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Past articles by Nick:

Taylor Co. reports a new death and 41 new cases of COVID-19

On Monday, Taylor County started the week off with 271 cases of COVID-19. Now it is ending the week with 466. Hendrick Health System has told the public the Delta strain of COVID-19 is here in Taylor County. The population is younger, and 20-29-year-olds case count is up. According to Hendrick Health, the average age of those in the hospital is 55. Track crime, special events and more in your… → Read More

Paramount Abilene hosting COVID-19 townhall and vaccine drive

The ParamountTheater will host a town hall on Tuesday, August 10th from 1-6 P. M. They'll start with a presentation from health experts followed by free COVID-19 vaccination. The theater will have a movie playing on the screen while people are getting vaccinated. You are encouraged toPre-register. Track crime, special events and more in your neighborhood with AlertNest & KTXS. → Read More

Abilene doctors frustrated with current COVID spike and disagrees with Gov. Abbott

At Hendrick Medical Center there are now two children in the ICU with COVID-19. "It is frustrating when the disease is now preventable with a vaccine," said Dr. Rob Wiley from Hendrick Health. Speaking to KTXS on Thursday after talking at a city council meeting, he says that patients are now going in younger. The average age now is 55. They are also seeing a growing number of those in their 30's. → Read More

Covid-19 growth rates exceeds last years spike in Abilene

Annette Lerma withAbilene-Taylor County Public Health District told the city councilCovid-19 growth rates exceed last year's spike. "We've been looking at cases since July 1st, we've gone from a positivity rate from around 1% to as of this week I think it was over 5%. Abilene City Manager said he believes Abilene missed the ability to do anything to stop another surge. "Things that we do now… → Read More

First time since March Taylor Co. has more than 300 active COVID cases

For the first first time since March, Taylor county is reporting more than 300 COVID-19 cases. Now at 327. Monday morning Abilene city manager Robert Hanna told reporters that there have been cases sent off to Austin testing for the Delta variant. "The state is the only one that confirms the Delta variant and they're tested in large buckets they don't just test this person unless there is a… → Read More

Abilene's Cedar Ridge Reservoir could be going down the drain

Mayor Anthony Williams told KTXS he doesn't believe theCedar Ridge Reservoir is needed. "Water is always important in West Texas," said Mayor Williams. In 2005, then-Abilene Mayor Norm Archibald, proposed another reservoir for West Texas. “Abilene signed an agreement with the Brazos River Authority and the West Central Texas Municipal Water District to consider the opportunity for us to work… → Read More

Ranger fire kills 3 dogs and leaves woman homeless

On Tuesday Ranger volunteer fire department responded to a fire on Alice Street. "Responding units were advised that there was an occupant trapped by the flames in a camper trailer," said Ranger Volunteer Fire Department in a Facebook post. A lady that goes by "Twig" says she was rescued in the fire. "They came and got me shielded me from the fire," said Twig. Twig has been homeless off and on… → Read More

Those unvaccinated are at risk of Covid-19 variant, how many are vaccinated in Taylor Co.

Around 45. 1% of the US population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, CDC data showed. The Delta variant, along with the Gamma or P. 1 variant, have been variants of concerned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Their ability to transmit more easily or cause more severe disease has the health community worried. Matthew Pennington from James McCoy Drug Store says they have… → Read More

CDC reports that Texas has the highest overdose rates in the US

American Medical associations predicted high overdose numbers from opioids during the pandemic. Data from the CDC shows that to be true now. Overdoses in Texas are on the rise. Fentanyl is among the drugs reported. 90,000 nationwide. Texas had over 4,000 of those overdoses. That highest number among states. <img alt=" " src=". tableau. com/static/images/9G/9GS3JW24G/1_rss. → Read More

City of Abilene charging fees when using debit or credit card to pay bill

When paying your water bill expect to pay more if you use your credit or debit card. "The cost associated with payment by credit card online is 3% of the transaction total. Payments made by cash, check, money order, or automatic bank draft will not be assessed a fee," said Amanda Pope, Public Information Coordinator for the City of Abilene - Water Utilities. Some are not happy about that. "I… → Read More

Abilene kidnapping suspects linked to America white supremacist group

Court documents show that two men arrested in Abilene are linked to the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. 45-year-old George Edward Harry Frosch and 32-year-old Blake Andrew Britner were arrested Friday and charged with first degree felony aggravated kidnapping. According to court documentsPriscilla Limon, 38, of Abilene, was kidnapped. → Read More

Abilene mom asking for help locating missing daughter

An Abilene mom is asking for help locating her missing 16-year-old daughterNevaeh Smith, who goes by Grace. She was last seen on November 28, 2020. Her mom reported her missing the next day. "I want her home," said Grace's mother Becky Smith. The 16-year-old is on the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children. Photo Credit: Becky Smith. She is white with brown hair and brown eyes.… → Read More

Mural of 15-year-old Abilene miracle child bringing hope

A mural is being painted on Butternut St. in honor of Brendan Baker, 15, of Abilene after his death in 2018. "We loved Brenden Baker," said artist Brenda Crawford Gerard. "We were so honored to get to paint some on his mural today honoring him. Several in the community stop to see the mural. Photo Credit Nick Bradshaw/KTXS. Brendan was a KTXS miracle child for the Children's Miracle Network.… → Read More

Officer killed in Colorado mass shooting lives in Rising Star

The father of a Boulder, Colorado police officer shot and killed in Monday's mass shooting lives in Rising Star. Homer Talley, 74, told KTXS he forgives the gunman. "I have to forgive him or it'll eat me alive," Homer Talley said. "It's a matter of faith. " Homer Talley, 74, is the father of Boulder police officer Eric Talley,51, killed in Colorado Shooting, (Photo Credit Homer Talley. ) Talley… → Read More

Former Abilene man shares near death experience with COVID-19

Doctors first thought Andy Fambrough had a sinus infection. It's when he started coughing and couldn't stop that he knew it was something else. "It felt almost unrecoverable. I coughed so much I couldn’t catch my breath," said Fambrough. Originally from Abilene, Fambrough now lives in Dallas. Once the coughing fit started, he went to the emergency room. Doctors found both lungs were almost full… → Read More

Abilene family furious with AISD's response to alleged sexual assault at middle school

An hour and half, that's how long an Abilene family said Craig Middle School waited to call the victim's mom after the 12-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted. "Get your act together," said the grandparents. We are choosing not to name the grandparents to protect the victim's identity. They said their granddaughter was pushed into a restroom Friday, in a hallway near the the front… → Read More

Road Rage: Driver opens fire on another vehicle on I-20 in Callahan County, woman shot

The Callahan County Sheriff's Office is investigating a road rage shooting. A man in a black SUV opened fire on silver Cadillac ATS about 2:45 p. m. in a construction zone on eastbound I-20 at mile marker 306 in Baird. Eight shots hit the passenger side of the Cadillac. A woman in the front passenger seat was shot in the right leg. Deputies brought the car to the sheriff's office to investigate.… → Read More

Abilene refugee says it's "good news" after hearing about the death of Isis leader.

Yogi Bhetwall, who works for a local convenient store in Abilene, has first hand knowledge about the danger of the terrorist group Isis. "For a normal human being it is a very terrible situation to be fearful of your life you know the bombings," said Bhetwall. The store manager grew up in Napal and worked as a tour guide. A civil war broke out in his home country, making him make a 3,000 mile… → Read More

Abilene man pleads guilty to January murder at sports bar

Eusabio Perez was originally due to go to trial next week, but he ended up pleading guilty to the January murder ofAdrian Jasso, 27, of Abilene, on Thursday afternoon. DistrictAttorney James Hicks told KTXS in a text message that Perez would go to a judge for sentencing within the next 30 days after the pre-sentence investigation. The shooting happened in January at the MC Sports Bar and… → Read More

Abilene is one step closer to a downtown hotel and convention center

Late on Wednesday evening, the City of Abilene's Communications and Media Relations Manager sent out an email stating that the Master Development Agreement has been signed. "The Texas Comptroller’s office has issued a favorable Private Letter Ruling to the City of Abilene for the building of a convention center headquarters hotel in downtown Abilene," Mari Cockerell said. → Read More