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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.

 

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