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Abilene Businesses That Are Gone But Not Forgotten

Over the years, Abilenians have seen some great local businesses come and go. Many who have lived in the Key City for a long time can point out the old buildings and locations, and quickly identify what business used to operate from those spots. Here is our list of places that have closed down, but will always have a fond (some more fond than others) place in our hearts.

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Best First Date Ideas in Abilene

Nervous about that first date and not sure exactly where to go? We have some ideas that might get you a second date if you play your cards right.  

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Tim Boyle, Getty Images
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Chaz Explains How Many Decibels a Train Horn Puts Out

Whether you are stuck at the tracks waiting to cross, or you work near them like we do here at Townsquare Media, trains that roll through town can be pretty irritating - especially when you hear the loud train horn 12 or more times a day. But, exactly how loud is that train horn? After some extensive research (I asked a train dude), I have the answer for you.

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Mario Tama, Getty Images
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Back to School Driving Safety Tips

With school officially back in session in Abilene, that means that there will be a lot more kids going to and from school, making school zones way more active. Here are some back to school driving safety tips from TxDOT, as well as some biking and walking tips for kids, that will help us all be extra cautious during the school season.

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Thomas Northcut
Thomas Northcut
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Play Our 2014 Pro Football Pick’em for Your Chance at $10,000 and More!

Think you’re the top football expert in Abilene? Make your picks here for every regular season pro football game this year. If you pick more games correctly than anyone else – including Pain, Shay, Dave, Chaz, and Rudy – you will have a shot at $10,000!

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Annual Chili Cook-Off Benefiting Ben Richey Boys Ranch Labor Day Weekend

If you think you have some amazing grilling or cooking skills, you can show them off this Labor Day weekend, as well as help out a very worthy cause, with the annual chili cook-off in Buffalo Gap, benefiting Ben Richey Boys Ranch.

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Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images
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Abilene Native & Cardinals Pitcher John Lackey Trades Babe Ruth Autograph for Jersey Number

Pro athletes, in many cases, are really attached to their uniform number. So, when a veteran is traded to a new team and his number is taken, tradition states that the veteran gets his number but there's typically a price attached to the exchange. The veteran will typically write the younger player a nice check, take him to dinner or give him a watch. What John Lackey did to get his coveted No. 41 was huge.

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Facebook: George W. Bush
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George W. Bush’s Ice Bucket Challenge Might Be Our Favorite One Yet [VIDEO]

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To say the #ALSIceBucketChallenge has gone viral would be an understatement. But the latest effort from native Texan and former President George W. Bush just might be at the top of our list.

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The Fort Griffin State Historic Site Guided Tours in Albany are Back Aug 30th

The Fort Griffin State Historic Site are back starting Aug. 30th. Guided tours will consist of stories and history of the wild west Texas frontier, while experiencing what it was like being in the military in the 1870’s. In the evening, campfire tales, stories of cattle drives and other frontier adventures. The tours end with a night of star gazing with local astronomers and their telescopes. Here's how to get tickets.

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MarkGlennStudio com via press release
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Buffalo Gap Historic Village Presents Their Annual ‘Comanche Moon Social’ Fundraiser October 4th

The Buffalo Gap Historic Village will be filled with live history on October 4th with the 'Comanche Moon Social'. This event will include a one-person play called 'Teddy Roosevelt's Texas Adventure' featuring Joe Wiegand. Joe was recently featured on the History Channel's show 'The Men Who Built America'.

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State Fair of Texas via Facebook
State Fair of Texas via Facebook
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State Fair of Texas Announces – ‘Big Tex Choice’ Finalists [PHOTOS]

The State Fair of Texas has announced the finalists for their "2014 Big Tex Choice Awards", including a chicken fried baked potato, and a beer. For the "Original State Brew" a Funnel Cake Ale.

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West Texas Rehab to Host Annual Tim Hamilton Memorial Golf Classic Oct. 10th

It's time for the 4th annual West Texas Rehab/Hospice of the Big Country Tim Hamilton Memorial Golf Classic. This years tournament will be held at the Fairway Oaks Golf Course. Director of Donor Relations Dan Huggins said "anyone can sign up whether you're a single player or a 4 person team." All golfers are encouraged to sign up, here's how.   

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