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  • Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.

    Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.

    Drink. Drive. Go to Jail.

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:16 PM EDT2014-08-30 03:16:16 GMT
    "If a person chooses to drink and then chooses to drive, the options they have are to go to jail, go to the hospital, or go to the morgue." stated Trooper Baxter of DPS.Don't do it. It's as simple as that. Last year, in texas alone, 3-thousand, 3-hundred and 77 fatal accidents occurred. And if that doesn't scare you. He goes on to say, "One thousand and 89 of those were directly related to alcohol."With that, 40 percent of the fatalities over the six main holidays are related to alcohol. And ...
    "If a person chooses to drink and then chooses to drive, the options they have are to go to jail, go to the hospital, or go to the morgue." stated Trooper Baxter of DPS.Don't do it. It's as simple as that. Last year, in texas alone, 3-thousand, 3-hundred and 77 fatal accidents occurred. And if that doesn't scare you. He goes on to say, "One thousand and 89 of those were directly related to alcohol."With that, 40 percent of the fatalities over the six main holidays are related to alcohol. And ...
  • AISD Handles Food Allergies at Start of the School Year

    AISD Handles Food Allergies at Start of the School Year

     Doctors are seeing more and more children with food allergies each year.  The Abilene Independent School District has made some guidelines on the menu and in the lunch line to try and prevent any allergic outbreaks. 

     Doctors are seeing more and more children with food allergies each year.  The Abilene Independent School District has made some guidelines on the menu and in the lunch line to try and prevent any allergic outbreaks. 

  • The Big Showdown in San Angelo-- Super National Drag Boat Races

    The Big Showdown in San Angelo-- Super National Drag Boat Races

    The Big Showdown in San Angelo-- Super National Drag Boat Races

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:09:50 GMT
    The big show-down in San Angelo is right around the corner. The annual Super-National-Drag-Boat-Races were originally supposed to take place in June but were canceled due to low lake levels. The Chamber has re-scheduled it for Friday September 12th through Sunday the 14th with hopes that enough water will be provided in the lakes by then. And with the rain we've had, i'm thinking they should be just fine. Tickets became available to sell about a week ago and will continue through the days of ...
    The big show-down in San Angelo is right around the corner. The annual Super-National-Drag-Boat-Races were originally supposed to take place in June but were canceled due to low lake levels. The Chamber has re-scheduled it for Friday September 12th through Sunday the 14th with hopes that enough water will be provided in the lakes by then. And with the rain we've had, i'm thinking they should be just fine. Tickets became available to sell about a week ago and will continue through the days of ...
  • Abilene Fraud Division Catches Counterfeit Distributors

    Abilene Fraud Division Catches Counterfeit Distributors

    Several arrests were made around Texas a little more than a month after the Better Business Bureau sent a release about fake bills in Abilene Texas.  The Fraud Division explains why this case was a little more unusual than most.  

    Several arrests were made around Texas a little more than a month after the Better Business Bureau sent a release about fake bills in Abilene Texas.  The Fraud Division explains why this case was a little more unusual than most.  

  • ASU Gets Rambunctious for School

    ASU Gets Rambunctious for School

    ASU Gets Rambunctious for School

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-08-26 02:24:22 GMT
    ASU Track and Field Head Coach James Reid said "It's kind of--- an intimidating time, you know, because these kids are fixing to be on their own. It's intimidating for the parents because they're dropping their kids off for the first time being out of the house.""There's a little bit of everybody out here. It's one of those things to see a friendly face, see a smiling face" states ASU senior, Robert CrumleyLet's face it, school is starting-- again. And for freshman college students, it can be...
    ASU Track and Field Head Coach James Reid said "It's kind of--- an intimidating time, you know, because these kids are fixing to be on their own. It's intimidating for the parents because they're dropping their kids off for the first time being out of the house.""There's a little bit of everybody out here. It's one of those things to see a friendly face, see a smiling face" states ASU senior, Robert CrumleyLet's face it, school is starting-- again. And for freshman college students, it can be...
  • How Volunteer Fire Departments Handle Water Supply

    How Volunteer Fire Departments Handle Water Supply

     Volunteer Fire Departments often lack in manpower and finances.  But adequate water supply is one issue that could be the difference between saving a home or having it burn to the ground.  So Volunteer Fire Departments rely on the help of each other to work as a team and keep your property safe. 

     Volunteer Fire Departments often lack in manpower and finances.  But adequate water supply is one issue that could be the difference between saving a home or having it burn to the ground.  So Volunteer Fire Departments rely on the help of each other to work as a team and keep your property safe. 

  • S-A-P-D Gains Compensation Agreement

    S-A-P-D Gains Compensation Agreement

    S-A-P-D Gains Compensation Agreement

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:50 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:50:57 GMT
    City staff began negotiations for a pay raise requested by the S-A-P-D in September of 2013. After a long-time coming, a tentative agreement was made concerning additional compensation for the new contract-- and with that will come a change in promotion techniques, hiring process, and a physical fitness standard for the officers.Sergeant Korby Kennedy stated, "We'll be at 95% of our benchmark cities comparable at the end of the three year period. What we're also counting for is a little bit o...
    City staff began negotiations for a pay raise requested by the S-A-P-D in September of 2013. After a long-time coming, a tentative agreement was made concerning additional compensation for the new contract-- and with that will come a change in promotion techniques, hiring process, and a physical fitness standard for the officers.Sergeant Korby Kennedy stated, "We'll be at 95% of our benchmark cities comparable at the end of the three year period. What we're also counting for is a little bit o...
  • Keeping Your Pets Safe in the Texas Heat

    Keeping Your Pets Safe in the Texas Heat

    Summer is a time for both you and your pet to enjoy the sunshine and outdoors, but along with the fun, the season also offers up situations that can endanger your pet.  By taking precautions, you can decrease the chance that disaster will happen.

    Summer is a time for both you and your pet to enjoy the sunshine and outdoors, but along with the fun, the season also offers up situations that can endanger your pet.  By taking precautions, you can decrease the chance that disaster will happen.

  • Abilene Realtors Provide Kids with Free Shoes for Walk with Pride

    Abilene Realtors Provide Kids with Free Shoes for Walk with Pride

     The Abilene Association of Realtors teamed up with Payless Shoes and the Salvation Army to provide hundreds of children with a free pair of socks and shoes for school.

     The Abilene Association of Realtors teamed up with Payless Shoes and the Salvation Army to provide hundreds of children with a free pair of socks and shoes for school.

     

  • Goodfellow Fire Safety Training

    Goodfellow Fire Safety Training

    Goodfellow Fire Safety Training

    Friday, August 15 2014 10:06 PM EDT2014-08-16 02:06:51 GMT
    Few people get to see what goes on behind the gates of Goodfellow Air Force Base, but this morning, I was one of them."Sometimes the base can seem a little mysterious because we are behind a gate. We just wanted people to come out and be able to see what we do" statedLieutenant Nathaniel Roesler of the 17th Training Wing.Every morning while most people are still asleep, firefighters in training begin their day at Goodfellow, with one mission.Firefighter in Training, AIC Harness said "We're tr...
    Few people get to see what goes on behind the gates of Goodfellow Air Force Base, but this morning, I was one of them."Sometimes the base can seem a little mysterious because we are behind a gate. We just wanted people to come out and be able to see what we do" statedLieutenant Nathaniel Roesler of the 17th Training Wing.Every morning while most people are still asleep, firefighters in training begin their day at Goodfellow, with one mission.Firefighter in Training, AIC Harness said "We're tr...
  • Drink, Drive, Go To Jail Campaign Kicks Off

    Drink, Drive, Go To Jail Campaign Kicks Off

    Thursday, August 14 2014 7:43 PM EDT2014-08-14 23:43:13 GMT
    TxDOT is partnering with the Taylor County Sheriff's Office to remind drivers not to drink and drive.As we get closer to memorial day weekend officers and TxDOT administrators are kicking off their annual Drink. Drive. Go To Jail campaign.Starting this weekend officers will be out in full force. If you get a DWI you can get up to $17,000 in fines. Mary Belle Turner is the public information officer for TxDOT. She said drinking and driving is just not worth it.“It can have much more than just ...
    TxDOT is partnering with the Taylor County Sheriff's Office to remind drivers not to drink and drive.As we get closer to memorial day weekend officers and TxDOT administrators are kicking off their annual Drink. Drive. Go To Jail campaign.Starting this weekend officers will be out in full force. If you get a DWI you can get up to $17,000 in fines. Mary Belle Turner is the public information officer for TxDOT. She said drinking and driving is just not worth it.“It can have much more than just ...
  • Cedar Ridge Reservoir

    Cedar Ridge Reservoir

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-08-06 18:21:11 GMT
    The drought is still hurting the Big Country and city officials have come up with a solution to this problem, the Cedar Ridge Reservoir. But not everyone thinks this is the best solution. One conservationist believes the reservoir is not our best option.While Abilene residents are on the verge of stage two water restrictions City Council members have come up with a long term plan to make sure everyone has water in the future. The Cedar Ridge Reservoir is their solution to the drought. But the...
    The drought is still hurting the Big Country and city officials have come up with a solution to this problem, the Cedar Ridge Reservoir. But not everyone thinks this is the best solution. One conservationist believes the reservoir is not our best option.While Abilene residents are on the verge of stage two water restrictions City Council members have come up with a long term plan to make sure everyone has water in the future. The Cedar Ridge Reservoir is their solution to the drought. But the...
  • Moro Firefighters Defend Their Decision

    Moro Firefighters Defend Their Decision

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:32:03 GMT
    The controversy surrounding the Moro Volunteer Fire Department and the Rural Fire Committee seem to be heating up. After out last story about the budget the Moro Fire Department and the Rural Fire Committee submitted to the Taylor County Commissioners Court representatives from the Moro Volunteer Fire Department wanted to come to our office and clear things up.Andrew Carter is a volunteer firefighter for the Moro Fire Department.“This is just to get some of the facts out about why we are doin...
    The controversy surrounding the Moro Volunteer Fire Department and the Rural Fire Committee seem to be heating up. After out last story about the budget the Moro Fire Department and the Rural Fire Committee submitted to the Taylor County Commissioners Court representatives from the Moro Volunteer Fire Department wanted to come to our office and clear things up.Andrew Carter is a volunteer firefighter for the Moro Fire Department.“This is just to get some of the facts out about why we are doin...
  • 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...
  • 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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