From schools and hospitals to the city of Abilene, everyone has a plan in place.
But it's not just about having protocols and procedures -- A lot of it just comes down to practice.
The 12th annual Click It or Ticket campaign runs from May 20th to June 2nd as law enforcement officials crack down on seat-belt violations.
Spraying...braiding...curling... painting and powdering -- The girls in this room might have special needs, but for their special prom? They're getting ready the same way as everyone else, just with a little help.
In an effort to cut back on drunk driving, the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended states reduce the blood alcohol content levels that make someone legally drunk.
In January, Coach Quinn Conley's wife of forty years, Brenda, suffered a brain aneurysm, putting her in the hospital and taking him out of school to take care of her. Now, students are giving back to a man they say has changed their lives.
The halls at Colorado High School have seen some wear and tear over the years.
Smoke and flames could be seen for miles away in South Abilene Sunday afternoon, after a fire destroyed a pool house and came dangerously close to homes in a neighborhood right off Buffalo Gap Rd.
Melody Shelton is referring to a piece of her land that used to be filled with mesquite trees and native grass, now reduced to dirt and stumps.
They're there for you every step of the way, holding your hand with words of comfort and a constant smile.
A first-grade teacher who eventually became the formal guardian of her student watches him achieve the one goal she wanted for him all of his life -- graduating from college.
So when the doors in Baird and Ranger close for good on May 30th, dozens of families like the McClains will be forced to find another way to get their children adequately prepared.
The vote to create a hospital district in Breckenridge is generating a lot of buzz in Stephens County.
Cars stopped and several people lined up as the vinyl billboard came down around 10 a.m. Monday -- A final sign the search is over.
Cpl. Darrell Campbell is fighter. He's also back in uniform, and after nearly two years, he's back at work.
If a proposed ordinance passes in Cisco, it would mean minors, ages six to sixteen, are not only restricted from being out and about during the evening -- they'll also be banned from being in public places, unaccompanied, between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Asst. Fire Chief Brent Allen of the Ballinger Fire Dept. knows concerns in town are heightened after the devastation from the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas last week.
It's cramped, it's deteriorating and it's not as safe for the younger ones as the Rudolph family would like their home to be -- but until now, there wasn't much to be done about it.
The familiar ding of an elevator might not mean much to most people, but in a historic building in downtown Eastland, it means the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors will soon be open for business.
The 2013 tax deadline is fast-approaching and if you think it's stressful for you...
Sure, snakes can hitch a ride on a plane in movies...but how about snakes in a van?
Brownwood Chief of Police Mike Corley told KTAB they are not planning to release more details about the incident out of respect for the family, but the investigation is ongoing.
One in 88 children suffers from autism -- a number that has spiked over the past four decades thanks to increased awareness and diagnosis.
Smoke, flames, a burned dinner and a melted kitchen were not the way Mona Chick thought her and her family would be spending Easter Sunday.
We all know they're man's best friend, but for the dozens of K-9 officers spending the week in Abilene for a required training & certification seminar, these dogs are much more than just that.
Monday saw the final "social" for special needs students all across the Big Country as they countdown to their very own special prom.
How do you feel about telling your boss exactly how much you weigh?
Six months, two weeks, nine hours, and 35 minutes -- that's how long Jackie Piasta has spent waiting to welcome her husband back home.
Learning a new language is hard enough -- now, combine it with learning your role for a play and you get a little bit of an idea of what theater students at Wylie have been through to put their latest production together
A 25-year-old man was shot and killed in Snyder early Tuesday morning.
The view for a group of college students' spring break isn't the white sandy beaches and clear blue water you would expect -- it's the Key City skyline, seen from a conference room in the ninth floor of the Enterprise building.
Plans for a new natural gas power plant were announced Monday morning to a crowd of community members in the Mitchell County courthouse.
The 55th Annual Rattlesnake Roundup has slithered into Sweetwater and sunk its fangs into town.
The Community Food Pantry in Albany was recently given a big donation by another charity in the community, in the true sense of people helping people.
Every time students at the Abilene Independent School District have to take a trip out of town, a charter bus is typically called in -- until now.
Smoke and flames poured out of a home in the 1900 block of Bristol Dr. in Sweetwater Monday afternoon -- a tragic fire that would ultimately claim the life of 61-year-old Neva Cole and leave a family in mourning.
Waving in the wind like tumbleweeds, littered plastic bags are a common sight around the Key City.
A new medical clinic is opening up in Cisco -- housing the only physician in the town.
After years at the Ranger rodeo arena, the annual Ranger College Rodeo is saddling up and galloping on over to Brownwood.
The Cross Plains Public Library is getting national attention -- once again.
An Abilene businessman is honored for going above and beyond to help one military family during two deployments.
Several residents at an Eastland apartment complex are speaking out about the poor conditions of their units -- with complaints ranging from leaky roofs and lack of water to mold-filled walls.
Safe to say, the Eastland Animal Shelter has seen better days.
Several of the people involved in an organized crime ring in Taylor and Jones Counties have pleaded guilty to their charges, while others are now scheduled for a trial.
There were heated words at an Eastland City Council meeting last Monday -- and although there is a resolution, tensions still seem to be running high.
After nearly a year, the controversial pipeline proposal in Eastland County may be laid to rest.
The Open Door Project recently opened its doors in Stephens County, offering a place for expectant mothers, teenagers, parents and families to go to when they need help.
Gail Pittman has been rescuing and rehabbing birds for years -- and she does it all out of her and her husband's auto repair shop in Abilene.
Maybe you watched Super Bowl just for the commercials or just the half-time show -- or maybe, the big game itself. Regardless, for many people, it's all about the food -- and that gives businesses around the Key City a big boost.
Nine people have been killed on our roads over the past five days and the rash of violent and deadly wrecks has many in our community on edge.
Buyers & retailers beware -- the Taylor Co. Sheriff's Office is cracking down on tobacco sales to minors.
A deadly accident over the weekend has some people questioning the safety of a busy Abilene intersection.
A chocolate Lab found wandering the streets of Breckenridge is getting a new lease on life after he is adopted by a woman a thousand miles away to become a search and rescue canine.
Hundreds of thousands of people took over the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Monday to watch as President Barack Obama took the oath of office for the second time, including a group from Abilene Christian University.
For the 43rd year in a row, the West Texas Rehab Telethon took over the airwaves, and this year, took center stage at the Abilene Civic Center Saturday evening.
The mother of a sex assault victim speaks out about how the Abilene Police Department's Special Victims Unit gave her and her son the strength they needed to move forward.
The Abilene Fire Department is hiring at least a dozen firefighters over the next two weeks, to bring its staff back up to full capacity.
When the temperature drops, everyone looks for ways to keep warm -- including rodents. And they might just find the toastiest place right under the hood of your car.
A social media marketing campaign could save an Abilene restaurant from shutting down.
There's a new sheriff in town -- and with him come plans for big changes across Taylor County.
A bad start to the new year for one Abilene woman Tuesday morning, after she drove her vehicle through a brick fence.
A flipped van, a run from the law and a drunk driving arrest.
The clock strikes midnight, the champagne starts flowing and -- the bars quit serving.
An Abilene man who broke into his ex-girlfriend's home and assaulted her early Wednesday morning is dead, after the woman pulled out a gun and shot him, according to police.
With flurries falling all around, dozens of people filled the fellowship hall at Matthews Memorial Presbyterian Church on Christmas day.
The tight-knit community of Tye is coming together to help a family of six whose lives have been turned upside down by a destructive house fire.
As authorities and administrators deal with reports and rumors of an unvalidated threat at several Abilene schools, parents and students must deal with the uncertainty and fear that inevitably stems from this situation.
School security is always an issue on parents' minds, but come the Monday after tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, it's at the forefront for many as districts review their policies and protocols.
Authorities are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a young girl in Abilene decades ago.
At 18 years old, Austin Sellers has shed the weight, broken state records, can bench press 725 lbs., and now holds the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters World Championship title.
She was Abilene's first female physician, has had a hand in nearly everything done at her alma mater over the past eight decades, and Tuesday, Dr. Virginia Connally joined the ranks of less than one-percent of the United States population -- she turned 100 years old.
The effects of the drought are still felt as the pecan crop is harvested at an orchard in Cross Plains.
Saturday provided the perfect weather for a zombie apocalypse to take over Buffalo Gap.
Will Abilene's Town & Country Drive-in Theater go digital -- or dark?
With a smile that lit up a thousand hearts and a spirit that touched hundreds of lives, Rex Fleming is the epitome of an inspirational story.
The Cisco Independent School district is fighting back against bullying in a new way.
21-year-old Brittany Petty is taking on the ride of a lifetime -- bicycling 4,500 miles from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska.
For the first time ever, Brownwood High School held an "active shooter" drill at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, forcing a lockdown and evacuation of nearly one thousand students.
'Tis the season of giving and for one local organization, that giving revolves around Thanksgiving.
A year and a half after a Cisco man was beaten to death with a baseball bat, the woman responsible learned her future today.
Could Texas successfully secede from the United States of America and form its own government?
Based in an unassuming building on Conrad Hilton Boulevard in Cisco, Southwest Emblem's business extends well past the Big Country -- and it all started with a small shop and a big dream.
A small business in downtown Baird is manufacturing to the masses -- an inside look at the lollipop factory that's gone from the Big Country to the globe.
In a true testament to the saying "every vote counts" -- just two votes separated the wet-dry election results in Eastland.
Whether you're an Obama fan or Romney supporter, it seems vandals aren't discriminating when it comes to stealing presidential campaign signs in one Abilene neighborhood.
A decision was reached in the Lake Leon pipeline issue in Eastland County late Thursday afternoon.
Clyde Elementary is sending dads back to school with a program that puts gives men a way to get involved in their children's lives and education.
One woman is dead, another is in the hospital and a Snyder man is behind bars charged with murder after an apparent shooting spree Friday night.
A year and a half after a Dyess Elementary student was killed in a
tragic drunk driving wreck, his life was honored Wednesday morning by
his friends, teachers and parents during a dedication ceremony on
The Lake Leon pipeline issue got underway in a packed Eastland County courtroom Tuesday afternoon in a hearing that lasted for hours.
A comprehensive timeline of the Hailey Dunn case -- a case that has been plagued with heartache and controversy since day one.
With three Child Protective Service workers on emergency leave and an ongoing investigation into the state agency by Abilene police, many are wondering what now happens to past cases worked by those employees. And the answer may be -- nothing.
Due to state funding cuts, the Abilene branch of Planned Parenthood is shutting down for good in just a few weeks. While it means hundreds of women in the community will lose their current healthcare provider, it's also a cause for celebration for some.
The controversy over a proposed pipeline project in Eastland County saw its first day in court Tuesday, but with a twist.
Police are still looking for the man who robbed a north Abilene bank Monday morning.
A busy bank on a busy street in North Abilene was robbed in broad daylight Monday morning and it has put some nearby business owners on edge.
Fifty years ago, the Cuban Missile Crisis reached its brink -- and the impact of that stretched from Russia and Washington, D.C., to right here in the Big Country.
Cooper High School's annual fundraiser, Coogs for the Cure, is raising money to help battle against breast cancer.
Two teenagers escaped from a rehab facility in Goldthwaite Friday night and led law enforcement on a hunt that spanned multiple counties, committing several crimes.
Cooper High football players, cheerleaders and band members held an outdoor pep rally in South Abilene Saturday afternoon, raising money and awareness for breast cancer research.
Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans and Saturday morning, hundreds of people bundled up and took over Nelson Park to raise awareness about that startling figure in Abilene's Annual Heart Walk.