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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 ringing 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." 

 

All Independent school districts in Texas used to be elected at-large, or city-wide. But many districts have switched to a single-member system, saying it creates more diversity among representatives. Abilene ISD has remained at-large despite pressure to change. With an open seat on the board of trustees, the issue has resurfaced. 

At an Abilene ISD public board meeting in June there were a handful of recognitions for successes in athletics, band competitions and leadership experiences. Then it was time for community members to speak. 

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.

Global Samaritan Resources had a charity dinner Tuesday evening at Abilene Christian University, featuring Jim Kelly and his wife Jill Kelly as guest speakers. Jim, an NFL Hall of Famer with four super bowl appearances, and Jill, a New York Times best-selling author, talked to a crowd of approximately 800 people about their challenging life in the dinner titled, Stories of Courage and Faith. Their story centered on Jim’s two bouts with cancer, and the couple’s loss of their only son, Hunter, at 8 years old to a rare disease.

DRI Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser Open For Business

Oct 3, 2016

Three generations in Bob Cowin's family went on a hayride at the opening of the Disability Resources Incorporated Pumpkin Patch Saturday. Each year the family comes to the patch to pick about a dozen pumpkins.

“It's the time of year, it's pumpkins, its for a good cause," Cowin said.  

Historical Marker Unveiled At Dyess Elementary

Sep 28, 2016

 

 

This morning Dyess Elementary School students unveiled a Historical Marker on campus that commemorates the date the school was integrated. Students, Administrators, Military Personnel, and members of the Dyess Air Force Base African American Heritage Committee were on site to witness the event. Betty Jones was one of the 38 African American students to attend the school after its integration in 1963.

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