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Photo by: Holley Jakelwitz Abilene-CAC
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The Children’s Performing Arts Series Releases the 2014-2015 Schedule

If you recently attended the Children's Art and Literacy Festival (CALF) in downtown Abilene, you know how much fun and eventful the Calf was this year. And the Children's Performing Art Series (CPAS) is no different. Last year the CPAS sold out weeks before each show. This year the first show is "Skippyjon Jones" in October, then "Popovich Comedy Pet Theater" with two show times in February and finally "Fancy Nancy the Musical" in April 2015.

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The ARK Shelter Will Host the “Shot in the Dark” Golf Tournament June 21st

The ARK is a domestic violence shelter and the acronym for Advocacy, Respect and Kindness. The ARK serves Coleman, Brown and Comanche counties and will host a benefit golf tournament on June 21st . The golf tournament will be 9 holes of regular golf and then 9 holes of golf at night. While the tournament is open to any team or player, it gives a chance for businesses in service counties to help and support The ARK.

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Elizabeth Smart on her way to court
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Elizabeth Smart Will be the Keynote Speaker at the Alliance for Women and Children’s 12th Annual Fall Luncheon

If the name Elizabeth Smart sounds familiar, it's because she made national headlines when she and her abductors were found. Elizabeth was returned to her family and as for her two abductors, they were prosecuted and one was put away for life. Smart will be the featured speaker, as she shares her story at the Alliance for Women and Children's 12th Annual Luncheon.

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Hail Storm Pummels Downtown Abilene as Rudy Fernandez Watches

As the ArtWalk parade was winding down Thursday evening, a weather alert came over the loud speakers of the radio station's van. We were parked in downtown Abilene when we were warned that the impending storm contained golf ball to baseball size hail. Within five minutes of that alert all hell broke loose. Watch as the hail storm reeks havoc on Abilene's north-side.

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The Annual Hope and Help Ministries Health Fair, Blood and Donor Drive is June 28th

About 10 years ago, Hope and Help Ministries Founder Dale Morrison was given a bone marrow transplant because he had cancer. On Saturday, June 28th at the Annual Hope and Help Ministries Health Fair and Donor Drive, Dale will meet his bone marrow donor for the first time. The event will take place at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church starting at 8:00am. The health fair includes a blood donation drive, an organ donor drive and blood screening.

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Celebration of ‘Conan’ Creator – ‘Barbarian Festival’ in Cross Plains is June 14th

This weekend marks the 14th annual Barbarian Festival in Cross Plains. This is a fun time for the whole family with lots of antique cars, tractor show, kids booths, crafts and more. Why is it called the Barbarian Festival? Simple, the creator of Conan the Barbarian was from Cross Plains and this is a time to celebrate author Robert E. Howard.

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The 2nd Annual Summer Sizzle Cookoff and Dance is Set for July 18th & 19th in Baird

The Baird Chamber of Commerce (COC) is hosting the 2nd Annual "Summer Sizzle Cookoff" in historic downtown Baird in front of the old Train Depot. Christy King with the Baird COC says "I highly encourage all cook teams to get signed up because I'm afraid it's going to be huge this year, as it appears to be growing." Check out all the details.

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Cory Almanza
Photo By: Ruby Florez
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Fundraisers are Established for Abilene High School Accident Victim Cory Almanza Who’s in a Coma

Cory Almanza an Abilene High junior that's hospitalized after he and two of his classmates were in a car accident. Cory has been in a coma in critical condition since the accident May 5th. Supporters and family members are organizing fundraisers to help offset the Almanza's medical bills for Cory and his mom, Ruby Flores. Here's how you can help.

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Women’s Night Out With Kevin Fowler Coming June 10th

This year's Women's Night Out is going to be bigger and better than ever. This will be an event you won't want to miss, so grab your friends and join us. This year's special guest will be Kevin Fowler; plus, there will be food, drink, fashion show, shopping and more!

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Photo by: Kelly Thompson Abilene Zoo
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The “Ghost of the Bayou” a Rare 6 Foot Albino Alligator Visits the Abilene Zoo

A very rare six foot albino alligator known as the "Ghost of the Bayou" has made the Abilene Zoo it's temporary home. Bill Gersonde, executive director of the Abilene Zoo says “these animals cannot survive in the wild on their own, and this is a terrific opportunity to learn all about the American alligator.” Jenny the albino alligator made her debut on Saturday May 24th and will be on display through the summer. Here's more on the Abilene Zoo.

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Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene Will Host Special Memorial Day Ceremonies for Veterans

Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene will host a special ceremony for all veterans Monday, May 26th, Memorial Day beginning at 11:00am. This ceremony will honor all veterans past and present and will feature a special guest speaker. Veterans, their families and friends are all encouraged to attend this special event.

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Photo by: Lori Seamoore MDA
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New Abilene Ordinance Affects the Firefighters “MDA Fill the Boot Campaign”

A new Abilene ordinance no longer allows "any on the street" collecting. Abilene and Dyess Firefighters are readjusting how they will operate their "MDA Fill the Boot Campaign." Abilene Firefighter and event organizer John Brunett said "due to the new city ordinance, we've changed locations and we will not be collecting on the streets for the first time in over 20 years."

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