What the Abilene Reporter-News liked, didn’t like: what about these champions
1. Come on, teams, come on. Let’s turn up the score for Big Country football teams. Kudos to Westbrook and Strawn for securing Class 1A State Championships – the fifth for Strawn and the first for Westbrook, who denied May her second title. On Friday, Stephenville, at Level 4A, won their sixth title. Congratulations to Hawley, who played his first league game. The Bearcats faced Shiner for three quarters in a 2A final, but the Comanches won their 30th straight game since their 2019 playoff loss to Refugio. This will not prevent us from drinking their beer …
2. Beginning of the Christmas holidays for the students. For many students, Friday was the last day of school until 2022. I wonder if some parents are already eager to do this? Sing it, Michael BublÃ©: “And mom and dad can’t wait for school to start again.“
3. Dyeing actions. Familiar faces were seen on Thursday at a grand opening event at the expanded Visitor Control Center at the main entrance to Dyess AFB. The $ 1.4 million project involved grants and state and local entities. The old facility – built in 1986, according to a discolored plaque – was past its usefulness and is preparing the base for even more traffic when the B-21 Raider arrives in a few years.
4. Bark up to the tree on the right. The ongoing partnership between the town of Abilene and a group called the All Kind Animal Initiative seems like the right way to improve our animal service needs here. The partnership between the Abilene Zoo and its support group has worked well. If done correctly, Abilene will be the cat’s meow.
4. Sweat the fans. The Cowboys looked good against That Football Team in Washington. Until they don’t. A bad pass and a change of possession, but Dallas is in a position to be tied late in the game after holding a 27-3 lead. The Pokes held firm to win and are expected to get No. 10 on Sunday with the Giants.
5. Stan, Stan the Baylor. Stan Allcorn has been retired from the leadership of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church for over a year, leaving him more time for Baylor. Maybe he’s praying more because Baylor won the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and recently secured a Sugar Bowl berth in football. Allcorn reached out to us to note that Baylor has the No.1 men’s basketball team (BU is 9-0), the No.5 women’s team (9-1) and the No.6 soccer team ( 11-2). Allcorn said no other Division I school has its three teams in the top 10 among “income” sports. Well praise the Lord and pass the collecting plate!
6. We love the 80s but ... It was 81 on Wednesday, two degrees off record and 22 degrees above normal. For the first 15 days of the month, we had five days of 80 or more. A beautiful spring, really. We could do without the strong wind, which increased the risk of fire and sent allergy sufferers in search of tissue. Tuesday is the first day of winter.
DO NOT LIKE
1. Always someone. Whatever good is given, there is someone who benefits from it. We received an email from the US Department of Justice regarding the arrest of a Texas man who fraudulently obtained over $ 3.3 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans. These have helped many businesses stay in business and the employees to provide. The Harris County man who is charged has filed three loan applications for his business, claiming more employees and a higher payroll than he had. He also lied, saying that he had not committed a crime before. He pleaded guilty to … fraud.
1. Do you have Babbel? At Tuesday’s community group Abilene concert, master of ceremonies David Bacon (the volunteer group’s official emcee) was thanked for lending his voice. No charge, to which he feigned surprise. Bacon tried to say the Spanish lyrics to “Feliz Navidad”, but got angry. His “Prospero aÃ±o y felicidad. Director Joe Stephens later gave Bacon a thank you gift, which could have been Learn Spanish in 60 Days CDs. Note: Last year was the 50th anniversary of the popular Christmas song by Jose Feliciano, who performed at Abilene Christian’s Moody Coliseum in the early 1970s.
2. Updated window sticker. We’re always interested in what people have on their back windows and bumpers. This week, on a pickup truck, we saw a pink handwriting lettering that reads: “Mum from Sassholes”. Do whatever you want with it.