SMA‘s APPLAUSE Music Series will present its second annual LIFT EVERY VOICE Concert Saturday, February 6 at 7:30 pm at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium. Local Choirs, local soloists and guest artists Robert Willams and Devlon Jones will once again present the inspirational music of Gospel and Praise music. Rev. Walton Lyte of Big Spring will…

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McMurry University will host The College PASS [Prepare, Apply, Select, and Succeed] from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 20. This event will provide much-needed information about college preparation and financial aid for students and families in the Big Country area. The event is free for participants and is open to all. Guests are…

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For the 3rd year, our community celebration of Black History Month has special significance. Rather than just highlighting the achievements of African Americans from a national perspective, we have an opportunity to include two of our own in this year’s observance. In 2009 the Abilene City Council set aside by resolution February 15th as Claudie…

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Years ago, a 10-year-old boy approached the counter of a soda shop and climbed onto a stool. “What does an ice cream sundae cost?” he asked the waitress. “Fifty cents,” she answered.The young boy reached deep in his pockets and pulled out an assortment of change, counting it carefully as the waitress grew impatient. She…

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By Larry HausnerThe Republican field is obsessed with rolling back Obamacare. One candidate is, at least willing to discuss the real enemy: chronic disease. “The next president,” said former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, “ought to declare a war on cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.”This is a fight that all candidates — Democrats and Republicans…

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By Peter J. PittsWhite House contenders want to address — but don’t understand — prescription drugs prices. The Center for American Progress, the go-to policy shop for Democrats, has a plan. A bad one. The CAP plan would effectively turn the U.S. government into the world’s biggest intellectual property thief, thus gutting pharmaceutical innovation and…

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Feed the Frisky Food Donation DriveABILENE, Texas – The Abilene Animal Shelter is offering Sweetheart adoption specials in February. All currently spayed and neutered animals may be adopted for $20. Animals that have not been spayed or neutered may also be adopted with a $20 discount along with a $20 rebate from Rescue the Animals…

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Previously, I’ve written about environmental racism and the untold and unpredictable impact it’s had/will have on communities of color. Common to these episodes have been motives of profit and financial gain. Additionally, there’s been a total disregard for the welfare and humanity of affected communities. Reflecting on news from Flint, Michigan, I am struck by…

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