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Lindsey Ragas


Abilene, TX, United States

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Past articles by Lindsey:

Bullied Manor ISD student takes her life, mother raises awareness for suicide prevention

A Manor ISD mother is mourning the loss of her 14-year-old daughter after she said her daughter took her own life after being bullied for years in school. Hannah Heredia, 14, was a freshman at Manor High School who passed away on November 5, 2021. Mary Rodriguez is speaking out in hopes other families don't have to go through what her family is experiencing now. “I mean, we’re devastated. We… → Read More

Cisco ISD to build a new agricultural barn and show arena

The Cisco Independent School District got the green light to start construction on a new $500,000 agricultural barn and show arena for their school district. Their current agricultural barn is old, outdated and is located across town. The demolition of an old hospital, located on the west side of Cisco's Junior High School and High School campuses, needs to be completed first because the new… → Read More

Animal channel designed to bring joy to sick children being broadcast at Abilene hospital

There is a new way to help young patients while they are visiting the hospital in Abilene. Hendrick Children’s Hospital recently partnered up with an adventurous television channel, San Diego Zoo Kids, to broadcast at its hospital. The television channel is produced primarily for medical facilities to help kids out with their fear or anxiety of being at a hospital. Animals from across the world… → Read More

Brown County Jail renovating kitchen, serving fast food to inmates

A $125,000 kitchen renovation at the Brown County Jail is altering what the inmates there eat until the construction project is over. The kitchen at the Brown County Jail has been completely stripped down for the renovation process. Brown County Sheriff Vance Hill got approval from the Brown County Commissioner’s Court to have the Brown County Jail's kitchen renovated and the renovation process… → Read More

San Angelo man learning to walk again after leg severed in boating accident

A San Angelo man is on the road to recovery after he lost his leg in a boating accident last year on the Fourth of July. Nine months after the accident, Jeremy Armenta received a prosthetic leg and is finally learning how to walk again. On July 4, 2018, Armenta and his friends were on a boat at Lake Nasworthy in San Angelo getting ready to watch a fireworks show. "Me and another feller were on… → Read More

Murder of Levelland woman in north Abilene remains unsolved nearly a year later

Nearly a year after it happened, the murder of a Levelland woman who was found hanging in north Abilene remains unsolved. On April 17th, 2018, Jeannie Quinn's family received devastating news. Jeannie's body was found hanging in a field near Arnold Boulevard and Marigold Street in north Abilene, with a hard wire twisted around her neck. The autopsy report determined that Jeanne's death was a… → Read More

Unclaimed veterans being escorted to their final resting place come through Sweetwater

The Missing in America Project and the Texas Patriot Guard Riders are escorting 17 unclaimed veterans through the Big Country to their final resting place. According to Joel Carver, the Missing in America Project's Texas Panhandle representative, the Potter County judge in Amarillo gave the organization permission to research the names of remains left unclaimed in the basement of the Potter… → Read More

Pedestrian in Roadways Ordinance takes effect in Abilene

The Abilene Police Department began issuing citations to pedestrians at some of the busiest intersections in the city on Monday. A revised Pedestrian in Roadways Ordinance targets pedestrians at or near certain roadways in Abilene. Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge said that the city's goal for the Pedestrian in Roadways Ordinance is to ensure the safety of pedestrians and drivers at some of… → Read More

Vietnam War veterans honored during National Vietnam War Veterans Day

On National Vietnam War Veterans Day, Dyess Air Force Base recognized military veterans who served during the Vietnam War. Veterans who served from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975 were presented with a commemorative lapel pin. "It feels awesome, I mean, I'm privileged," said Vietnam War veteran Stanley Sterling. Sterling served in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1959 to 1979 and said that he is… → Read More

Abilene City Council looking at 2 architectural firms for new animal shelter

The City of Abilene may soon be getting a new animal shelter. "The shelter we have now is old and outdated and built in the 70's," said an Abilene Animal Shelter volunteer. At their meeting on Thursday, the Abilene City Council mentioned two architectural firms that they would prefer to design the new animal shelter for $148,000. "The selection committee is recommending that we enter into a… → Read More

Pit bulls attack 6-month-old English Bulldog in Sweetwater

A six-month-old English Bulldog named Jack is recovering after being attacked by three pit bulls in his backyard in Sweetwater on Wednesday night. Jack's owners saw the attack happen on their surveillance camera. "He was outside playing on the chair doing nothing and three pit bulls next door broke through our fence, came and started barking at him, finally got him in the chair and attacked… → Read More

Old Matera Paper Building to be turned into a brewery and event venue

The City of Abilene is partnering with Matera Gardens LLC to bring new life to the old Matera Paper Building in the SoDA District. The Matera Paper Building was built in 1907 and burned down in 2012. Matera Gardens LLC plans to redevelop the property on 101 Oak Street and build a brewery and event venue there. At Thursday's city council meeting, the Abilene City Council approved a development… → Read More

Witness recalls fatal stabbing in Eastland Walmart's parking lot

Off-duty paramedic Wayne Dennis was in the parking lot at the Walmart in Eastland when he heard yelling between two men, Brad Wilson, 39, of Cambridge, Ohio, and Lyndell Ray Garrett, 75, of Throckmorton. "The older gentlemen was telling him, 'No. ' That’s when I figured the other guy was a transient maybe asking for money," Dennis said. Dennis continued to load his car with items that he had… → Read More

Fallen Abilene police officer honored on the 2nd anniversary of his death

Sunday marked two years since longtime Abilene police officer David Varner lost his battle with colon cancer. On March 3, 2017, Jessica Varner and Rachel Evans had to say goodbye to their father. Fourteen months prior, David Varner called his family to tell them that he had been diagnosed with colon cancer. "We never expected as a family to hear the word cancer," said Jessica Varner, David’s… → Read More

City of Abilene's recently launched app helps fill potholes

A new app launched by the City of Abilene, SeeClickFix, is helping to fix hundreds of potholes all across the city. SeeClickFix launched last month and lets residents report problems directly to the City of Abilene, such as potholes, bent signs, graffiti, illegal dumping and a variety of other issues. Potholes have been a major concern for local drivers over the years and SeeClickFix is one way… → Read More

Woodson ISD considering implementing 4-day school week

The Woodson Independent School District is looking at running a pilot program where they would have school four days per week instead of the traditional five days per week. Woodson ISD Superintendent Casey Adams said that if the pilot program is approved, the school day would be extended by 17 minutes and there would not be any school on Friday for the school district's roughly 150 students. If… → Read More

City of Abilene's radio communications and dispatch system being relocated

As City of Abilene employees prepare to move into the new Law Enforcement Center, there are a handful of purchases that need to be made before the move is completed. The City of Abilene’s radio communications and dispatch system needs to be moved, which requires a new 150-foot antenna tower to be located at the new Law Enforcement Center. The City of Abilene received a quote from Western Towers… → Read More

New mixed-use development 'Allen Ridge' may come to Abilene, across from ACU

Construction for “Allen Ridge”, a mixed-use development which includes new restaurants, retail stores, an apartment complex and more near Abilene Christian University's campus, is currently in the works. "It’s a mixed-use development so you’ll have restaurants, shopping and retail at this point in time,” Abilene City Manager Robert Hanna said. The mixed-use development will be constructed… → Read More

Law enforcement personnel from all over Texas attend Donna Doss' memorial service

People from all over the State of Texas attended fallen Border Patrol Agent Donna Doss' memorial service in Abilene on Friday, and among those attending the memorial service included State Rep. Stan Lambert. "This is always a sad occasion when we lose one of our first responders," said Lambert. "Mrs. Doss, I didn't know her personally, but just knowing a little bit about her family and… → Read More

Senate Bill 2 to impact Taylor County if adopted

Taylor County Judge Downing Bolls may have to make cuts to the county’s budget in the future after Senate Bill 2, a property tax relief bill, had its first Texas Senate hearing. Bolls said that the Texas Senate has been looking at a bill like this for seven years now. "What they're trying to do is to make the tax system more transparent for the average taxpayer. → Read More