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Kelly Clarkson Performs ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee’ at President Obama’s Inauguration

After President Obama gave his now-famous inauguration speech on the steps of the Capitol on Monday, Kelly Clarkson had her very own chance to shine. The country crossover (and Obama supporter) sang a heart-tugging rendition of 'My Country 'Tis of Thee.'

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Brian Hembstead, of Midland, enjoys BBQ
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The Texas Wild Bunch Bonanza BBQ and Auction is Set for Jan. 26th Near Coronado’s Camp

It's that time of year, when the sweet smell of mesquite wood burning in an ole smoker fills the air. The 11th Annual Wild Bunch Bonanza Cook Off and Auction is scheduled for this Saturday, January 26th starting at 10:00 AM when the gates open. Attendees will get to sample everything from quail, to deer, elk to brisket and smoked wild hog to tasty jalapeno poppers.  The Wild Bunch Bonanza is an annual fundraiser for the ECCA Volunteer Fire Department. Last years proceeds got ECCA's fire department a new brush firefighting truck.

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The 2013 West Texas Rehab Center’s Telethon Raises Over 1.2 Million Dollars

As the old saying goes, "it ain't over till the fat lady has sung" and she has done so because the totals are in. The West Texas Rehab Center's telethon and auction raised, $1,202,646. This is not the all-time high for the Rehab center, in fact last year's telethon was, when the Rehab center raised just over 1.33 million dollars. This year's total is the fourth highest  in the history of the Rehab center's telethon and auction.

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Vietnam Veterans Commemorate 25th Anniversary
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26th Annual ‘TET Reunion’ for Veterans is Scheduled for February 2nd in Abilene

The 26th Annual 'TET Reunion' honoring all Veterans, is scheduled for Saturday, February 2nd starting at 12:00 noon at the Taylor County Expo center. All Veteransand their families are welcomed, and encouraged to bring their photo's and memorabilia from their era of service. The TET reunion was started by Vietnam Vets but is open to all Vets, no matter the era of service. There will be food, drinks, displays, memorabilia and a USO kind of show.

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Abilene Area Kids Will Participate in Youth Varmint Hunt for Texas Outdoor Child Organization

They're back, it's time again for the annual youth varmint hunts to benefit the Texas Outdoor C.H.I.L.D. a non-profit organization that provides hunting, fishing and outdoor adventures to children that suffer from terminal illnesses and/or life altering medical conditions. The first in a series of hunts is scheduled for February, 16th and 17th. Any child that is from the Lone Star State can register to participate in the weekend long hunt.

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ArtWalk Takes on a ‘Mardi Gras Madness’ Theme, January 10th in Downtown Abilene [VIDEO]

This months Center for Contemporary Arts 'ArtWalk' is themed 'Mardi Gras Madness' and promises to be just as fun as the real Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Bring the entire family to the historic downtown area of Abilene where restaurants, shops, museums, galleries and entertainment are waiting for you. If you dare, wear your favorite Mardi Gras mask or paint your face and join the parade.

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The Quilts of the Rehab Telethon
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The West Texas REHAB Telethon Auction is Now Online, Bid Now!

The West Texas Rehabilitation Center's Annual Telethon is scheduled to air live from the Abilene Civic Center, January 19 from 7 p.m. to midnight. As with the telethon every year there is a huge auction that takes place and you can participate in from your computer. You'll find everything imaginable from handmade afghans to yard furniture. You'll want to bookmark the Rehabs auction website,  to get in on the good deals this year.

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May Rodeo Association’s Annual New Year’s Eve Dance Features the James Lann Band [VIDEO]

The May Rodeo Association's (MRA) 3rd Annual New Year's Eve dance is scheduled for December 31st, featuring the James Lann Band. This event is very important to the association because they've recently torn down their old arena and will begin working on building a new one very soon. Money from this fundraising event will be used to help build the new arena. Any additional donations are greatly appreciated by the association.

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Casey Donahew and JB and the Moonshine Band Team Up for the Billy Bob’s New Year’s Eve Bash [VIDEO]

If it's lots of music you're looking for in a New Year's Eve bash then point your boots toward Billy Bob's at the infamous Ft. Worth Stock Yards. Casey Donahew and JB and the Moonshine Band both will fill the the bill on Monday, December 31st as JB and his group of troubadours will open for Casey Donahew. Get your tickets while you can because if it's like last year, it will be a sell out.

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The Best and Worst of the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy Benefit

Yesterday's 12-12-12 benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy relief raised over $30 million dollars, but it wasn't all good. We're still cringing for Bobby Moynihan's awkward appearance as his 'SNL' character "Drunk Uncle," for example.

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Adam Sandler Adds New York City Twist to ‘Hallelujah’ at 12-12-12 Concert

Adam Sandler became the one millionth person to cover Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' last night at the 12/12/12 concert benefiting Hurricane Sandy relief. Only his version was chock-full of racy New York City-specific jokes. 

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The Abilene Community Band Hosts Their Annual Christmas Concert December 20th

 This is the Abilene Community Band at their July Fourth Concert

The Abilene Community Band is holding their annual Christmas Concert  December Thursday 20th at the Paramount Theater. This years Christmas concert theme is 'The Bells of Christmas' featuring the Abilene Gold Hand-bell Choir, made up of students from both Abilene and Cooper High Schools.

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