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Target Black Friday deals: Final week of discounts released

 

 

(NEXSTAR) — Black Friday isn’t a day anymore, it’s a season. And this year, retailers seem to have blocked off all of November as a time for deals.

 

For fans of Target, the month kicked off with a series of high-end electronics. But in this final week, which officially started Sunday, the retailer says toys, kitchen items, electronics and even gaming systems are the priorities.

 

“We’re taking a completely new approach to Black Friday, giving guests more flexibility and ensuring they can plan ahead for a safe, stress-free shopping experience,” Christina Hennington, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, said in a recent press release.

 

The specifics of this week’s deals are spelled out in the company’s digital weekly ad, but here are a few highlights:

 

  • Get a Nintendo Switch bundle with Mario Cart and a three-month online bundle – $299
  • Beats Studio3 Wireless Over-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones – $175 – Several other headphone deals are also available.
  • $10 off a L.O.L. Doll surprise three-pack – $15
  • At least $20 off a number of televisions in all price ranges – check prices
  • $250 off select iPhones when you switch service to AT&T – check phones
  • 40% off LEGO building sets – see the kits
  • Up to $55 off select Razor scooters – view deals
  • $100 discount on Ninja Kitchen System and 7-Speed Blender – $100
  • $100 to $150 discount on robotic vacuums – check prices

 

Browse the full digital weekly ad for yourself here.

 

 

By: Nexstar Media Wire

Copyright © 2020, KTAB/KRBC Nexstar Broadcasting. All Rights Reserved

Charlie Brown specials to air on TV, after all, in PBS deal

 

This image released by Apple shows key art for the animated classic “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” holiday special. Apple and PBS have teamed up for ad free broadcasts of the special and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” (Apple via AP)

 

NEW YORK (AP) — The “Great Pumpkin” never showed on broadcast television this year, but after a deal with PBS, the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Christmas specials will return to the air.

 

Last month, Apple TV+ became the new home to the beloved Peanuts holiday specials. That sparked an outcry from viewers who were accustomed to annually tuning in on network TV. Apple offered each special to stream for free for a handful of days, but that didn’t stop online petitions from gathering hundreds of thousands of signatures.

 

On Wednesday, Apple bowed to the backlash, announcing it had teamed up with PBS for ad-free broadcasts of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” (on Nov. 22) and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (on Dec. 13).

 

Both specials will also be available for free during three-day windows on Apple TV+ (Nov. 25-27 for “Thanksgiving” and Dec. 11-13 for “Christmas.”) For subscribers, the specials will be available beginning Nov. 18 and Dec. 4, respectively.

 

 

Copyright © 2020, KTAB/KRBC Nexstar Broadcasting. All Rights Reserved

United Way of Abilene brings back Winter Lightfest, brightening up 2020

 

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – This year we saw seniors graduate without a graduation and meals shared between car windows instead of between friends.

 

After almost nine months of keeping our distance, the United Way of Abilene is looking to bring us all together.

 

“We all want to feel a little magic,” said Katie Deal with the United Way of Abilene.

 

Like most things this year, recreating the Winter Lightfest wasn’t easy in 2020.

 

“When we first got here It was a maize field and a mesquite forest,” said Jenn Walmann with the United Way of Abilene.

 

Waldmann like many others from the United Way of Abilene has been working on this year’s Winter Lightfest every week since August laying the groundwork to bring an open field to life.

 

“We’ve laid the roads, we’ve laid electricity, we’ve laid plumbing,” said Waldmann.

 

“One thing that’s wonderful about Abilene is when something needs to get done, this town just gets in and does it,” said Deal.

 

The word ‘normal’ was a big driving force for the United Way of Abilene this year, but bringing back the big candy canes and the twinkling lights was also about helping those in need.

 

Nonprofits in the Big Country have been struggling this year to keep up operations.

 

“Agencies like Regional Victims Crisis Center, the Noah Project, Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Deal. “[Fundraisers like this] is how we fund them and it is how we help them serve the neighbors in our community who need more than ever this year.”

 

The Winter Lightfest has moved from Centennial Park on South 27 to 2250 EN 10.

 

Gates will open the Friday after Thanksgiving at 6 p.m.

 

The event will be open every weekend until December 13 and then the week of Christmas.

 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Children 2 and under are free.

 

 

By: Jessica Ranck

Copyright © 2020, KTAB/KRBC Nexstar Broadcasting. All Rights Reserved

Here are the businesses closing their doors on Thanksgiving

 

 

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — Adding to the list of the unexpected this year, many major retailers and other businesses are staying closed on Thanksgiving.

 

Thanksgiving falls on November 26 this year, and for the first time in a long time, Black Friday will actually begin on Friday.

 

Here’s a list of businesses that aren’t opening their doors, according to BlackFriday.com:

 

ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS

The store has traditionally remained closed on Thanksgiving Day to give “team members and customers time to have fun and make memories with family and friends,” the company said in an email and will do the same this year.

 

The store has not announced Black Friday hours.

 

BANANA REPUBLIC

Closed Thanksgiving. Opens at 8 a.m. on Black Friday.

 

BARNES AND NOBLE

Closed Thanksgiving. Opens at 8 a.m. on Black Friday.

 

BATH & BODY WORKS

Closed Thanksgiving. Opens at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.

 

BED BATH & BEYOND

Bed Bath & Beyond is citing safety concerns due to coronavirus for staying closed for Thanksgiving 2020.

 

The company announced August 3 it would stay closed for the holiday. According to BlackFriday.com, Black Friday hours are 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.

 

BEST BUY

Best Buy announced in July that customers could shop on the app and online, but that it’s brick and mortar locations would be closed on Thanksgiving. The company hasn’t announced hours for Black Friday but has said its holiday deals would start in early November.

 

BJ’S WHOLESALE

Closed on Thanksgiving.

 

BOSCOV’S

The company CEO Jim Boscov said this year “has reinforced the importance of family.” Boscov said he wanted customers and coworkers to enjoy an uninterrupted Thanksgiving meal.

 

COSTCO

Closed on Thanksgiving. Opens at 9 a.m. on Black Friday.

 

DICK’S SPORTING GOODS

Dick’s Sporting Goods announced in July it would remain closed on Thanksgiving.

 

The stores will keep traditional hours on Wednesday. Black Friday hours have not been announced.

 

FOOT LOCKER

Customers can expect regular shopping hours on November 25, but the stores will stay closed on Thanksgiving Day.

 

GAMESTOP

Closed on Thanksgiving. Open beginning at 7 a.m. on Black Friday.

 

HOBBY LOBBY

Closed on Thanksgiving; regular hours on Black Friday. Find store hours, here.

 

HOME DEPOT

Home Depot historically has remained closed on Thanksgiving and will do the same this year.

 

They say Black Friday will be online and in stores and will start in early November to avoid “the frenzied shopping.”

 

JCPENNEY

The company announced over the summer that its stores would be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

 

JCPenney CEO Jill Soltau said in a statement “Our extraordinary associates have demonstrated their warrior spirit through their courage and unwavering commitment to serve our customers.”

 

KOHL’S

Kohl’s cited safety concerns due to coronavirus for their reasons to remain closed on Thanksgiving.

 

LOWE’S

Closed on Thanksgiving, opens at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.

 

NORDSTROM

Closed on Thanksgiving, open from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Black Friday.

 

MACY’S

Macy’s is a Thanksgiving tradition for some people.

 

They had been one of the stores opening earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving.

 

This year the stores will remain closed. The company says people can find the best deals on their website and app.

 

OFFICE DEPOT/OFFICE MAX

Office Depot has traditionally stayed closed on Thanksgiving and will do the same this year.

 

OLD NAVY

Closed on Thanksgiving, open on Black Friday beginning at midnight.

 

SAM’S CLUB

Sam’s Club is owned by Walmart Inc. Both Sam’s and Walmart locations will remain closed on Thanksgiving.

 

SIMON PROPERTY GROUP

Simon Property Group announced all its locations would be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

 

TARGET

“This isn’t the year for crowds,” the company said in a statement over the summer.

 

All stores will remain closed on Thanksgiving.

 

ULTA

The company announced stores would keep traditional hours on Wednesday, November 25, and close for Thanksgiving. Holiday store hours haven’t been announced.

 

WALMART

One of the first companies to keep hours on holidays, Walmart was one of the first to announce it would remain closed for Thanksgiving this year.

 

The company will keep traditional hours on Wednesday. Black Friday hours have not been announced.

 

 

By: Nexstar Media Wire

Copyright © 2020, KTAB/KRBC Nexstar Broadcasting. All Rights Reserved

Will Abilene ISD cancel final exams?

 

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Final exam season is right around the corner, but will Abilene Independent School District (AISD) change the way they do final exam testing?  

 

In the last AISD board of trustees workshop, Dr. Ketta Garduno addressed the possible need of canceling final exams, saying it would benefit students and teachers by allowing for instruction until December and create less stress for students and teachers. 

 

“Teachers are struggling in some ways with how to create valid semester exams that can be administered to both in-person and remote learners,” said Garduno. 

 

The district has conducted a survey asking high school teachers if they would like nothing to be changed, give the teachers the option to have a final exam, or take out the semester finals as a whole.  

 

The main concerns are if the tests would be fair and could teachers get equal results of mastery from the students.

 

“Do we put a timer on those remote learners, and say you only have 60 minutes to complete the test, and then shut the test down? What if the student has technical issues?” said Garduno. “If we do not use any type of shutout devices, they can still do Googling remote, even if we shut down one device on browsers, they can access browsers through another device and get access to materials at home that the in-person learners would not have.” 

 

The results to the teachers’ surveys have not been released, but we will be following along to bring you updates. 

 

 

By: Marley Capper

Copyright © 2020, KTAB/KRBC Nexstar Broadcasting. All Rights Reserved

Tips on dealing with stress brought on by the election and COVID-19

 

DALLAS (NewsNation Now) — From COVID-19 to campaigns and everything in between, this year has been trying for everyone. Add on a presidential election that is now drawing out, leaving a lot in limbo.

 

For many, it’s doing a number on their mental health. Psychologists say the fatigue of this year is real, and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to managing it.

 

“I didn’t watch any of the election news last night, I figured it would come when it came,” said one voter from Austin, Texas.

 

“Yesterday I was optimistic. Last night at midnight, I was in tears,” said another Texas resident.

 

The continual ebb and flow of emotions has never been so starkly felt by Americans than they are in 2020.

“Me and my friend—we went and got chips and queso because we’re like ‘Let’s go do something, because there’s a lot of anxiety in the world right now,’” said another Texan voter.

 

Almost the entire year has felt in flux—from the pandemic that broke out in the spring, the eruption of social unrest this summer and now a fall presidential election that could play out for days or even weeks.

“The chronicity of this is really taking a toll on people,” said Dr. Anne Morris, a clinical psychologist based in Dallas.

Morris said 2020 has been her busiest year in practice—with an influx of new patients experiencing a diverse range of emotional discomfort.

 

Morris said 2020 has been her busiest year in practice—with an influx of new patients experiencing a diverse range of emotional discomfort.

“One of the many issues, with a variety of different topics right now, is it just feels very out of control,” said Morris. “And by that, I really don’t mean chaotic, even though at times it certainly has felt chaotic. But really just out of your control.”

 

In a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, anxiety and depression are up in U.S. adults since the start of the pandemic. Four in 10 adults age 18 and older reported symptoms in July, research found.

 

Fifty-three percent of Americans ages 18 and older say that stress related to the pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health.

 

“Find something every day that you have a say so in,” said Morris. “Whether that is—redecorating your apartment or house… Cooking, baking, exercise, seeing friends, to the extent that you can.”

 

She suggested deciding for yourself how much worldly information you need to ingest every day, especially as the country holds its breath with final votes trickling in. Morris also recommended unplugging, if you need to, and implementing a breathing technique that works for you, such as the 4-7-8 method.

 

“And that is inhale for 4, hold for 7 and exhale for 8,” she said.

 

The point of any breathing exercise is to increase your body’s carbon dioxide levels. And above all, she said, be kind to yourself.

 

“Whether it’s COVID fatigue or election fatigue or D) all of the above, this is lasting a long time,” said Morris. “And for everybody to have some grace and permission with themselves to feel these emotions and feel overwhelmed.”

Dr. Morris said it might be time to seek out professional help if you believe mental and emotional issues are starting to interfere with your daily life. If you’re having a tough time completing tasks or maintaining important relationships, it might be time to reach out to a licensed expert in your area.

 

 

By: Markie Martin and Nexstar Media Wire

Copyright © 2020, KTAB/KRBC Nexstar Broadcasting. All Rights Reserved

Here's Where You Can Vote!!!

 

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. in Taylor County at the following locations:

 

  • Buffalo Gap Church of Christ – 741 Litel Street, Buffalo Gap, TX 79508 – Fellowship Hall
  • Church of Christ – S. 11th & Willis 3333 S. 11th Street, Abilene, TX 79605 – West Building, multi-purpose room
  • Elm Valley Community Church 142 CR 675, Tuscola, TX 79562 – Fellowship Hall
  • First Baptist Church – Merkel 307 Locust Street, Merkel, TX 79536 – Family Life Center
  • First Baptist Church – Tuscola 632 Kent Street, Tuscola, TX 79562 – Family Life Center
  • First Baptist Church – University Place 301 Hickory Street, Abilene, TX 79601 – University Place Building
  • Hillcrest Church of Christ 650 E. Ambler Ave., Abilene, TX 79601 – Gym
  • Lawn Baptist Church 518 Avenue D, Lawn, TX 79530 Family Life Center – East Room
  • New Beginnings United Pentecostal 5535 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene, TX 79606 – Main Foyer
  • Oldham Lane Church of Christ 5049 Oldham Lane, Abilene, TX 79602 – Special Events Room
  • Rise Church 517 N. Pioneer Drive, Abilene, TX 79603 – Gym
  • River of Life Church 539 Hwy 83/84, Abilene, TX 79606 – Main Foyer
  • Sears Park Recreation Center 2250 Ambler Ave., Abilene, TX 79603 -Gym
  • Southern Hills Church of Christ 3666 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene, TX 79605 – Foyer at Sanctuary
  • Taylor County Plaza 400 Oak Street, Abilene, TX 79602 –
  • Thomas Elementary School 1240 Lakeside Drive, Abilene, TX 79602 – Gym
  • Trent United Methodist Church 226 S. Mesquite Street, Trent, TX 79561 – Fellowship Hall
  • Trinity Baptist Church 860 Woodlawn Drive, Abilene, TX 79603 – Education Building
  • Tye Community Center 103 Scott St., Tye, TX 79563
  • View Baptist Church 250 Boynton Road, Abilene, TX 79606 – Fellowship Hall- W. side of building
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church 4515 South 14th Street, Abilene, TX 79605 – Gym
  • Zion Lutheran Church 2801 Antilley Road, Abilene, TX 79606 – Large Fellowship Hall

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