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After a six-month-long search, Abilene ISD found the person they want to lead as Superintendent.  The Abilene ISD Board of Trustees announced during a special meeting Tuesday evening that David Young is the lone finalist for the job.

People rejoiced after the Abilene City Council voted unanimously Thursday to move the south branch of the Abilene Public Library to the Mall of Abilene.

Size constraints and plumbing problems have been an issue at the current location, 1401 South Danville. City Librarian Lori Grumet said the new space will be four times the size of the current building. 

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 asks; "What was the name of the steak house that was in the building where Bonzai Japanese Steak House is now?"

Every summer kids escape their parents for a chance to make new friends through adventures at camp. Camp Corral is like any other summer camp except that all of the participants are children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members.

Twenty-three camps across the nation host the free, week long camp each year.  Mark Carroll directs Camp Corral at the Texas 4-H Center in Brownwood.

What do you get when you combine a love for horseback riding with a passion for music?

“A drill team is a precision riding group on horses. It’s something of a choreographed ballet,” Peg Smith said. “It’s a mental game. That horse and rider has to be one and the team has to be one.”

For same-sex couples seeking a marriage license in Taylor County the question evolved from “if” to “when” and then to “how?”

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that same-sex marriage is legal, several couples went to the County Clerk’s office for a marriage license only to be turned away pending an approval from the state attorney General’s office.

Taylor County Clerk Larry G. Bevill was not sure how to proceed without updated gender-neutral documents or with approval from the state of Texas.

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.

The northeast corner of Abilene Christian University's property will soon become a shopping and residential center known as The Village at Allen Ridge.

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, Was Robert Vaughn was in "I Spy" or "The Man From U.N.C.L.E?"

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