Family and friends of missing Colorado City teenager Hailey Dunn are patiently waiting for an identification on remains found in Scurry county...
In the meantime, a display of crosses outside the home where the girl was last seen are helping to ease the fears of those closest to her.
The city of Breckenridge is a-buzz with talk of a gun manufacturer rumored to be moving business to the area.
This comes just weeks after Governor Perry reportedly sent letters to gun companies, encouraging them to move to Texas.
Despite the looming affect of the sequester cuts on our state parks, more people are making the trip to Tuscola to visit the Abilene State Park.
And there are plans in the works to add new features for families to enjoy in the future.
An Abilene man takes a stand against one of the biggest coffee chains in the country, hoping to get a message to its highest honcho. This comes after comments from the starbucks CEO on the company's public support for gay marriage.
They are some of the most highly skilled, highly trained members of the Abilene Police Department.
We're talking about the SWAT team, an elite group of men created more than thirty years ago to protect both the public and other law enforcement.
What you may not know, however, is this dedicated team trains year round on one of the toughest obstacle courses in the nation.
We are just two weeks away from one of the biggest annual attractions in the Big Country. The world's largest rattlesnake round-up in Sweetwater.
There are plenty of "scammers" targeting Craigslist Ads, but this one is hitting too close to home for some Abilene homeowners.
If you've noticed your electricity bill spiking in cost, you're not alone. Experts say managing your thermostat is the best way to lower your energy usage.
Part of AT&T's "It can wait" campaign, students at Abilene High School got to test out a texting and driving simulator
Proposed gun control legislation has dominated much of the national debate recently, and law enforcement officials in Abilene and across Texas are not holding back when it comes to sharing their opinion on the controversial topic.
Snyder is working to accommodate a growing population in it's schools.
The school district is considering building another campus for it's steadily growing student population.
A DPS trooper shares must-know advice for drivers who may, at some point in time, be the first to witness a serious accident on a roadway.
The Paint Creek community is mourning the loss of a 14-year-old girl killed in a traffic accident Monday morning involving six students who were on their way to school at the time.
And while there are drills every year to prepare teachers to respond to emergencies, the non-hesitant and compassionate reaction from Paint Creek teachers this week is something the superintendent says can't be taught.
A 19-year-old Cross Plains teenager is urging students to get vaccinated against the deadly bacterial infection that almost took her life.
Local veterinarians are warning animal owners of a possible Distemper outbreak in the Big Country.
According to Abilene's animal services director, twelve dogs since the beginning of January have been brought to the shelter by people who say they're sick or have Distemper. All of those dogs have since been euthanized.
Another teen is coming to the defense of an Abilene boot camp after allegations of abuse and an investigation into assault.
The girl says she felt the need to say something after hearing the news about the group that she considers as family.
A 21-year-old drill instructor says he was forced to use a stun-gun on a 14-year-old girl when all other attempts to control her threatening behavior had failed. The Reality Invasion Boot Camp describes itself as a non profit here to change troubled youth, but it's 30-week free program has come under scrutiny after allegations of abuse.
Experts say we're reaching the peak of what has been a hard-hitting flu season nationwide. The number of confirmed flu cases in Abilene has increased drastically since this time last year.
On the two year anniversary of her disappearance, friends and searchers gathered to retrace the steps Hailey Dunn may have taken shortly before she went missing.
Nearly two-thousand miles away from the scene of an unthinkable tragedy, people gathered together in the lobby of the Abilene Civic Center to show their support for the community of Sandy Hook in Newtown, Connecticut.
The state's STAAR test will not affect students' final grades this school year.
On Friday, the Texas Education Commissioner made the announcement at a conference in Austin.
The news, reflects a recent push by individual districts who want a complete overhaul of the state's testing system.
An Abilene family is speaking out, after they say they were scammed into buying a diabetic alert dog that they would later find out had little to no prior training before it was hand delivered to them just two months ago.
They also say the man behind the Virginia based service dog company is misleading and scamming hundreds of families across the country, including a handful in Abilene.
Abilene Police are urging shoppers to keep their vehicles clear of any recent purchases, because car thieves may be looking. Last holiday shopping season from November through January, Abilene saw 121 car burglaries.
Autism affects one in every eighty-eight children. The complex disorder affects more than 24-thousand people from kids to adults in Taylor County. So far there is no cure, which can be overwhelming, and discouraging for families. Reach For A Difference, a community action group founded by an Abilene mom, is helping those families find resources and support.
There is concern in Stephens county that votes from last week's election may have been miscounted. Now, a formal complaint has been filed with the State of Texas Ethics Commission.
A South Abilene family learned a valuable lesson when insulation in their home heating unit caught fire. It happened just before eleven AM Thursday morning. The incident is serving as a reminder to families, if you don't give your home heating system a thorough check, it could be posing a major safety risk.
It's no secret after some turkey and stuffing, many will be headed out the doors to score on some door-buster black Friday deals that many stores are putting out.
The only problem, is the sales are getting earlier and earlier every year.
A growing number of people in Abilene are asking "what if," readying themselves and their families for the unknown.
It's called "prepping" and you may have already seen it portrayed on reality television.
But even here in the Big Country there are those who just don't want to take any chances
An Abilene family is keeping a seven year tradition alive by transforming into the spookiest house on the block. Each year, the family inside the home on the corner of South 8th Street and Sayles Boulevard, dishes out more than 75 pounds of candy to over 25-thousand trick-or-treaters.
A group of twelve Hardin Simmons University students and one professor are stranded in Washington, D.C, riding out what's left of "Superstorm Sandy". The group traveled to D.C. last Thursday for a Model United Nations conference and was expected to fly back Monday morning.
The city of Abilene is moving forward with a plan to secure a future water supply at Cedar Ridge reservoir in Throckmorton county. The project wont be complete for at least a decade, but it could quickly become the most expensive project in the history of Abilene.
Sonja Renee Callahan stands by her claims that she saw missing Colorado City teenager Hailey Dunn shortly after her disappearance. Callahan claims she was buying drugs at a home in Odessa in January of 2011, when she noticed a young girl who's description matched one she had seen on the news. The letter has opened an active investigation into new leads. The text of the written letter is now available to read online.
Another Abilene native is taking a chance on successfully running a restaurant at Abilene regional airport. The small space has seen at least two unsuccessful tries in the past year. Now the owner of a local snack shack is moving in, and hopes to bring her loyal customers with her.
Abilene Police are conducting an ongoing investigation into a local Child Protective Services office and specifically, three supervisors following the death of a 22-month-old girl on Dyess Air Force Base.
APD Chief of Police Stan Standridge said his department has reason to believe CPS employees mishandled and tampered with important documents relating to their investigation into the toddler, and her 22-year-old mother, Tiffany Klapheke.
An Abilene family whose home was destroyed by a fire in early August can finally moved forward and rebuild. The Bois Arc neighborhood was rezoned to light industrial back in 1977, preventing anymore residential homes from being built. The Moreno's also found out it prevented them from rebuilding their home, even though it had been there for more than fifty years.
More residents across the key city are coming forward saying the gas they are pumping into their vehicles is tainted. One customer says he found dirt along with water in his tank after filling up.
An Abilene land owner and business investor says he wont go any further with a plan to build a large water park in the city. Kenneth Musgrave says he asked supporters of a Facebook petition to contribute less than one percent of total costs. He says not only did comments on the page become negative, they became personal as well.
Dozens of malnourished and neglected horses are now at Abilene's animal shelter. 35 horses are being nursed back to health and put up for adoption. The owner is facing criminal charges including two counts of cruelty to animals.
It's been one year since an Abilene baby was shaken and injured by his babysitter. Austin Westbrook was 3-months-old when his babysitter shook him violently causing serious brain damage. Austin's mother, Jennifer says Austin is making improvements but there is still a long road ahead.
More Texas cities are banning the use of cell phones while driving. Tuesday morning, an Amarillo City Commission voted 4-1 to restrict the use of hand held devices for drivers. Mayor of Abilene Norm Archibald says while the idea hasn't been brought up in Abilene just yet, he'd like to see drivers all make a collective effort to stay safe.
Fair-goers are no stranger to the rain at The West Texas Fair And Rodeo. In fact, it's rained at the fair almost every year since it began. Rides were closed Thursday morning as downpours pushed through.
The presidential election may be months away but your local 7 Eleven convenience store is giving you a chance to vote early.
The chain is asking customers to participate in it's "7 election" campaign.
Customers voting for Obama are asked to use a blue cup, a red cup for Romney supporters, and green for undecided.
The chain keeps a running tab on purchases and updates results on its website.
September 11th, 2001 is a day that many remember vividly. But for students at Abilene's Atems High School, the images are not as sharp. Sophomores and juniors who were no older than six then, spent some of the day reflecting on the events of 11 years ago.
Shoppers are not the only one's feeling the pain of rising costs at the grocery store. A number of local food pantries are having a hard time keeping up with a growing demand for food.That's due, in part, to a decrease in assistance from the USDA.
We now know at least 4 human cases of west Nile virus have tested positive in Taylor County, 3 of them in Abilene.
The Taylor County Public Health District reports one woman and three men have tested positive for the mosquito-borne illness.
City health crews have scheduled spraying on 3 consecutive days to kill mosquitoes.
It was a bittersweet convocation for students and faculty of McMurry University as they honored former football player and alum US Army Staff Sgt. Jeremie Border. Border was killed while serving in Afghanistan during an insurgent attack Saturday.
Abilene Independent School District is expressing it's concern over a change in the state's assessment accountability standards for English Language Learners, or ELL's.
Higher gas prices may be to blame for a number of recent gas drive-offs. Two Abilene Shell stations were hit Saturday night and Monday morning.
An Abilene family has been reunited with a puppy they believe was stolen right out of their backyard one week ago. The family says they received a call from a woman Wednesday night that lead them to the Abilene dog park. The puppy was with a couple who claimed to have gotten her from a woman in Cisco. They handed the puppy over without incident.
There is always a debate when it comes to pit bulls and other dogs who are known to have an aggressive manner. many states have begun to pass specific breed laws. So far there are none here in Texas. Local dog owners say it all comes down to owner responsibility.
Taylor County Public Health Officials say it will be difficult to confirm a common link to a recent outbreak of Salmonella reported in Abilene, but have been able to associate 35 of the 64 cases to the Abilene Country Club. However the club is only a "potential source" and officials say it's almost impossible to trace back the bacteria to one specific food or location.
New federal guidelines going into effect this fall require all public schools to cut down on serving sizes, provide healthier choices and require students to choose at least one fruit or vegetable per day.
An Abilene family is looking for help locating a dog they believe may have been stolen right out of their back yard.
It happened around 9:30 Wednesday evening in the neighborhood of South 21st and Palm Street.
The family says their 11 week old boxer went missing from their fenced in yard shortly after it had been let outside to use the bathroom.
Abilene's YMCA preschool is expanding into the vacant childcare wing of St James United Methodist Church. Expected to open August 27th, the new facility will hold 80 more children than the Y's previous location.
July numbers show no improvement for Abilene Animal Services. The shelter is taking in an average of two hundred animals per week. To make matters worse, they say more owners are surrendering their animals for financial reasons.
Administrators say low participation numbers forced the district to end it's summer free breakfast program two months early.
Home garden stores say business is blooming, one year after taking a big hit during last summer's drought. They're glad Abilene's current one day per week watering restrictions aren't dampening consumer's attitudes.
James Lynn Jones of Abilene is listed as the business account holder for the Jones County game room that was raided by federal agents, according to the Jones County tax appraisals office. Jones is one of several people charged with possession of a gambling device in 2007 during similar raids in Abilene.
Federal investigators aren't releasing any information regarding a raid at a game room off highway 277, north of Abilene, Sunday afternoon.
One customer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, says Lot O Games gives something very similar to "monopoly money" when a player wins one of their slot-machine style video games. This paper money could then be used as a credit or redeemed for cash- on Sunday's Only.
The Abilene Police Department donated 8 bicycles to the Regional Crime Victim Crisis Center to go to families and children suffering from Trauma.
The bikes are collected by the department throughout regular business, and then donated to local organizations.
Demand keeps increasing for the summer food program here in the Key City.
The Abilene school district helps provide meals for children going hungry in the area while on summer break.
Nationally, these programs have grown twenty-five percent over the last five years.
New research shows more people are working later into their life, and delaying retirement. Experts believe an unstable economy and longer life expectancy are behind the new trend.
The threat of fire may not stop all Taylor County residents from lighting up fireworks this Independence Day, but there are several rules and regulations regarding use.
Taylor County Sheriff and Abilene Police say they will be patrolling and will have a no tolerance policy for anyone they find breaking those rules.
A shortage of truck drivers is raising freight rates and delaying deliveries nationwide.
Abilene's Action Career Training School says they're working steadily to filter new drivers through training and back into the workforce.
Abilene City Council members will have the chance to approve the city's capital improvement plan this week.
In that plan are some road projects designed to kick start efforts to develop the south downtown area.
An Abilene woman is voicing her concern over the safety of horseback riders after a man in east Texas was killed last week when his horse threw him off, and into the path of an oncoming car. The woman says her family has had similar incidents while riding, but there is no where else for them to go.
Neonatal centers and hospital nurseries are rated by level 1-3C according to specialization. 3C is the most specialized and can handle any type of neo-natal care or surgery. 1 is the least specialized. Here in Abilene the neonatal levels are a 2B and a level 3B. So unless it's for surgery, you don't need to leave town to receive proper care.
APD says 6 out of 9 crime categories have seen an increase during the first quarter of 2012. There has been a 7% increase in violent crime, and a 2% increase in property crime. Police are reminding residents to lock doors, remove valuables from vehicles, and report suspicious activity.
A transformation to turn on of the oldest homes in Abilene into a small hotel is underway.
The Hattie and Henry Sayles house on the corner of Sayles Blvd and South 7th street in Abilene will eventually become a "boutique hotel alternative"; a modernized, luxury version of a small hotel.
People are saving hundreds of dollars by making the switch from cars to bicycles,avoiding excruciating gas prices. The city of Abilene is in the process of figuring out how to make city streets safe and accessible for bikers of all kinds.
"I said, 'bye Pookie,' he was in the front room. I always say bye to him when I leave my house," said Eloise Shearer.
If you're looking to help victims of yesterday's tornadoes you don't need to leave town to do it.
Abilene based Global Samaritan Resources is collecting supplies to deliver to the affected areas.
They are looking for local donations of cleanup supplies, and materials that will assist in the removal of debris and initial cleanup process.
A death on the campus of Hardin Simmons University over the weekend is being ruled a suicide.
A proposed animal ordinance in the City of Abilene had residents up in arms last week, forcing city council to table the item from last Thursday's agenda, before removing it all together.
Now they're looking for your input to help them redraft a new proposal.
Fluoride in public drinking water has recently become a hot issue. What was started as cavity protection is now being called a health risk, and has many U.S. cities are barring fluoride from drinking water all together.
We know college dining halls are full of foods that are cooked in lots of oil.
One group of ACU students and faculty isn't letting that oil go to waste.
Instead, they turn it into renewable energy.
A warning for area drivers after a driver flips a vehicle trying to avoid an animal.
The driver says when the animal jumped in front of him, he steered to miss it.
The vehicle ended up in the middle of loop 322 last night.
The driver is okay, but now authorities are giving advice on what to do if you end up in a similar situation.
A former Abilene Police officer passed away over the weekend. And with him, a piece of history.
The seventy-four year old became Abilene's first black police officer in 1964.
The American Psychiatric Association is proposing changes to the way it defines Autism, which could sharply decrease the number of people diagnosed under the Autism spectrum. It could also exclude thousands from receiving government aid.
The city of Abilene is getting backlash for considering tighter regulations on local businesses.
But the owner of one of Abilene's most popular businesses is taking a different approach...
Offering his advice to regulators overwhelmed by dragged out public forums, and controversy surrounding a proposed sign law.
An Abilene pawn shop surprised a customer with the ring she had no choice but to sell after the death of a family member.
A Golds Gym fitness instructor is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma just weeks away from giving birth.
An Abilene war veteran is upset with the City-Link transit system after it refused to pick him up during it's early morning bus route.
An Abilene woman says her employer fired her over her handwriting. But what she finds most frustrating lies within Texas employment laws.
With the Taylor County burn ban lifted, the sale and use of fireworks is now permitted. For one Abilene youth group, removing the ban allows them to raise funds over the holidays.
A pair of armed robbers remain at large after an employee was held at gunpoint, forced to give cash, and tied up at a South Abilene Restaurant.
A scary warning for new dog owners or those looking to adopt. A deadly, but preventable virus is on the rise.
An investigation is looking into an Abilene Hotel where a guest reported bed bugs.
Friends and family of Jessica Davila in their own words...
Local adoption agencies and child protective services say there are endless ways to avoid illegal adoption.
The threat of severe weather didn't stop hundreds of people from coming out to get their hands on a popular video game.
Emotions ran high in the courtroom as the murder trial of Christopher North took two stunning turns in its final day.
While it may not feel like it yet, signs of fall are popping up all over Abilene.
An Abilene church is selling pumpkins to raise money for their youth outreach program.
Dyess Air Force Base is one of five bases that holds dual-fuel fire training, the most realistic situation a firefighter can experience.
The West Central Texas Career Consortium hosted a part-time job fair today at Hardin-Simmons University.
Dyess Air Force Base welcomed its newest C-130J aircraft today.
Dyess Air Force Base celebrated the opening of the Armed Forces Reserve Center today.