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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. 

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