TSTC Nursing, EMS Students Provide Treats to Abilene Nurses

Ben BarkleyTSTC Communication Specialist Bags filled with treats put smiles on the faces of several nurses in Abilene recently. The Texas State Technical College Nursing and Emergency Medical Services programs teamed up to donate food to nurses at Abilene Regional Medical Center and Hendrick Medical Center. “When this COVID-19 pandemic hit, everyone sent our nurses breakfast, lunch, bundt cakes and

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An Opener Like No Other…

IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury They tried ever so hard to make Major League Baseball’s opening day seem as normal as possible, for the radio listener or TV viewer anyway. Globe Life Field in Arlington–the $1.2 billion enclosed structure barely completed for the scheduled home opener in March–languished for almost four months. When it finally opened, fans were denied admission.

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2020 Census: Everyone Counts

By NANCY PATRICK Loneliness, a sense of isolation, shattered dreams, doubtful purpose, fear, boredom, insecurity—these feelings have affected most Americans even before the COVID-19 pandemic. We can multiply those feelings in the midst of a prolonged quarantine with its accompanying restrictions. Many people distrust authorities because some of the authorities disagree among themselves. All of this upheaval occurs while the

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His Eye Is On The Sparrow

By DANNY MINTON The year 2020 will go down in history as a year of discouragement in the minds of many. People are facing despair from all walks of life. Parents and students needing schools to open this fall face a mountain of questions and concerns. Delayed athletic programs, band programs, and school activities leave thousands of children disappointed and

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Pioneer Drive hosting ‘Super Week’ of Outdoor Fun

Vacation Bible School may have gone virtual this year, but at least one outdoor church activity is still planned. Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, 701 S. Pioneer Drive, is staging Super Week Sunday, July 26-Thursday, July 30. Hours are 6-8:30 p.m. for all youth, including incoming seventh-graders. All events will be outside and mask wearing is encouraged as much as possible.

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Laundromat Short-Cuts…

IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury Until mid-twentieth century, most American women had every right to sing “washday blues,” because one day of the week–for most, the longest day–was committed to washing, hanging out, ironing and folding the family duds. The day started with a trip to the laundromat, since most homes at the time were lucky to have indoor plumbing,

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Love Does Not Boast

By DANNY MINTON In the ’50s there were a lot of stories still hanging around from the World War II years. I remember one in particular about three little boys. One day these three boys were sitting around and began to argue about their dads and the war. The boys were boasting, as we may have done ourselves, about how

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Improvement on Silence

IDLE AMERICANCommentary by Dr. Don Newbury My late father, T. J. Newbury, was a grand story teller. Friends and neighbors in Early, Texas, gave him high marks for joke-telling, and so do I.  Usually, hearty “ho-ho’s” erupted when the punch line was unleashed, but on the rare occasions when silence hung heavy and listeners looked blankly as if ghosts had been

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