By Catherine Lansdowne The Abilene Philharmonic’s 65th season opens on Saturday, September 19 with one of America’s most distinguished pianists, Misha Dichter, as guest soloist. At the age of 20, Misha Dichter entered the 1966 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow – this is the competition Van Cliburn surprised the world by winning in 1958. Dichter won…

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By Sasha Orloff The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a government agency created after the 2008 financial crisis, is in the process of creating the first set of federal rules governing the short-term lending industry. Fearing that consumers are getting caught in “debt traps” — borrowing money to pay back previous loans over and over again…

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By Julie Cromeens, Asst. Director of Communications – Chancellor Mike Reeser announces the appointment of Eliska Smith, MASCL to serve as provost for the Texas State Technical College campuses in Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood and Sweetwater, effective August 10. Smith began her career in marketing and communications more than 25 years ago, spanning the economic development…

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Todd Nix has been chosen by the Abilene Independent School District as McMurry University’s Fifth Grade Math/Science Magnet Class teacher for the 2015-16 academic year. He takes over for Sharlyn Bammel, who retired after leading the program, nicknamed the McMagnets, for its first six years.The Math/Science Magnet Class opened in fall 2008 as a cooperative…

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By Gary Ellison, Associate Director CommunicationsDr. Philip LeMasters, Professor of Religion and Director of the Honors Program at McMurry University, gave a presentation entitled “Orthodox Peacemaking in the 21st Century” at the Conference in Preparation for the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church at Fordham University on June 26, 2015.

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By Leah MazzarelliABILENE, Texas – With talk of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft coming to Abilene, the City of Abilene would like to remind residents of permitting requirements under City ordinance. In Abilene, it is illegal to operate a taxicab or ride-sharing service without the proper permits. An entity wishing to provide taxicab…

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Da’Cipher 360 is calling all fathers and those future fathers. Chris Daughtery has written a manuscript that everyone should read whether you are male or female, young or old, on track or off the chain. This book is on time just in time. This author speaks with knowledge well beyond his years. This is a…

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This September, as part of the annual West Texas Book Festival, Abilene Public Library is encouraging all Abilenians to be a part of our citywide reading program, Abilene Reads! We will be featuring of Mary Helen Specht and her debut novel “Migratory Animals”. Born and raised in Abilene, Specht has a B.A. in English from…

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John Wayne will visit Buffalo Gap, Texas on October 3, 2015 as part of the annual Comanche Moon Social to benefit the Buffalo Gap Historic Village. In a one-person show, historian J.R. Edmondson will visit with dinner guests as “the Duke.” Since he began his career as a “living historian” in 1986, J.R. Edmondson has…

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