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.