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“Ride For A Cure” Motorcyle Ride Benefits American Cancer Society on September 1st

"Ride for a Cure" benefit for the American Cancer Society is being organized by Heath Page for September 1st at Kent's Harley Davidson.  Heath's sister, Jessie,  was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer and has undergone chemo and radiation.  Heath wanted to do something to help find a cure so others don't have to face this.  The proceeds (100%) from the ride will go to the ACS to provide services and support for cancer patients. 

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The Farm Bill and Drought to be Main Focus at Abilene Wheat Conference

The Big Country Wheat Conference will be held August 23rd at the Taylor County fair grounds, 1982 Lytle Way in Abilene. The Farm Bill will affect most all West Texans, as most farmers and ranchers try to figure out the challenges the new 'Farm Bill' will bring. The drought conditions are also top-of-mind for most area farmers And ranchers. If you'd like to attend the event, there is no registration fee for those who preregister by August 17th.

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Hardin Simmons University to Host Leadership Conference on Church, Business, and Education in Abilene

The Global Leadership Conference on the Church, Business and Education is scheduled to take place on the Hardin Simmons University (HSU) campus Thursday and Friday August 9th and 10th. This leadership conference/summit attracts leaders, clergy and educators from over 300 cities from around the world. This conference affords attendees the opportunity to meet and engage world-class entrepreneurs, best-selling authors, and notable Christian leaders as they will exchange their different views, opinions and ideas.

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NASA’s “Curiosity” Rover Set To Land On Surface of Mars this Sunday [VIDEO]

I watched a movie the other night that I had never heard of called "Mission to Mars" with Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins and Don Cheadle. Apparently this movie was released in 2000. It was interesting and somewhat farfetched, or so I thought at the time. It seems it is more realistic than I had imagined. I know we've already landed on Mars but this newest mission to the red planet is a little different in that "Curiosity" is a a robot chemist looking for signs of planet habitability.

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Walk With Pride Program Provides New Shoes for Abilene Area School Children

Walk With Pride is an annual program that helps provide a new pair of back-to-school shoes for Big Country students. 'Walk With Pride' is a cooperative effort of the Salvation Army and the Abilene Association of Realtors. The program has been going on for over 25 years and is available to all children ages 4 through 12 years of age, the kids must be enrolled in head-start thru the 5th grade. Here's how to apply.

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Will the Dancing with the Stars All-Star Event Be Worth Watching?

One of my favorite reality shows, and I don't like reality shows, is Dancing with the Stars. I think it is a well planned show. Sometimes I don't agree with the judges decisions, but who does? I think it's great entertainment and I love to watch stars that have never danced actually come in and surprise everyone. Well now that the show is entering it's 800th season, it's time for the "All-Stars" version complete with one fan voted extra.

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Free Immunizations Clinic for School Aged Children in Abilene is August 2nd

Get your kids immunizations all caught up before school starts this Thursday, August 2nd, 2012. The Medical Care Mission will be holding a free immunization clinic at their offices on Pine Street. There are some things you'll need to bring with you in order to get your kids their shots.

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Find Out What the Phrase “Once in a Blue Moon” Means and When You Can See One

It's a phrase I've heard for years, my grandparents and parents said it and now I say it but what does the phrase "once in a blue moon" actually mean? I've always heard it used in reference to something that happens very rarely. For the most part that is true.

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The Not So Flattering Side of the Olympics – Dave’s Top 5

I love the idea of the Olympic Games. I’m a traditional sports fan (football, baseball, some basketball only), but the Olympic Games has the ability to catch my attention and make me watch sports I wouldn't normally watch if you paid me. Every fou

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Abilene Public Library Hosts Fun Events During August

The Abilene Public Library is set to finish out the last days of summer vacation, with a host of fun and involving activities. August may well be the hottest month  of the year , but there's no reason to be bored and hot. Check out the lineup of events at out local libraries.

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Cross Plains Public Library to Receive Grant from National Endowment for the Arts

The Cross Plains public library was one of 78 libraries in America, chosen to participate in the 'Big Read' program. The library is set to receive an endowment for the arts. The 'Big Read' is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore and promote reading in America.

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The National Day of the American Cowboy Will Be Celebrated This Saturday at the Fort Worth Stockyards

Saturday is the National Day of the American Cowboy (NDAC) and will be celebrated all over the Lone Star State. The closest place to Abilene holding a big celebration is the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Most all activities associated with the NDAC at the Fort Worth Stockyards will be free, with only a few exceptions.

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