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This Day in History for December 31 — Times Square Celebrates, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1879: Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time (more info)

1907: The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square -- then known as Longacre Square -- in New York City (more info)

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True Facts About The Angler Fish

People Magazine's Sexiest Fish Alive for 2012 is... not the Angler fish. In fact, we'll have to agree with the narrator: these guys are like rainbows of ugly.

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This Day in History for December 20 — Elvis Drafted Into Army, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1803: The Louisiana Purchase is completed at a ceremony in New Orleans (more info)

1860: South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the United States (more info)

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Go Here: American Visionary Museum in Baltimore

This museum dedicated to self-taught artists is not your typical stuffy art museum -- I guarantee you won't be bored.

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ Musical Greeting Card from the Country Music Association [VIDEO]

So what has country music and the Country Music Association done all year?  If you've ever  pondered that thought, the answer comes in the form of a well produced and well thought out 'Twas The Night Before Christmas' styled video. All these years I thought the CMA people only did the awards show and inducted folks into their Country Music Association Hall of Fame. After watching the video, I learned I was way off the mark and the Country Music Association, the Foundation and country music stars had a very busy year. Check it out.

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Abilene ISD Will Begin Offering Healthier Lunch Choices to Students

One of the biggest differences AISD students will notice as they get back to school are the choices they will have in the cafeteria this year. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 is officially going into effect this fall, and that means there will be new requirements from the children going through the lunch line.

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‘Education Chronicle’ Names McMurry University as One of the Best Colleges to Work For [VIDEO]

The results are in, ‘The Chronicle of Higher Education‘ just released their fifth annual report on ‘The Academic Workplace,’ based on a survey of more than 46,000 employees at 294 colleges and universities in America. 103 of the 294 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” status. McMurry University was awarded honors in two separate categories.

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Top 5 Games You Loved in Elementary School

I asked my coworkers, what games were their favorites they played as elementary school aged children. I was reminded of so many different school house games like tag, red light green light, mother may I, dodge-ball, kickball or my old time favorite, the rough and tumble 'king of the hill'. Here's the

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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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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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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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Texas Tech ‘Red Raider Send Off’ in Abilene is August 3rd [VIDEO]

The Big Country Chapter of the Texas Tech Parents Association will be hosting their annual ‘Texas Tech Red Raider Send Off’ August 3rd, 2012 at Frontier Texas. Tech supporters from Abilene are invited to come out and assist friends and family of area students that will be leaving for Texas Tech University in Lubbock,  for a big send off gathering.

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