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Past articles by Megan:

AISD takes a closer look at their facility needs, which could mean another bond for them

The Abilene Independent School District is preparing to hear the final recommendations on their district's facility needs on Thursday night.AISD's Master Facilities Planning Committee meetings began in February after the board's 21 members were appointed, → Read More

Victim of fatal Scurry County crash identified

On Wednesday, the Texas Department of Public Safety identified Pete Castro, 29, of Snyder, as the person who was killed in a crash on Monday night in Scurry County.Around 11 p.m. on Monday, Castro was riding in a 2014 Ford SUV that was traveling eastbound → Read More

New app from DPS encourages people to report suspicious activity

Nearly a month after the fatal shooting at Santa Fe High School, Texas lawmakers are taking steps to make schools safer, but it is not just schools that need to be made safer in Texas.The Texas Department of Public Safety launched the iWatchTexas app last → Read More

Abilene Fire Department to honor fallen firefighter on Monday afternoon

The Abilene Fire Department will line up along Interstate 20 on Monday afternoon to honor a Weatherford firefighter who passed away over the weekend while battling a grass fire in west Texas.Richard Loller Jr. was helping fight a wildfire in the Davis Moun → Read More

Weather forecasts were crucial for the successful execution of the invasions on D-Day

The invasion of Normandy on D-Day took place 74 years ago on Wednesday and forever went down in history as one of the most crucial battles of World War II, but it almost did not happen on June 6, 1944.The weather was the single most crucial piece to Allied → Read More

Race for Abilene City Council Place 2 seat heating up in final days before election

People who live in Abilene will soon be receiving a questionnaire advertisement in the mail from the Jack Rentz campaign. It comes less than a week after his opponent, Councilman Bruce Kreitler mailed out a campaign advertisement taking shots at Rentz.On T → Read More

Wind turbines that could benefit Callahan County could interfere with weather radars

Wind energy is no stranger to West Texas, but one potential new wind farm in Callahan County may bring money to Baird ISD while also causing concerns for regional weather forecasters.We've had a little situation with Dyess about the radar located in Moran → Read More

People in the Big Country and the Concho Valley need to prepare well for the extreme heat

People are feeling the heat in the Big Country and the Concho Valley as temperatures soar up into the triple digits and heat-related illnesses are on the rise.The typical onset of normally oppressive Texas summers always catches people by surprise, so we s → Read More

Trial of Sweetwater man accused of murder begins

The murder trial of a Sweetwater man accused of fatally shooting Brandon Heath Abeita in 2016 began Monday. Tanner Engle, 26, was originally charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but the charge was increased to murder following the incident → Read More

Traffic woes: Intersection to close intermittently during Wylie ISD construction

Wylie ISD Superintendent Joey Light says construction on the new Wylie East Elementary School is on schedule and on budget, but that construction may soon cause traffic headaches for those nearby.Residents who live near Maple Street and Colony Hill have be → Read More

Abilene Zoo to build more shady spots for giraffes

Construction has begun at the Abilene Zoo to build shade structures for the giraffes. We want to give the animals an additional location where they can escape the West Texas sun this summer, said Zoo Director Bill Gersonde.The Abilene Zoo has welcomed thre → Read More

Officer-involved shooting in Sweetwater sends man to Lubbock hospital

A Sweetwater man is in stable condition after being shot by police in an incident Monday night.Sweetwater Police Chief Brian Frieda confirmed with KTXS there was an officer-involved shooting and that the Texas Rangers are handling the investigation. Frieda → Read More

Abilene police arrest man on run for 2 years

Abilene police arrested a man Monday who Chief Stan Standridge said was on the run for two years.Donald Calton, 20, was wanted on five warrants by five different agencies from Abilene to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.Standridge said they served a search warra → Read More

Teenager shot in Snyder, suspect ID'd

Just before 1 p.m. Sunday, Snyder police responded to a shots fired call in north Snyder. They found a 17-year-old victim with a gunshot wound. Ruben Castenada, 18, was taken into custody Sunday. In a press release, Snyder Police say the weapon has been re → Read More

New Fisher County sheriff sworn-in week after previous one resigned

One week after Fisher County Sheriff H.T. Fillingim suddenly resigned, commissioners unanimously approved Alan Arnwine as the new sheriff.Arnwine has over 40 years of experience working with the the Department of Public Safety as a trooper. His brother, Gr → Read More

Fisher County sheriff resigns

Fisher County Sheriff H.T. Fillingim has resigned with more than two-and-a-half years left in office.While Fillingim's resignation letter doesn't give a reason, County Judge Ken Holt said problems within the sheriff's office came to light after the jail fa → Read More

Puppy stolen at gunpoint in Abilene

Just before midnight Monday, an Abilene resident reported to police his bully puppy was stolen in south Abilene. In the 1100 block of Sycamore Street, the victim reported someone pointed a gun at him and took his small puppy. KTXS will continue to follow t → Read More

Campaign ad raises eyebrows with appearance of Abilene non-profit

An Abilene non-profit appearance in a local campaign ad raised questions about who can endorse a candidate. According to Mark Rogers of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Abilene, he and his wife personally endorsed the Jack Rentz campaign but did not endorse the → Read More

Capital murder: Wichita Falls suspect arrested for killing Abilene man

WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Police have arrested a Wichita Falls man for allegedly shooting and killing a 28-year-old Abilene man during a robbery attempt early Tuesday morning.Eric Glenn Lee II, 22, has been charged with capital murder after he reportedly sho → Read More

City of Abilene offers survey to citizens

The City of Abilene is conducting a survey to gather feedback on city services and future community improvements. Customers with city water accounts will be assigned a survey number that will allow them access to the survey online. Those who don't have an → Read More