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Recent articles by Brian:

No monkeypox in Abilene, Taylor County health sources say

As of Friday afternoon, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported a dozen cases in the state. → Read More

Abilene City Council, Place 5: Kyle McAlister wins fourth term

Voters elected McAlister by more than 61% in unofficial totals. → Read More

Abilene reactions to Supreme Court abortion leak range from hope to resolve

Sanctuary city supporters say the Supreme Court's yen to remove Roe v. Wade complements their plans; others see need to fight for abortion rights. → Read More

Homeowners, get ready: 2022 property assessments, going out Friday, may jump 20%

Inflation driving up values, but maybe not as much as other parts of Texas, appraisal chief says. → Read More

'Sanctuary city' supporters contest Abilene City Council pushing ordinance to public vote

Council votes 4-3 to let residents decided the issue, prompting some to contest legality of its decision before overflow crowd Thursday. → Read More

'Project Destiny Abilene' raises $32,000 for 'sanctuary city' goal

Among the effort's expenses is $12,625 for "walkers to knock on 72,000 doors." → Read More

325 Day a way to celebrate Abilene, Big County's most familiar digits

Residents and businesses are encouraged to "show their pride in the 325" on Friday. → Read More

Four named 'Champions for Children' at award luncheon Wednesday

Advocates for vulnerable children were honored at the 23rd Champion for Children conference at the Abilene Convention Center Wednesday. → Read More

Kevin Wellborn is next Bonham principal, returning him to where he started his AISD career

Wellborn began his teaching career at Bonham Elementary, a school attended by both of his children. → Read More

Taylor County funds for indigent cremations and burials grant dignity, officials say

The goal of the tax-funded program is for indigent individuals' remains to be cared for with dignity, the county's social services director said. → Read More

Phil Crowley scores 83% of the vote to win race for Taylor County judge

With no Democrat in the race, the assistant district attorney will succeed Judge Downing Bolls in January. → Read More

Mary Cooksey doesn't plan to slow down after retirement from 2-1-1

Cooksey, who came to Abilene to work for KRBC, says she plans to shun alarm clocks and enjoy time with family. → Read More

James Sargent, Abilene City Council Place 5 hopeful, targets crime, small business growth

Sargent, who owns an auto repair business and is a volunteer chaplain assistant, wants to provide a voice for more people in the community. → Read More

Tye mayor resigns; departures of police chief, assistant chief, animal control announced

In an online statement, Tye Police Chief Jay Strong announced he would leave March 4, citing lack of leadership he could trust. → Read More

Winter storm stalls travel Thursday in Abilene, Sweetwater, Big Country

Rain, sleet and snow combined with freezing temperatures have made driving difficult Thursday in Abilene and the Big Country. → Read More

Abilene funeral home owner's vintage hearse tapped for Scorsese-directed 'Flower Moon'

The film, which deals with the murders oil-rich Native Americans in Oklahoma in the 1920s, is set to release next year. → Read More

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature names Bellah new executive director

Molly Bellah is tapped as the new executive director after working at the NCCIL for two years. → Read More

Hendrick announces temporary suspension of COVID-19 Infusion Clinic

The suspension is pending further direction and research from the state and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. → Read More

Taylor County commissioners approve abatement with Lancium, the DCOA's Project 'Artemis'

The company's expected capital investment is $2.4 billion over 20 years, creating 57 jobs in a renewable energy data center campus in Taylor County. → Read More

Mayor Anthony Williams gifted state flag for 20 years of service to Abilene

Williams has served longer than any other elected official in Abilene's history. → Read More