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Counterfeit Money Spreading to Abilene Garage Sales Video included

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Abilene, TX -- The counterfeit money is now spreading to some garage sales around town. "We’re just out here peons in a big world, trying to have a garage sale in your front yard, you don't think of anyone try to swat money from you," said resident Myrtie Downing hosting a lawn sale. "I mean I’ve heard about it, but just to show me like y'all just showed me just now, I really didn't know that." She said the thought of it circulating Abilene hadn't even crossed her mind. "I always think ... More>>

Council Votes E-Cigs Not to be Sold to Minors, But Not Regulated in Public Places Video included

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Abilene, TX -- After hours of open discussion at today's public hearing concerning electronic cigarettes, City Council voted not to approve the regulations that would ban residents from vaping in public places. "Maybe there's a way to think outside the box, maybe there's a way to communicate with vapor stores in town, maybe there's a way that we can work together," spoke one resident and E-Cigs store owner. "But we don't know what's in it, simply do not know if it's harmful or not, we ha... More>>

  • Big Country Fire Association

    Big Country Fire Association

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-29 17:25:16 GMT
    The Big Country Fire Association is the oldest fire association in the area. Members of the group recently had a meeting and talked about why it is so important for the rural fire departments to stick together.Ray Watson helped start the Hamby fire department after a tragic accident nearly 40 years ago.“Two children burned to death out here in a model home fire during the holidays and we did not have fire services out here so a group of us got together and formed and built the Hamby fire depa...
    The Big Country Fire Association is the oldest fire association in the area. Members of the group recently had a meeting and talked about why it is so important for the rural fire departments to stick together.Ray Watson helped start the Hamby fire department after a tragic accident nearly 40 years ago.“Two children burned to death out here in a model home fire during the holidays and we did not have fire services out here so a group of us got together and formed and built the Hamby fire depa...
  • The Gardeners of Grace

    The Gardeners of Grace

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:01:50 GMT
    More and more people are starting to eat organic. But that can cost you. Some people have started growing their own fruits and vegetables at a community garden.The Gardeners of Grace meet every Saturday morning in the 900 block of Cypress Street. Gardeners of all ages are welcome. One gardener said with each visit to the garden they see growth in more ways than one.“A lot of good things happen through the influence of relationships and I think there is lots growing here,” said Joyce Dalzell.J...
    More and more people are starting to eat organic. But that can cost you. Some people have started growing their own fruits and vegetables at a community garden.The Gardeners of Grace meet every Saturday morning in the 900 block of Cypress Street. Gardeners of all ages are welcome. One gardener said with each visit to the garden they see growth in more ways than one.“A lot of good things happen through the influence of relationships and I think there is lots growing here,” said Joyce Dalzell.J...
  • Rural Fire Department Struggles Over Money Disputes

    Rural Fire Department Struggles Over Money Disputes

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:17 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:17:57 GMT
    The Taylor county rural fire committee is made up of 13 volunteer fire departments. That is until recently. The Moro fire department decided they needed their own representation and split from the group.The faint sound of firefighters emergency radios can be heard in the commissioners court. For the first time in history the Moro fire department is submitting their own budget separate from the rural fire committee’s.“Our needs have changed and are a little bit different,” said Andrew Carter w...
    The Taylor county rural fire committee is made up of 13 volunteer fire departments. That is until recently. The Moro fire department decided they needed their own representation and split from the group.The faint sound of firefighters emergency radios can be heard in the commissioners court. For the first time in history the Moro fire department is submitting their own budget separate from the rural fire committee’s.“Our needs have changed and are a little bit different,” said Andrew Carter w...
  • What School Resource Officers Do on Their 'Summer Vacation'

    What School Resource Officers Do on Their 'Summer Vacation'

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:36 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:36:49 GMT
    Abilene, TX -- School Resource Officers keep your middle school and high school children safe during the school year. It’s an exclusive job to be an SRO. With only 8 positions available, you've got to fit the right mold. "Somebody who is going to fit in well with the campus, and also the age-range they'll be working with and somebody who’s going to work well with the children and also the staff," said Lt. Joe Tauer of the Abilene Police Department Youth Division. Their number one priority...
    Abilene, TX -- School Resource Officers keep your middle school and high school children safe during the school year. It’s an exclusive job to be an SRO. With only 8 positions available, you've got to fit the right mold. "Somebody who is going to fit in well with the campus, and also the age-range they'll be working with and somebody who’s going to work well with the children and also the staff," said Lt. Joe Tauer of the Abilene Police Department Youth Division. Their number one priority...
  • Renovations at Crockett are Getting Started

    Renovations at Crockett are Getting Started

    Thursday, July 17 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-07-17 18:38:24 GMT
    The old Crockett Elementary school is being renovated to house the early head start program. Right now there are four locations for early head start and head start programs. But once construction is completed there will only be two locations.Children in the early head start program will have a new view in the upcoming months. Construction coordinator Joe Humphrey said the project has faced many challenges but it is finally coming together.“It has been a dream to finish this up and move childr...
    The old Crockett Elementary school is being renovated to house the early head start program. Right now there are four locations for early head start and head start programs. But once construction is completed there will only be two locations.Children in the early head start program will have a new view in the upcoming months. Construction coordinator Joe Humphrey said the project has faced many challenges but it is finally coming together.“It has been a dream to finish this up and move childr...
  • Global Samaritan Group Goes to the Border

    Global Samaritan Group Goes to the Border

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 4:06 PM EDT2014-07-16 20:06:42 GMT
    The border crises has many Americans taking sides. Some reports estimate there are 35,000 illegal immigrants crossing over the border every month many of them unaccompanied minors.A few people from the Global Samaritan group left the Big Country Wednesday to deliver donations to woman and children.Wes Rasbury is an intern for Global Samaritan group. He is helping pack all the donations Abilene residents gave them to take to McAllen.They have collected baby bottles, Sippy cups and women and ch...
    The border crises has many Americans taking sides. Some reports estimate there are 35,000 illegal immigrants crossing over the border every month many of them unaccompanied minors.A few people from the Global Samaritan group left the Big Country Wednesday to deliver donations to woman and children.Wes Rasbury is an intern for Global Samaritan group. He is helping pack all the donations Abilene residents gave them to take to McAllen.They have collected baby bottles, Sippy cups and women and ch...
  • City Sells Lots at Lake Ft. Phantom

    City Sells Lots at Lake Ft. Phantom

    Monday, July 14 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-07-14 21:50:28 GMT
    The lots at Lake Fort Phantom Hill have been leased to residents for decades. Administrators at the city decided to start selling the lots in 2009. But it has taken the city years to give home owners their offer letters. Because of the city’s slow pace home owners have to pay more.Faith Gage lives at the Lake and to say she has wanted the chance to buy her leased lot for a long time would be an understatement.“We ended up with a 32 year lease,” said Gage. “And guess what we have been here for...
    The lots at Lake Fort Phantom Hill have been leased to residents for decades. Administrators at the city decided to start selling the lots in 2009. But it has taken the city years to give home owners their offer letters. Because of the city’s slow pace home owners have to pay more.Faith Gage lives at the Lake and to say she has wanted the chance to buy her leased lot for a long time would be an understatement.“We ended up with a 32 year lease,” said Gage. “And guess what we have been here for...
  • Construction Starts on the new Bowie Campus

    Construction Starts on the new Bowie Campus

    Thursday, July 10 2014 5:47 PM EDT2014-07-10 21:47:56 GMT
    If your child is going to Bowie Elementary this coming school year they are in for some big changes. Construction has started and a new Bowie campus is being built right next to the old one.Joe Humphery is the construction coordinator for Abilene ISD. He said the project will cost nearly ten million dollars.He said once the building is complete the 10 million-dollar-price-tag will be will be tax money well spent.“This is a 1951 building we have heating and air-conditioning problems,” said Hum...
    If your child is going to Bowie Elementary this coming school year they are in for some big changes. Construction has started and a new Bowie campus is being built right next to the old one.Joe Humphery is the construction coordinator for Abilene ISD. He said the project will cost nearly ten million dollars.He said once the building is complete the 10 million-dollar-price-tag will be will be tax money well spent.“This is a 1951 building we have heating and air-conditioning problems,” said Hum...
  • Brownwood Gets a new Task Force

    Brownwood Gets a new Task Force

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-07-09 23:34:19 GMT
    The city of Brownwood is preparing for a new task force to move in. The Texas AM Forest service is building a new branch in the town to help the Big Country with wildfires.Firefighters reported to the Texas AM Forest service center in Merkel to start training this week.They are learning how wildfires spread and how to stop them. Shannon Stineman has been a volunteer firefighter for 13 years. She is now training to become part of the Brownwood task force.“(I hope) to save my life and save othe...
    The city of Brownwood is preparing for a new task force to move in. The Texas AM Forest service is building a new branch in the town to help the Big Country with wildfires.Firefighters reported to the Texas AM Forest service center in Merkel to start training this week.They are learning how wildfires spread and how to stop them. Shannon Stineman has been a volunteer firefighter for 13 years. She is now training to become part of the Brownwood task force.“(I hope) to save my life and save othe...
  • How has the Hail Storm Affected Abilene's Economy

    How has the Hail Storm Affected Abilene's Economy

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-07-09 01:14:35 GMT
    The silver lining is finally surfacing through the rain and clouds left by the hail storm that took Abilene residents by surprise nearly three weeks ago. Nancy Liles works for the Abilene convention bureau. The more than 3000 hotels in Abilene are supposed to report their occupancy numbers to Liles every month. She said not all the reports for June are in but the few that are show the hail storm has made an impact.“It will have a positive impact as far as economic impact in to the community a...
    The silver lining is finally surfacing through the rain and clouds left by the hail storm that took Abilene residents by surprise nearly three weeks ago. Nancy Liles works for the Abilene convention bureau. The more than 3000 hotels in Abilene are supposed to report their occupancy numbers to Liles every month. She said not all the reports for June are in but the few that are show the hail storm has made an impact.“It will have a positive impact as far as economic impact in to the community a...
  • One Man Dead After Firework Explosion, Town in Mourning

    One Man Dead After Firework Explosion, Town in Mourning

    Thursday, July 3 2014 9:49 PM EDT2014-07-04 01:49:04 GMT
    Comanche, TX -- An explosion has a small town in mourning. Volunteers were preparing for the town of Comanche’s 24th annual fireworks display when officers said something went wrong. They had everything blocked off including the baseball field where officers say an explosion happened earlier that killed one man and injured several others. Residents said they’re in shock. “Well, you never expect anything like this but I just I never dreamed anything like this would happen in this small to...
    Comanche, TX -- An explosion has a small town in mourning. Volunteers were preparing for the town of Comanche’s 24th annual fireworks display when officers said something went wrong. They had everything blocked off including the baseball field where officers say an explosion happened earlier that killed one man and injured several others. Residents said they’re in shock. “Well, you never expect anything like this but I just I never dreamed anything like this would happen in this small to...
  • What, and when, is Three Kings Day?

    What, and when, is Three Kings Day?

    Some people exchange Christmas gifts on Three Kings Day. When and where is Three Kings Day traditionally observed?
    Some people exchange Christmas gifts on Three Kings Day. When and where is Three Kings Day traditionally observed?
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