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ACU committee begins nationwide search for new provost

A committee appointed by Dr. Royce Money, ACU president and Dr. MaLesa Breeding, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, has been given the go ahead to begin a nationwide search for a new provost. The committee was formed just weeks after Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen, current provost, announced his retirement in May 2009.…

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ACU students deliver Thanksgiving meals to needy families, Nov. 24

ACU students will partner with Taylor Elementary School and other community organizations to ensure 100 families will have Thanksgiving dinner this holiday season. Through the annual Thanksgiving project, volunteers will deliver baskets of food to area families. {{more}}The annual event is organized by a seven-member committee within Service Action Leadership Team at ACU. The goal…

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Trent UMC Rebuilt, Sanctified and Dedicated

My church burned on June 26th, 2007. OUR church from the Big Hearts of the Big Country was both Sanctified and Dedicated on 9 November 2008 a bare sixteen and one/half months later. {{more}} The churches and people of the Big Country donated the funds necessary to rebuild Trent United Methodist Church and completely refurbish…

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Descansos for Senior Airman Ralph Tongue

Friends gathered the site where Senior Airman Ralph Tongue of Dyess AFB died in a fiery high speed crash early Sunday morning to create a Descansos. This is a roadside memorial at the location where a friend or loved one dies. Sometimes they are lasting like the ones at First Financial Bank on Buffalo Gap…

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Old Aspirations assist Dr. Greg D. Williams in New Position

Dr. Greg D. Williams, Odessa College’s very own President was born in Tyler Texas and had dreams of becoming a Professional Basketball Player, Businessman, Attorney, Teacher, or a salesman; little did he know that his aspirations would lead him to a city of approximately 98,000 residents, a community college of approximately 8,255 students, and an…

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This is a story of a man who after having spent numerous years in and out of prison, also known as recidivism, has finally learned how to take the initiative to search out the answers to life’s mysterious questions and to find his place in what inmates call the ‘free world’. That man is me.…

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Veteran’s tell their stories

After spending the last five November 11th s attending various events here in Abilene and writing about honoring veterans past and present, I spent this Veteran’s day at home. This occasion came as my father’s three sisters came for a visit from Idaho, New Mexico and Robert Lee. Wife Loretta had the day off from…

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FOXO’S Theme for December 2008 is: Who Benefits???President-Elect Barack Obama’s platform was ‘Change’ and 65 million diverse voters responded. FOXO’s question, based upon the following statistical epidemic question to the nation is WHO BENEFITS when too many of our youth are making unhealthy and unlawful choices that influence public safety and public policy to their…

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West Texas Entrepreneur Competition W.T.E.C. Entrepreneur Guru, Jeremy “Mr. Spring” Ray will be hosting W.T.E.C., 1st Quarter competition in Odessa. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to register for free at The competition will consist of 4 teams, one from each local college, and a team from the General Public. Each team will have 6 players and…

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Key members of Obama-Biden national security team announced

Chicago — President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden officially announced key members of their national security team today: nominating Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, selecting Defense Secretary Robert Gates to remain as Secretary of Defense, nominating Eric Holder as Attorney General, nominating Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as Secretary of the Department…

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