• CEREMONY COMMEMORATING 1922 MURDER OF BLACK MAN RESCHEDULED

    By LORETTA FULTON A ceremony commemorating the murder of a black man in Abilene in 1922 has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 27. The event will begin at 10 a.m.

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  • AAC PROGRAM ON VIRGINIA CONNALLY

    Dr. Phil Christopher and Loretta Fulton will present a program Wednesday on the life and legacy of Dr. Virginia Connally, Abilene’s first female physician, who died March 31 at age

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  • ALLELUIA, CHRIST IS RISEN

    The Lord is Risen Indeed. Alleluia Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it

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  • SAY WHAT? CURSIVE BACK?

    IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury The news that cursive handwriting is returning to elementary school curricula is being roundly applauded, perhaps equal to ovations that welcomed Dolly back to

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  • NATURE AND SPIRITUALITY

    The public is invited to take a stroll through the Lake Kirby Nature Park, followed by a time of spiritual reflection, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24. The program

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  • SEED PLANTING AND NEW LIFE

    By LORETTA FULTON “It’s going to be a really good day,” Amy Wilson Feltz predicted as she ended a brief service before the work began. Saturday, April 20, marked the

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  • SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL, 30 AD

    By DANNY MINTON It was early Sunday morning when everyone in town was awakened by a violent earthquake. It was particularly unsettling since it was the second in the past

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  • A SIGN FROM ABOVE

    By DARRYL TIPPENS On Monday I watched with dismay as the fires consumed the nave of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. I have had the pleasure and joy

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  • HOLY WEEK LUNCHEON SERIES

    Following are links to stories in the Reporter-News written by Loretta Fulton about the Holy Week Luncheon Series. A new story link will be posted each day, along with the

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  • PDBC EASTER PAGEANT CONTINUES

    By LORETTA FULTON The last time John Whitten recalls being in a play, he was in elementary school. The next time will be a little more challenging. Whitten is portraying

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HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?

By NANCY PATRICK America, one of the wealthiest and most powerful nations in the world, affords its citizens more freedom, education, success, and affluence than most other countries. You might think that would make Americans the happiest people on the earth; ironically, they are not. Examples of our unhappiness and dissatisfaction surround us—among them: stress, debt, family conflict, addiction, violence,

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SPIRITUALS AND GOSPELS CONCERT

The Classical Chorus of Abilene will present a concert of spirituals and gospel hymns at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Shirley Anderson will accompany the chorus on piano for some selections. Others will be a cappella. Guest singers from Hardin-Simmons University’s Chorale and Upbeat groups will join the chorus, which is the adult choir of the Chorus Abilene organization. Some

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WITH CONNALLY’S DEATH, AN ABILENE LEGEND IS LOST

Editor’s Note: Loretta Fulton’s biography, “Virginia Connally, M.D.: Trailblazing Physician, Woman of Faith,” is available at Texas Star Trading Co., 174 Cypress St., Abilene, or by contacting Loretta Fulton, editor@spiritofabilene.com Dr. Virginia Boyd Connally, Abilene’s first female physician, died at 7:34 a.m. Sunday, March 31. A grandson, Sid Roberts, texted that Connally had died in an inpatient hospice center in

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PDBC SINGS NEW SONG IN LENT

By LORETTA FULTON “Revenge is not justice…it never brings about justice because it never seeks reconciliation.” Those words are from a Lenten reflection written by Travis Frampton, one of 40 members of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church who contributed to a booklet titled, “A New Song: Lenten Reflections.” The collection of Lenten reflections was the brainchild of Nathan Adams, ministser of

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AS WE HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN

March 14th By Travis Frampton A couple of years ago I was flipping through TV channels when something on C-Span caught my attention. Two lawyers were debating whether the Ten Commandments should be posted in federal and state court houses. The debate was lively. Both sides exchanged compelling arguments. But, as I sat there enthralled by their discussion, I thought

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TRUST

March 25th By Emily Meador I long to see you that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you, that is that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. – Romans 1:11, 12 Broken. Shaken. Lost. 1983-84 was a year to be remembered. Not because of the joy, but because of the pain. At

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A NEW SONG

March 15th By Carolyn Newman Memories of the 1998 Lenten season light the corners of my mind. While living a busy life, I received news that my precious mother was not going to live. As stated in the scripture, I needed for the Lord to hear my cry. Being involved with the sixteenth annual “I Love America” production at Dyess

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