The Abilene Dream Center says they've doubled in size in the last year. The non-profit is a nine-month live-in rehab program that helps recovering drug and alcohol addicts. The Center is opening a new building, and the director says that will help them grow and help more people.
Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of an early-morning fire that destroyed three businesses on Butternut Street. One year later, 5D Hats has moved into a new building and says business is close to where it was this time last year. The only difference is that the family is no longer in the store that was once their home.
A group of motorcyclists all involved in separate distracted driving accidents are working towards stopping texting and driving in Texas. The group says they have well over 150 letters from the community backing their push for a city ordinance making cell phone use in the car hands-free.
Tye homeowners learned that their property is considered commercial, not residential, after an ordinance passed in 2006 that many say they didn't know about. Locals brought this to the attention of the city to get it changed.
The Mitchell County Hospital has confirmed a case of West Nile in the county. Hospital officials say a man came to the hospital a few weeks ago with flu-like symptoms, and tests came back positive for West Nile.
Many spent Wednesday reflecting on the events of September 11th, 2001. But the day also served a reason to stop and thank first responders for all they do, which is exactly what Fisher and Jones counties did. A free dinner for provided for first responders, as a way to say thank you.
The AISD board of trustees held its monthly board meeting at the Woodson Early Childhood Center to show taxpayers where their money would go if a $87 million bond is passed in November. Dozens toured the school and saw what needs to be fixed, but only one person present was not associated with the district.
An eleven year old boxer living with von Willebrand disease has a new bike after his was stolen. Jason DeLeon was at practice when the bike was taken. Since he has to be careful about physical activity, it was the second time he was allowed to ride his bike to Heavy Hitter's Boxing gym. But his coach made sure he was able to get a new bike in no time.
AISD has found a way to keep the same number of students in the Head Start program despite $225,000 in federal funding cuts due to sequestration. Instead of cutting teachers, which would decrease the number of students in the program, the district rearranged the budget and created more pre-kindergarten classes. The only difference is which families get benefits and which ones do not.
It's now less time-consuming to get a concealed carry license in Texas. Classroom time to get a license has been cut from 10-15 hours to 4-6 hours. Some say less time is the classroom isn't safe, but others say it's more time to focus on what it means to own a handgun.
One of the teenagers killed in a drunken driving wreck on FM 600 last year would have been 18 years old Thursday. Elexus Flores was one of two passengers who died that night last April. Her family and friends lit and released candle-light lanterns in honor of her birthday.
Searchers were hoping to celebrate Hailey Dunn's sweet sixteen by celebrating with the teen. Instead, they released balloons in her honor to show that they haven't given up hope for Hailey.
Dyess Air force Base housing is now owned by a private company. Balfour Beatty will be taking on the responsibility of maintaining and providing up-keep for homes on-base. This comes at no extra cost for airmen and women and their families, and even saves the military money. Future plans will bring in more housing and community buildings to keep the Dyess community together.
The Abilene Independent School District voted 7-0 to put a $87 million bond on the November 5th election. The bond would replace three schools and fund renovations district-wide. Educators say it's necessary due to conditions of some of the old buildings.
Family and friends marked the one year anniversary of Gabriel "Buddy" Mendoza, Jr.'s death by celebrating his life. The survivor of the April 2012 FM 600 car accident that killed two died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound last August. His father, Gabriel, says he's using his son's story to protect other families.
Local pest control companies say they're getting more calls for bed bugs than normal, and the increased tourism in the Key City could be the cause. There is no direct link to the two, but owners of Bug Hunters say the easiest way for the critters to spread is by travelers.
The impending oil boom has business owners weary if it will every show up. Sweetwater Enterprise for Economy Development says they're doing what they can to prepare Sweetwater for the oil boom, but not over-prepare. Business owners say they're doing what they can to not depend on potential oil workers to keep their businesses afloat.
Taylor County sheriff deputies will not be getting a pay raise this year after the county commissioners denied their request in the county budget. The first ever sheriff's association, which was created to fight for these raises, says they aren't done fighting for more pay. They plan on voicing their concerns at the public hearings in September, and will fight to be on the budget for the FY 2015.
The Abilene School District says money for the proposed $87 million bond would help finish projects started by the $76.5 million bond in 2004. Schools renovated with previous bond money will be finished with the new bond money, if voters approve the bond in the November election. The bond would cause taxes to increase by about $50 per year per household.
Abilene voters could decide on a multi-million dollar bond to improve Abilene schools. If approved, taxes would increase about $50 per household. Students that worked on the committee that researched the needs for bond money say that it's necessary for students' educations.
The Eula Community has raised over $2000 for Kelya Shipley. Shipley needs special surgery to remove a 2.3 centimeter kidney stone, but no insurance company will cover her. Friends and family held a garage sale benefit over the weekend, raising part of the money she needs to get the surgery.
Local women were helping low-income families by building houses in North Abilene. It's part of Habitat for Humanity's "Women Build" program. But it's about more than just building houses, 80% of the work done on the project has to be done by women, including the fundraising. So Habitat for Humanity and Lowes teaches these women the skills needed. Not only for the project, but for every day life.
Abilene Christian University has partnered with CitySquare, a non-profit in Dallas to create a hands-on experience for students. ACU students make trips to Dallas for research and projects, getting to make a difference in others' lives while getting an education.
A local company says they could help save tax dollars by replacing the horse stalls at the Taylor County Expo Center. The Expo Center is asking for $75,000 to replace 50 of the 400 stalls, and the stall company says they could do it for less, and have tried offering their services to the county. But the Expo Center says they need the money for uniformity.
Wylie School Board approved a new policy that will allow limited use of cellphones for students. Before, cell phones were not allowed to be on or visible. Now, students can use them during lunch and other times of the day. Parents say they can see the benefits, but that it will still be distracting.
The wind industry is slowly coming to a stand still in some parts of the Big Country, and many jobs are on the line. Wind Clean in Coleman is transforming its corporation to focus on another energy resource, and in the process saving jobs. Employees now work on services that will help the oil industry instead of the wind industry.
As part of an annual tradition, incoming pharmacy students received their white coats as they start their students at Texas Tech Pharmacy School. And for the students, it has a deeper meaning that just becoming a professional.
Storm damage Thursday evening caused one Sweetwater home to collapse. The family is left picking up the pieces and trying to move forward, along with other families left with storm damage.
An investigation into the former police chief of Rising Star has caught national attention. The Associated Press investigation found that the police chief obtained $3.2 million in military surplus supplies in just 14 months as part of a national program. But hundreds of those items were unaccounted for at the police station, sparking the investigation.
Brownwood used a nation-wide event to prevent crime to kick-off their own National Night Out event. Law enforcement says it's a great way to bring the community together to keep crime prevention on everyone's mind.
An Abilene woman has helped hundreds of strangers with their battle with drug addiction after she shared her before and after picture on Facebook. The picture caught the attention of tens of thousands of people on Facebook, and now, Shanna White may be turning this into a career.
An Abilene man is the reason five orphan girls in Mexico now have a home. Roger Jensen is with "The Way" a Christian mission group that was approached by a young girl in a poverty stricken area asking for help when her mother died just a week before. Now, the group has raised five thousand dollars with the help of the Big Country.
Days after confronting Amber Christensen-Lowery's husband about her disappearance, Ryan Christensen says he had a feeling Mike Lowery was responsible from the beginning. That stems from his last conversation with his baby sister, when she told him they had been fighting.
A day after being told that their younger sister is possibly dead, Amber Christensen Lowery's brother and sister say they are filled with pain and sorrow. Both say they knew of her husband's abusive past, and that Amber had even warned them that he could cross the line.
A day before his arrest, Michael Lowery spoke out saying that Amber Christensen Lowery had left on her own before she went missing. But an affidavit states that witnesses had seen Michael driving the CRV left outside of a laundromat the day after she went missing. Family members also say he was physically abusive to Amber in the past, and that's why they thought he was involved in her disappearance.
The search for the missing Rising Star woman continues a week after she was last seen. The only known clue in Amber Christensen-Lowery's disappearance is the abandoned car that was discovered Saturday. The car has searchers hopeful, but locals concerned.
The Brownwood High School Lionettes will be performing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in November. This is after the team won the All American Award at their summer camp, allowing them the opportunity to partake in the parade. The team is focused on fundraising for their trip, and say they're just happy they have a chance to go to the parade and perform.
A Colorado City man says he'll never walk without a limp due to a car accident in June. Frankie Adkinson's car flipped 5 times after the back tires blew out. His foot was caught in a fence, and now he's missing a bone and awaiting surgery. But Colorado City has made sure he's able to get through the recovery without paying a thing.
An eight day long race powered by the sun made a pit stop in Breckenridge.The 20th Annual Solar Car Challenge started in Dallas, and made it's way through the Big Country. High school students built the solar-powered cars from scratch, and are racing them to California. And kids there for the stop say they're now ready to learn more about engineering so they can build their own.
Volunteer firefighters are bracing for the worst as Taylor County commissioners decide how to divide up their 2014 budget. But many workers say it's not like they're not used to living with what they've got. In fact, volunteer departments have found creative ways to get the most bang for their buck. From buying used trucks to replaced older trucks and keeping old gear to fix newer gear.
Volunteer firefighters are bracing for the worst as Taylor County commissioners decide how to divide up their 2014 budget. But many workers say it's not like they're not used to living with what they've got. In fact, volunteer departments have found creative ways to get the most bang for their buck. From buying used trucks to replaced older trucks and keeping old gear to fix newer gear.
A few days of rain has helped a few local businesses. The owner of Fisherman's Retreat says he's seeing the usual uptick in sales after the rain since more people are out fishing. He says sales drop significantly during the summer due to the drought, which means business can be inconsistent.
A pit bull dog show in Snyder helped raise awareness for Autism. The 2nd Annual Bullies for Autism raised money for the Autism Speaks Foundation while educating the public on the disorder. The organizers say they wanted to bring together their love of pit bulls while helping out those with Autism.
A symbol of hope is now overgrown with weeds. A garden dedicated to once missing teen Hailey Dunn, Hailey's Hope, is no longer. This is after her father, Clint, stopped taking care of the garden planted by searchers. Now, searchers have cleared out the garden and are searching for a permanent place to put it.
In a continuing series on synthetic drug use in Abilene, a recovering addict at a local recovery program speaks out about his experience with spice. He says it was easier and the high was different, but he warns others as to why they shouldn't use it.
In a continuing series on synthetic drugs in Abilene, local recovering addicts speak out on their experiences. They have abused drugs like K2 and Spice, and have seen the destruction the substances took on their lives. Now, they're in recovery, fighting to overcome addiction.
It's been one year since Abilene installed a new emergency dispatch system that would stream-line response and make sure people's needs are better met. Twelve months later, it appears the system is doing just that. Fire officials and dispatchers say the new system took getting used to, but they can see the difference.
After two days of fighting large grass fires, fire fighters are making sure everything in the department is good to go, because if there is another fire, they could be fighting those big fires in small numbers.
A local man is trying to help Abilene eat healthier by putting fresh fruits and vegetables in their backyards. The founder of Hug A Root says the food ministry's goal is to promote healthier eating habits while instilling a good work ethic.
A kitten is dead after someone reportedly threw it out the window of a moving car in Abilene Thursday morning. Now, the people who saw it happen want justice to be served. The kitten was thrown from a white, four-door sedan with a white male driver with grey hair. The kitten hit a tree and then fell to the ground. It died later in the afternoon from its injuries.
Two weeks after a car hit Ned Maybee on his motorcycle, he and a group of local motorcyclists are working to ban cell phone use while driving. Maybee says the driver that hit him was on the phone, and now, distracted driving has changed his life forever.
Twenty-six hours after a man robbed the Citibank on South 14th street, APD has made an arrest. Jacob Powell was detained after police stopped a vehicle similar to one seen driving away after the arrest in surveillance video.
Businesses near the Citibank on South 14th say they were shocked to hear that the bank was robbed Monday afternoon. The owner of Kid's Village says in her seven years at that location, nothing of this magnitude has happened, which is what makes the robbery so surprising.
A Buffalo Gap woman is helping children with special needs and disabilities through therapy horseback riding. Ren's Rides helps these students by setting goals and helping them learn to overcome any obstacle so they can lead a normal life.
Our military men and women serve to protect us, but some of those men and women also serve to protect their fellow comrades.Part two of the series honoring our hometown heroes highlights some airmen who are heroes not only for what they do for their country, but for their compatriots.
Law enforcement is out in full force this weekend to stop drivers who hit the road after having too much to drink. July 4th weekend is the deadliest week on Texas roads due to the high number of people drinking and driving. So DPS has more troopers patrolling the area to keep those drunk drivers off the roads.
It's a common sight to see local military members out volunteering in the community. And these two airmen are no different. In the first part of a special Hometown Heroes series, learn more about why these airmen say giving back is simply part of the job.
Local students are back from a two week tour of China all to share their love of music. The Revolution Strings were invited to perform in six cities in China with three other US groups. And the students say it was a chance to share their passion for performing while connecting with another culture through music.
Severe flooding in New York has grabbed the attention of a local woman. The Oneida, NY, native is doing what she can to help those in need by collecting donations of money and clothing to send to those unable to return to their homes.
Governor Rick Perry signed revisions to a current law giving people with disabilities the right to take service animals into all public places like restaurants and businesses. One local veteran says he's never had problems beforehand, but these revisions mean all veterans will be able to get back to a normal lifestyle, despite PTSD.
A public meeting Tuesday night allowed locals to voice their opinions on changes planned for SH351. TxDOT presented two possible plans, saying that they're planning on completing those changes once funding is available.
Abilene Police applied for a grant from the Department of Justice to hire nine new officers. APD says they will hire nine military veterans, creating more opportunities for local veterans while making Abilene safer.
With the one year hiatus approaching for the Abilene Community Theater, members gathered to discuss plans to keep the theater moving forward. As members and non-members voiced their opinions and sought out answers, staff members say they just want to see the theater succeed.
Mitchell County's newest county building is set to open June 21st. County Sheriff Patrick Toombs gave a tour to a few locals after the cornerstone ceremony, explaining what upgrades were needed and how the new building will save the county money.
Charges will not be filed against the driver who hit two young girls on a busy South Abilene road Wednesday. Folks who live in that neighborhood say that it's not uncommon for cars to speed by the crosswalk unaware that children may be crossing.
Local businesses around the Abilene area say they're seeing a boost in sales due to the Texas State Rodeo Competition this week.
A year after a deadly shooting, police are still investigating the death of Dan Nickerson, Jr. who was shot at the 1400 block of Mesquite St. June 10, 2012. Neighbors say they don't feel uneasy about the unsolved murder, because they have their theories as to who did it.
Over 650 high school students from all over the state are in the key City this week to compete in the state rodeo. The competition kicks off Monday at the Taylor County Expo Center, but the local competitors have been preparing for months.
Ira and other communities in Scurry County raised over $14,000 in money and supplies to take to Oklahoma after tornadoes ripped through the state. Locals say it not only opened their eyes, but made them appreciate what we have in the Big Country.
Del Ostrander, Hailey Dunn's uncle and Billie Dunn's brother, was arrested for drug possession, but is speaking out about his niece's death. While at the Taylor County jail, he tells us that he wasn't involved and believes his sister wasn't involved either.
The world's longest annual charity bike ride made a stop in Snyder Tuesday. The Texas 4000 is biking from Austin to Anchorage: that's four thousand miles. But the next 12 will be with locals from the Big Country who are ready to bike for the same cause.
With severe weather around, Scurry County is reminding residents to sign up for Code Red.
The Cottonwood Volunteer Fire Department has only been around for 25 years, but it started with one idea and one dollar.
Mitchell County has plans for two plots of land in Colorado City to be developed. This will include new homes, businesses, industrial properties and much more. The county hopes this will make room for the growing population due to the Cline Shale, and will attract more people to the Big Country.
More than one month after news that remains found in scurry county belonged to once-missing teen Hailey Dunn, the investigation has been quiet. Leaving many across the Big Country wondering.. what's next? A death investigator explains that when it's truth you seek in cases like this, finding the answer can take time.
TxDOT says they have long-term plans to completely re-design and build I-20 at Ranger Hill after a deadly accident Monday, but nothing is set in stone just yet. Upon hearing that news, Ranger locals say that it will help, but that it simply took them too long.
Every year, we remember those service men and woman who gave their lives for us. And every year, locals gather at the Elmwood cometary to do just that.
An abilene man, born and raised, celebrated his 100th birthday over the weekend. And had an interesting piece of history present at his party: a chuck wagon, which his father bought in 1916 was restored by family members who also cooked the birthday dinner with tools from the wagon.
The world-wide event protesting genetically modified organisms made it's way to downtown Abilene, as locals walked together to show that they, too, want to know what's in their food.
Teenage girls in Colorado City have been inspired by Hailey Dunn to take self-defense classes.
Students at Blanket ISD were shocked Tuesday as they returned to their school to see the damage done by a tornado Monday night. School has been canceled for the remainder of the school year, but the district will spend the summer doing what it can to rebuild.
A public memorial was held for Hailey Dunn Sunday at the teen's former school. Hundreds showed up to share memories, tears and close this chapter of the two-year effort to bring the teen home before she is laid to rest.
Snyder locals ran away from the law Saturday morning as part of a 5K fundraiser for Snyder police officer Darrel Campbell, who was seriously injured by a gun shot wound almost two years ago. The 5K, Running for the Heroes, raised money for his medical bills along with funds for another injured officer in Longview.
Flames erupted minutes after lightning struck a North Abilene church. Crews were able to put the flames out quickly, with the fire only damaging the fellowship hall of the Trinity Church of the Nazarene. Though faced with heavy damage, the church says they will be able to rebuild.
A bill passed by the Texas Senate and House will require prosecutors and defense attorneys to share files and statements with one another. Taylor County is one of very few who has a closed-file policy, and the Michael Morton Act will change that. Lawyers say this could mean faster trials and fewer tax dollars spent. But the D.A. says that isn't going to change.
Flames destroyed a pool house on Countryside Road in south Abilene Sunday afternoon. Neighbors say they were concerned the flames were at their homes, or would move closer, while crews worked to put the flames out. The next door neighbor says she heard a loud boom, and went to investigate.
Nice weather drew in many outside to Abilene weekly farmers market. Vendors say there were slim pickings at the produce stands, as fewer and fewer vendors are setting up shop downtown due to the inconstant weather over the last few weeks.
A memorial mass service was held at St. Ann's catholic church in Colorado City Wednesday evening. Her friends and classmates organized the service as a way to help deal with the loss of their friend. The congregation sang, prayed and remembered the teen, saying she had a huge impact on the community that they will never forget.
A woman claims that she knew where Hailey Dunn's body would be found when she heard the news that the teen went missing. She drew the image that she says was a psychic vision for two search groups last year, and they tell us that it appears to be Lake J.B. Thomas.
In one week, a local woman has received over 160,000 likes and 12,000 shares of a photograph posted on Facebook showing herself on meth, and six years later sober. The side-by-side comparison has allowed her to share her story, and inspire recovering addicts all over the world.
An online memorial gathered hundreds of comments, pictures and prayers for Colorado City teen Hailey Dunn. A Facebook page dedicated to Hailey was opened to the public to leave their thoughts for her. This allowed locals and those from around the country to pay their respects in an unique way.
Money raised at a car was in Colorado City went to two search centers that helped in the efforts to find Hailey Dunn. The car was Saturday was also raising money for a scholarship in the teen's name. The community came out to show its support, and the volunteers say it served as an opportunity to help them cope with the loss of Hailey.
Colorado City school officials say the students are coping with the loss of their classmate, and that they are already taking the steps to move forward. This includes a scholarship fund in Hailey's name and a new program that will teach girls self defense.
Just days after the announcement that the Scurry County remains found back in March were those of Hailey Dunn, many are still digesting the tragic news, including a few family members that live in the teen's former home. They say they feel broken, but are doing what they can to move forward.
A day after Hailey Dunn's body has been identified, searchers are working together to move forward. Now that their search is over, they say they're not giving up on finding justice for the missing teen. And they say that they realize how close they came to finding her two years ago. While frustrating, the searchers say that it happened when it was supposed to happen.
It was an emotional night in Colorado City, as locals and searchers gathered at the house of Hailey Dunn to remember the missing teen. Two and a half years after Dunn went missing, searchers say they're glad she's finally made it home. But they say they won't stop searching for justice for Hailey.
Family, friends and searchers gathered at Hailey Dunn's home after news that her body had been found. Many say they are saddened to hear that she is gone, but now searchers set out to find justice for Hailey.
Some local first-responders were in West, standing guard over the caskets of those lost in the explosion last week. Brownwood firefighters who had the honorable task of keeping watch at their fallen comrades say it was an honor to be there, yet emotional and difficult to say goodbye to the brothers they never met.
A world-wide effort to get more people reading made it's way to Abilene Tuesday night. World Book Night was celebrated by a few volunteers, who handed out free copies of books to various places around Abilene all to help promote literacy. Each volunteer chose a title from a list, and handed out 20 copies, hoping to get more people in the Big Country reading.
A deadly fire Sunday morning doesn't have neighbors too concerned. One neighbor says homeless people have been taking up residence in the vacant house for years. And though the news wasn't shocking, it's still concerning that it was intentional.
The Record Guys celebrated World Record Store day. The international event has been held at the store for the past ten years. The owners of the store say it's a great way to promote their business while keeping a historical part of music alive.
Locals in the West area have spent the last 24 hours gathering food, water and clothing donations for those affected by Wednesday's blast. One hotel collected room's filled with donations and volunteers, including a woman from Sweetwater.
Locals participated in a world-wide 2.62 mile run to honor the victim's of the Boston Marathon explosions. The event included former marathon runners and family members of those in Boston. Those involved say it is Abilene's way of showing that they're going to keep moving forward.
Participants of the Abilene Citizen's Police Academy say their course has made them feel better about security in Abilene after bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon Monday. The bomb squad demonstrated what types of explosives they have, and how they evaluate and deal with suspicious packages.
The tragedy in Boston affects people all over, but it does hit close to home here in the Big Country. A professor from Abilene Christian University says her son left the finish line just minutes before it happened. And a woman from Baird who ran the marathon says she crossed that finish line an hour before. Both are happy that they and their loved ones survived.
Local vineyard owners are hoping for more rain and fewer freezing nights, as the past few weeks have caused some damage to their crop.
Some tough kids had the opportunity to show what they've got today in a unique event that matched boy scouts up against some slightly more experienced hero, including local military and first responders. The challenges recreated situations from the show, "Are You Tougher than a Boy Scout," and helped all three teams learn how to always be prepared.
Two local woman speak out on how cold weather is a set back for their business and hobby. The owner of a new business is unable to plant grape vines due to the continuing cold weather, and a gardener who is fighting to keep her plants alive. Both say the freezing temperatures are a set-back, but something they can overcome.
Abilene police say stranger danger isn't as prevalent as it once was. Abilene statistics show that in the last ten years, there have been 60 murders. Out of those, only one was between a suspect and victim who did not know each other.
An Abilene man is now charged with murder in connection to a man found dead in his home on Bickley Street in south-central Abilene Monday morning. Neighbors on that street were shocked to hear it happened, saying crime like this doesn't happen on their street.
A fire Sunday morning heavily damaged a north-side business. Play Faire Park was still open, despite the flames. The course was not damaged, but a season haunted house was. The owner says he believes it to be arson.
Local shoppers say they'd like to see something done to ease traffic in south-west Abilene. With a new shopping center being built on Catclaw Drive, the concern is what will become of traffic that many already consider frustrating to drive in. But the City of Abilene says they won't be doing anything just yet.
Volunteers from the United for Hailey group placed crosses near the garden that's now in front of the Colorado City home.One volunteer has designed and decorated many of these crosses, with each one designed upon request of an individual who has helped in some way or another with the search efforts. They come from all over the country, and even from all over the world. Showing that their hope isn't fading.
Contestant on "The Voice" with Big Country ties attributes talents to family. She says music runs in the family, starting with her great-grandfather all the way down to her. And that's how she ended up on the show.
Maria Rubio and her pizza shop are gearing up for a busy dinner rush this Monday night. All for the circus. It's the first time in 10 years that the circus has been in Colorado City, bringing in the tents, exotic animals and excitement. But the benefits go further than the entertainment for the evening, it'll provide entertainment on main street.
An Abilene man finally met the woman who made his life-saving surgery a reality. This happened at a bone marrow drive over the weekend at Lilith Toyota. The woman helped organize a donor drive here in Abilene about two and a half years ago. In Roberta Johnson's attempt to find Colton Manley the perfect match that would help him over come Leukemia, she never actually met him. That is, until this weekend.
A Tuscola man is behind the newest energy boost that can be found in Abilene. The inventor's newest product, Energy by the Hour is for sale in Abilene this week. Through his up's and down's in the business, Cole Egger says he's still working to make it as an inventor.
It's been two years since the Easter hail storm of 2011. And it could still be affecting your insurance rates.Insurance companies are still feeling the effect from that storm. Perkins Insurance Company says that storm has factored into a few changes, which has kept them pretty busy. Premiums and deductables have gone up since abilene is now considered an "at-risk" area. And they say that companies are looking a little deeper when looking at their clients.
One meals on wheels volunteer has been delivering more than just meals for the last five years, he's also helping an Abilene ISD school save thousands of dollars. He does it all by saving and delivering Campbells soup labels and box tops that come from meals prepared at the non-profit.
Many people are questioning who's body was left to decompose near lake J.B. Thomas in Scurry County. In the last few days, the investigation was handed over to the FBI and, and all the while, it leaves a community in shock.
The historic paramount stage was occupied Saturday evening, as several singing hopefuls rocked out in front of a packed house, all for a good cause.
Bryce Wilkins has lived in Ira for most of his life. And the news of a body found near J.B. Thomas Lake, the lake where he used to go all the time as a kid, has him and the community uneasy.
It's orange and purple flowers that are making the area in front of Hailey Dunn's house just a little brighter. Despite the news of remains found in Snyder, searchers and family members have been out there planting flowers for most of the day to show that the hope for Hailey is still growing.
New details about the Novice woman accused by others in the community for not being truthful with the way she's selling animals to those looking for a pet.
Multiple dog owners from the Big Country are complaining about the practices of a Novice woman selling dogs and horses through Craig's List. The woman appears to be acting as breeder but not following the laws relating to that practice. In 2012 she's posted more than 20 dogs for sale, making her a breeder in the state of Texas. But there is no license number, which is required by Texas law.
The abilene housing market continues to improve and that is one of the contributing factors to an improving commercial real estate market. Real estate agents say they're seeing an upswing in sales. While the improvement in the commercial market would stimulate the economy and create more jobs, one building owner says it's still not easy to sell or find the right property.
That stretch of road where the accident happens is known for major wrecks. The landlord and the tenants in that area speak out on the accidents that right outside their door.
You've likely seen and felt the wind lately. But it can be much more than an inconvenience, it can be dangerous. Three trees ended up on top of an elderly Abilene woman's house Monday, and now her neighbor fear the same could happen to her the next time high winds blow through.
A night at a local hotel turned into a dispute over a man's disability, all because of how he parked. The man is handicapped, but was not parked in the designated spot. He said he was woken up and asked to move his vehicle and even questioned about his disability. We looked into what the rules are concering folks with handicaps and where they can and can't park their cars.
They're hard to miss, and easy to honk at. But those wavers for Liberty Tax say their job is more fun than it looks.
The second annual Abilene Idol competition kicked off Saturday at the Mall of Abilene.
Hundreds of local talent showcased their skills to be narrowed down to the top fifteen.
By now, drivers are used to the construction along I-20 as the frontage roads are being converted to one-way roads. But the same can't be said about the businesses in North Abilene. While some are benefiting, others aren't.
There is proposed legislation in the Texas state legislature that could ban texting while driving across the Lone Star State. The measure known as the the Alex Brown Act is back on the debate floor. This is the second time this bill is being presented. It was orginally passed in 2011, but governor rick perry vetoed the bill. His reasons? He says the law would be too difficult to enforce. And drivers in the Big Country agree.
Looming cuts could have an impact on the Big Country. One local non-profit will likely have to make cuts if congress doesn't act fast. It could mean jobs lost and families looking for new ways to put food on the table. Meals on Wheels faces cuts that could make a big impact. But volunteers are hopeful that the community will keep them going.
The gun show wrapped up this weekend, with one of the biggest crowds it has seen in Abilene. And while it comes as no surprise that more and more people are buying guns, vendors say the increase sales are a double edged sword.
Dogs and their owners were enjoying the nice weather while barking back against cancer. It was the American Cancer Society's first ever "Bark for Life." The event raised money and honored those who have fought the battle, both canine and human.
It's been more than two years after Colorado City teen Hailey Dunn went missing. People across the state aren't just keeping hope alive that she'll be found, they're still spreading the message. In Krum, Texas, Hailey's face is appearing on pizza boxes as an attempt to get more people aware that she's still missing.
A struggling Abilene business says it's operating on it's smallest staff since it first opened its doors three years ago. Pizza Inn says as gas prices continue to soar, food costs keep increasing and now many customers can't afford to dine out. Which means the cost of food on the menu could increase.
A Brownwood couple is safe at home after being stranded in the Gulf of Mexico. As passengers on the Carnival cruise ship Triumph. The couple says it was quite the vacation, a trip they won for free. Sandra Richardson, the Brownwood Middle School assistant principal says when she returned to work, she had quite the suprise waiting for her.
If you've ever walked around downtown and wondered what Abilene was like back in the day, a local business owner may have the answer. Jack North has over four thousand photos of Abilene's past, and he's put it some of them in a book.
Volunteers made their way around different facilities that help victims of crime Saturday morning. And for one volunteer, learning how she could help others as a victim herself, is empowering.
Teachers and parents are concerned about how their students will do on the recently changed STAAR test.
The AISD school board is considering a proposal that could mean student's GPA could go up while getting ahead on some college courses. A committee proposed at February's meeting to weigh dual credit courses more, to help with GPA.
Multiple people approached the AISD school board to not only open the discussion of filling the vacant seat up to the public, but to hold a special election.
The number of car accidents doubled in 2012. And this was the community effort to change that.
Some retailers are calling this month "Christmas Part-2." Florists talk about why the upcoming holiday of love is keeping stores and wallets wide open.
Weather radios out of commission for about 24 hours. After a couple of thieves stripped the copper wiring. The crooks were targeting the copper from the data feed lines that come in from San Angelo.
The copper has since been replaced and the weather radio system restored, but this story raises the question of just how detrimental would it have been had significant weather hit during that time.
One couple is traveling over five thousand miles on their bikes to spread awareness for a disease that they are all too familiar with. They spent a night in Abilene on their trip and spoke about why they're spreading awareness for Parkinson's Disease.
A young Anson girl badly injured in a wreck that killed her father earlier this week is getting help from her fellow martial artists. They showed off their moves Saturday to raise money to help with her medical expenses.
A local man is fighting for his daughter's American citizenship. She was born abroad to an American father, but she still has to apply for citizenship. And now that the government has annouced a plan to legalize 11 million illegal immigrants, her father doesn't understand why they're having so many problems.