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A MEAL AND A PAT ON THE BACK

By LORETTA FULTON It didn’t take David Lofton long to reach a conclusion. “I think it’s pretty good,” he said, “and the cobbler’s excellent.” Lofton is warden of the Middleton Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, located just north of Abilene. On May 16 and 17, Lofton and his close to 500-member correctional and support staff were treated

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HSU’S FRAMPTON NAMED PROVOST AT SCHREINER UNIVERSITY

Dr. Travis Frampton, longtime religion professor and administrator at Hardin-Simmons University, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Schreiner University in Kerrville. Frampton, who has been at Hardin-Simmons 19 years, currently serves as vice president for university mission and strategic vision at HSU. According to a news release from Hardin-Simmons, Frampton has held numerous positions, including professor

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IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO SAVE ORPHANS

By LORETTA FULTON The numbers are startling-1.2 million orphans in Zimbabwe, accouting for 10 percent of the population. It sounds hopeless, but the people who operate Harvest Family Village near Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, don’t see it that way. They see those numbers an opportunity. So do volunteers who travel great distances to help them. Among those volunteers is Robin Cunningham, a

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‘AND NOW IN CONCLUSION’

By LORETTA FULTON Seventy-one years after preaching his first sermon, Jack Ridlehoover is stepping down–but not from everything. He’s just giving up his regular meetings with fellow pastors at the Abilene-Callahan Baptist Association office. For now, at least, he will continue his Minister’s Mentoring and Consulting Service. At his final session on May 6, Ridlehoover, 88, offered some words of

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ABANDONED IN PLACE

By DANNY MINTON In what seems to be the middle of nowhere stamped on a weathered concrete structure are the words “Abandoned in Place.” It means leave it like it is. It is all that remains of a vast multi-million-dollar tower. Standing in front of the sign printed in simple letters on the side of the structure, one can’t help

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