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Dave Wheaton

I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as quick as I could. I'm originally from Battle Creek, Michigan (home of Tony the Tiger). I've got two kids who take up most of my time out of the office, but when I get "me time", I'm either taking in some live music or a sporting event. Since relocating, I also fell in love with the Texas music scene. I've been lucky enough to be nominated for DJ of the Year 4 straight years by the Academy of Texas Music, and was the 2009 recipient of the Academy's Palmwood Award. I'm a huge sports fan, and my loyalties are with the Michigan Wolverines, Chicago White Sox and (sorry) the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Schlotzky’s Deli Locations in Abilene to Donate Portion of Sales to “West, Texas Fallen Heroes Fund”

Looking for a good excuse to avoid cooking and go out to dinner tonight? Here it is: enjoy a great meal, and make a contribution to the first responders of the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion. Today (April 30), Schlotzky's Deli locations in Abilene will be offering the opportunit

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Robert Earl Keen
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Legendary Singer/Songwriter Robert Earl Keen Coming to Red Dirt Pavilion July 5th

Robert Earl Keen is known as one of the most influential names on the Texas country music scene. The 30 year veteran made his impression on an entire generation of up-and-coming singer/songwriters who themselves influence the landscape of the music scene in Texas and beyond. Keen will be headed to West Texas on July 5th for a show at Red Dirt Pavilion in Buffalo Gap.

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2013 Taste of Abilene to Benefit Local Charities is April 30th

The answer to the question "What's for dinner?" will be a lot easier on Tuesday, April 30th, as the Abilene Civic Center will host 'Taste of Abilene 2013'. The event, presented by the Abilene Rotary Club and the Abilene Restaurant Association, will showcase about 3 dozen restaurants and caterers from the Abilene area. It will benefit local non-profit organizations and community organizations.

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Abilene Restaurants With Food-Eating Challenges

I went to The Flipping Egg one morning to have breakfast with my son, and noticed there was a framed picture on the wall of a customer holding an empty plate. After a little investigating, I found out this guy is the lone champion of 'The 10 Pancake Challenge'. The breakfast diner has been offering a food-eating challenge for a while, yet that man stands as the lone conqueror. And they're not the only Abilene restaurant to offer to put customers to the test.

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Larry Joe Taylor’s 25th Annual Texas Music Festival is April 23-27th in Stephenville

For the 25th year, the Larry Joe Taylor Texas Music Festival returns to Stephenville, Texas. Melody Mountain Ranch will play host to great live music from some of Texas' best singers, songwriters and musicians is what the LJT Festival prides itself on year in and year out, but there's much more to the event. Camping, a barbecue cook-off, and this year, there will be a silent auction to benefit the victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

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Willie Nelson to Use His 80th Birthday Concert to Benefit West, Texas Volunteer Fire Department

Just hours after the tragic fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, musicians with ties to Central Texas took to social networks to express their grief. Now, less than two days removed from the incident that killed around 35 people and injured over 160 more, Willie Nelson has changed his reaction into action. The American music icon has announced that he is turning his 80th birthday celebration into a benefit concert for the West Volunteer Fire Department.

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Holly Tucker of ‘The Voice’ Comments About the West, Texas Explosion Give Me Hope for Long-Term Support

In the wake of the tragic explosion near Waco, Texas, I've seen several of my friends who live in that area going to social networks to express their sorrow, shock and pleas for prayers. Included in my Facebook news feed was a comment by Holly Tucker, a Baylor student in Waco who is competing on the NBC television show 'The Voice'.

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Dave Explains His Appreciation of Secondhand Shirts

As the sixth of seven kids in my family, I rarely wore new clothes. In fact, I can only remember ever having a few new items of clothing every school year, and the rest were "hand-me-downs" passed on to me from my older brothers (and sisters, I'm sure). I'm not complaining, but growing up, I always dreamed of the day I would have a closet full of brand new clothes. But now as an adult, I've come to appreciate going shopping at a thrift store and finding a great shirt for next to nothing.

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Whiskey Myers Set to Return to the Lucky Mule May 16th

Whiskey Myers is one of those bands that is not only successful with any single they release to Texas radio, but they are also one of the more entertaining and purely talented live bands you will see. There's something special about this East Texas quintet. They always seem to be working to improve the entertainment value of their live performance, so whether you're watching them play for the first time or the 20th, you're sure to have a great time. Along with another great Texas-based singer/songwriter, John David Kent, Whiskey Myers will be playing the Lucky Mule Saloon on Thursday night, May 16th.

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