Wolfabilene Updates

Things to do in and around Abilene

 

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11

 

Lunch for veterans

 

A free lunch will be served to veterans from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Texas Roadhouse, 1381 S. Danville Road. Proof of service is required.

 

 

'Loves God, Likes Girls'

 

The local premiere screening of the film "Loves God, Likes Girls" will begin at 7 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St. Tickets are $7. For tickets or information, go to paramountabilene.com.

 

 

Dance

 

OLD GLORY — A country music dance will be 7-10 p.m. at the Old Glory Community Center. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call 940-989-2816.

 

 

Percussion concert

 

The Abilene Christian University Percussion Ensemble and Steelband will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium on campus. Admission is free.

 

 

Others ...

 

  • Overeaters Anonymous, noon, Abilene Public Library South Branch, Mall of Abilene.
  • Schizophrenia Support Group, 1-2 p.m., Mental Health Association of Abilene, 333 Orange St. 325-673-2300.
  • Parkinson's Exercise Class, 3:15 p.m., Hendrick Health Club, 2110 Pine St.
  • Anorexics Bulimics Anonymous, 6 p.m., Shades of Hope, 402A Mulberry St., Buffalo Gap. 800-588-4673.
  • Hendrick Ostomy support group, 6:30 p.m., Diabetes Center, 1742 Hickory St.
  • Abilene Quilters Guild, 6:30 p.m., Highland Church of Christ, Room No. 112. Meet-and-greet at 6:45 p.m. 325-676-1478.
  • Central Texas Gem & Mineral Society of Abilene, 7 p.m., 7607 Highway 277 South. 325-692-0063.
  • Abilene Toastmaster’s Club 1071, 7 p.m., Conference Center, Texas State Technical College, 650 E. Highway 80. 325-692-7325 or abilene.toastmastersclubs.org.
  • Al-Anon, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1501 N. Broadway, Ballinger. 817-689-2810 or 325-977-1007.
  • Mid-City Al-Anon, 7 p.m., First Christian Church. 325-670-4304.
  • Memory Men (4-part a cappella singing), 7 p.m., First Baptist Church University Place, 302 Hickory St. 325-676-SING or www.memorymen.org.
  • Abilene Community Band rehearsal, 7:30 p.m., Bynum Band Hall, McMurry University. 325-232-7383.
  • South Pioneer Al-Anon Group, 8 p.m., 3157 Russell Ave.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous, 8 p.m., Avoca United Methodist Church. 325-773-2611.
  • Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Group. 325-676-1400.

 

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12

 

Interfaith discussion

 

Professors Dan Stiver and Tom Copeland will present "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion" at noon in Gerhart Hall at Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, 602 Meander St. A potluck lunch will be served. Admission is free.

 

 

Business workshop

 

Texas Tech Small Business Development Center Abilene will conduct a workshop, “Buy and Sell a Small Business,” from 6-8 p.m. in the Texas Tech Training Center, 749 Gateway St., Suite 301. Space is limited. To make a reservation, call 325-670-0300.

 

 

Others ...

 

  • Mission on the Move Soup Kitchen, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bethel United Methodist Church, 1102 N. Willis St.
  • Dining For Women — Abilene Chapter, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., First Christian Church, 1420 N. Third St. 325-677-2186.
  • Duplicate Bridge, 11:45 a.m., Mabel Lilius Bridge Center, 3001 S. Ninth St. 325-672-7990.
  • Abilene Southwest Rotary Club, noon, Beehive Restaurant, 442 Cedar St.
  • High Noon Al-Anon, noon, Southern Hills Church of Christ, 3666 Buffalo Gap Road (south end; follow the yellow signs).
  • Stroke/Aphasia Recovery Program support group, 1:30-2:30 p.m. West Texas Rehabilitation Center boardroom, 4601 Hartford St. 325-793-3535.
  • Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), 3:30 p.m., Brook Hollow Christian Church, 2310 S. Willis St. 325-232-7444.
  • Dystonia Support Group, 5:15-6:15 p.m., Not Without Us, 3301 N. First St. Suite 117.
  • Legacies Al-Anon Family Group, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Open Door Building, 3157 Russell Ave. 325-280-7584.
  • MHAA Support Group, 6-8 p.m., St. Paul United Methodist Church, 525 Beech St. 325-673-2300. Park on Beech Street side.
  • Free certified nurturing parent class (pregnancy to toddler), 6-8 p.m., Mission Church, North Third and Mockingbird streets. 325-672-9398.
  • Methodist Children’s Home Foster Parent Orientation, 6-8 p.m., 500 Chestnut, Suite 1621. 325-672-9398.
  • Abilene Star Chorus, 6:15 p.m., Wisteria Place Assisted Living Chapel, 3202 S. Willis St.
  • Overeaters Anonymous, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Exodus Metropolitan Community Church, 1933 S. 27th St.
  • Abilene Chapter of American Association of Professional Coders, 6:30 p.m., in the board room next to the Tom Roberts Conference Center, second floor, Hendrick Medical Center, 1900 N. Pine St. Free AAPC CEU offered at every meeting. 325-435-9059.
  • Women of Combat Veterans Group, 6:30 p.m., Anson Housing Authority building.
  • West Texas Genealogical Society, 6:30 p.m., Abilene Public Library South Branch, Mall of Abilene.
  • Al-Anon Parents Group, 7 p.m., Hillcrest Church of Christ, 650 E. Ambler Ave. Use Church Street entrance.
  • Al-Anon, 7 p.m., Doug Meinzer Activity Center, Knox City. 940-658-3926.
  • Abilene Society of Model Railroaders, 7-8:30 p.m., 598 Westwood Drive.
  • Unity Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, 602 Meander St.

 

 

ASPERMONT — A catfish buffet fundraiser will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stonewall County Senior Citizens Center, 516 S. Washington. The cost is $10. Takeout will be available.

 

 

Others ...

 

  • Overeaters Anonymous, 8 a.m., Baker Heights Church of Christ, 5382 Texas Ave.
  • Abilene Cactus Lions Club, 11:45 a.m., Beehive Restaurant, 442 Cedar St.
  • Abilene Wednesday Rotary Club, noon, Abilene Country Club, 4039 S. Treadaway. $12 for lunch. Jo Ann Wilson, 325-677-6815.
  • Kiwanis Club of Abilene, noon, Abilene Country Club, 4039 S. Treadaway Blvd.
  • Clearly Speaking Toastmaster Club, noon, Hunter Welcome Center, Abilene Christian University.
  • Diabetes Support Group, 2-3 p.m., Stonewall County Library.
  • Parkinson's Exercise Class, 3:15 p.m., Hendrick Health Club, 2110 Pine St.
  • Veterans Peer Support Group, 6 p.m., 765 Orange St. 325-670-4818.
  • Mid-week Al-Anon Family Group, 6-7 p.m., Open Door Building, 3157 Russell Ave. 325-698-4995.
  • Al-Anon, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1501 N. Broadway, Ballinger. 817-689-2810 or 325-977-1007.
  • DivorceCare support group, 7 p.m., Hillcrest Church of Christ, 650 E. Ambler Ave. 325-691-4200.

 

 

Comedian Ron White.

Comedian Ron White

 

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14

 

Bazaar

 

ANSON — A bazaar will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 832 Commercial Ave. A dinner will be served for $10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For information, call 325-823-3881.

 

 

ArtWalk

 

ArtWalk, a program of Center for Contemporary Arts, will take place from 5-8 p.m. in downtown Abilene. The theme will be "Veteran Appreciation." Vendors, food trucks and live music will be available.

 

 

Ron White on stage

 

Ron White will present his stand-up comedy show at 8 p.m. at the Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. Sixth St. Tickets start at $45. For tickets or information, go to tatersalad.com.

 

 

Others ...

 

  • Abilene Garden Club, 10 a.m., 300 Westwood St.
  • Chronic Pain and Depression Group, 11 a.m. to noon, Mental Health Association of Abilene, 333 Orange St., 325-673-2300.
  • Abilene Founder Lions Club, 11:30 a.m., Al’s Mesquite Grill, 4801 Buffalo Gap Road.
  • Duplicate Bridge, 11:45 a.m., Mabel Lilius Bridge Center, 3001 S. Ninth St. 325-672-7990.
  • Kiwanis Club of Greater Abilene, noon, Beehive Restaurant second floor, 442 Cedar St. 325-692-5673.
  • Mental Illness Open Support Group, 1-2 p.m., Mental Health Association of Abilene, 333 Orange St. 325-673-2300.
  • Abilene 42 Club, 6 p.m., Rose Park Senior Center.
  • PEP (People Enjoying People) Club, 6 p.m., Wylie Baptist Church, 6097 Buffalo Gap Road 325-692-4909.
  • Teen Recovery Group, 6-7 p.m., Mission Abilene, 3001 N. Third St.
  • Free certified nurturing parent class (all ages), 6-8 p.m., Mission Church, North Third and Mockingbird streets. 325-672-9398.
  • Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6:30 p.m. Our Savior Lutheran Church, 4933 S. Seventh St. Weigh-in begins at 5:30 p.m. 325-665-5052.
  • Gambler’s Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., Unity Spiritual Living Center, 2842 Barrow St. 325-338-2575.
  • Tea Party Patriots of Eastland County, 7 p.m., Myrtle Wilks Community Center, Cisco.
  • South Pioneer Al-Anon Group, 8 p.m., 3157 Russell Ave.
  • Unity Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, 602 Meander St.
  • Hendrick Hospice Care sponsors a “Gone But Not Lost” support group the second Thursday of each month for any bereaved parent who has lost a child of any age. Information: 325-677-8516 or 1-800-622-8516.

 

 

Gene Kelly (left) Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in "Singin' In The Rain."

Gene Kelly (left) Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in "Singin' In The Rain."

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15

 

'Singin' in the Rain'

 

As part of the Paramount Film Series, "Singin' in the Rain" will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, military and children. For information, go to paramount-abilene.org.

 

 

Others ...

 

  • Parkinson's Exercise Class, 3:15 p.m., Hendrick Health Club, 2110 Pine St.
  • Abilene Chinese Corner, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Abilene Christian University library. lld09a@acu.edu.
  • Mid-City Al-Anon, 7 p.m., First Christian Church. 325-670-4304.

 

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16

 

Piano fall festival

 

The Abilene Music Teachers Association will conduct a piano music fall festival at 9 a.m. in the Amy Graves Ryan Recital Hall at McMurry University. Piano solos and ensembles will be presented throughout the day. Admission is free.

 

 

Tonkawa festival

 

ALBANY — In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, a festival celebrating the Tonkawa people will open from noon to 3 p.m. at the Old Jail Art Center, 201 S. Second St. Traditional crafts, games, food and music will be presented. Admission is free.

 

 

'Singin' in the Rain'

 

As part of the Paramount Film Series, "Singin' in the Rain" will be shown at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, military and children. For information, go to paramount-abilene.org.

 

 

Movie at the library

 

A free showing of "Mary Poppins Returns," rated PG, will begin at 3 p.m. at the Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.

 

 

Pop-up dance

 

An Eller Hall Pop-Up Dance featuring Midnight Blue will be 7-10 p.m. at the T&P Event Center, 901 N. First St. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

 

 

'Ghost of a Chance'

 

The Cisco College theater department will present an encore production of "Ghost of a Chance" at 7:30 p.m. in Crawford Theatre on campus in Cisco. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and a dessert will be served during intermission. Tickets are $15. For tickets, call 254-442-5000 or go to crawford.tix.com.

 

 

Others ...

 

  • Overeaters Anonymous, 10 a.m., Shades of Hope, 402A Mulberry St., Buffalo Gap. 800-588-4673.
  • Big Country Chapter American Association of Medical Transcriptionists meeting, 10 a.m., Arbec Room, first floor, Texas State Technical College, East Highway 80, Abilene. For medical transcriptionists or anyone interested in becoming one. 325-698-8898.
  • Abilene Society of Model Railroaders, 10 a.m. to noon, 598 Westwood Drive.

 

 

 

 

 

By Nathaniel Ellsworth

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved


Things to do next week: ArtWalk honors our veterans

 

 

ArtWalk, a monthly program of The Center for Contemporary Arts, will take place from 5-8 p.m. Thursday in downtown Abilene. The theme will be "Veteran Appreciation," including veteran art demonstrations.

 

Vendors and food trucks will be available, and the Blan Scott Band will perform. ArtHEALS will be presented from 7-8 p.m.

 

For information, call 325-677-8389.

 

Ron White on stage

 

Ron White will present his stand-up comedy show at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. Sixth St.

 

Tickets start at $45. For tickets or information, go to tatersalad.com.

 

'Loves God, Likes Girls'

 

The world premiere screening of the film "Loves God, Likes Girls" will begin at 7 p.m. Monday at the Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St.

 

 

Tickets are $7. For tickets or information, go to paramountabilene.com.

 

'Singin' in the Rain'

 

As part of the Paramount Film Series, "Singin' in the Rain" will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, at the Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St.

 

 

Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, military and children. For information, go to paramount-abilene.org.

 

Percussion concert

 

The Abilene Christian University Percussion Ensemble and Steelband will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Cullen Auditorium on campus. Admission is free.

 

Piano fall festival

 

The Abilene Music Teachers Association will conduct a piano music fall festival at 9 a.m. Nov. 16 in the Amy Graves Ryan Recital Hall at McMurry University. Piano solos and ensembles will be presented throughout the day. Admission is free.

 

'Ghost of a Chance'

 

CISCO — The Cisco College theater department will present an encore production of "Ghost of a Chance" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in Crawford Theatre on campus. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and a dessert will be served during intermission.

 

Tickets are $15. For tickets, call 254-442-5000 or go to crawford.tix.com.

 

And more ...

 

  • A free lunch will be served to veterans from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at Texas Roadhouse, 1381 S. Danville Road. Proof of service is required.

 

  • OLD GLORY — A country music dance will be 7-10 p.m. Monday at the Old Glory Community Center. A live band will perform and refreshments will be available. For more information, call 940-989-2816.

 

  • Professors Dan Stiver and Tom Copeland will present "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion" at noon Tuesday in Gerhart Hall at Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, 602 Meander St. Admission is free.

 

  • ANSON — A bazaar will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 832 Commercial Ave. A dinner will be served for $10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For information, call 325-823-3881.

 

  • ALBANY — In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, a festival celebrating the Tonkawa people will open from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Old Jail Art Center, 201 S. Second St. Traditional crafts, games, food and music will be presented. Admission is free.

 

  • Abilene Ballet Theatre will present its Sugar Plum Fairy Tea at 2 p.m. Nov. 16-17 at Abilene Woman's Club, 3425 S. 14th St. Tickets start at $25. For tickets or information, go to abileneballettheatre.org.

 

  • A free showing of "Mary Poppins Returns," rated PG, will begin at 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.

 

  • An Eller Hall Pop-Up Dance featuring Midnight Blue will be 7-10 p.m. Nov. 16 at the T&P Event Center, 901 N. First St. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

 

 

 

By Nathaniel Ellsworth

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved


Nominate an Everyday Hero in Abilene who makes a difference in the community

 

 

Many people make a difference every day in Abilene and surrounding communities — often without ever receiving a pat or the back or a simple "thank you."

 

The Reporter-News wants to recognize these Everyday Heroes and their good deeds in a series of stories at the end of the year.

 

To nominate an Everyday Hero, send the person's name and a short description of his, her or their good works to PublishMe@reporternews.com, or to the Reporter-News at P.O. Box 30, Abilene, TX 79604. Include "Everyday Hero" in the subject line of emails or on the envelops of mailed nominations.

 

Nominations must be submitted by Nov. 22.

 

 

 

By Nathaniel Ellsworth

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved


Clyde house fire destroys hunting, fishing supplies for nonprofit helping veterans

 

 

CLYDE – A recent fire here did more than heavily damage a house and its contents – it also destroyed supplies and products for a nonprofit that takes veterans on hunting and fishing trips.

 

U.S. Army veterans Heather and Chris English and their 6-year-old daughter currently are living in a hotel after an Oct. 20 fire that started in the washing machine spread to other parts of the residence. Heather and daughter, as well as her mother, safely evacuated the house, which is located just outside of town, Chris English said.

 

The home of Heather of Chris English was a "total loss" after a fire on Oct. 20. The fire also destroyed the supplies for the nonprofit Texas Hunters for Heroes-West Texas Chapter.

The home of Heather of Chris English was a "total loss" after a fire on Oct. 20. The fire also destroyed the supplies for the nonprofit Texas Hunters for Heroes-West Texas Chapter.

 

He was away on a monthly hunting trip with veterans for the nonprofit Texas Hunters for Heroes-West Texas Chapter, which he has operated for three years.

 

"We're making it. We're going to be fine. It's just pretty devastating actually. We're not going to be able to help the veterans like I want to for the next couple of months, but we'll live," Chris said Thursday. 

 

The couple also has two sons in college. The house has been in the family for 10 years. 

 

Between the fire, smoke and water damage, the house is "totaled," Chris said. His wife's and mother-in-law's vehicles also were destroyed, as was a motorcycle parked in the garage.

 

"Our house was a total loss. They're going to have to rebuild it," Chris English said. 

 

Individuals and businesses in the community are helping the family get back on its feet with the rebuilding of the house, replacing of the wife's vehicle and other needs, he said. He also recently met with an insurance adjuster. 

 

"This community has been fantastic," English said.

 

Also destroyed in the fire were the nonprofit's hunting and fishing supplies stored in the garage, as well as T-shirts, hats and other products the couple sold to raise money for the nonprofit. 

 

Three vehicles were damaged in a fire at the home of Heather and Chris English near Clyde on Oct. 20.

Three vehicles were damaged in a fire at the home of Heather and Chris English near Clyde.

 

Through Texas Hunters for Heroes-West Texas Chapter, English guides five to 10 veterans monthly on a hunting or fishing trip. The program is designed to show veterans respect, honor, compassion and love as they reintegrate into civilian life, according to its website.

 

The meat is donated to other groups that feed the homeless, he said.

 

"I'm used to being on the end of helping others and giving to others," English said. "It's been very humbling to be on the receiving end of it."

 

The hunting and fishing trips go on, with board members taking a handful of veterans on a deer hunting trip this weekend, he said. 

 

He also is host of a post-traumatic stress disorder support group for veterans that meets Thursday evenings at the Clyde Chamber of Commerce office

 

Two days after the fire, the stress of dealing with the fire's aftermath was compounded when English learned that a solder who served under him had committed suicide. Preventing veterans suicides is why he continues to host the support group and is looking to quickly rebuild the nonprofit's supplies.

 

It is all part of his commitment to "do anything to help our veterans," he said.

 

GoFundMe page with a goal of $250,000 was created Thursday to help the family. 

 

 

 

By Laura Gutschke

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Abilene Wide Open: The Great Gurney Race

 

 

You had to be quick at the second Great Gurney Race this month during ArtWalk.

 

That was true not only for competitors, but photographers, as well. Getting steamrollered by a hospital gurney looked like a sure way to end up on one.

 

The Hardin-Simmons University PA group beats the competition to the finish line during the second Great Gurney Race at ArtWalk on Oct. 10. The Physician Assistant students later were the overall winners of the event.

The Hardin-Simmons University PA group beats the competition to the finish line during the second Great Gurney Race at ArtWalk on Oct. 10. The Physician Assistant students later were the overall winners of the event.

 

The races benefit Global Samaritan Resources.

 

Teams raise money to sponsor their effort as well as pay an entry fee. The idea is for each team to sort aid packages for different countries into their appropriate bins, then race a gurney with a rider down to the end of the street and back.

 

Keeping with the Halloween season, the teams are costumed according to themes. Marvel superheroes, Mario Bros. characters, and the cast of Disney's Aladdin were all represented in the race.

 

Kelly Hall of the Abilene Running Company helps her team sort boxes as her helmet starts to slouch over her eyes.

Kelly Hall of the Abilene Running Company helps her team sort boxes as her helmet starts to slouch over her eyes.

 

This year, the team with the best time were students from Hardin-Simmons University's Physician Assistant program, receiving the Golden Bedpan award for best time. Appropriately, they were flush with success.

 

The Hanner Supercenter team (left) ekes-out a win against the Abilene Bone & Joint Clinic.

The Hanner Supercenter team (left) ekes-out a win against the Abilene Bone & Joint Clinic.

 

 

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Thursday's weather diverts aircraft to Abilene Regional Airport

 

 

Thursday's cold front that pushed through the Big Country, lowering temperatures and bringing light precipitation and northerly winds, also affected air travel.

 

An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Austin was among those diverted here, an Abilene Reporter-News reporter late arriving here said.

 

Cots were set up at Abilene Regional Airport for passengers.

 

Don Green, director of transportation services, said that six aircraft had been diverted to the airport due to storms in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and in Austin.

 

"Two of those flights had flight crews reach their duty time limit and had to cancel the flight here," he said. "Therefore, we had just over 200 passengers deplane and spend the night in Abilene. Of those, 40 slept in the terminal on cots provided by the Airport and the city's Emergency Management division."

 

American Airlines was working to get those passengers and other regular flights back on schedule Friday, Green said.

 

 

Passengers on a flight from Los Angeles to Austin take refuge at Abilene Regional Airport on Thursday evening after it was diverted to Abilene. Weather affected air travel Thursday. Oct. 24 2019

Passengers on a flight from Los Angeles to Austin take refuge at Abilene Regional Airport on Thursday evening after it was diverted to Abilene. Weather affected air travel Thursday. Oct. 24 2019

 

 

 

By Brian Bethel

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Trying to be the '1': Wylie, Abilene among 11 band shows rated superior

 

 

The high school marching bands that bused to Wylie's Bulldog Stadium on Monday could be thankful of two things at least.

 

Megan Colwell of the Wylie High flag corps balances her flag on her chest during the band's Region VI marching band performances Monday night at Bulldog Stadium. Wylie earned a "1" rating to advance to the regional competition.' Oct 21 2019

Megan Colwell of the Wylie High flag corps balances her flag on her chest during the band's Region VI marching band performances Monday night at Bulldog Stadium. Wylie earned a "1" rating to advance to the regional competition.' Oct 21 2019

 

 

It wasn't too hot, like Sunday's 94-degree reading, and it was dry.

 

For some bands, the thankfulness extended to receiving "1" rating at the University Interscholastic League Region East Zone contest.

 

Eleven bands received superior ratings, including Wylie and Abilene high schools. Cooper received a 2 but advances because at least two bands must represent the region.

 

For Wylie and Cooper, that means advancing to the area round of competition this weekend in Odessa. From there, it's off to San Antonio for bands judged the best. Class 5A, 3A and 1A bands are eligible this year.

 

Horn player Aaron Halliburton and the other 24 members of the Baird High School marching band earned a superior rating Monday at Wylie ISD's Bulldog Stadium, qualifying for the Class 1A state contest in San Antonio next month.

Horn player Aaron Halliburton and the other 24 members of the Baird High School marching band earned a superior rating Monday at Wylie ISD's Bulldog Stadium, qualifying for the Class 1A state contest in San Antonio next month.

 

Baird, the first band to play Monday, was hoping for a ticket straight to the November competition. The only Class 1A school on the program, the band would not have to compete at an area-level round.

 

After scoring a superior rating here last year, Baird matched that and earned its first trip to the state contest in who knows when.

 

"A long time," horn player Aaron Halliburton said.

 

Senior Kydie Edwards twirls during Albany High School's UIL marching band competition at Wylie ISD's Bulldog Stadium. Albany was judged with a "3" raring.

Senior Kydie Edwards twirls during Albany High School's UIL marching band competition at Wylie ISD's Bulldog Stadium. Albany was judged with a "3" raring.

 

Did fourth-year director Gary Sherman hear a "1" performance?

 

"Uhhhhh, it was close," said Sherman, who shares directing duties with his wife, Annette. He teaches brass and percussion; she handles woodwinds.

 

"They are pumped," Gary Sherman said of his band members, who were texting the good news after it was announced.

 

Six Class 3A bands were vying for advancements — Ballinger, Clyde, Colorado, Jim Ned, Merkel and Sonora. Scoring "1" ratings were Clyde, Colorado, Jim Ned and Sonora.

 

Baird High School band director Gary Sherman stands with his student musicians before they entered Bulldog Stadium on Monday to compete at the UIL regional contest. Baird earned a "1" rating to advance to the state contest for the first time in years.

Baird High School band director Gary Sherman stands with his student musicians before they entered Bulldog Stadium on Monday to compete at the UIL regional contest. Baird earned a "1" rating to advance to the state contest for the first time in years. 

 

Among 4A bands, Big Spring, Andrews and Fort Stockton scored 1s.

 

Sonora's middle school band also got "1."

 

Extras Monday included Jim Ned's yellow brick road and cornfield, Merkel's soldier charge during its show, "The Civil War," and Albany High's twirler, Kydie Edwards.

 

Competing during the evening were Abilene's three high school bands, with Wylie hoping to advance as a Class 5A competitor for the first time.

 

The Pure Gold Band had a non-competition year as a 4A school in 2017, then another in 2018, its first in 5A.

 

The Pure Gold scored a "1," Michelle Lessing's first as a director.

 

"It feels good," she said after the rating was announced. "The kids are super, super excited."

 

She watched from the Wylie track.

 

"The show from the field is a different listening experience that being in the stands," she said. "You can feel the energy. They really got that going."

 

She said what was evident Monday night was the work put in to unify as musicians.

 

"That concept is what makes a haka," she said of her band's warrior-like theme. "That is what we focused on last week and these few days, trying to find unity in sound and spirit."

 

The lights of Wyiie ISD's Bulldog Stadium shine off the Cooper marching band tubas as the band gets into position to open its show Monday night at the Region VI marching band competition. Oct 21 2019

The lights of Wyiie ISD's Bulldog Stadium shine off the Cooper marching band tubas as the band gets into position to open its show Monday night at the Region VI marching band competition. Oct 21 2019

 

First-year Cooper director Matthew Raines said he heard "some good things" but even without the judges' comments he knew where his band needed "some improvement."

 

"We'll take the comments of the judges and adjust what we can," he said, noting the band has 4.5 hours of rehearsal time before competing again.

 

"I'm optimistic," he said.

 

Nathaniel Hernandez of Abilene High School prepares for Monday evening's UIL contest at Bulldog Stadium on the Wylie High School campus. Oct 21 2019

Nathaniel Hernandez of Abilene High School prepares for Monday evening's UIL contest at Bulldog Stadium on the Wylie High School campus. Oct 21 2019

 

 

 

By Greg Jaklewicz

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved


Halloween events, trunk-or-treats, fall festivals in Abilene and the Big Country

 

Haunted Abilene 

 

The annual "Haunted Abilene" haunted house will be open 6-9 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26 at the Swenson House, 1726 Swenson St. Trolley rides also will be available.

 

Tickets for both the haunted house and the trolley are $25; tickets for only one or the other are $15. For tickets or information, go to hauntedabilene.com.

 

Nightmare on Elm Creek Haunted Abilene 

 

The Nightmare on Elm Creek haunted house will open at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26 at the Abilene Zoo, 2070 Zoo Lane. Music and mixed drinks will be available, and a child-friendly trail will be open.

 

Boo at the Zoo

 

The annual Boo at the Zoo Halloween party will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26 at the Abilene Zoo, 2070 Zoo Lane. Trick-or-treating, games, costume contests and more will be available.

 

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-12. Admission is free for children age 2 and younger. For information, go to abilenezoo.org/booatthezoo.

 

Halloween in the Park

 

BUFFALO GAP — A Halloween festival will be 6-9 p.m. Oct. 26 at Abilene State Park, 150 Park Road 32. The night will feature trick-or-treating, a haunted trail and a campsite decorating contest.

 

Admission is $10 per car.

 

Halloween poetry

 

The Writers' Mark will present "Tortured Hearts," a night of Halloween-themed poetry and monologues, at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Art Crush Studios, 1969 Industrial Blvd.

 

Admission is $5, and is limited to adults. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

 

Mall-O-Ween

 

The annual Mall-O-Ween celebration will be 6-8 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Mall of Abilene. Games, trick-or-treating and a costume contest for children up to 12 years old will be available.

Abilene Police Department trunk-or-treat

 

The Abilene Police Department's second annual trunk-or-treat is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the parking lot of the Abilene Police Department, 4565 S. First St. Approximately 4,000 children are expected to attend, and hot dogs and chips will be served.

 

Donations are being accepted to support the event. To register or for information, contact 325-676-6600, 325-437-4536 or lindsey.peters@abilenetx.gov.

 

Labyrinth of Horror

 

The Umpteenth Annual Haunted House and Labyrinth of Horror will open at 8 p.m. Oct. 25-27 and 29-31 at Play Faire Park, 2300 N. Second St.

 

Admission is $10, and includes miniature golf.

 

'The Changeling'

 

The 1980 horror film "The Changeling" will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at the Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St.

Tickets are $7, and are available at paramountabilene.com.

 

'Ghost of a Chance'

 

CISCO — The Cisco College theater department will present dinner theater productions of "Ghost of a Chance" at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26 in the Crawford Theatre on campus. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the show at 7:30 p.m. A show-only production will be presented at 2 p.m. Oct. 27.

 

Tickets are $25 for the Oct. 25 and 26 performances, and $15 for the Oct. 27 performance. For tickets, call 254-442-5000 or go to crawford.tix.com.

 

Masquerade ball and escape room

 

A masquerade ball and Edgar Allen Poe-themed escape room will be conducted from 5:30-8:15 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St. Masks are required, but will be provided if needed.

 

Basic dance training will also be provided. Cosplay is encouraged. Participants must be at least 16 years old.

Fall festivals and Halloween festivals

 

  • A fall festival will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at Little Giant Kidz, 3301 S. 14th St. A petting zoo and food truck will be available.

 

  • A fall festival will be open from 7:30-10 p.m. Oct. 19 at Abilene Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2542 E. Overland Trail. Games, hay rides, baked goods and more will be available. Admission will be two non-perishable food items.

 

  • A fall festival will be 6-8 p.m. Oct. 24 at Lee Orthodontics, 3002 S. Clack St. Candy, food trucks, a bounce house and more will be available.

 

  • A fall festival will be 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26 at Southwest Park Baptist Church, 2901 S. 20th St. Candy, game booths and concessions will be available.

 

  • A fall festival will be 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26 at the G.V. Daniels Recreation Center, 541 N. Eighth St. A car show, trunk-or-treating, games and a haunted house will be available. Admission is free.

 

  • A fall festival will be 5-7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Belmont Baptist Church, 2117 Palm St. Candy, food and a bounce house will be available.

 

  • A fall family fun night will be 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30 at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, 701 S. Pioneer Drive. Games, hot dogs and a petting zoo will be available. Admission is free.

 

  • A family fun fair will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. at New Hope Church, 3122 S. Clack St. Games, candy and a blacklight maze will be available.

 

  • A fall festival will be 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at Rise Church, 517 N. Pioneer Drive. Games and food will be available.

 

  • A Halloween bash will be 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at First United Methodist Church, 202 Butternut St. Games and candy will be available. Admission is free.

Trunk-or-treating

 

  • 6-8 p.m. Oct. 23 at Grace Fellowship Church, 910 Cypress St.

 

  • 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 30 at First Baptist Church, 1333 N. Third St.

 

  • 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30 at Elmwood West United Methodist Church, 1302 S. Pioneer Drive.

 

  • 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at Key City Church, 2826 Barrow St.

 

  • 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31 at Arrow Dealerships, 4001 S. First St.

 

 

 

By Nathaniel Ellsworth

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved


Precision steels the show at Expo Center construction

 

 

If you wondered why new construction and upgrades at the Taylor County Expo Center cost so much — and why budget cuts have had to be made along the way, take a look at the steel structure that soon will be the new indoor arena.

 

On Monday and Tuesday, two large cranes carefully lifted into place 14 34,000-pound steel pieces that after being bolted together provide the structure for the roof of the new facility.

 

Each piece was assembled here, and the cranes, while capable of heavy lifts, were weighted further to ensure a safe lift and placement. The 14 pieces formed seven arches that will be connected and roof added.

 

The building is 300 feet by 130 feet.

 

Taylor County voters approved $55 million for the Expo Center project, which was to be built in three phases. The project called for a $19 million indoor arena for equestrian use so the Taylor County Coliseum, after its upgrades, would be available for more events.

 

The cost of steel, a necessity for several Expo Center projects, has risen, forcing adjustments in other areas.

 

The indoor arena is situated where the West Texas Fair & Rodeo carnival rides once were set up each September. Those were moved this year as construction began.

 

A crane Tuesday slowly lifts a 34,000-pound steel frame, one of 14 pieces that will form the roof structure of the new indoor event center at the Taylor County Expo Center. This was the final piece that would be fitted against No. 13 and bolted together. Oct. 15, 2019

A crane Tuesday slowly lifts a 34,000-pound steel frame, one of 14 pieces that will form the roof structure of the new indoor event center at the Taylor County Expo Center. This was the final piece that would be fitted against No. 13 and bolted together. Oct. 15, 2019

 

A worker's orange vest makes him highly visible while he works to secure the steel support beams of the indoor arena under construction at the Taylor County Expo Center on Tuesday. The last two of 14 pieces were placed. Oct. 15, 2019

A worker's orange vest makes him highly visible while he works to secure the steel support beams of the indoor arena under construction at the Taylor County Expo Center on Tuesday. The last two of 14 pieces were placed. Oct. 15, 2019

 

After large steel pieces are lifted into place and bolted to the ground support, the pieces slowly are guided together where they meet. Their weight against each other ensures stability, with workers also bolting the pieces together. Workers below use ropes to help crane operators guide the pieces into place. Oct. 15, 2019

After large steel pieces are lifted into place and bolted to the ground support, the pieces slowly are guided together where they meet. Their weight against each other ensures stability, with workers also bolting the pieces together. Workers below use ropes to help crane operators guide the pieces into place. Oct. 15, 2019

 

 

 

 

By Greg Jaklewicz

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved


Cooper, Wylie bands taking to Bulldog Stadium turf Saturday for Big Country Marching Fest

 

 

For just $3 admission, Wylie High School is offering an all-you-can-beat buffet Saturday.

 

But it's more than drum lines.

 

The return of the Big Country Marching Festival brings 22 high school bands (there is one middle school), from the smallest of 1A classifications to the overwhelming sound of a 6A group, to Wylie Bulldog Stadium.

 

 

Junior Mark Huffines performs a French horn solo for Wylie High School's marching band show during daybreak rehearsal Wednesday at Bulldog Stadium. Wylie's annual Big Country Marching Festival is scheduled there Saturday.

Junior Mark Huffines performs a French horn solo for Wylie High School's marching band show during daybreak rehearsal Wednesday at Bulldog Stadium. Wylie's annual Big Country Marching Festival is scheduled there Saturday.

 

Abilene-area bands include Clyde, Hawley and Jim Ned high schools.

 

 

Change of day

 

Cooper High School's marching band, which will be coming off its homecoming football game the night before, kicks off the festival with a performance at 1:45 p.m., according to a preliminary schedule released on the Wylie band's website, www.puregoldband.org.

 

The Awesome Cooper Band, which originally was to travel to Birdville in Richland Hills on Saturday, stayed home instead to play locally and allow students to enjoy homecoming weekend.

 

 

Halftime shows are not just about playing music, as Wylie High School musicians bust a few moves that are part of their UIL contest show. Front row, from left are senior Lucas Zwernemann and freshman Morgan Huck, and back row, from left, are freshmen Cole Tickner and Jerry Vela and sophomore Chrissy Prince.

Halftime shows are not just about playing music, as Wylie High School musicians bust a few moves that are part of their UIL contest show. Front row, from left are senior Lucas Zwernemann and freshman Morgan Huck, and back row, from left, are freshmen Cole Tickner and Jerry Vela and sophomore Chrissy Prince. 

 

In years past, the Big Country Marching Festival was a staple of Columbus Day, as students traveled to Wylie on the holiday.

 

But, Wylie Pure Gold Band director Michelle Lessing said, there was concern the growing school district would need the day for middle school football at the stadium.

 

"Band directors have to plan in advance," Lessing said. "So we have ample time to prepare."

 

The contest was moved to Saturday.

 

 

Scheduling conflict

 

Bulldog Stadium lights are needed for morning band rehearsals before the start of classes at Wylie High School. The Pure Gold Band is host of Saturday's Big Country Marching Festival.

Bulldog Stadium lights are needed for morning band rehearsals before the start of classes at Wylie High School. The Pure Gold Band is host of Saturday's Big Country Marching Festival.

 

While it helped secure the festival and ensured it would continue, the date change didn't lost one of the city's three high school bands.

 

Abilene High's band won't be part of the contest, according to director Jonathan Kraemer. Instead, they're taking part in the Bands of America West Texas Regional Championship, competing against bands from as far away as Granbury, Wylie East (near Dallas), Mansfield Summit, Timber Creek and Clovis, New Mexico.

 

 

This competition at Ratliff Stadium in Midland scheduled the AHS performance for 2 p.m.m with finals in the evening.

 

So, for 6A bands, Wylie's annual festival features only San Angelo Central High School, which will close the high school portion of the event with an 8:30 p.m. performance. 

 

The event hosts, directed by Lessing, will precede Central at 8:15 p.m.

 

The McMurry University band will play at 8:45 p.m. while judges prepare their tallies.

 

Lessing said she's hoping to use the festival to continue perfecting their show, which they'll take to future competitions in the University Interscholastic League marching season.

 

 

Making strides

 

Lessing said judges will provide important feedback with only nine days before the regional competition, back at Bulldog Stadium on Oct. 21.

 

"We view every performance as an opportunity we get to to raise our bar up," Lessing said. "For the area schools coming to do UIL, I feel this helps immensely. We're asking the judges we've hired to dig deep and give some meaningful feedback we can use."

 

Sophomore Justin Pillard braces a wood prop against a strong breeze during Wylie High School marching band practice Wednesday morning. The Pure Gold Band rehearsed its UIL show in preparation for Saturday's Big Country Marching Festival at Bulldog Stadium.

Sophomore Justin Pillard braces a wood prop against a strong breeze during Wylie High School marching band practice Wednesday morning. The pure Gold Band rehearsed its UIL show in preparation for Saturday's Big Country Marching Festival at Bulldog Stadium.

 

Wylie, having moved from 4A to 5A before the start of the 2018-19 school year, is eligible for the state marching contest, as is Cooper High, for the first time since the 2017-18 school year because of how the every-other-year scheduling fell.

 

Lessing said her band has been focusing on the fundamentals through the long wait to return to eligibility, studying videos from past 5A championship performances and working not only on sound but also entertainment value.

 

Meanwhile, first-year Cooper director Matthew Raines also has an opportunity to push Cooper to greater heights.

 

 

New guy, same goal 

 

Under former director Clay Johnson, Cooper gave a strong performance in the UIL area competition two years ago and served as an alternate for the state competition, though they didn't make the final cut.

 

Raines, though, isn't worried about the past. He, too, is just focused on getting better every time the students take the field.

 

"The way we're performing, each performance I would like to make better than the last," Raines said. "I'm training the students and bringing to their attention the musicality of what they're performing, no matter the distractions or venue they're in, and making it the best every time."

 

Raines said he's looking for his group to follow in past Cooper footsteps and make it to the finals in the area competition, which will be at Ratliff Stadium on Oct. 27.

 

"But we'd all love to make it to state," he added.

 

Megan Colwell, a senior, prepares to catch her rifle during Wylie High School's Pure Gold Band rehearsal at daybreak Wednesday at Bulldog Stadium.

Megan Colwell, a senior, prepares to catch her rifle during Wylie High School's Pure Gold Band rehearsal at daybreak Wednesday at Bulldog Stadium.

 

 

By Timothy Chipp

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved


When your loved one is diagnosed with cancer, here's how you can help

 

 

Take an active role in their next steps and seek out worthy organizations to support.

 

 

Some people prefer to share their diagnosis with friends and extended family to build a strong support system right away.

Some people prefer to share their diagnosis with friends and extended family to build a strong support system right away

 

A cancer diagnosis can be devastating. That’s why when your loved one finds out that they have cancer, it’s important to show your support in any way possible.

 

No matter how eager you are to help, however, it can be difficult to know exactly what to do. Perhaps your loved one doesn’t know what to ask for and you don’t know what to offer.

 

If you want to be supportive but aren’t sure where to get started, here are just a few of the ways in which you can be helpful:

 

 

Participate in discussions with doctors

 

After a cancer diagnosis, each successive doctor’s visit can feel even more overwhelming than the last. Help your loved one prepare for their appointments by reading up on what to expect. Then, work with them to come up with a list of questions to ask in advance.

 

If you can, tag along for the actual appointment to make sure that they don’t forget to ask their questions and to help them remember any instructions from the doctor for follow-up actions. Knowing that someone else is there to listen and to remember anything important can help your loved one stay relaxed.

 

 

Gather family members together to share the diagnosis

 

Some people prefer to share their diagnosis with friends and extended family right away, while others want to take more time to process the news either by themselves or with their immediate family only.

 

You shouldn’t push your loved one to share the news before they’re ready, but you can certainly offer to do your part in making the announcement easier when they do decide to share the news. Perhaps that means organizing a formal gathering for friends and family, so that your loved one only has to share their story once instead of having dozens of separate conversations.

 

Alternatively, some people diagnosed with cancer may find it easier if someone else spreads the news, so that they don’t have to talk about it or answer questions that bring up difficult sentiments.

 

Since different people prefer different approaches, the best way to support your loved one is to express your desire to help and perhaps offer some of the different options above.

 

 

Help prepare your loved one for the path forward

 

While every treatment plan will look a little bit different, it’s important for someone with cancer to be well-versed in what to expect during the path ahead.

 

Whether that means chemotherapy treatments, surgery, lifestyle changes or a combination of all three, having someone to do the research with them will help make the road ahead less frightening. You can also help them learn how to use any equipment that they’ll need, such as a wheelchair, an ostomy bag or any other items or tools that they’ll need to incorporate into their life.

 

Sometimes, the best way you can help your loved one prepare is to put them in touch with someone who has been through a similar process.

 

 

Discover organizations that are doing great work to combat cancer

 

While supporting your loved one’s individual journey is important, another way to show your commitment is to link up with other organizations that are doing their part to help combat cancer on a larger scale. 

 

If you don’t know where to get started, take a closer look at groups that local organizations actively support. For example, First Bank Texas works with Hendricks Health Care, the American Cancer Society, and Cancer Services Network.

 

“It is important to First Bank Texas to be involved in our community and what is important to the people who make up that community,” said Darbi Bratton, First Bank Texas’ Compliance Officer, VP.

 

Supporting cancer-related nonprofits also supports the people who live in our towns, go to our churches and we see every day while meeting our banking needs.”

 

Whether you provide financial support, volunteer, or, there are many ways to help these groups deepen their impact. You can also make sure to give your business to companies that support these organizations. Not only will you be making a difference in the long-term battle against cancer, but it’s another great way to remind your loved one that you and so many others truly care.

 

For more information about First Bank Texas’s corporate social responsibility efforts and work with organizations combating cancer, click on the “First Bank Cares” tab at www.go2fbt.com.  

 

Or, if preferred:

 

Call 325-674-1885 or visit First Bank Texas to start planning your financial goals.

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By Jessica Levy from First Bank Texas

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved


Shoot for the moon at Abilene State Park

 

 

In recognition of International Observe the Moon Night, the Big Country Master Naturalists will conduct a night of moon watching from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday at Abilene State Part, 150 Park Road 32 in Buffalo Gap. Volunteers will have telescopes set up across from the swimming pool.

 

Participants are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, insect repellent and binoculars, and are asked to dim headlights as approaching the area. Park entry will be waived.

 

West Texas Book Festival

 

The 19th annual West Texas Book Festival kicks off Friday with a workshop by Mary Helen Specht, "Writing is Rewriting: The Craft of Revision," at noon at the Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.

 

The festival will continue from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. Sixth St., with free workshops and book signings throughout the day. Children's authors will speak at 9 a.m., and the Boots and Books Luncheon, featuring James Ward Lee, will begin at 11:30 a.m.

 

The festival will conclude Sunday with the Local Author Showcase and Reception at 2 p.m. at the South Branch of the Abilene Public Library, in the Mall of Abilene.

 

All workshops are free. Luncheon tickets are $30; call 325-668-1118 for ticket availability.

 

Wizards of Abilene

 

Fanboys will conduct "Wizards of Abilene," a Harry Potter-themed fair, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Women's Dillards Courtyard in the Mall of Abilene. Vendors, entertainment and more will be available. Admission is free.

 

Fall Stomp

 

The 2019 Fall Stomp dance — featuring the Abilene Christian University Jazz Band and Swing Cats, as well as the Hardin-Simmons University Jazz Band — will begin at 8 p.m. Friday at the Elks Club Ballroom, 1174 N. First St. A beginner dance lesson will be presented at 7 p.m.

 

Admission is free.

 

'Working'

 

A production of the musical "Working" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, in Van Ellis Theatre at Hardin-Simmons University.

 

Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for students, seniors and military; and $5 for HSU faculty, staff and students.

 

Corks and Caps

 

BROWNWOOD — The Corks and Caps beer and wine tasting event will be 6-11 p.m. Saturday at the Depot Plaza. Live music, food trucks and a cigar area will be available.

 

Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate, which includes 10 sample tabs. Concert-only tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the gate. For information, go to VisitBrownwood.com.

 

And more ...

 

  • A free showing of "World War Z," rated PG-13, will begin at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.

 

  • STEPHENVILLE — The Tarleton State University choral program will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center on campus. Admission is $5.

 

  • The "Fest-Of-Fall" seasonal celebration will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Frontier Texas!, 625 N. First St. Games, music, magic, food and more will be available. Admission is free.

 

 

 

By Nathaniel Ellsworth

opyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved


US awards 3 Texas border wall contracts worth $812.6 million

 

 

DALLAS (AP) — The U.S. government has awarded three contracts worth more than $812.6 million for construction of about 65 miles of new border wall along the lower Rio Grande in South Texas.

 

In a statement issued Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say the contracts were awarded Sunday to two contractors. The wall projects are to include steel bollard walls of 18-to-30 feet in height, all-weather roads, lighting, security cameras and other technology in 19 separate segments in Starr, Hidalgo and Cameron counties.

 

The statement says the walls will go up, starting early next year, where none now exist but not in areas prohibited under the CBP's 2019 appropriation. The sector is the CBP's busiest, accounting for about 40 percent of its immigrant apprehensions.

 

 

Workers work on a wall being built by Monument One, an official marker at the spot where New Mexico, Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua converge, by Border Highway West, near Executive Center Boulevard Monday, May 27, by "We Build the Wall" organization on land owned by American Eagle Brick Company.

Workers work on a wall being built by Monument One, an official marker at the spot where New Mexico, Texas and the Mexican state of Chihuahua converge, by Border Highway West, near Executive Center Boulevard Monday, May 27, by "We Build the Wall" organization on land owned by American Eagle Brick Company.

 

 

By Associated Press

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Balloon Fest is back in the air in Abilene

 

 

Optimist Club Unlimited's 25th annual three-day Big Country Balloon Fest will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Redbud Park, 3125 S. 32nd St.

 

Food, crafts, entertainment and more will be available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with opening ceremonies at 5:45 p.m., a balloon flight at 6 p.m. and a balloon glow at 8:15 p.m.

 

Events with continue Saturday with a balloon flight at 7:30 a.m., entertainment starting at 9 a.m., vendors at 10 a.m., a flight at 7 p.m. and a balloon glow at 8:15 p.m. The festival will conclude with a flight at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

 

For information, go to bigcountryballoonfest.org.

 

Pops at the Pond

 

The Hardin-Simmons University Theatre Department will present its "Pops at the Pond" concert at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the duck pond on campus. Listeners are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Admission is free.

 

Storybook Saturday

 

The Abilene Cultural Affairs Council will present a Storybook Saturday event, "Tale as Old as Time," at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden at the Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. Sixth St.

 

 

Abilene Christian University theater students will present selections from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" musical and cellist Amit Peled will perform and read from his book, "A Cello Named Pablo." Other events include art activities, face painting and an instrument petting zoo.

 

Admission is $10 per family, and advance registration is required. Register at abilenecac.org.

 

'The Curious Incident'

A production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St.

 

Tickets are $18. For tickets or information, go to paramountabilene.com.

 

 

Ed Boone (Keith Rocco) tries to comfort his son, Christopher, (Wade Byington) in this rehearsal scene from "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," which will be performed Friday and Saturday evenings at the Paramount Theatre.

Ed Boone (Keith Rocco) tries to comfort his son, Christopher, (Wade Byington) in this rehearsal scene from "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," which will be performed Friday and Saturday evenings at the Paramount Theatre.

 

Birthday concert

 

A birthday celebration concert for local musician Happy Fat — as well as for Play Faire Park's favorite pup, Mr. Watson — will begin at 7:45 p.m. Saturday at the park's stage, 2300 N. Second St. Ricky Ramirez and the Groove Kids also will perform.

 

Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and under. Dogs are free with a paying adult.

 

And more ...

 

  • MERKEL — The Merkel homecoming will begin with a pep rally at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Merkel High School, with a parade at 3 p.m. in downtown Merkel. A dinner will be served for $10 from 5-7 p.m. at Merkel Methodist Church.

 

  • COTTONWOOD — The Cottonwood Country Musical will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Cottonwood Community Center. Admission is free. The kitchen will open at 5 p.m. For more information, call 325-660-5771.
  • A free showing of "Holmes & Watson," rated PG-13, will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mockingbird Lane branch of the Abilene Public Library, 1326 N. Mockingbird Lane.

 

  • The Abilene Cactus Lions Club will conduct its third annual fish fry from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 525 Beech St. Admission is $10, with desserts sold for $1.

 

  • BUFFALO GAP — A fundraiser concert benefiting Camp Able will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Red Dirt Pavilion, 1302 Pecan St. in Buffalo Gap. House Band #1, Morgan Reatherford and Kirk House will perform. General admission is free.

 

  • OLD GLORY — The Old Glory Musical will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Old Glory Community Center. Concessions will open at 5:30 p.m. For information, call 940-989-2966 or 940-989-2816.

 

  • Abilene Pride Alliance will conduct a "Big Gay Cookout" at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Swenson House, 1726 Swenson St. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served. Participants are encouraged to bring a side.

 

  • A pop-up country western dance featuring Midnight Blue will be 7-10 p.m. Saturday in the garage of The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress St. Admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the door, or free for children under 10. For information, go to ellerhall.com.

 

  • A celebration of the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at VFW Post 6873, 1049 Veterans Drive. Admission is free.

 

 

By Nathaniel Ellsworth

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved.


Lanes closed on Ridgemont Drive as work begins under new Street Maintenance Fund

 

 

Maintenance work is causing lane closures on Ridgemont Drive, the first target for reconstruction using the city's new Street Maintenance Fund, according to a city of Abilene news release.

 

The two eastern lanes of Ridgemont Drive are closed for surface milling, with the western lanes converted for two-way traffic. Reduced speeds are recommended, especially while turning onto Ridgemont Drive from South Clack Street.

 

The project cost is $993,833.

 

Following a non-binding election on May 5, 2018, the Street Maintenance Fund was approved by Abilene City Council the following month. Customers first were assessed the fee with the January 2019 bill.

 

The fund is expected to generate about $4.5 million annually from fees charged to property owners. 

 

To seed the fund, the Development Corporation of Abilene also contributed $1.5 million.

 

Work on Ridgemont Drive is expected to take approximately three months.

 

Drivers and property owners with concerns can contact the city's engineering services at 325-676-6281.

 

 

By Nathaniel Ellsworth

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved.


Things to do next week: Balloons fill the skies of Abilene

 

 

Optimist Club Unlimited's 25th annual three-day Big Country Balloon Fest will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 27 at Redbud Park, 3125 S. 32nd St.

 

Food, crafts, entertainment and more will be available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with opening ceremonies at 5:45 p.m., a balloon flight at 6 p.m., and a balloon glow at 8:15 p.m.

 

Events with continue Sept. 28 with a balloon flight at 7:30 a.m., entertainment starting at 9 a.m., vendors at 10 a.m., a flight at 7 p.m. and a balloon glow at 8:15 p.m.

 

The festival will conclude with a flight at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 29.

 

For information, go to bigcountryballoonfest.org.

 

'Journey With My Jewishness'

 

Cellist Amit Peled will present "Journey With My Jewishness" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Williams Performing Arts Center at Abilene Christian University. A reception, with a meet and greet, will begin at 6:30 p.m.

 

Concert-only tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets for the concert and reception are $35. For tickets or information, go to abilenephilharmonic.org.

 

Storybook Saturday

 

The Abilene Cultural Affairs Council will present a Storybook Saturday event, "Tale as Old as Time," at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden at the Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. Sixth St.

 

Abilene Christian University theater students will present selections from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" musical and cellist Amit Peled will perform and read from his book, "A Cello Named Pablo." Other events include art activities, face painting and an instrument petting zoo.

 

Admission is $10 per family, and advance registration is required. Register at abilenecac.org.

 

Zoobilation

 

The annual Zoobilation gala fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Abilene Zoo, 2070 Zoo Lane. The theme will be "Sippin' Safari," featuring a dinner, silent auction and a variety of animal appearances.

 

Individual tickets are $125. For tickets or information, go to abilenezoo.org.

 

Day of the Woman

 

The "Day of the Woman" lunch and learn program, featuring Dr. Leanne Young, will be presented from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Hunter Welcome Center at Abilene Christian University. Lunch will be provided.

 

Advance registration is required. RSVP to 325-696-0646 or elyse.lewis@ttuhsc.edu.

 

Abilene Preservation awards

 

The Abilene Preservation League will present honors for local architecture at an awards ceremony dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Gerhart Hall at Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, 602 Meander St. Historian Jay Moore will be the featured speaker. 

 

Tickets are $125, and must be purchased by Monday. For tickets, go to abilenepreservation.org.

 

Philharmonic concert

 

The Abilene Philharmonic will present its "Masterworks I" concert, "The Heavenly Life," at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Abilene Convention Center, 1100 N. Sixth St. Amit Peled and Lynnette Chambers will be the featured performers.

 

For tickets or information, go to abilenephilharmonic.org or call 325-677-6710.

 

And more ...

 

  • Kathryn Sonenshine will present a program on using 2-1-1 to find assistance from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday at the Mockingbird Lane branch of the Abilene Public Library, 1326 N. Mockingbird Lane. Admission is free.

 

  • MERKEL — The Merkel homecoming will begin with a pep rally at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at Merkel High School, with a parade at 3 p.m. in downtown Merkel. A dinner will be served for $10 from 5-7 p.m. at Merkel Methodist Church.

 

 

  • COTTONWOOD — The Cottonwood Country Musical will begin at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Cottonwood Community Center. Admission is free. The kitchen will open at 5 p.m. For more information, call 325-660-5771.

 

  • The Hardin-Simmons University Theatre Department will present its "Pops at the Pond" concert at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the duck pond on campus. Listeners are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Admission is free.

 

  • Virginia Zak, president of the Buffalo Gap Chapter of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, will present a workshop on understanding the Constitution from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St. Registration is required. To register, call 325-676-6025.

 

  • A free showing of "Holmes & Watson," rated PG-13, will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Mockingbird Lane branch of the Abilene Public Library, 1326 N. Mockingbird Lane.

 

  •  Abilene Cactus Lions Club will conduct its third annual fish fry from 4-8 p.m. Sept. 28 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 525 Beech St. Admission is $10, with desserts sold for $1.

 

  • BUFFALO GAP — A fundraiser concert benefiting Camp Able will begin at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Red Dirt Pavilion, 1302 Pecan St. in Buffalo Gap. House Band #1, Morgan Reatherford and Kirk House will perform. General admission is free.

 

  • Abilene Pride Alliance will conduct a "Big Gay Cookout" at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Swenson House, 1726 Swenson St. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served. Participants are encouraged to bring a side.

 

  • A pop-up country western dance featuring Midnight Blue will be 7-10 p.m. Sept. 28 in the garage of The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress St. Admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the door, or free for children under 10. For information, go to ellerhall.com.

 

  • A celebration of the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will begin at 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at VFW Post 6873, 1049 Veterans Drive. Admission is free.

 

 

By Nathaniel Ellworth

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved.


Abilene Wide Open: Crosstown Fun

 

 

It takes more than a little bit of rain to stop tailgaters, especially when it's the Crosstown Showdown between Abilene and Cooper high schools.

 

A deejay, a handful of smokers, one or two grills and a lot of people milled about, ate, and maybe even danced a little before Friday's game at Shotwell Stadium.

 

It was the 59th meeting between the Eagles and Cougars.

 

Ali Nelson, 5, twirls her umbrella as she and her 2-year-old sister Carter Player tailgate with family in the parking lot at Shotwell Stadium Friday. Fans of both Abilene and Cooper high schools tailgated together before the evening's Crosstown Showdown football game.

Ali Nelson, 5, twirls her umbrella as she and her 2-year-old sister Carter Player tailgate with family in the parking lot at Shotwell Stadium Friday. Fans of both Abilene and Cooper high schools tailgated together before the evening's Crosstown Showdown football game.

 

Most of Abilene got a pre-game drenching, though only a trace was measured at the airport 2.5 miles from the stadium.

 

Inside the stadium, the dueling student sections tried to out-spirit each other. At one point it looked like a toilet paper tornado erupted from the Cooper side. Eagles fans followed suit with their own ribbons and confetti on the other side.

 

Cooper High School students throw balloons and toilet paper into the air during the second half of Friday's Crosstown Showdown football game against Abilene High.

Cooper High School students throw balloons and toilet paper into the air during the second half of Friday's Crosstown Showdown football game against Abilene High.

 

The rain that pelted Abilene had disappeared by kickoff, leaving in its wake a pleasant enough evening for a good football game after fans navigated the traffic jam to the stadium and adjoining West Texas Fair & Rodeo.

 

Cooper won the game 23-14.

 

Nathan Ruelas cooks tacos on a griddle in the parking lot at Shotwell Stadium. The tailgating scene on the south side of the stadium had food smokers, a deejay and dancing before the evening's Crosstown Showdown football game between Abilene and Cooper high schools.

Nathan Ruelas cooks tacos on a griddle in the parking lot at Shotwell Stadium. The tailgating scene on the south side of the stadium had food smokers, a deejay and dancing before the evening's Crosstown Showdown football game between Abilene and Cooper high schools.

 

By Ronald W. Erdrich

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved.

 


West Texas Fair & Rodeo Results

 

West Texas Fair & Rodeo Parade

 

Equine: Originality - Doyle Sisco; Theme - Patience Woolwine

 

Individual Rider: Originality - Doyle Sisco; Theme - Patience Woolwine

 

Wagons: Originality - Second Chance Cowboy Church; Theme - Marvelous Mavericks

 

Rubber Tire Wagon: Originality - Zia Farms Shetland & Miniature Horses

 

Riding Clubs: Originality - Pala Pinto Co. Sheriff’s Posse; Theme - The Lone Star Ladies; Sweepstakes - ACU Department of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

 

Antique Tractors: Originality - Anthony Bray; Theme - Ricky Beard; Sweepstakes - Trena Johnson

 

Vehicle: Originality - C.W. Brown; Theme - Leon Berube; Sweepstakes - Carrol Hood

 

Decorative Float Open Division: Originality - Abilene Community Theatre; Theme - The Discovery Center; Sweepstakes - Deleon Peach & Melon

 

Decorative Float Youth Division: Originality - Big Country Home Educators; Theme - Abilene Fight Club; Sweepstakes - Girl Scout Troop

 

Decorative Float Civic Division: Originality - Abilene Founder Lions Club; Theme - Guardians of the Children

 

Decorative Float Commercial/Industrial Division: Originality - Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union; Theme - McCullar Properties Group Keller William Realty; Sweepstakes - Blue Cross Blue Shield

 

Bands: Originality - Abilene High; Theme - Abilene Cooper; Sweepstakes - Hardin-Simmons

 

Antiques and Collectibles

 

 

Best in Show: Mary Berry

 

Document: 1. Sharon Millican, 2. Alan Bohannon, 3. Joyce Vernon

 

Photograph (framed): 1. Barbara Dunn, 2. Joyce Vernon, 3. Sharon Sherbert

 

Photograph: 1. Gayle Whetsel, 2. Lana Trietsch, 3. Linda Favor

 

Book (child’s): 1. Mary Berry, 2. Linda Favor, 3. Joyce Vernon

Book (adult’s): 1. Joyce Vernon, 2st:Karen Thomson, 3. Jessica Favor

 

Antique Bibles: 1. Deborah Stevens, 2. Susan Archa, 3. Billie Ivy

 

Cards, special occasion: 1. Ginger Houghton, 2. Carolyn Fairchild, 3. Jimmie Fleming

 

Periodicals–Magazines & Ads: 1. Jeanette Jimmerson, 2. Philip Rattliff, 3. Barbara Dunn

 

Metal Box or Can: 1. Joyce Vernon, 2. Susan Archa, 3. Don Denny

 

Toys: 1. Tyler Jobe, 2. Barbara Dunn, 3. Terry Tacker

 

Kitchen Article–metal: 1. Marianne Marugg, 2. Barbara Dunn, 3. Linda Favor

 

Kitchen Article–wood: 1. Joyce Vernon, 2. Lana Trietsch, 3. Susan Archor

 

Kitchen Article–glass: 1. Marylou Strange, 2. Linda Favor, 3. Joyce Vernon

 

Hand Tools: 1. Tyler Jobe, 2. Mary Nurmi, 3. Joyce Vernon

 

Small Home Accessory–glass: 1. Deborah Stevens, 2. Billie Ivy, 3. Penny Smalley

 

Small Home Accessory–not glass: 1. Wayne Elkins, 2. Joyce Vernon, 3. Linda Favor

 

Pottery: 1. Joyce Vernon, 2. Dorothy Underwood, 3. Ginger Houghton

 

Vintage Glass–clear: 1. Billie Ivy, 2. Deborah Stevens, 3. Ginger Houghton

 

Vintage Glass-colored: 1. Lana Trietsch, 2. Jeanie Bohannon, 3. Gayle Whetsel

 

Carnival Glass: 1. Joyce Vernon, 2. Ginger Houghton

 

Milk Glass: 1. Joyce Vernon, 2. Carolyn Fairchild, 3. Ginger Houghton

 

Antique Silver: 1. Linda Huff, 2. Susan Archa 3. Lana Trietsch

 

China–plate: 1. Linda Huff, 2. Lana Trietsch, 3. Susan Archa

 

China–other: 1. Mary Berry, 2. Linda Huff, 3. Karen Thomson

 

Time Pieces: 1. Margaret Monger, 2. Barbara Dunn, 3. Linda Huff

 

Jewelry–hand or arm: 1. Tyler Jobe, 2. Ginger Houghton, 3. Gayle Whetsel

 

Jewelry–neck or hair: 1. Joyce Vernon, 2. Gayle Whetsel, 3. Susan Archer

 

Needlework–embroidery: 1. Bonnie Hart, 2. Susan Archa, 3. Carolyn Fairchild

 

Needlework–crochet, tatting, or    handmade lace: 1. Mary Berry, 2. Lana Trietsch, 3. Joyce Vernon

 

Adult Clothing: 1. Barbara Dunn, 2. Billie Ivy

 

Adult Clothing Accessory: 1. Penny Smalley, 2. Johnny Rodriguez, 3. Deborah Stevens

 

Child’s Clothing: 1. Billie Ivy, 2. Carolyn Fairchild, 3. Joyce Vernon

 

Child’s Clothing Accessory: 1. Cassie McFadden, 2nd Joyce Vernon, 3rd Billie Ivy

 

Photography Equipment: 1. Linda Favor, 2. Caroly Fairchild

 

Collection–small items, 20 or less: 1. Tyler Jobe, 2. Mary Berry, 3. Jeanette Jimmerson

 

Collection–large items, 10 or less: 1. Mary Berry, 2. Vicki Earley, 3. Mary Nurmi

 

Bottles: 1. Susan Archa, 2. Mary Berry, 3. Stephen Lindberg

 

Pocket Knife: 1. Barbara Dunn, 2. Linda Huff, 3. Joyce Vernon

 

Diplomas: 1. Phillip Ratliff

 

Birth Announcements: 1. Barbara Dunn; 2. Joyce Vernon

 

Sewing Thimbles: 1. Joyce Vernon, 2. Susan Archa, 3. Ginger Houghton

 

Antique Vases: 1. Lana Trietsch, 2. James Wilson, 3. Billie Ivy

 

Misc.–wood not listed: 1. Billie Ivy, 2. Carolyn Fairchild, 3. Johnny Rodriguez

 

Misc.–glass not listed: 1. Joyce Vernon, 2. Marylou Strange, 3. Billie Ivy

 

Misc.–cloth not listed: 1. Joyce Vernon, 2. Billie Ivy, 3. Carolyn Fairchild

 

Misc.–metal not listed: 1. Collin Nowell, 2. Wayne Elkins, 3. Linda Huff

 

Misc.–items not listed: 1. Tina Elkins, 2. Brandi Moeller, 3. Zack Moeller

 

Quilts

 

Best of Show: Lanesta M. Mae

 

CLASS A – Large Pieced (over 60”x60”)

 

Hand Quilted: 1. Kathy McCoy, 2. Kimberly Groves Hudson, 3. Aleve McQueen

 

Machine Quilted: 1. Kim Mangum, 2. Merrie Rogge, 3. Tommy Ann Waggoner

 

Hand Appliqué: 1. Judith Wilson

 

Machine Appliqué: 1. Brenda Brown, 2. Kathy McCoy 

 

Combination Pieced and Appliqué: 1. Janice Gibbs, 2. Korothy Waller, 3. Kathy Sutton

 

CLASS B – Medium Pieced (over 36”x36” & under 60” x 60”)

 

Machine Quilted: 1. Brenda Brown, 2. Penny View, 3. Clejuan Carson

 

Machine Appliqué: 1. Tori Woodruff

 

Combination Pieced and Appliqué: 1. Ferrell Adock, 2. Cassandra Lancaster, 3. Veronica Burleson

 

CLASS C – Small Quilts (not single blocks) (pieced or appliqué)

 

Miniatures-Hand Quilted (less than 18” x 18”): 1. Zella Woodruff

 

Miniatures-Machine Quilted (less than 18” x 18”): 1. LeeAnne Davis, 2. LaVonda Webb, 3: Aleve McQueen

 

Small-Hand Quilted (over 18 x18” & under 36”x36”): 1. Kathy McCoy, 2. Judith Wilson

 

Small-Machine Quilted (over 18” x 18” & under 36” x 36”): 1. Carolyn Griffith, 2. Kathryn Rister, 3. Ginger Jones

 

CLASS D – Infant or Youth Themes

 

Pieced: 1. Kimberly Graves Hudson, 2. Lanesta M Moe, 3. Kathryn Rister

 

Combination Pieced/Appliqué: 1. Kathryn Rister, 2. Mary Nurni, 3. Merrie Rogge

 

Combination Pieced/Appliqué: 1. Judith Wilson, 2. Merrie Rogge

 

CLASS E – Group Quilts

 

Two Person: 1. Kim Mangum, 2. Kathy McCoy, 3. Sandra Thomas

 

Three or more Persons: 1. Judith Wilson, 2. Kathryn Rister, 3. LaVonda Webb

 

CLASS F – Golden Ages (65 years or older)

 

Pieced: 1. Martha Balch, 2. LaVonda Webb, 3. Kathryn Rister

 

Hand Appliqué: 1. Virginia Holley, 2. Judith Wilson

 

Machine Appliqué: 1. Cassandra Lancaster, 2. Yvonne Collison, 3. Zella Woodruff

 

Other: 1. Lanesta M Moe, 2. Judith Wilson

 

CLASS G – Antique Quilts - over 50 years old

 

Pieced: 1. Lanesta M Moe, 2. Jeanie Bohannon, 3. Judith Wilson

 

CLASS H – Special Techniques/Themes

 

Embroidery (hand): 1. Kathy McCoy

 

Embroidery (machine): 1. Susan Le Fevre, 2. Cassandra Lancaster, 3. Kathryn Rister

 

Paint on Fabric: 1. Judith Wilson

 

Pre-Printed Fabric: 1. Ferrell Adcock, 2. Kathy McCoy

 

Other: 1. Judith Wilson, 2. Alicia Taylor, 3. Carolyn Fairchild

 

CLASS I - Time Span

 

Antique blocks (made 50 years ago or more), finished into quilts at a much later date: 1. Lanesta M. Moe, 2. Judith Wilson, 3. Charles Hudson

Knitting and Crochet

 

Best of Show, Knitting: Heather McGee

 

CLASS A – Knitting

 

Adult Wearing Apparel: 1. Stacy Castillo; 2. Allyson Keker

 

Infant Wearing Apparel: 1. Allyson Keker

 

Toys: 1. Heather Mcgee

 

Miscellaneous – any knitted item, except afghan, not listed above: 1. Allyson Keker

 

Best of Show, Crochet - Pam Dickson

 

CLASS B – Crochet

 

Adult Wearing Apparel: 1. Joy Summers; 2. Helen Harris; 3. Jeannie Wesley

 

Infant Wearing Apparel: 1. Carolyn Houghton; 2. Evynne Caffey; 3. Judy Yates 

 

Infant Coverlet: 1. Pam Dickson; 2. Cynthia Gilmore; 3. Judy Yates

 

Crocheted Collar: 1. Jody Yates; 2. Lucy Adams

 

Table Runner: 1. Carolyn Houghton; 2. Judy Yates

 

Toys: 1. Jody Glanton; 2. Jolene Phillips; 3. Erin Kay

 

Doll Clothing: 1. Judy Yates, 2. Lucy Adams

 

Doillies: 1. Carolyn Houghton; 2. Judy Yates; 3. Billie Perkins

 

Holiday: 1. Helen Harris; 2. Judy Yates; 3. Lucy Adams

 

Senior Citizens: 1. Jeannie Wesley; 2. Susie Wallace; 3. Michela Burger

 

Miscellaneous – any crocheted item, except afghan, not listed above: 1. Heather McGee; 2. Joy Summers; 3. Jeannie Wesley

 

CLASS C – Afghan

 

Granny Square – Crochet: 1. Kay Buford; 2. Carolyn Houghton 3. Lacy Adams 

 

Ripple – Crochet: 1. Kay Buford

 

Afghan Stitch – Crochet: 1. Kay Buford; 2. Jo Lemmons

 

Dimensional – Crochet: 1. Deborah Stevens; 2. Roxie Florentino; 3. Cheryl Woods

 

Combination of two or more stitches – Crochet: 1. Amber Kennedy; 2. Lucy Adams 3. Nancy Jones

 

Senior Citizens – Crochet: 1. Pam Dickson; 2. Kay Buford; 3. Roxie Florentine

 

Misc. – any Crochet Afghan not listed above: 1. Pam Dickson; 2. Pam Wright; 3. Bonnie Hart

 

CLASS D – Tatting

 

Doilies: 1. Helen Harris

 

Holiday: 1. Helen Harris

 

Miscellaneous – any item of merit: 1. Helen Harris; 2. Constence Shafer

Adult Photography

 

Best of Show: Megan Lovejoy

 

CLASS A – Non-Color

 

Animals: 1. Sean Dentremont  2. Victoria Serault 3. Megan Lovejoy

 

Architecture & Monuments: 1. Lynn Beard 2. Rendi Hahn 3. Neil Willin

 

Flowers and Plant Life: 1. Janice Serrault 2. Victoria Serrault 3. Jake Fleming

 

Sports: 1. Megan Lovejoy 2. Riley Smith 3. Ann Gordon 

 

Fair & Rodeo & Parade: 1. Victoria Serrault 2. Darron Rosenquist 3. Debora Prescott

 

Special Effects, Abstract

 

Photo Shopped: 1. Robert Nelson 2. David Beauchamp 3. Tomzie Steele

 

People: 1. Richard Keker 2. Megan Lovejoy 3. Ryan Branch

 

Still Life: 1. Robert Nelson 2. Megan Lovejoy 3. Riley Smith

 

Train, Planes & Autos: 1. Chris W. 2. Victoria Serrault 3. Lynn Beard

 

Clouds or Weather: 1. Danielle Oliver 2. Carl Marugg

 

Birds: 1. Curtis Rogers 2. Tomzie Steele 3. Shayna Rue

 

Insects: 1. Carl Marugg 2. Tomzie Steele 3. Traci Durant

 

Big Country Area: 1. Robert Nelson 2. Jacob Blizzard 3. Carl Marugg

 

Miscellaneous: 1. Elizabeth Redding 2. Daril Gonzales 3. Shayna Rue

 

CLASS B – Color

 

Animals: 1. Tomzie Steele 2. Megan Lovejoy 3. Kegan Storms

 

Architecture & Monuments: 1. Victoria Schmidt 2. Joley Hatter 3.Steve Eller

 

Flowers and Plant Life: 1. Tomzie Steele 2. David Beauchamp 3. Darron Rosenquist

 

Sports: 1. Brittany Becknel 2. Valerie Lee 3. Daril Gonzales

 

Fair & Rodeo & Parade: 1. Raven Barnett 2. Kayli Smith 3. Darron Rosenquist

 

Special Effects, Abstracts, Photo Shopped: 1. Brooke McMillin 2. Brittany Becknel 3. Robert Nelson

 

People: 1. Megan Lovejoy 2. Richard Keker 3. Tammy Henthorne

 

Still Life: 1. Richard Keker 2. David Beauchamp 3. Sean Dentremont

 

Train, Planes & Autos: 1. Lynn Beard 2. Blakely Eller 3. David Beauchamp

 

Clouds or Weather: 1. Matt Rutland 2. Marsha Rutland 3.Dixie Courtney

 

Birds: 1. Randy Farmer 2. Tomzie Steele 3. Curtis Rogers

 

Insects: 1. Randy Farmer 2. Tomzie Steele 3. Melanie Davis

 

Big Country Area: 1. David Beauchamp 2. Holly Cowan 3. Ryan Branch

 

Miscellaneous: 1. Shayna Rue 2. Danielle Oliver 3. Lynn Beard

 

CLASS C – Professional

 

Non-Color: 1. Tiffany Smith 2. Patty Odom 3. Kami Clark

 

Color: 1. Patty Odom 2. John Inwood 3.  Tiffany Smith

Christmas Holiday Corner

 

Best of Show: Joyce Edwards

 

CLASS C – Wall Hanging

 

Christmas picture any medium: 1. Susan Boyles 2. Carolyn Houghton 3. Nancy Freeman

 

Christmas Picture-Cross Stitch: 1. Susan Boyles

 

Door Decoration: 1. Susan Archa

 

Wreath: 1. Dorothy Kiser 2. Brittany Price 3. Christie Price

 

Miscellaneous: 1. Zella Woodruff 2. Gayle Whetsel

 

CLASS D – Nativity

 

Any item (Not over 18” high): 1. Gayle Whetsel 2. Susan Boyles 3. Ron Harden

 

CLASS E – Centerpiece (not over 18” high)

 

Any item (Not over 18” high): 1. Kathy McCoy 2. Susan Archa

 

CLASS F – Ornament

 

Original Design: 1. Susan Archa 2. Carolyn Houghton 3. Gayle Whetsel

 

Made from a Kit: 1. Kathy Boyles 2. Susan Boyles

 

Sequined or Jeweled: 1. Kelly Enge 2. Helen J Harris

 

Miscellaneous: 1. Patti Sedberry 2. Helen J. Harris

 

CLASS G – Christmas Characters

 

Any item: 1. Joyce Edwards 2. Kathy Boyles 3. Susan Archa

 

CLASS H – Tablecloth

 

Any item: 1. Carolyn Houghton 2. Sandra Thomas 3. Clejuan Carson

 

CLASS I – Holiday Wearing Apparel

 

Any item: 1. Judy Yates 2. Lanesta M Moe 3. Sandra Thomas

 

CLASS J – What’s New

 

Afghan – Bed size: 1. Carolyn Houghton

 

Pillows: 1. Ferrell Adcock 2. Dorothy Kiser

 

Quilts – Lap size: 1. Penny Vieau 2. Tommy Ann Waggoner 3. Gayla Beaird

 

Quilts – Bed size: 1. Lanesta M Moe

 

Any item not listed above: 1. Ferrell Adcock; 2. Zella Woodraff 3. Carolyn Houghton

 

Living Plants

 

Best in Show: Gayle Whetsel 

 

Flowering Plant (container under 6” in diameter): 1. Joyce Vernon

 

Flowering Plant (container over 6” in diameter): 1. Virginia Bassett, 2. Beverly Childers, 3. Kaylee Waigand

 

Foliage Plant (container under 6” in diameter): 1. Kaylee Wiagand, 2. Joyce Vernon

 

Foliage Plant (container over 6” in diameter): 1. Joyce Vernon, 2. Virginia Bassett, 3. Kaylee Wiagand

 

African Violet: 1. Kaylee Waigand

 

Succulent: 1. Beverly Childers, 2. Virginia Gassett, 3. Gayle Whetsel

 

Cactus: 1. Virginia Gassett, 2. Joyce Vernon, 3. Heather Ratliff

 

Dish Garden or Terrarium: 1. Gayle Whetsel, 2. Joyce Vernon, 3. Virginia Gassett

 

Hanging Basket-Succulent: 1. Joyce Vernon

 

Tropical Plant (container over 6” in diameter): 1. Virginia Gassett, 2. Joyce Vernon

 

Miscellaneous (any plant not listed above): 1. Austin Inkmer, 2. James Sullivan, 3. Dan H. Burger 

 

Child Entry (12 or Under): 1. Mason Waigand

 

Grandparents Brag

 

Best of Show: Rae Nell Allen 

 

Class A

 

Girls Under 1 year: 1. Barbara Brewer, 2. Janice Six, 3. Pam Bass

 

Girls 1 year old: 1. Gayle Whetsel, 2. Janice Gibbs, 3. Robert Gibbs

 

Girls 2 years old: 1. Gayle Whetsel, 2. Tommy & Sharon Foster

 

Girls 3 years old: 1. Pam Bass

 

Girls 4 & 5 years old: 1. Rae Nell Allen, 2. Glenna Hamilton 

 

Class B

 

Boys 1 year old: 1. Cheryl Wood

 

Boys 2 Years old: 1. Daril Gonzales

 

Boys 3 Years old: 1. Glenna Hamilton, 2. Jesse Houghton, 3. Tina Cargile

 

Boys 4 & 5 Years Old: 1. Tommy & Sharon Foster, 2. Sherry Burns, 3. Oscelia Selmon

 

Class C

 

Twins, Triplets and groups up to 5 Years old: 1. Mechell Nelson

 

Youth Clothing

 

CLASS A – Beginners (ages 5-8)

 

Best of Show: Easton LeFevre

 

Miscellaneous Sewn wearable items not listed: 1. Easton LeFevre 2. Hayden LeFevre. Emery Galovich

 

CLASS B – Junior (ages 9-13)

 

Best of Show: Nathan Songer

 

Dress or Sundress: 1. Alexis Williams 2. Hannah Williams 3.  Sarah Beth Songer

 

Pants or Skirt: 1. Halle Beard 2. Belle Jones 3. Emily Johnstone 

 

Lounge Wear: 1. Peyton Cockerham

 

Miscellaneous sewn wearable items not listed above: 1. Nathan Songer 2. Genna Minyard 3. Adalyn Galovich

 

CLASS C – Senior (ages 14-18)

 

Best of Show: Jenna Kendrick

 

Coat, Jacket or Blazer: 1. Eowyn Stewart

 

Lounge Wear: Abigail Songer

 

Dress or Sundress: Eowyn Stewart

 

Blouse: 1. Eowyn Stewart

 

Pants or Skirt: Eowyn Stewart

 

Formal Wear: 1. Jenna Kendrick

 

Miscellaneous sewn wearable items not listed: 1. Lanie Allen 2. Eowyn Stewart 3. Abigail Songer

 

Youth Hobbies and Crafts

 

CLASS A - Pre-Beginners (under 5 years of age)

 

Best of Show: Titus Powell

 

Any item: 1. Titus Powell 2. John Luke 3. Eli Pitts

 

CLASS B – Beginners (ages 5-8)

 

Best of Show: Beau Ross

 

Jewelry: 1. Mallie Parks 2. Emery Galovich 3. Beau Ross

 

Decorated Clothing or Fabric Item: Maggie Spraberry 2. Cash Rutland 3. Beau Ross

 

Wreath: 1. Addison Richy 2. Cash Ruland 3. Beau Ross

 

Household Decoration: 1. Beau Ross 2. Maggie Spraberry 3. Hayden LeFerre

 

Toys: 1. Cash Rutland 2. Beau Ross 3. Ian Pitts

 

Other Holiday Decoration: 1. Cash Rutland 2. Grayson Traylor 3. Addison Richey

 

“Something From Nothing”: 1. Beau Ross 2. Ian Pitts 3. Addison Richey

 

Item Made from Duct Tape: 1. Cash Rutland 2. Kambree Hadaway 3. Tristan Hernandez

 

Play-Dough, Clay Model or Ceramics: 1. Kayla Addy 2. Kambree Hadaway

 

Memory Book or Scrapbook: 1. Tristan Hernandez 2. Beau Ross

 

Collection (mounted on board or in book): 1. Baac McFadden 2. Beau Ross 3. Kayla Addy 

 

Decorative or Tabletop Scarecrow: 1. Maggie Spraberry

 

Miscellaneous: 1. Beau Ross 2. Easton LeFevre 3. Kaci Brewn

 

CLASS C – Juniors (ages 9-13)

 

Best of Show: Mallory Traylor

 

Jewelry: 1. Genna Minyard 2. Emily Johnstone 3. Spencer Price

 

Decorated Clothing: 1. Lizzy Thorup 2. Larsyn Allen 3. Peyton Cockerham

 

Decorated Fabric Item: 1. Taleigh Sorello 2. Shelby McGee 3. Rustyn Ross

 

Basket: 1. Karley Brewer 2. Larsyn Allen

 

Wreath: 1. Peyton Cockerham 2. Karley Brewen 3. Spencer Price

 

Household Decoration: 1. Macie Parks 2. Karley Brewer 3. Jacklynn Berry

 

Ceramics & Pottery: 1. Lillie Kate White 2. Rusty Ross 3. Emily Johnstone

 

Punched Tin: 1. Iarsyn Allen 2. Rustyn Ross

 

Woodworking: 1. Iarsyn Allen 2. Colton Miller

 

Decorated Wood: 1. Rustyn Ross 2. Iarsyn Allen 3. Spencer Price 

 

Christmas Decoration: 1. Shelby McGee 2. Spencer Price 3. Madison Traylor

 

Christmas Ornament: 1. Shelby McGee 2. Peyton Cockerham 3. Spencer Price

 

Other Holiday Decoration: 1. Shelby McGee 2. Iarsyn Allen 3. Emalyn Purvine

 

“Something From Nothing”: 1. Spencer Price 2. Jonas McFadden 3. Grayson Harris

 

Item Made from Duct Tape: 1. Braylen Miller 2. Spencer Price 3. Karley Brewer

 

Play Dough or Clay Model: 1. Iarsyn Allen 2. Shelby McGee 3. Emily Rattliff

 

Leather Work: 1. Iarsyn Allen

 

“Memory Book” or Scrap Book: 1. Iarsyn Allen

 

Collection: 1. Larley Brewer 2. Rustyn Ross 3. Iarsyn Allen

 

Field Scarecrow: 1. Karley Brewer

 

Decorative or Table Scarecrow: 1. Iarsyn Allen

 

Miscellaneous: limited to Hobbies and Crafts not listed – 1. Addison Dalige 2. Lizzy Thorup 3. Anthony Lopez

 

Toy, Any medium: 1. Noah Bass 2. Lance McFadden 3. Austin Cheek

 

String Art – 1. Mallory Traylor 2. Iarsyn Allen

 

Scratch Art: 1. Iarsyn Allen

 

CLASS D – Senior (ages 14-18)

 

Best of Show: Bree Vitek

 

Jewelry: 1. Kaylynn Reyna 2. Kiersten Chapman 3. Rebecca Yates

 

Decorated Clothing or Fabric Item: 1. Eowyn Stewart 2. Sarah Kay Johnston 3. Lanie Allen

 

Wreath: 1. Maddie Collins 2. Garrett Smith 3. Lanie Allen

 

Household Decoration: 1. Cheyenne Gray 2. Jenna Kendrick 3. Garrett Smith

 

Ceramics & Pottery: 1. Lanie Allen

 

Woodworking: Angell Sharp

 

Decorated Wood: 1. Victoria Walke 2. Fox Stewart 3. Justin McGee

 

Holiday Decoration: 1. Rebecca Yates 2. Maddie Collins 3. Kiersten Chapman

 

“Something from Nothing”: 1. Bree Titek 2. Justin McGee 3. Mark Leyva

 

Made from Duct Tape: 1. Nicole Luckie

 

Play Dough or Clay Model: 1. Fox Stewart 2. Kiersten Chapman 3. Kaylynn Reyna

 

Memory Book or Scrap Book: 1. Jacob Mayfield 2. Lanie Allen 3. Carlie Buck

 

Decorative or Tabletop Scarecrow: 1. Rebecca Yates

 

Miscellaneous: limited to Hobbies & Crafts not listed – 1. Rebecca Yates 2. Maddie Collins 3. Sadie Miller 

 

Leather Work: 1. Justin McGee

 

Punched Tin: 1. Garrett Smith

 

String Art: 1. Justin McGee 2. Rebecca Yates 3. Garrett Smith

 

Adult Canned Food

 

Best of Show - Deborah Stevens - Peach Jalepeno

 

CLASS A – Canned Fruit – Apples: 1. Brittany Price; 2. Joyce Wharton

 

Cherries: 1. Cassie McFadden

 

Peaches: 1. Sabrina Colburn; 2. Brittany Price; 3. Brandon Martin 

 

Pears: 1. Brittany Price 

 

Other canned fruit, not listed above: 1. Cassie McFadden; 2. Michelle Bierma; 3. Joyce Wharton 

 

CLASS B – Canned Vegetables

 

Black-eyed Peas: 1. Lisa Henderson; 2. Marshall Wharton; 3. Joyce Wharton

 

Carrots: 1. Lisa Henderson; 2. Mary Nurmi; 3. Marylou Strange

 

Corn: 1. Brittany Price 

 

Green Beans: 1. Pam Dickson; 2. Marylou Strange; 3. Stacie Tuggle 

 

Mixed Vegetables: 1. Lisa Henderson ; 2. Stacy Tuggle

 

Squash: 1. Mary Normi 

 

Tomatoes: 1. Brittany Price; 2. Pam Dickson 

 

Sweet Potatoes: 1. Brittany Price

 

Other, not listed above: 1. Amy Raschke; 2. Stacie Tuggle; 3. Cassie McFadden 

 

CLASS C – Pickled

 

Beets: 1. Stacy Tuggle; 2. Joyce Wharton; 3. James Abernathe 

 

Bread and Butter: 1. Virginia Gassett; 2. Brittany Price; 3. Karen Chittum 

 

Dill Cucumbers: 1. Virginia Gassett; 2. Kathy Boyles; 3. Stacie Tuggle

 

Okra: 1. Virginia Gassett; 2. Stacie Tuggle; 3. Margie Wheeler 

 

Pickled, Fruit: 1. Brittany Price 

 

Pickled, Peppers: 1. Jackie Wilson; 2. Stacie Tuggle; 3. Kathy Boyles

 

Pickled, Sweet Cucumbers: 1. Brittany Price; 2. Tracie Walters; 3. Heather Ratliff

 

Other, not listed above: 1. Lisa Henderson; 2. Stacy Tuggle; 3. Gail Olney 

 

CLASS D – Relishes

 

Green Tomatoes (chow-chow): 1. Stacy Tuggle; 2. Virginia Gassett; 3. James Wharton 

 

Salsa: 1. Lisa Henderson; 2. Brittany Price; 3. Jackie Wilson

 

Other, not listed above: 1. Stacie Tuggle; 2. Michelle Burger 

 

CLASS E – Jelly - (made from juice) – Apple: 1. Kathy Boyles; 2. Norma Clay

 

Berry: 1. Brittany Price; 2. Kathy Boyles; 3. Karen Thomson 

 

Grape: 1. Dorothy Kiser; 2. Jolene Willis; 3. Brittany Price 

 

Peach: 1. Brittany Price; 2. Jolene Willis

 

Plum: 1. Jo Beth Allen; 2. Dorothy Kiser; 3. Jolene Willis

 

Prickly Pear: 1. Camilla White; 2. Jody Addy; 3. Brandon Martin 

 

Other & Combination of Fruits: 1. Jeannie Bohannon; 2. Kathy Boyles; 3. Norma Clay 

 

CLASS F – Jam

 

Apricot: 1. Amy Songer; 2. Billy Ivy; 3. Amy Raschte 

 

Berry: 1. Marylou strange; 2. Joelen Willis; 3. John Estes 

 

Plum: 1. Virginia Gassett; 2. Deborah Stevens; 3. Pam Dickson 

 

Peach: 1. Deborah Stevens; 2. Randy Billing; 3. Brittany Price 

 

Other, not listed above: 1. Deborah Stevens; 2. Dorothy Kiser; 3. Randy Billings 

 

CLASS G – Preserves (made with whole pieces of fruit)

 

Apricot: 1. Joyce Vernon; 2. Brittany Price 

 

Berry: 1. Mary Nurmi; 2. Brittany Price 

 

Peach: 1. Penny Smalley; 2. Brittany Price; 3. Norma Clay 

 

Pear: 1. Brittany Price; 2. Heather Ratliff; 3. Billy Ivy

 

Other, not listed above: 1. Norma Clay; 2. Lisa Henderson; 3. James Wharton

 

CLASS H – Butters

 

Any Butter: 1. Brittany Price; 2. Michelle Bierma; 3. Cassie McFadden 

 

CLASS I – Marmalade

 

Any Marmalade: 1. Gail Olney 

 

CLASS J – Sauces, Stew, & Soups

 

Fruit Sauce: 1. Michelle Bierma; 2. Deborah Stevens; 3. Brittany Price

 

Picante Sauce: 1: James Aberathie; 2. Martha Balch

 

Unusual Sauce or Juice, not listed above: 1. Michelle Bierma; 2. Brandon Martin; 3. Randy Billings 

 

CLASS K – Dried Foods

 

Vegetables: 1. Jody Addy 

 

Herbs: 1. Jody Addy

 

CLASS L – Honey

 

Honey: 1. Lance Hawvermale; 2. Billy Ivy

 

 

By Nathaniel Ellsworth

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved.


Abilene firefighters called back to Sunday's grass fire site for hot spots

 

 

A day after multiple fire-fighting agencies put out a fast-moving grass fire that threatened a subdivision, hot spots required additional attention Monday in southwest Abilene.

 

The Autumn Sage fire that started about 11:40 a.m. Sunday near Autumn Sage Lane and U.S. Highway 277 scorched 184 acres and prompted the temporary evacuation of the Hampton Hills subdivision as a precaution. 

 

The fire that was attributed to welding sparks was tapped out at 5 p.m. But, crews remained on the scene until about 8 p.m. and returned periodically throughout the night, Abilene Fire Department spokeswoman Elise Roberts said.

 

 

Smoke rises beyond trees and a grassy field along Dub Wright Boulevard Sunday. The grass fire threatened the nearby Hampton Hill subdivision, which was evacuated temporarily as a precaution.

Smoke rises beyond trees and a grassy field along Dub Wright Boulevard Sunday. The grass fire threatened the nearby Hampton Hill subdivision, which was evacuated temporarily as a precaution. 

 

 

The department dispatched 35 firefighters and 13 engine and brush trucks to the scene Sunday. Additional crews and equipment came from the Texas A&M Forest Service, Dyess Air Force Base, Taylor County Precinct 1 and multiple volunteer fire departments. They included Anson, Baird, Buffalo Gap, Clyde, ECCA, Eula, Hamby, Hawley, Potosi, Tye and View.

 

Abilene firefighters were called back at least three times Monday to the area of Autumn Sage Lane and Stewart Road because of hot spot flair ups, according to scanner traffic.

 

 

Residential fire

 

Before the grass fire Sunday, Abilene firefighters also responded at about 7:45 a.m. to a house fire in the 1500 block of North 16th Street.

 

"Fire crews arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the garage," a fire department news release said. 

 

After gaining access to the garage and the inside of the house, firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, the release said.

 

Residents were away at the time of the fire, which was blamed on an electrical malfunction, the release said.

 

By Laura Gutschke

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved.


Weekend events in Abilene will attract humans ... and dogs

 

 

1. Theater time. The local theater season begins with the letter "A," for Abilene Community Theatre and its production of "Apple of His Eye." The comedy opens Friday, with another evening show at 7:30 Saturday and a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday. Same plan for next weekend. Cost is $15 for regular admission and $13 for senior, students and military. Mike Stephens is directing this show, which was the first done at ACT when it opened in 1954.

 

 

2. Let's go to the fair! The West Texas Fair & Rodeo launched Thursday evening and continues through Sept. 14. There are rides, exhibits, fair food and the rodeo. Admission prices vary, with discounts offered. Due to construction and reconfiguring the Taylor County Expo Center, the midway is set up where livestock buildings were in the past.

 

 

A kiddie ride was positioned at the relocated midway at the Taylor County Expo Center for the annual West Texas Fair & Rodeo. The fair continues through Sept. 14.

A kiddie ride was positioned at the relocated midway at the Taylor County Expo Center for the annual West Texas Fair & Rodeo. The fair continues through Sept. 14.

 

 

3. Water you doing Saturday? If you want to get wet one final time, here is your chance. For humans, there is the annual Mudslinger fun run of about three miles at Seabee Park beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. It benefits Abilene Youth Sports Authority. It should not be as muddy last year, when rain created muck start to finish. Also Saturday, at Adventure Cove, it's doggie splash day. The aquatic center closed for the season Labor Day, but dogs will have their day before the pool is cleaned. 

 

 

By Abilene Reporter-News

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved.


Cost of repairs for law enforcement center to be studied by Taylor County

 

 

 

Abilene / Taylor County Law Enforcement Center, 450

Abilene / Taylor County Law Enforcement Center, 450 Pecan Street. 

 

Taylor County commissioners approved an engineering study on the Law Enforcement Center formerly shared with the Abilene Police Department to help commissioners and others assess whether it's better to stay or move to another location.

 

Commissioners approved up to $64,500 for Wiss, Janey, Elstner Associates to give an assessment of the building at 450 Pecan St., which in the past has been damaged by a shifting foundation and water, among other issues.

 

Until recently, the 43,000-square foot structure, a former department store, housed both the Taylor County Sheriff's Office and the Abilene Police Department for about 30 years.

 

The APD recently moved to a new location in west Abilene.

 

There is an underground stream beneath the building, Commissioner Chuck Statler said.

 

To understand the building's potential future and use to the county, "we need to assess ... what type of stabilization process is necessary or if it's even workable," Statler said.

 

The current assessment will be a followup to a 2014 study by the same company. 

 

"A lot of concerns were expressed by employees" concerning safety, County Judge Down

ing Bolls said. "There were places where the wall was separating from the floor."

 

The previous study found the building to be safe and structurally sound, Bolls said, but manifold problems remain.

 

"We'll look at it and see what happens once they tell us how much it will cost for them to stabilize it or fix it," Bolls said. "It would be nice if we could hang onto it, but if we can't, then we'll just have to decide in the future what to do with it."

 

The county has discussed moving other offices to the structure if it can be salvaged, but Taylor County Sheriff Ricky Bishop said in July that he worried that the building might turn into a "money pit" because of repair costs.

 

At the time, Bishop advocated tearing down the building, turning the area into a parking lot and building a new LEC for the county elsewhere.

 

 

2020 budget approved

 

In other business Tuesday, commissioners approved a 5.8 percent effective raise in the tax rate, also setting their final fiscal year 2020 budget.

 

The tax rate will be 63.40 cents per $100 of property value, made up of 56.34 cents for the county's general fund, 2 cents for road and bridge, and 5.06 cents for debt service.

 

The latter is made up of debt for the 2017 voter-approved bond election for repairs and upgrades at the Taylor County Expo Center, plus the cost of new voting machines for the county.

 

The final total budget for fiscal year 2020 is $110.43 million.

 

That is made up of $59.36 million for the county's general fund, $4.77 million for Road and Bridge, and $4.05 million for debt service.  Cumulative budget for all remaining funds is $42.25 million.

 

Next year, commissioners will face tighter restrictions when crafting their budget.

 

Senate Bill 2, which goes into effect in January, requires taxing entities to get voter approval before they can raise property taxes above a 3.5 percent cap.

 

This was the last year the county could have gone up to 8 percent.

 

The county never has had a rollback election, and it's hoped that the it won't have to have one in the future, Bolls said.

 

"But If we do a budget like this next year, it's going to go to the voters," Bolls said. "And that's OK, I'm all right with that."

 

Bolls said the county tries to stretch dollars as much as it can.

 

"We've in the past been able to get a better level of service by working and networking with agencies in the local area," he said. 

 

He said he worried that the tight restrictions would put pressure on some of those relationships.

 

"We're going to have to go back an see what kind of memorandums of understanding we've got and see how those are going to have to be changed," he said.

 

Brian Bethel covers city and county government and general news for the Abilene Reporter-News. 

 

By Brian Bethel

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News/First Bank Texas. All Rights Reserved.


Things to do next week: Sneak a peek at the fair

 

Weekend Roudup in Abilene and The Big Country

 

 

The West Texas Fair & Rodeo will kick off with a sneak-a-peek night from 5-11 p.m. Thursday at the Taylor County Expo Center. Gate admission is free for the sneak-a-peek, and armbands allowing admission to rides sold for $25.

 

The fair gates will be open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily Sept. 6-14, with free admission until 2:30 p.m. on weekdays. The carnival midway will be open from 5-11 p.m. on weekdays and from 1-11 p.m. on the weekend.

 

Adult admission is $8 on weekdays and $11 on the weekend. Student admission is $4 every day. For information, go to taylorcountyexpocenter.com.

 

 

Apple of His Eye

 

A production of "Apple of His Eye" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6, 7, 13 and 14, and at 2 p.m. Sept. 8 and 15, at Abilene Community Theatre, 809 Barrow St.

 

Tickets are $15. For information, go to abilenecommunitytheatre.org.

 

 

Audslinger Fun Run

 

The ninth annual Big Country Mudslinger Fun Run will begin at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at Sea Bee Park on FM 600. The three-mile course includes 16 challenges and four mud pits.

 

For information, or to register, go to bcmudslinger.com.

 

 

Swimming for dogs

 

Doggie Splash Day will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 7 at Adventure Cove Aquatic Center, 2742 S. Ninth St. Dogs must be at least 6 months old and have current vaccinations.

 

Admission is $3 per dog. For information, go to abilenetx.com/parksandrec.

 

 

And more

 

TYE — A "Refresh and Renew" square dance will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wagon Wheel. Tracey Dowell will be the caller.

 

A multi-part lecture series on the history of the United Kingdom under Queen Victoria will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the South Branch of the Abilene Public Library, in the Mall of Abilene. Retired history professor Fred Bailey will be the presenter.

 

The Cattle Baron's Ball Style Show benefiting the American Cancer Society will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the 201 Mesquite Event Center. Tickets are $50, and include food, drinks and a commemorative wine glass.

 

As a part of Discovery Adventure Theater, a showing of "The Receding Floodwaters" will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Discovery Center, 810 Butternut St. Admission is free. For reservations or information, call 325-673-5050.

 

By Nathaniel Ellsworth

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved.

 


Live on Abilene, area stages: Chris Colston rocks the Zoo

 

As part of the Rock and Roar summer concert series, Chris Colston will perform from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the Abilene Zoo. Food, beer and wine vendors will be available.

 

Adult tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, child tickets are $10. Admission is free for children age 2 and under. For tickets, go to abilenezoo.org.

 

If you’re a musician who has a gig, or you’re a venue owner who has a musician playing, send us your information. It’s FREE to be listed here, but we can’t tell everyone who’s playing if no one tells us.

 

Send your information to publishme@reporternews.com; or via mail in care of the Reporter-News, 101 Cypress St., Abilene, TX 79601.

 

Deadline is one week before publication.

 

 

ABILENE

 

  • Abilene Zoo, 2070 Zoo Lane. Chris Colston, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, $20.
  • Firehouse Bar & Grill, 2074 Butternut St. The Meeting Place, 7 p.m. Friday.
  • The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress St. Jonathan Tyler, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, $40.
  • Homer's Bar & Music Venue, 4201 N. First St. Mie, 9 p.m. Saturday, $5. Gwapmizzle and Phee6z, 8 p.m. Aug. 31.
  • Maslow Coffee Company, 1694 Campus Court. Weston & The Evergreen, 7-9 p.m. Friday.
  • Mezamiz Deux Coffee House, 3909 S. 7th St. Happy Fat and Lou Ivie, 7:30 p.m. Friday. Stevie G, 7:45 p.m. Saturday.
  • The Mill Winery, 239 Locust St. Chourtney Penry, 7 p.m. Friday. Christy Patton, 7 p.m. Saturday. Matt Ellis, 6 p.m. Thursday and Sept. 5. Josh Westman, 6:45 p.m. Aug. 31
  • La Nueva Luna, 1082 S. Second St. Kevin Fowler, 10:30 p.m. Friday, $25.
  • Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St. All Hands on Deck, 2 p.m. Saturday, $25. Peace & Love Tour, 7 p.m. Tuesday, $20.
  • Play Faire Park, 2300 N. 2nd St. Lori Sealy Concept, 7:45 p.m. Friday. Urban Pioneers, 8 p.m. Saturday. MerKaBa, 7:45 p.m. Aug. 31.
  • P.T. Event Center, 5126 Brick St. Looks 2 Kill, 7 p.m. Aug. 31.
  • Rose Park Senior Center, 2625 S. Seventh St. Last Dance Band, 7-10 p.m. Thursday, $5.
  • Tequilas, 133 Eplens Court. AJ Castillo, 7 p.m. Friday, $20.
  • VFW 6873, 1049 Veterans Drive. Last Dance Band, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Cody Joe Hodges, 8 p.m. Sept. 4.

 

 

OUT OF TOWN

 

CLYDE

  • Denton Valley's Backyard, 11949 FM 604. Anaka Grace, 6:30 p.m. Friday.

 

COTTONWOOD

  • Cottonwood Community Center. Musical, 5:30 p.m. Friday.

 

OLD GLORY

  • Old Glory Community Center. Musical, 6 p.m. Saturday.

 

ROSCOE

  • The Lumberyard, No. 7 Cypress. Jon Wolfe, 5 p.m. Friday. Wade Bowen, 9:30 p.m. Aug. 30.

 

By Nathaniel Ellsworth

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved.


4 things that may help you boost your retirement savings

 

Saving for retirement is a great start. These strategies could help you save even more.

 

Regardless of your age or financial know-how, planning for retirement is a necessary venture. There are many things to consider, such as estimating how much money you will need during retirement; planning for changes in lifestyle, health and retirement; planning for changes in lifestyle and health; inflation; and other factors that may exist years beyond the present day.

 

Because of this, many Americans are unsure of the best ways to save, or they’re hesitant to retire even if they do have a nest egg. But with proper research and planning, it is possible to beef up your savings, so you have more to work with in your golden years. Here are a few retirement-related issues to consider:

 

 

Do you still have student debt?

 

The perception of the demographic affected by student loan debt is out of date: Significant college debt is no longer an issue only for young and middle-aged Americans. In fact, people 60 and older are racking up billions in student loan debt, and that number is expected to grow as young Americans carry their debt further into their futures. With that in mind, folks should try to understand the best ways to approach student debt at any age if they want to optimize their retirement savings.

 

Many loan servicers automatically enter borrowers into a repayment plan in which costs start low and increase gradually, in anticipation of a recent graduate starting with a lower salary and slowly increasing their income. This makes sense for younger borrowers; however, for borrowers close to retirement age, it may work better to find an alternate route that’s a better fit for their predicted future income and needs.

 

 

Can you downsize now to reduce stress later?

 

Downsizing works at any age to start beefing up retirement savings. Younger people may want to adhere to the following rules of thumb: Try to spend money on the things that matter most to you, and practice frugality on things that don’t enrich your life or support future growth. When making a purchase, ask yourself, “Is this a need or a want?” Consider things in the want category carefully and decide if the money is better spent or saved.

 

 

What’s your retirement destination?

 

Not all places are created equal when it comes to retiring. Retirees face choices such as location of family members, optimal weather, housing costs and availability of health services. In addition to those personal choices, some states have more-enticing tax codes than others for retirees.

 

States like Texas, for instance, don’t have a personal income tax, so those particular states won’t be taking a big bite out of the income from your 401(k), IRA, pension or Social Security benefits.

 

 

Are your accounts in order?

 

Many companies offer 401(k) accounts, which allow you to invest money pre-tax. That means you may not have to pay taxes* on that money until you withdraw it in retirement. Some employers will sweeten the deal by matching your contributions up to a certain percentage.

 

You can also choose to open an IRA. This option could be especially appealing to younger people because of the penalty-free withdrawal option for first-time homebuyers. Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs may also have tax benefits for retirees.*

 

It’s never too soon or too late to think about beefing up your retirement savings. Call 325-674-1885 or visit First Bank Texas to start planning your financial goals.

 

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By Violet Bauske

Copyright © 2019, Abilene Reporter News/First Bank Texas. All Rights Reserved.


Savings waiting - and crowds, too - for annual sales tax-free weekend

 

Don’t expect to run into Nicole Fletcher on Friday during the sales tax holiday weekend sales.

 

For one thing, she already has done the back-to-school shopping for her four kids.

 

Perhaps more significantly, she usually avoids the crowds looking to save the 8.25  percent sale tax.

 

“We’ve already done our shopping, but that usually isn’t the norm,” she said. “We usually don’t shop (during the sales tax holiday weekend) because of the crowds. It’s like my husband says: it’s just eight percent off. If you walked past a sale that was 10 percent off, you wouldn’t be impressed.”

 

 

However, plenty of other people will be out starting Friday, whether it’s to save the money or if it’s because the start of school is getting perilously closer.

 

Savings are available Friday-Monday throughout the state. Many stores also offer discounted prices, adding to shoppers' savings.

 

“It’s huge,” said Michelle Parker, Mall of Abilene marketing director. “It’s not as big as Black Friday (the Friday following Thanksgiving) or Christmas Eve, but it’s big.”

 

 

How much is saved not known

 

The sales tax holiday weekend is one of the three designated by the state.

 

In April, people can save the sales tax on certain emergency-preparedness items and Memorial Day weekend, Texans pay no sales tax on water-efficient products and Texas EnergyStar-designated products. But those two weekends pale in comparison to the weekend in which people can save on items for back-to-school shopping.

 

For years, the state said the event was not to save parents of schoolchildren money, but the timing certainly helps with efforts. Over the years, more school-related items qualified for savings.

 

The state comptroller’s office estimates that Texans pocket about $102 million in savings.

 

Though the holiday has been around since 1999, most of the information you get about it is anecdotal.

 

The comptroller’s office doesn’t break down the savings by cities or region, and Mike Rains, the finance director for the city of Abilene, said he doesn’t know how much money stays in people’s pockets rather than go into the city’s coffers.

 

“The money we don’t get is the unknown,” he said. “I guess we could break it down store by store, but we haven’t done that. We know what we usually get in August and we budget for that. We’re just grateful to get it.”

 

 

Some items will sell quickly

 

Sarah Moore, manager of the Shoe Department store at the mall, said the weekend is the biggest of the year for her store, surpassing even Black Friday. The days leading up to the weekend are big for her store as well as the Salvation Army will bring children there for school shoes.

 

If you’ve been window-shopping a pair of shoes at the store, you might want to grab them early.

 

“We get more stock from corporate for this weekend, but, yeah, you might want to go ahead and make sure you get them,” she said.

 

Walmart, which one would assume would do a big back-to-school business, said it didn’t calculate the impact of the sales tax holiday on its individual stores.

 

 

Make sure your purchase qualifies

 

The sales tax exemption applies to certain items priced under $100. It might not apply to everything on a child’s school supply list. For instance, notebook paper wouldn’t be taxed, but hand sanitizer and a box of tissue would be. If you buy school supplies already bundled, only the approved items would be untaxed.

 

When it comes to clothing, the same $100 limit applies and certain items aren’t exempted. For instance, a golf cap wouldn’t be taxed, but a pair of golf shoes (if dad is trying to sneak in a pair) would be taxed.

 

Using Moore’s store as an example, the shoes and socks would be exempt from the sales tax, but not bags and wallets or shoe polish.

 

The state’s comptroller’s website, www.comptroller.texas.gov, has a list of items that are exempt and those that aren’t.

 

A store cannot advertise that it will pay the sales tax for non-exempted items, but it could include the sales tax on the price of an advertised item.

 

 

What is tax free?

 

School/office supplies: Eligible items include backpacks (limit 10 per purchase), book bags, calculators, chalk, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, highlighters, index cards, legal pads, lunch boxes, markers, notebooks, paper, pencils, pens, protractors, rulers, school supply kits, scissors, writing tablets.

 

Clothing: Aprons, athletic socks, baby clothes, belts, blouses, boots, bras, caps, children's novelty costumes, coats, diapers, dresses, earmuffs, employee uniforms, gloves, gym suits, hooded shirts and sweatshirts, hunting vests, jackets, jeans, jerseys, jogging apparel, leotards and tights, neckware, pajamas, pants, raincoats/ponchos, religious clothing, scarves, scout uniforms, shawls and wraps, shirts, shoes, shorts, skirts, slippers, socks, suits, suspenders, sweatshirts, sweaters, swimsuits, undershirts and uniforms.

 

What is not tax free?

 

School/office supplies: Computers, textbooks and other items not in the above list.

 

Certain bags, cases and luggage: Athletic, duffel or gym bags; briefcases; computer bags; framed backpacks; luggage; and purses.

 

Clothing: Accessories (barrettes, belt buckles, bobby pins, elastic ponytail holders, hair bows and clips, handbags, handkerchiefs, headbands, jewelry, key cases, purses, wallets and watches), alterations, bulletproof vests, buttons and zippers, embroidery, fabrics, gloves (gardening, protective, rubber, sports, surgical or work), goggles, hair nets, helmets, insoles, life jackets, pads, paint, safety clothing, scuba equipment, shoelaces, skates, sports shoes and equipment, umbrellas.

 

By Scott Kirk

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