Brady Lemen AYP Member Spotlight - Aug.

Name: Brady Lemen Where do you work? Gage & Company, CPAs, LLP What’s your job title/what do you do? Staff Accountant Where are you from? I’m a native to Abilene. 2018 is my 26th year here. What is your favorite thing about living in the Big Country? It’s difficult to pick one aspect I love about the Big Country. Having grown up in Abilene, I’ve always loved the slower pace of life. It’s not a rushed, go-go-go lifestyle as opposed to some larger cities in Texas. While I enjoy getting out of the house and socializing, it’s nice to be able to step back and recharge my batteries when needed. What do you do in your free time? As you can see in the picture, my Yorkie, Ollie, is a huge aspect of m

Melissa Gonzalez AYP Member Spotlight - Aug.

Name: Melissa Gonzalez Where do you work? Expo Center of Taylor County What’s your job title/what do you do? I am an Event Coordinator and Livestock Secretary. I handle the rentals of the smaller venues at the Expo Center. I manage the livestock shows during the West Texas Fair & Rodeo and the Taylor County Livestock Show. Where are you from? I am from northeast New Mexico. If you’re not from Abilene, how long have you lived in the area and what brought you here? The end of August will be five years since moving here. I moved here to be closer to my now husband. I have a degree is Agriculture Economics and Agriculture Business so when this position became available at the Expo Center, ev

Five reasons why we should support local nonprofits

Less childcare for low-income families. Less preservation of local history. Less food for people in need. Less affordable entertainment. Less to offer tourists. Less help for people with barriers to employment. Less available housing for our neighbors living with homelessness. Less downtown activity. Less beautification. Less mentorship. Less art. Less literacy. Less feeding. When I visualize an Abilene without a thriving nonprofit sector, the single word that comes to mind is less. Less of the good that makes our community great. The list above provides a glimpse of the vast impact that nonprofit organizations have on our community, and there are also some immediate benefits to us as young

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