Schools all across the Big Country are gearing up for the upcoming year, but for one family, their home is already school-ready.
The greens of Maxwell Municipal Golf course were filled very special golfers Sunday morning.
More than 6,000 people gathered, bright and early Saturday morning, at the Taylor County Expo Center, to run and get dye-d.
Roscoe Independent School District started school this week to allow students in college classes to get a jump start on the semester, and that includes their internships.
The majority of Big Country students are enjoying the last little bit of summer before the new school year begins, but for students in Roscoe, that day has already arrived.
What began as a campaign to help one young girl navigate her way through Abilene High School, has now spread throughout the community.
Tax-free shopping takes place all across Texas, and Sunday was the final day to receive that 8.25% discount.
School is right around the corner, and that means school supply shopping is in full swing.
While many children are dreading the end of summer fun, teachers all across the Big Country are preparing their classrooms for the upcoming school year.
It's not the typical drilling you see in West Texas, this is drilling for water.
The Taylor County Expo Center is home to many tournaments throughout the year that bring in about $20 million dollars to the City of Abilene.
Gun control is an issue that is heavily debated amongst people and legislatures; however, it's still unclear where the line needs to be drawn without compromising our freedom.
Athletes are often viewed as role-models, people we look up to.
Campuses across Abilene have been nearly vacant since school let out for summer, but that doesn't mean they've been quiet.
High school can be tough, especially when you're forced to depend on others to get around.
Imagine your child on the stand, having to testify against their father, completely alone.
More than one hundred people from all over Texas and Oklahoma, gathered this Sunday to celebrate the old-fashioned way of life, with competitive shooting.
It was shooting for a cause Saturday at the Abilene Indoor Gun Range.
An intersection in Early is gaining attention after being the location of four wrecks earlier this week.
The city sprayed for mosquitoes on Wednesday, but how effective is it to spray your own personal yard?
Imagine going on vacation and returning to find your home and everything you owned, burned down.
More than 500 students from counties all across Texas, are showcasing their skills in the Texas State 4H Horse Show.
The heavy rains this past week caused an increase in lake levels all across the Big Country. But along with a rise in water, accumulation of debris has also occurred.
Demolition has begun on new baseball fields in Bangs.
17 different homes in Eastland are receiving a free make-over, courtesy of over 200 students from Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
The running of the bulls takes place in Pamplona, Spain every year. This year, two locals made the long journey to Spain to partake in the dangerous event.
Technology is constantly evolving, but is it also transforming the way children spend their summer vacation?
Thursday, The Local Emergency Planning Committee was concerned they didn't have enough information to prepare for any railroad incident that could occur.
The recent accidents in Canada and West have many wondering if such a tragedy could occur here in the Big Country.
Monday's robbery was only the seventh bank robbery since 2008. According to the FBI, bank robbery is the crime on the biggest decline.
It wasn't always about roping and riding.
Independence Day parades are filled with celebration and cheer. Parades serve as a festive reminder of our Nation's birthday, but sometimes, a parade is about much more than meets the eye.
Public transportation can be a challenging: bus routes, timing and rules can confuse and overwhelm many riders.
Summer time for many means fun in the sun, but what price do you pay for a little sunshine?
The severe storm on Monday brought some rain to the area, but for one Big Country County, it wasn't enough.
For some residents living at the Warwick Apartment Complex in South Abilene, electricity still had not returned Wednesday morning, leaving them frustrated and helpless.
The 2012 APD crime reports showed a fifteen percent increase in fraud and forgery crimes, but what does that mean to you?
It's a small word with big power.
"She's everything, she's one of my family members," says Jason Tucker.
One run.... one kick... one chance to be a champion.
Riding motorcycles is a way of life.
David Olson is no ordinary man.
"Nothing can keep you down if you put it in your head that you can do it," says Officer Darrell Campbell.
It's the sound millions of people hope to hear after tomorrow's Powerball drawing.
"God knows what's best," says Dorris Zachary, a long-time member at Trinty Church in North Abilene.
"This is what we distribute to the women," says Mary Lou Behnke.
At precisely seven o'clock "The Center" was suppose to be filled with Coleman's May 2013 electoral candidates and youth from the area.
Her cheery, young face is painted on billboards in Abilene, constantly reminding us she is somewhere out there.
These diners are eating and remembering an old friend.
As we have experienced this week: One small explosion can affect a large number of lives.
As we have experienced this week: One small explosion can affect a large number of lives.
It was an unexpected boom that shook the small town of West.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
Finding work after the military can be difficult.
"It may be worse than last year. If it is, then it's a pretty big pest season," says Andy Lee.
It's the end of an era.
Playgrounds are full and spirits are high.
Bowling isn't just about knocking down pins. It's about making sure our future doesn't strike out.
The dark clouds have finally disappeared over the car industry.
It's not your everyday grill.
Family pictures tell the story: through vacations and every day moments, this mother of four was always active.
Praying as the sun rises has become a tradition for many Christians on this very special Sunday.
"I know it changed his life because before I had no control of him at all," says Traci Lester, mother of a boot camp participant.
Old fashioned soda fountains were extremely popular during the 1950s. Unfortunately the majority of them disappeared.
It's not your ordinary camping adventure.
It all began with a cup of Joe.
It was a day of competitive welding for these high school students.
After a long day of helping others, Guardian EMS found themselves needing help.
New York... Iowa... Paris.... Abilene....
Well the snakes may have been in Sweetwater last weekend, but now they've slivered on over to Brownwood for the 149th Annual Rattlesnake Round Up.
As the white smoke emerged from the chimney, the world learned that a new leader had been chosen for the Catholic community.
The usually quiet, small town of Bangs has been making headlines for something they aren't proud of.
Construction has begun and changes are underway for the
They say you fall back but spring forward.
The word of the day is snake.
These fields, in their present condition, will not be around too much longer.
It seems like an ordinary camp.
The new Frontier Texas has finally arrived.
A tornado has struck Abilene and you're left with no where to go.
Not only are the enjoying themselves, they're painting for a greater cause.
The Ranger College Rodeo has officially arrived in Brownwood.
The American Red Cross will host a disaster drill this Saturday across the Big Country, Texas and Oklahoma. The event seeks to increase their pool of disaster volunteers and prep them for any disastrous weather that may be on the horizon.
Texas is notorious for wild and unpredictable weather. From wildfires to thunderstorms to tornadoes, the state has seen it all.
Becoming a firefighter is just a childhood dream for some while others are almost there.
Leaving your child in someone else's care is never easy.
Family is a luxury some children may never have.
The ending was nothing like the beginning.
It happened 10 months ago, but this father remembers it like it was yesterday.
It's not just a preview, it's a foreshadow of what's to come.
Here's a scary statistic: 80% of all wildfires in Texas occur with two miles of a community.
The house had been vacant for weeks, the backyard however, was not.
After a long day you finally begin to drift off to sleep... suddenly you realize you're not alone.
College is no longer the unobtainable, rarity it once was.
The Heartland Mall is still up and running, this time with a dazzling new face.
This truck is not only being packed with goods, its also full of hope.
26 years ago this event was only a few veterans sharing their personal war stories.
"I'm sorry, have a good day," says Jeanie Reiger, manager of Rainforest Apartments.
The drive from Brownwood to Brookesmith Elementary takes about 20 minutes.
These children are not having a typical day of school.
Song and dance filled the Mall of Abilene Saturday afternoon, as Cooper High School fine arts students gave a sneak peek of their upcoming play.
A typical night out destroyed by a single decision.