Meera Gurung begins to explain that she grew up in a Nepalese refugee camp before her family moved to Texas in 2008.

“To see my dear country and so many people in deep sorrow and terror, my heart cries,” Gurung says.

Open Carry Legislation Passes in Texas House

Apr 24, 2015

The Texas Senate is currently trying to pass Senate Bill 11, legislation that would allow anyone with a concealed handgun license to enter a college campus with his or her weapon.

The House passed the matching bill, house Bill 11, in mid-March. This would change carry laws for college campuses across the state. Joe Cardot, Senate chair at Abilene Christian University, explains the different meanings of this bill for public and private universities.

Larry Zelisko is a columnist and the content editor at the Abilene Reporter-News. His column, "Larry The Answer Guy," responds to reader-submitted questions on a wide range of topics.

In today’s column, he answers this question from an Abilene reader, “What is a Blue Lacy? Why is it blue?”

The Blue Lacy is the official state dog breed of Texas.

 

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church members are looking to restock their shelves for baby needs.

The Baby Room ministry is organizing a community baby shower tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Abilene Woman’s Club on 3425 S.14th St.

St. Mark’s Deacon Peggy Valentine said they are accepting any donations for baby care, clothing and food.

 

Larry Zelisko is a columnist and the content editor at the Abilene Reporter-News. His column, "Larry The Answer Guy," responds to reader-submitted questions on a wide range of topics.

When you think of rattlesnakes, the last things that come to mind are education and safety. But the folks in one small Texas town host an annual event all about teaching people about how to stay safe in a place where rattlesnakes are so prevalent.

The Sweetwater Jaycees is the group responsible for hosting the event. Members of the group have decades of experience working with the most common rattlesnake in the area- the Western Diamondback.

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