A nationwide growing problem with heroin usage is mirrored in the Big Country, specifically Abilene.
Friends of Halston Metheny talk about her sweet spirit and ability to make others smile.
Simple, but unknown errors can drastically affect a person's credit score and possibly cost he or she hundreds, if not, thousands of dollars.
The TSTC flight school located at Abilene Regional Airport will close on April 30th. Then, there will be only one pilot training facility in Abilene.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner has released the preliminary autopsy report for the man who was found deceased in his home on Twin Oaks Drive on February 4.
So far, the district's had four snow closures. With two days taken care of, it must now move forward in supplementing the remaining two days.
A 3-year-old little girl was found on Saturday by two strangers stuck in ice on her bicycle at the intersection of South 11th Street and Rodgers Street.
A carnival in Abilene is off to a slow start because of the low temperatures and snowy weather.
Driving in these types of conditions is something that even veteran truck drivers say you can never really master.
Following last Sunday's icy weather, TxDOT anticipated another winter storm to follow and prepared accordingly.
The father of 20-year-old Daniel Becker says while his son is guilty of the crime he's accused of, he had reasons for his actions and shouldn't be judged so harshly by the public.
One part of the jury selection process involved having prospective jurors fill out a questionnaire based on this specific case. We shared that questionnaire on our website and on Facebook, and since then, we've received a lot of feedback from viewers.
Two separate fires in Abilene today destroyed the homes of two families, and damages neighboring homes. But despite that, everyone involved say they're just thankful no one was hurt.
January is National Blood Donors' Month, and it's also one of the few months out of the year when local blood centers are the lowest on supply.
In 2009, the city of Abilene began a 11-phased project to give residents at Lake Fort Phantom Hill the opportunity to own their property instead of leasing it. Five years later, and the project continues.
Every year, taxpayers make costly mistakes when filing their taxes, whether they hire a "professional", file online or attempt to do it themselves.
A public meeting was held tonight to discuss proposed attendance boundary changes for Craig Middle School and Mann Middle School. If approved, at least 80 students will be transferred from Craig to Mann next school year.
The 34th Annual MLK March was held today in Abilene. Dozens of people came out to join in on the remembrance of the civil rights activist.
Christopher Webster is charged with a felony count of burglary with the intent to commit assault, but he shares in a jail interview that he is innocent and was not involved in the crime.
Home invasions may not be on the rise in Abilene, and the chances of being involved in one are small, but Abilene police chief, Stan Standridge wants residents to be aware of what to do if targeted.
One Abilene family says a donation was made to a local organization by mistake, by someone they say isn't mentally capable of making such a decision. The question is, "are they entitled to the items donated?".
Today, law enforcement agencies across the country joined in observing 'National Amber Alert Awareness Day'. The system was established in 2002, and shortly after that, Texas had it's first amber alert activation.
It's almost showtime in Ballinger. An old theater is getting a facelift in preparation for its grand opening next week.
The beginning of the year is the perfect time for cyber thieves to begin circulating new and old scams.
It's been nearly six months since the disappearance of Amber Lowery. Today, it was confirmed by investigators in Comanche County that the remains found near the Lowery residence last July are that of Amber.
The flu season came a little early this year, but its yet to even begin to reach its peak. And officials say without the flu vaccine, people of all ages could be hit hard.
Even though she's in a Fort Worth hospital on her birthday, members at a Cisco church gathered tonight to celebrate the birthday of a 12-year-old girl who was kidnapped and stabbed on yesterday.
A man is dead after a crash on highway 70 in Sweetwater. Traffic was shut down for hours. A second passenger was transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital with unknown injuries.
It's going on the ninth day since Hardin Simmons graduate, Brendan John Boyd, was heard from by friends and family. Abilene police and those close to him are asking for the public's help in locating him.
By now, cotton season here in West Texas is usually over, and farmers have moved on to sowing the next crop. But that's not the case this go around due to recent winter storms.
It's been official for almost 24 hours now. 2 014 is here. But before we go any further into the new year, let's take a look back at some of the top stories that came from the Big Country in 2013.
New Year's Resolutions are often made, but in very few cases do people see their resolution to the end. One Abilene woman is the exception, and is happy with the progress she's made on her 2013 fitness resolution.
While it's not 4th of July, the sale of fireworks is very much normal this time of year. But for one of two stands open today, business wasn't booming.
A Cisco father asked for our help this holiday season. His only Christmas wish was that his children got a piece of the holiday that they deserve. KTAB and a few special donors partnered to make that happen.
It was only a few months ago that Royce Curtis was called out of retirement to serve as the interim principal at Bonham Elementary School in Abilene. Today, teachers and students there bid him a farewell as they prepare to welcome a new principal next year.
Every year, the people of the Big Country donate toys and join in on the season of giving. One toy helps to make Christmas that much better for hundred of children who away from their families.
People all across the state tried their luck tonight at a chance to win the second largest Mega Million jackpot in the last year-and-a-half. Never has a Texan won the Mega Million jackpot, but it could happen tonight.
After we aired our story, a Scholtzky''s Deli in Abilene ended up catching the attention of the nation, with the story appearing all across the county. KTAB went to Schlotzky's grand reopening to follow up on the story.
Updated Road Conditions from around Abilene and the Big Country can be found at BCH.com
While some chose to stay inside today in order to avoid the nasty roads, a few more than expected, decided to do exactly the opposite. So why'd people in Abilene choose to brave the icy roads?
Preparation for a cold front involves taking care of a number of things, including your pets. Local veterinarians say there are things you can do to make sure your pets aren't miserable these next couple of days.
Tonight downtown Abilene was packed from street to street. Families came out to enjoy the night's lineup. And with that, came a night of spending. For downtown restaurant owners, it was music to their ears.
A stolen vehicle is recovered at the old Taylor County Courthouse.
For the second time in 6 years, Abilene High and Cooper High Schools are in different classifications. With Abilene High's football team moving up a conference number, some fans are questioning if this could be the end to the infamous rivalry game.
One Abilene employer is using the phrase "attitude adjustment" on a sign in front of his restaurant, as a sign to his customers better customer service will be served up soon.
A Brown County woman dedicates her Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping to help buy toys for children.
One Brownwood family makes serving others a Thanksgiving tradition.
Gearing up Black Friday isn't an quick and easy task, especially when you're an independent store owner. Just like the retail chains, smaller businesses prepare for the shopping holiday weeks, sometimes months, in advance.
Abilene is one of the few designated communities in the United States where refugees are relocated to. On the surface it seems as though they're safe, but what they try and escape often follows them.
Black Friday our cars will be sitting in parking lots, full of door busters and other Christmas gift, and thieves know that.
For offenders of nonviolent crimes, it can be tough to shape up and not fall back into bad habits once given a second chance. For some men in Taylor County in that situation, there is a facility that specializes in helping to get their lives back on track.
This weekend's winter storm led to dozens of accidents across the Big Country. For the drivers, that's an unfortunate expense. But for some business owners, each wreck adds to their profit.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new device to help epilepsy patients who don't respond to medications
With temperatures reaching freezing it's almost unsafe to be outside at night, but for some people that's their only options. A church in Brown County is opening their doors to help.
Man finds a newspaper chronicling the assassination of President Kennedy published just after the tragedy happened.
Sam Nichols and Angela Schilling have warned us all week about a strong cold front that will potentially freeze parts of the Big Country this weekend. But when it swept in a little sooner than expected, some folks in Abilene were caught off guard.
Joe Edd Boas is looking back at the Kennedy assassination, but he is looking back through the lens of a photographer, who may have shot one of the last portraits of Kennedy before his assignation.
The Coleman County Medical Center is collecting coat donations to help keep others warm this winter season.
With the holiday season upon us everyone is busy buying Christmas gifts for their friends and family, but for the families that need a little extra help an organization in Brownwood is stepping in.
Abilene officially has two of its own 'Kidd's Kids'. And today, both students and their families got a big send-off for a trip they'll never forget.
A Fisher County woman died in a traffic accident near Roby on Tuesday.
Two meetings were held tonight to address a proposed standardized dress code for middle school students in Abilene. Those who attended were asked for their input on the type, if any, of regulations they'd like to see implemented.
Thousands of veterans come home and while trying to adjust to normal life, find themselves in trouble with the law and entwined in our court system. A system that does not necessarily take into account the problems vets encounter when coming home.
Now that he's back in jail and faces prison time, Joseph Dunn says he regrets accepting a specially arranged plea deal that caught the attention of many people last year.
The Family Services Center in Brownwood promotes the well-being of families. Today, they celebrated their 15th anniversary.
The FDA only recently approved the use of Botox for crow's feet, but doctors are already very familiar with the procedure. Botox is made from botulinum toxin. When it is injected in tiny targeted doses, it stops muscles from contracting.
Jewelry for sale is helping the volunteer program at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.
Text Size: Trans fats will soon be out. Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, which make up trans fats, was touted, years ago, as an alternative to cut out cholesterol and natural fats from our everyday foods. But, studies found they clogged up our hearts and were dangerous to our health. So dangerous, the government intends to ban trans fats from American's diets.
In a two-day campaign, nearly 350 ACU students hope to visit at least 5,000 homes in Abilene. They've partnered with 'Rescue the Animals, SPCA' and a Taylor County Commissioner to spread the word about animal abuse and its offenders.
Doctors used to rely on a specific cholesterol level to determine which patients needed the drugs known as statins. Now new guidelines from the American Heart Association and The American College of Cardiology are recommending statins for four high risk groups.
Four Filipino women in Abilene remain worried about their loved ones in the Philippines, some of which they've yet to hear from. But in the midst of their worry, they're hoping to lend a hand in the relief efforts, and want folks in the Big Country to do the same.
An Abilene business serves free meals as a way to say "thank you" to veterans.
In the past 15 years Major Perry Jarmon has been deployed four times. Today, he is part of a different kind of operation, "Operation Free Ride." It's part of a program called horses for heroes, a non-profit organization made up of equestrian facilities nationwide, designed to introduce troops, veterans, first responders and their families to horses.
Police have no leads on who's responsible for shooting out multiple windows at two northside Abilene businesses last night. The owners are left with thousands of dollars worth of damage and few answers.
Can you imagine the frustration a firefighter must feel to see a fire but not be able to reach it in time? Some firefighters in the Big Country know that feeling too well.
It's been nearly a year since alcohol sales were permitted in all of three of four Eastland County towns. Since then, a number of business owners have opted to take advantage of their privilege to sell alcohol, boosting the towns' economy and catching the eye of other business chains.
The Hideout Golf Club will soon be up to par as new improvements are almost finished. The new owners state they aren't trying to compete with the Brownwood County Club, and are renovating the property to become a resort.
Customers who visit Amazon's newest site can contribute to local nonprofits by simply shopping. With no cap on how much money it'll donate, the new site has the potential to make a big difference in the operation of local nonprofits.
Before fans pack the stands for Friday night football, they tend to spend some big bucks at local restaurants and businesses. High school football is big business all around.
The Clock Doc tells us how to correctly turn a clock back, and why they mean so much more than just a piece of furniture to many.
Brown County hosted a fun and spooky event for Halloween tonight.
It may serve as a tourist attraction but there may be more out at Buffalo Gap Historic Village than historical buildings and artifacts.
Halloween isn't over yet and Christmas is nearly two months away but decorations for the joyful season can already be seen around the Big Country.
Amid early voting, some residents in the Jim Ned School District voiced heir opinions in a heated discussion tonight. Many pointed out why building a consolidated elementary school at the proposed cost will cost taxpayers too much money.
Amid early voting, some residents in Buffalo Gap plan to voice their opinions on why building a consolidated elementary school at the proposed cost will cost taxpayers too much money.
Early voting for the constitutional amendments began October 21, but Brown County is having difficult getting people to come out and vote early.
The family of the man who was part owner of the Abilene Gold Exchange has filed a federal lawsuit. An Abilene police officer shot and killed Marcus Cass during a raid of the business last year. The federal lawsuit is against the City of Abilene, the Chief of Police, and the officer who shot Cass.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. The Brownwood ARK shelter provides help for all genders who are victims to domestic violence and assault.
Out of the more than 3 million children who witness domestic violence each year, many will carry the abusive behavior into their older years. From habits to emotions, the effects of family abuse on children can be devastating.
Frustrated parents often tell their misbehaving children a nearby police office is going to arrest them. Abilene officers are stepping in and giving children a different message and asking parents to stop creating the misconception.
Lake Brownwood is still low even after recent rains.
Most of us rejoice when gas prices are low. But some drivers benefit more than others when they have to pay less at the pump.
A man has been taken into custody after running from a northeast Abilene store with some electronics.
A man was shot in his home in the 300 block of Crescent Drive in Early this evening
Pieces of history are destroyed after a fire sparked overnight at a north side Abilene Church. Hours before, the church celebrated its 40th year anniversary.
It was the fourth annual Harvest festival in Brownwood. The Brownwood Area Community Garden hosted the event allowing people to sell off any summer vegetables they have before winter starts.
Seventy-four year old Mary Kaplan has ran 5ks in all fifty states, her new challenge is running in all of the 5-Ks that the Texas counties have to offer.
Preparing college is extremely important for high school students, that's why Brownwood High School and Ranger College have teamed together to provide a new program to make college easier for their graduates.
Abilene PD needs the public's help in identifying a man they believe may have information regarding a rash of coin-operated machine break-ins across the city.
Ovarian cancer is one of the hardest types of cancer to diagnose and treat. In many cases it's already in an advanced state by the time it's found. Now doctors are experimenting with a new therapy to help patients who are running out of options.
'PrimeTime Family Entertainment Center' will soon expand to meet your sports desires. A new indoor sports facility will be like none other in Abilene.
Air Force Senior Christopher Perez is accused of failing to report child abuse of Tamryn Klapheke.
As AISD's bond election nears, members of the public got a chance to see first hand some of the repairs one campus would receive if the bond is passed.
A new study shows children who do not have regular bed times during the school week are more likely to have behavioral problems by age 7.
District Board Trustees to meet for a final time before the district's largest ever bond election. Public to tour school expected to get a major facelift., if bond is passed.
Who says you need a large crowd to have a good time? A concert benefiting a local organization went on as planned, despite the small turnout.
A landmark to Brownwood almost had to say goodbye after 58 years of business. The doors closed for Gomez restaurant in September, but thanks to the previous owners grandsons the restaurant will be reopening.
Fall is a popular season for marathons and other running events. But, doctors say that many runners don't ease into their training, don't have the right footwear, and don't realize the importance of downtime. This negligence can cause some annoying and lengthy injuries such as muscle pulls, stress fractures, and sprained ankles.
Two well-known Texas bands will hit the stage tonight in Buffalo Gap for a concert benefiting the Big Country Area Chapter of Special Olympics Texas.
Tomorrow, a new organization in Abilene will participate in a national campaign aimed towards young girls and the media.
Students at Cougar High School in Abilene could welcome an award-winning pop star at the end of this month. A creative video done by the students is one of five Katy Perry has her eyes on.
Jim Ned Consolidated Independent School District could soon have a new elementary school. First, residents living in the district will vote on the multimillion dollar bond package proposed for the schools construction.
A dispute about whether or not a north Abilene historic home can host events, came to an end at today’s Abilene City Council meeting.
Wesley Givan, an Early local, decided to join the Peace Corps after college. Wesley spent two years in west Africa, helping a small village develop and learn new ideas.
A new study from the American Cancer Society followed more than 73,000 women for 17 years.and found postmenopausal women whose only exercise is walking an hour a day still reduce their chances of getting breast cancer 14 percent. Women who engage in more vigorous exercise lower their risk even more - 25 percent. Current guidelines recommend adults do at least two and a half hours of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week. But, studies show less than half of U.S. women do even that much. Researchers say it doesn't have to be a marathon. A leisurely walk every day can still make a big difference.
It's common to see families divided by the Crosstown Showdown, but it's not very common to find a situation like that of Abilene High lineman Joshua Hunter and his dad, James, who was a linebacker for the Cougars.
This year was the third annual National Night Out for Brownwood and the police department was happy to see more people participate this year.
One major influence is usually missing during Hispanic Heritage month here, but thanks to a local Mexican American, there’s now a mariachi band in Abilene.
Early ISD and Bangs ISD have been long time rivalries, but they are setting aside their difference to raise money for breast cancer.
Scientists believe an antibody which help sharks fight off disease could do the same job in the human body.
Starting over again can be tough for anyone, especially those who have been recently released from prison and need to find a job. However, with a halfway house called Success House, these men can join society once again.
The City of Coleman is looking forward to the company, Alternative Energy Development, to build their plant in Coleman
Over the summer, Brownwood Lionettes were chosen to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The team is excited, but had to raise the funds to go. Thankfully, the Brownwood community has been a huge help in helping the team reach their goal.
The Brownwood City Council decided on Tuesday to use Waldrop Construction to build the new central fire station. The current fire house was built in the 1960s.
A new study finds fear of recurrence is driving more young women to have a double mastectomy even though most are aware the surgery will not improve survival rates.
A Haskell man was celebrated today for his contributions to the volunteer fire departments of Taylor county. Over the last 10 years Bill Steele has constructed affordable fire engines so that these departments could fight fires to their best ability, while staying within their budget.
A new study is showing young parents cutting corners when it comes to car seats.
The welcome to Blanket sign that is off of highway 377 has been they for over twenty years. But last week it was in jeopardy of being removed by the Texas Department of Transportation.
A new tool could help woman diagnosed with breast cancer avoid multiple surgeries to remove cancerous tumors. CBS's Teresa Garcia has the story.
This new school year Howard Payne University welcomed its largest freshman class since the seventies.
The CDC released a new report showing an increase in the number of measles cases reported. There is currently an outbreak in Texas.
Researchers found that patients with a positive attitude had a tendency to work out more, increasing their chance of survival.
Abilene Police are looking for evidence after a couple reported they were approached by a man who may have been impersonating a law enforcement officer.
There is a new vaccine that now makes it possible to defend against up to four strains of the flu virus.This new vaccine could be more helpful to children and the elderly because they are more likely to be affected by the 4th strain.
Many Big Country seniors take time out of their day to help others through volunteering. For one local woman, it meant working through her own health issues.
The CDC says the number of teenagers who tried an electronic cigarette device doubled to nearly 2 million last year.
A former Roscoe resident is concerned the reconstruction of the US-84 bridge over Interstate 20 in Nolan county isn’t as safe as it should be.
Safety is a school’s number one priority. To ease parent’s minds, Brownwood High School has updated their emergency response to be more efficient.
As of September 1, 2013 the new Texas Cottage Food Law went into place, allowing people who make baked home good the ability to sell more items and in more places. For one local baker in Brownwood she is very excited about the new expansion.
It’s a combination of dance and strength training while hanging in the air. It’s called aerial fitness and involves participants hanging from long fabrics, which helps strengthen stomach and back muscles.
They've used confiscated drug money to pay for new equipment, but never for a new employee.
People tend to snack at night for a variety of reasons, but those empty calories can be damaging your health and your waistline. Tips for healthier evening snacking is available from today’s Smart Woman Report.
Taking a road trip this long holiday weekend doesn’t mean you have to toss your healthy eating plan out the window. Instead of stopping at vending machines and convenience stores for lunch or a snack, try these tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
We know it as Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the famous baseball player, but amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is an illness many of us know very little about.
New research shows a new type of defibrillator implanted under the skin works well, without touching the heart. It also has a vibratory alarm, warning patients when they are having a problem with blood flow and is at risk to have a heart attack.
The disease Pertussis, or Whooping Cough has surpassed the number of cases last year.
Thousand of children start smoking every day in the U.S. Now a national task force is recommending doctors become involved and try to prevent children from picking up the habit.
With a lasting drought in west Texas, the water treatment plant has been discussing how to reuse as much water as possible.
The start of the school year is fast approaching. Doctors say parents shouldn’t wait until the last minute to get children back on their usual schedule, that includes their sleep routine.