News Flash

Posted on: February 27, 2020

North 18th Street Bridge Found Unsafe, Closed Until Further Notice

Image alerting residents to bridge closure at North 18th over Catclaw Creek

The bridge over Catclaw Creek at North 18th Street has been found unsafe and closed until further notice. All drivers and area residents are urged not to travel over the bridge until it is fully repaired.

North 18th from Park Avenue to Kirkwood Drive has b...

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City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: February 19, 2020

Registration Opens March 2nd for 2020 Summer Camps

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Registration opens March 2nd for the City of Abilene’s Parks and Recreation’s summer camps. 

To learn more about each camp session, check out our latest Adventure Guide at www.abilenetx.gov/364Adventure-Guide

Our summer camps ar...

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Additional Info... City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: February 17, 2020

TSA PreCheck® Mobile RV Enrollment Event at Abilene Regional Airport

Graphic logo for TSA PreCheck

The IdentoGo TSA Pre✓®   Mobile RV will be coming to Abilene Regional Airport from Monday, February 24th through Friday, March 6th, 2020. The Mobile Enrollment Center will be located curbside, in front of the terminal at ABI.

TSA ...

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City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: January 13, 2020

Medical Professionals Encouraged to Join the Greater Abilene Medical Reserve Corps

A line of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers lined up to help citizens during a public health emergenc

The Greater Abilene Medical Reserve Corps (GAMRC) is looking for members of Abilene’s medical and first responder community to join their ranks!

GAMRC is a part of the national Medical Reserve Corps, which works to help local communities during a public he...

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City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: January 3, 2020

Abilene WIC Giving Our Kids & Families a Great Start

Four women sitting and smiling, each with their infant child

A newly published study shows once again how beneficial Abilene's Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, and those across the country, are in saving babies and helping grow healthy toddlers and young children.

The study, published in the Journal of th...

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City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: December 2, 2019

Click Home for the Holidays

Click Home for the Holidays

If you can read this, you're here! The City of Abilene is happy to introduce our new website with more ways to serve our community.

  • Create an account to customize your viewing experience
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City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: December 2, 2019

Abilene Street Projects

Abilene Streets - Projects

Learn about Abilene's current Street Projects, from the Bond Program passed in 2015 to the Street Maintenance Fee on Your Abilene Investment: Streets.

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Posted on: December 14, 2019

So-Called Flushable Wipes Still a Problem Despite Progress

Sewer Worker Extracting a Brown Mass of Clumped up Flushable Wipes from an Underground Pipe

The City of Abilene has been working this past year to educate our community about the harm of pouring fats, oil and grease down the drain, and it's had a big impact. In 2018 grease was the primary instigator in approximately 83% of overflow incidents. As...

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City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: December 18, 2019

Welcome to the Storybook Capital of America!

Graphic design image of logo for Storybook Capital of America

In 2015, the 84th Legislature of the State of Texas designated Abilene as the official Storybook Capital of Texas for its efforts to celebrate literary works for children. Since then, the Storybook Capital’s draw has expanded across America.

The ...

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City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: August 1, 2019

How the Railroad and a Handful of Men Changed the Future for Abilene & Buffalo Gap

A Union Pacific train passes over T&P Lane near downtown Abilene

Abilene owes its genesis to the Texas and Pacific Railway, and a group of ranchers and land speculators. Before the coming of the railroad, the Abilene area had been inhabited by nomadic Native Americans and United States military personnel, and later by ...

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News Flash

Posted on: February 27, 2020

North 18th Street Bridge Found Unsafe, Closed Until Further Notice

Image alerting residents to bridge closure at North 18th over Catclaw Creek

The bridge over Catclaw Creek at North 18th Street has been found unsafe and closed until further notice. All drivers and area residents are urged not to travel over the bridge until it is fully repaired.

North 18th from Park Avenue to Kirkwood Drive has b...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: February 25, 2020

Abilene Police Chief Submits Resignation

ABILENE, Texas – Abilene City Manager Robert Hanna has accepted the resignation of Police Chief Stan Standridge.

“Chief Standridge informed me earlier this week of his intentions to leave employment with the City of Abilene on or before...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: December 31, 2019

Abilene Trout Fest and more activities at Parks and Rec this winter

Abilene Texas Trout Fest 2020

The City of Abilene’s Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a number of family-friendly events this winter, starting with the Abilene Trout Fest on January 11th at Cal Young Park. This free event includes fishing, casting, and knot tying ac...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: November 22, 2016

Subscribe to City News

Our Notify Me feature allows you to subscribe to email lists for news and latest happenings across the City. Interested in Library Events and City Council Meetings? Subscribe to as many lists as you want! Receive email (or text message updates if applicab...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: December 13, 2019

City Attorney Comment Regarding Carter v. City of Abilene Verdict

Abilene City Attorney Stanley Smith has issued the following statement regarding today’s verdict in the Carter v. City of Abilene lawsuit:

“The City of Abilene respects today’s verdict by the jury in the Chad Carter v. City of...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Holiday Closures

Most City of Abilene offices and service centers will close Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29, 2019 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. For water emergencies, call the water hotline 325.676.6000 at any time. For animal related emergenc...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: November 8, 2019

Mayor Anthony Williams Receives Council of Governments Regional Services Award

Mayor Williams receives the WCTCOG Regional Services award

The West Central Texas Council of Governments and City of Abilene is proud to announce Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams as the latest recipient of the West Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Services Award.

Mayor Williams is the fourth person to r...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: November 22, 2016

Website Personalization Now Available!

By clicking “Log In” on the MyAccount bar at the top of the screen, users may create a login for the site or use their Facebook profile to access MyAccount. Once logged in, visitors can choose the modules, features and keywords that they’d like to see mos...

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City of Abilene - News Releases

News Flash

Posted on: August 1, 2019

Convention Center Floorplan

Convention Center Floorplan Layout

Planning an event? View the floorplan of the Convention Center and find the perfect space for you event!

Additional Info... Convention Center - Highlights
Posted on: August 1, 2019

Upcoming Events

Abilene Philharmonic Director - News Flash

There's no shortage of great events coming to the Abilene Convention Center!

Additional Info... Convention Center - Highlights
Posted on: August 1, 2019

Attending an Event

People talking in colorful conference room

Are you attending an event? Find out about parking, location, and our box office to help your visit go smoothly.

Additional Info... Convention Center - Highlights

News Flash

Posted on: December 9, 2019

New Website

By clicking “Log In” on the MyAccount bar at the top of the screen, users may create a login for the site or use their Facebook profile to access MyAccount. Once logged in, visitors can choose the modules, features and keywords that th...

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Convention Center - News Releases
Posted on: December 9, 2019

Subscribe to City News

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News Flash

Posted on: February 3, 2020

Don't Die of Doubt: Dial 911

EMS and Firefighters assisting a heart attack victim onto an ambulance

When the first signs of a heart attack or a stroke hit, calling 911 right away does more than just get you a ride to the ER. It immediately sets into motion a chain reaction of trained professionals, the latest technology, and specialized personnel, worki...

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Fire - Highlights
Posted on: August 1, 2019

ISO Class 1

ISO Class 1 Badge

The Abilene Fire Department has received the ISO Class 1 classification. ISO, or Insurance Services Office, collects data from fire districts and communities throughout the country and scores departments based on certain categories and programs. The ISO r...

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Posted on: August 1, 2019

AFD Employment

City of Abilene Fire

Apply for a job at the Abilene Fire Department

Additional Info... Fire - Highlights
Posted on: December 2, 2019

About the AFD

Fire Truck Parked in Front of Station

The Abilene Fire Department is a full service department that responds to calls involving fires, medical emergencies, hazardous materials, and rescue situations within the city limits of Abilene. The AFD responds to over 15,000 calls annually and provides...

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Posted on: August 1, 2019

AFD on Social Media

AFD fighting the Pine Street Salvage fire

Stay up to date with the Abilene Fire Department: follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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News Flash

Posted on: February 7, 2020

Structure Fire: 5200 Block of Questa Drive

On February 6th, 2020, at approximately 7:30 a.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 5200 block of Questa Drive. Fire crews arrived to find a single story dwelling with light smoke showing from the side of the structure. Fire...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: February 6, 2020

Structure Fire: 1300 Block of Sewell

On February 6th, 2020, at approximately 12:00 a.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 1300 block of Sewell. Fire crews arrived to find a single story dwelling with light smoke showing from the garage. Fire crews gained access...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: January 15, 2020

Structure Fire: 300 Block of Westmoreland

On January 15, 2020, at approximately 9:30 a.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire on the 300 block of Westmoreland. Fire crews arrived to find light smoke and flames coming from the back of the residence on the exterior of the stru...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: January 13, 2020

Structure Fire: 2400 Block of Buffalo Gap Road

On January 10, 2019 at approximately 9:41 p.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire at an apartment complex located in the 2400 block of Buffalo Gap Road. Fire crews arrived to find light smoke coming from a first floor apartment. A 2...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: January 9, 2020

Structure Fire: 3900 Block of Chris Drive

At approximately 1229 hours on 01/08/2020 AFD Crews responded to a structure fire located at the 3900 block of Chris drive. First arriving units found two structures involved, one fully involved and the second partially involved with heavy smoke and fire ...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: November 18, 2019

Structure Fire: 4800 Block of Mary Lou

On November 15, 2019, at approximately 10:15 a.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 4800 block of Mary Lou. Fire crews arrived to find a single story dwelling with light smoke showing. Fire crews gained access to the interio...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: November 7, 2019

Structure Fire: 2800 Block of Sayles

On November 6th 2019 at 0345 the Abilene Fire Department responded to a possible structure fire at the Maison Blanche Apartments at the 2800 block of Sayles. After crews arrived on scene the structure fire was quickly updated to a third alarm fire. The fi...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: October 23, 2019

Notice: McMurry Bonfire

On Friday the 25th of October, McMurry University will be having their annual bonfire. The permit will be issued prior to the event. All required precautions will be in place prior to the lighting of the fire. A fire crew will also be on standby at the ev...

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Fire - News Releases

News Flash

Posted on: February 22, 2020

The Robots are Coming...to the Abilene Public Library

Snap Circuits

Don’t be alarmed folks; there is no impending danger from Skynet or other sapient machines. But the library has received an awesome set of Cue robots by Wonder Workshop as well as several sets of the award winning electronic learning tool, Snap ...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: February 22, 2020

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

Bestsellers Feb 23

Everyone always looks out for popular reading material at the library, and each week we like to put a spotlight on the popular materials from the week compiled from the New York Times Best Sellers lists for Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction titles. &nb...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: February 20, 2020

(Video) Library Offers Week of Fun for Spring Break

Librarian Being Interviewed

Segment by Adam Singleton, KTAB 4U, Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Spring break is just around the corner and if you’re still looking for something fun for the kids the Abilene Public Library has plenty to offer.

Spring Break at The Librar...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: February 18, 2020

Participate in Run4Reading Fundraiser

Inside the Library - Run4Reading

The Abilene Public Library and Chick-fil-A have had a great and growing partnership over the past few years.  We’ve conducted regular storytimes at their restaurants while they’ve provided children with treats and incentives f...

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Posted on: February 15, 2020

Black History Remembered at Abilene Library

Black History Cover Art

The Abilene Public Library offers a vast collection of materials on African-American history and culture.  Available in print, electronic and audio/visual formats, the majority may be found in the non-fiction area of the Main Library but also at ...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: February 15, 2020

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

Bestsellers Feb 16

Everyone always looks out for popular reading material at the library, and each week we like to put a spotlight on the popular materials from the week compiled from the New York Times Best Sellers lists for Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction titles. &nb...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: February 8, 2020

(Video) Inside the Library: New Printing Kiosks

Librarian by New Print Equipment

In our latest Inside the Library video, Alyssa Crow (South Branch Manager) will be on hand to introduce you to the new Print Kiosks at your Abilene Public Library.  It’s the fastest way to pick up your print jobs using a self-service pr...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: February 8, 2020

View 2019 Annual Report from Your Library

Girl Reading Book

The Abilene Public Library’s Annual Report is now available for the public to view.  It’s a great way to chart our progress over the past year, and what an exciting year it was.  Within the report you’ll rec...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: February 8, 2020

(Video) Inside the Library: Free Tax Assistance

Librarian Seating on Couch

The Free Tax Assistance program at your Abilene Public Library is one of the great services we’re pleased to host every year.  Open to the community to participate in, this is your chance to be able to visit your library and e-File your...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: February 8, 2020

Calling All Local Performers to Open Mic Night Series

Open Mic Night Graphic

If you have a talent you’ve been waiting to showcase before your friends and neighbors, your Abilene Public Library has just the thing!  We are hosting monthly open mic nights where you can show off your skills onstage at the South Bran...

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Posted on: February 8, 2020

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

Bestsellers Infographic

Everyone always looks out for popular reading material at the library, and each week we like to put a spotlight on the popular materials from the week compiled from the New York Times Best Sellers lists for Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction titles. &nb...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: February 4, 2020

All Library Locations Closed February 5-6

Inclement Weather Graphic

Update 02-05-20 at 5:00PM: All library locations will remained closed through Thursday, February 6, as well as City Hall and city offices with the exception of essential personnel.

All Abilene Public Library branch locations will be closed on Wednesday, Fe...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: February 4, 2020

(Video) Inside the Library: Open Mic Night

Teen Playing Guitar and Singing

The new Open Mic Night series at your South Branch Library kicked off with a bang.  40+ guests came out to support the talent that bravely took to center stage to entertain everyone.

Singing was the most popular form of entertainment for the eveni...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: February 4, 2020

Ep. 48: Squirrels & Some Frozen Moles

Squirrels and Shiny Things News Icon

It’s February...Black History Month...the Month of Love...whatever you choose, we’re here for another episode where Tremain will tell you about a Black History experience in Starbucks and Jessica has a frozen mole she wants to keep as ...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: February 2, 2020

Read the Book Before You See it on Screen

The Witches News Flash Image

I hope you enjoyed the column last week, and since 2020 will be chock full of book-to-movie adaptations, here are even more titles. So take a quick look at some more offerings and check in with your Abilene Public Library to start reading, since we all kn...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: February 2, 2020

View this Month's Bibliofiles Newsletter

Bibliofiles Feb 2020 Graphic

The Abilene Public Library hosts a wide range of events and activities for the entire community to enjoy.  With programming developed for youth, teens, and adults, there’s always something for everyone to get involved in.

Feel free to pe...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: February 2, 2020

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

Bestsellers Feb 2

Everyone always looks out for popular reading material at the library, and each week we like to put a spotlight on the popular materials from the week compiled from the New York Times Best Sellers lists for Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction titles. &nb...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: January 28, 2020

Ep. 47: Squirrels & Some Drag Power to the People

Squirrels and Shiny Things News Icon

We’re back for more podcast fun with Tremain and Jessica at your Abilene Public Library.  First off, we apologize for the technical difficulties with the audio, but we never noticed Jessica’s microphone went out after about 20...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: January 26, 2020

(Video) Inside the Library: Annual Children's Workshop

Librarian Being Interviewed

Tremain Jackson sits down with Alyssa Crow to discuss the Annual Workshop coming up at your Abilene Public Library on Monday, March 2.  This all-day event is designed for area wide librarians, school librarians, school library aides, and other pr...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: January 26, 2020

See If the Book Was Better at Your Library

Book Cover

Unsurprisingly, 2020 holds an avalanche of books being adapted for film and television. So take a skim through some of the new year’s latest offerings and check in with your Abilene Public Library to decide if, indeed, the book is better than th...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: January 26, 2020

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

Best Seller Thumbnail

Everyone always looks out for popular reading material at the library, and each week we like to put a spotlight on the popular materials from the week compiled from the New York Times Best Sellers lists for Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction titles. &nb...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: January 23, 2020

Construction Work Begins on Former Lincoln Middle School Building

Exterior School Image

As covered by Joey Hollingsworth of KTAB/KRBC on Tuesday, January 22, 2020

Work has begun on the old Lincoln Middle School in Abilene, as crews prepare to transform the building into a new, high-tech hub.

According to a social media post from Abilene Herita...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: January 23, 2020

(Video) Abilene Public Library to Begin Free Tax Assistance Program in February

Janis Test Interview

Segment by Adam Singleton, KTAB 4U on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 

Filing your own taxes? The Abilene Public Library tells us how they can help for free.

Free Tax AssistanceFebruary 5th – April 11th10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Main Library...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: January 21, 2020

Ep. 46: Squirrels & Something Wicked This Way Comes from Missouri

Squirrels and Shiny Things News Icon

January is almost over, but the podcasting fun continues with hosts Tremain & Jessica from the Abilene Public Library.  On today’s show you’ll hear about the struggle with claustrophobia, how our thoughts are still with Au...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: January 18, 2020

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

Bestsellers Jan 19

Everyone always looks out for popular reading material at the library, and each week we like to put a spotlight on the popular materials from the week compiled from the New York Times Best Sellers lists for Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction titles. &nb...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: January 14, 2020

Ep. 45: Squirrels & Seeing Clear in 2020

Squirrels and Shiny Things News Icon

Join Tremain Jackson & Jessica Reyes for a fresh episode for the new year, and since the year is 2020, let’s kick off the year with trying to see things a little more clearly. Today’s show will be shorter than our usual shows, but ...

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View Podcast Page Online Library - Highlights
Posted on: January 11, 2020

Learn to Make Lunch on the Go

School Lunchbox Graphic

Everyone’s busy, especially during the school year.  Because of this, school lunches for the kids may consist of a lunchmeat sandwich with chips, an apple or snack cake and a soda.  The same may appear in the lunchbox of any adult who ta...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: January 11, 2020

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

Bestsellers Infographic

Everyone always looks out for popular reading material at the library, and each week we like to put a spotlight on the popular materials from the week compiled from the New York Times Best Sellers lists for Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction titles. &nb...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: January 9, 2020

(Video) Know Your Rights: Home Buying 101

Librarian and Legal Professional at Conference Table

Your Abilene Public Library hosts regular "Know Your Rights" sessions in partnership with our friends from Legal Aid of Northwest Texas.  Usually conducted on a monthly basis, each features a different topic in the legal field for the c...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: January 9, 2020

(Video) Abilene Public Library to Host Open Mic Night January

Marnie Boyers on KTAB 4U Studios

Segment by Adam Singleton, KTAB 4U on Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Have a talent you’ve been waiting to showcase? The Abilene Public Library is hosting an open mic night where you can show you best skills.

View the full event listing by Clicking Her...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: January 7, 2020

Abilene Wide Open: Fandom Dance Party

Fandom

You know, it's fine that the librarians danced the most. After all, Friday evening was the first after-hours Fandom Dance Party at the Abilene Public Library's Main Branch.

Not everyone knew what to expect, so hesitancy at cutting the rug in a new environm...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: January 2, 2020

The Baker Street Irregulars are on the Case at Your Abilene Public Library

Sherlock Holmes Movie Profile

Your Abilene Public Library is beginning the new year with a new club for fans of one of the English speaking world’s most beloved literary figures. On Thursday, January 9, the Baker Street Irregulars: Abernetty Family of Abilene, Texas will hold their fi...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: December 27, 2019

Find a New Hobby with the Abilene Public Library's Help

Collage of Hobbies

No matter how young we are, or how old we get, taking the time to relax with a favorite hobby, crafting activity or recreational pastime is something all can benefit from.  These things help us to reduce stress, spend time with family and friends...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: December 28, 2019

Dance the Night Away in After Hours Library Event

Fandom Party Infographic

If you enjoy any fandom, cosplay, geeky, or nerdy things - and you love to dance and meet new people - join us at your Main Library (202 Cedar St.) for our first ever Fandom Dance Party.  We'll host the event in the auditorium, located on the sec...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: December 27, 2019

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

Bestsellers Dec 27 Infographic

Everyone always looks out for popular reading material at the library, and each week we like to put a spotlight on the popular materials from the week compiled from the New York Times Best Sellers lists for Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction titles. &nb...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: December 24, 2019

Ep. 44: Squirrels & Some Love for Mariah

Squirrels and Shiny Things News Icon

Join Tremain Jackson & Jessica Reyes for a fresh episode just before the holidays.  Jessica's loves the holiday season, but Tremain's a bit indifferent; however, congratulations to Mariah Carey and her hit Christmas Song "All I Want for ...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: December 22, 2019

Perform in Library's New Open Mic Night Series

Open Mic Night Graphic

Are you a singer, poet, comedian, musician, or performer with the urge to entertain a captive audience?  If so, we incite you to you join in on the South Branch Library’s new Open Mic Night series where you can share your talent with others. &...

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Register Online to Perform Library - Highlights
Posted on: December 20, 2019

Broaden Your Holiday Horizons at Your Library

Christmas Holiday Graphic

The Holiday season is a time when cheer and goodwill abound.  All things seem possible, perhaps because it brings out the child in all of us.  We once again feel capable of the creativity, the imagination, and the joyful, courageous aban...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: December 22, 2019

Register for Conversational Spanish Series

Learn Spanish Graphic

Start the new year off right by signing up for a free, six-week class titled Let’s Talk: Conversational Spanish, hosted at your Mockingbird Branch Library.  Did you know over 400 million people worldwide speak Spanish?  That ma...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: December 22, 2019

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

New York Times Best Sellers Dec. 22

Everyone always looks out for popular reading material at the library, and each week we like to put a spotlight on the popular materials from the week compiled from the New York Times Best Sellers lists for Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction titles. &nb...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: December 20, 2019

Abilene Council Cements Agreement for Heritage Square, New Library

Concept Rendering of New Library

The Abilene City Council Thursday approved an agreement to donate the former Abilene High School/Lincoln Middle School property on South First Street to a nonprofit that plans to renovate the structure.

Once that project is done, expected to be around 2023...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: December 18, 2019

New Abilene Librarian Needs to be Creative, Passionate, People-Oriented

Exterior of Future Abilene Heritage Square Building

Abilene City Manager Robert Hanna says he plans to start the search for a new city librarian in the new year. 

Hanna is looking for the right person who can take the Abilene Public Library to the next level, someone to shepherd the transition from...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: December 17, 2019

New "Squirrels & Shiny Things" Episode

Squirrels and Shiny Things News Icon

Gear up for another solo show as Tremain Jackson takes the helm while Jessica Reyes is out on vacation.  There may be a little less banter, but we still have some great content to give to everyone including a lot of news coverage to make up for l...

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Click to Listen to Podcast Library - Highlights
Posted on: December 16, 2019

Council to Vote on Abilene High/Lincoln Middle School...

Exterior of Future Abilene Heritage Square Building

The Abilene City Council will vote to donate the former Lincoln Middle School to the Abilene Heritage Square project at its regular evening meeting Thursday.

The council plans to also vote on a lease agreement with the new owners to use space within the re...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: December 16, 2019

Cook Up Some Fun with a Culinary Mystery

Chopping Spree Book Cover

Good books and good food can go hand in hand, particularly during the holiday season, and books that mesh the two together have created a niche in the  mystery genre that continues to be popular at your Abilene Public Library.  I’m refer...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: December 14, 2019

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

Best Sellers News Flash Graphic

Get a look at the top 15 books in Hardcover Fiction & Nonfiction titles from the New York Times Best Sellers List.

Click to Open Best Seller PDF Library - Highlights
Posted on: December 16, 2019

(Video) Abilene Police Need to Identify Suspect

Image of Patron Near DVD Shelving

Abilene police need help identifying a suspect accused of stealing from the library.

The suspect was caught on camera taking merchandise from the Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Public Library on December 5.

He was wearing a black sweatshirt and khaki sho...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: December 12, 2019

(Video) Let's Build an Igloo!

Winter Prop of Kid-Sized Igloo from Milk Jugs

The South Branch Library has already built an igloo in the past, and Branch Manager Alyssa Crow wanted to do so again.  Collecting well over 200 emptied and cleaned milk jugs, she got to work constructing her second igloo for the season. &nbs...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: December 12, 2019

(Video) Viva Strings! Mini-Concert at City Sidewalks

Middle School Orchestra Players in Concert

Watch the full performance as recorded on Tuesday, December 2, 2019 at the Main Library's auditorium.

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Posted on: December 11, 2019

(Video) Abilene Public Library Hosts Gingerbread House Workshop

Library Assistant Being Interviewed About Holiday Workshop

Segment by Adam Singleton, KTAB 4U

Next week you can build your very own gingerbread house at The Abilene Public Library. Here is how you can join the fun.

Gingerbread Houses WorkshopAbilene Public Library202 Cedar St.Monday, December 16th5:00 pm(325) 676-6...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: December 10, 2019

New "Squirrels & Shiny Things" Episode

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Tune into another episode of the library's podcast where we dish on library programming to attend this week, new DVD releases to look out for, and more. Catch our show here, or subscribe to us on the major podcasting platforms.

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Posted on: December 7, 2019

Catch a Dream at Your Abilene Public Library

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These days everyone "knows" what a dream catcher is.  It's that hoop with webbing and feathers that people use to decorate their homes or put on their keychains.  Actually it is a Native American craft with meaning attached to ...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: December 7, 2019

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

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Get a look at the top 15 books in Hardcover Fiction & Nonfiction titles from the New York Times Best Sellers List.

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Posted on: December 3, 2019

Tune Into New "Squirrels & Shiny Things" Episode

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CLICK HERE TO ACCESS LATEST PODCAST EPISODE

Hello everyone, it's Tremain Jackson & Jessica Reyes coming at you, post-Thanksgiving, for some library talk to dish on some holiday selections you might want to ease into as well as all of our fun library to...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: November 26, 2019

Remember Your Downtown Library this December

D. Grant Smith Publicity Photo and Book Cover

December is a wonderful time, full of holiday cheer and sooooo many things to do!  Your Abilene Public Library has many great programs all across our system, but I'd like to draw your attention to some we'll be hosting at the Main Library downtow...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: November 27, 2019

(Video) What to Expect at the Abilene Public Library This December

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There’s a plenty of fun coming up as the year winds down at The Abilene Public Library. We find out some of what you can look forward to.

Abilene Public Library202 Cedar St.(325) 677-2474abilenetx.gov/aplFind them on Facebook

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: November 26, 2019

Catch new "Squirrels & Shiny Things" Episode

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CLICK HERE TO ACCESS LATEST PODCAST

In our latest episode, Tremain Jackson & Jessica Reyes are tackling the following topics when it comes to the library world:

  • Library Events: None to cover this week because it's the week of Thanksgiving. May you all s...
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Library - Highlights
Posted on: November 21, 2019

(Video) Harvesting Family History with ACU

Harvesting Family History Infographic

The Abilene Public Library loves partnering with local professionals to lead programming and workshops available to the public.  On Thursday, November 14, 2019, Mac Ice & Amanda Dietz, archivists at Abilene Christian University, were our gues...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: November 20, 2019

School Library Journal Releases Top Picture Books

The Little Guys Book Cover

If there's one thing families can always count on finding at your local library, it's a great selection of reading materials for their children. The juvenile collection of the library remains the most circulated item type. Sometimes you might be looking f...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: November 17, 2019

Join the Abilene Public Library's Online Social Soiree

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In case you don’t know, you can keep up with your Abilene Public Library on social media.

The library maintains a presence on several of the most popular sites and can be accessed by visiting abilenetx.gov/apl. Look for the social media icons loc...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: November 16, 2019

(Video) Preliminary Plans Solidified for Old Lincoln Middle School

Lincoln Middle School Exterior Shot

Story by Jessica Ranck with KTAB/KRBC on November 12, 2019

While things may be quiet at the old Lincoln Middle School now, it won’t be long before the familiar sounds of books being stacked and checked in echo off these historic walls.

“...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: November 14, 2019

(Video) Fall Fun Coming Soon at South Abilene Library

Alyssa Crow Appearing on News Station

There are some fun programs and events coming up at the South Branch of The Abilene Public Library. We learn what you can expect.

Abilene Public Library South BranchMall of Abilene4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.Abilene, TX 79606PH: (325) 698-7565

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: November 14, 2019

Library Director Lori Grumet Retiring

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Article from the Abilene Reporter-News on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by Timothy Chipp

Change is coming to the Abilene Public Library, both in the short term and in the future.

While librarians and city officials continue working toward building and openin...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: November 14, 2019

New "Squirrels & Shiny Things" Episode Available

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Listen to Episode #39: Squirrels & Some Textual Healing

In our latest episode, Tremain Jackson & Jessica Reyes are tackling the following topics when it comes to the library world:

  • Library Events to Attend: Hear about some great events for adults to...
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News Flash

Posted on: February 19, 2020

Summer Camps 2020

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Here comes the fun at the City of Abilene Parks and Recreation Summer Camp for 2020! We have a variety of themed camps that will keep the kids learning and having fun this summer. Our camps offer a safe and nurturing place to play fun recreation games, op...

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Posted on: August 1, 2019

About Recreation

After School Program Abilene Texas

Find out more about the associations and awards of our Recreation Department.

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Posted on: August 1, 2019

Classes

Country Western Dance Class in Abilene Texas

Our Recreation Department offers different classes, ranging from aikido to dog obedience training!

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Posted on: August 1, 2019

Aquatics

Adventure Cove Abilene Texas

Abilene is home to six aquatic facilities - five splash pads located throughout different parks in Abilene, and one aquatic center with water slides and a lazy river!

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Posted on: August 1, 2019

Adaptive Recreation

Adaptive Recreation Services in Abilene, Texas

Staff plans and coordinates a variety of structured activities that teach life skills, games that improve cognitive and motor skill development.

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News Flash

Posted on: February 19, 2020

2020 Summer Camps

Here comes the fun at the City of Abilene Parks and Recreation Summer Camp for 2020! We have a variety of themed camps that will keep the kids learning and having fun this summer. Our camps offer a safe and nurturing place to play fun recreation games, op...

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News Flash

Posted on: February 24, 2020

APD’s Chief Standridge and Beard Receive Prestigious Awards

Standridge, Stan

Each year, the Regional Victim Crisis Center holds the Men of Strength and Style Show fundraiser. The committee chooses two outstanding citizens to bestow two of their top honors for their part in helping our community and more importantly, the work they ...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: February 21, 2020

Suspect Arrested and Charged with Homicide

Homicide

Detectives with the Abilene Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division arrested 50-year-old Gene McCarter and charged him with Homicide. On Wednesday, February 19, at 12:46 a.m. McCarter called 9-1-1 to report that he came back to the h...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: February 14, 2020

Abilene Female Arrested for Distributing Child Pornography

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ABILENE, TX – Detectives with Abilene Police Department’s Cyber Crimes arrested 25-year-old Cassie Watson and charged her with Second Degree Felony Possession of Child Pornography with Intention to Promote, Third Degree Felony Tamperin...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: February 13, 2020

Taylor County Man Charged with Child Pornography

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ABILENE, TX – Detectives with Cyber Crimes arrested and charged a 27-year-old man with child sex crimes. On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, APD’s Cyber Crimes Unit, along with agents from the Texas Department of Public Safety, executed a...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: February 10, 2020

Three Arrested on Fraud and Forgery Charges

Georgians Arrested

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department arrested two males and a female from Georgia, suspected of trying to pass forged checks in Abilene. Police were notified by a south Abilene business of individuals attempting to cash forged checks. A d...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: January 31, 2020

Fatal Crash on Highway 277

Fatal Crash Web News Flash

ABILENE, TX – First Responders were called out to a crash in the 3300 block of Highway 277 at 8:57 a.m. on Friday, January 31, 2020. The crash resulted in the death of the driver one of the vehicles involved in the crash. The driver of the other...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: January 30, 2020

Update: Arrest Made in South Abilene Homicide

Javeeontae Evans

Update: On Wednesday, January 30, 2020, detectives with the Abilene Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division arrested 19-year-old Javeeontae Evans and charged him with the murder of Jaden Hernandez. Evans is charged with Capital Murde...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: January 29, 2020

28 Year Old Brady TX, Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

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ABILENE, TX – In December 2019, the Abilene Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit Investigators began working a case of Promotion of Child Pornography which occurred in the 1300 Block of Westheimer Rd. The suspect, Travis Charles Tuckness, 28 year...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: January 29, 2020

Abilene Police Looking to Identify Subjects

Cyber Crimes Subjects

The Abilene Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit is asking for public input in helping to identify three male subjects. This is part of an ongoing investigation and these males may have more information. If you have information on the identity of any of th...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: January 29, 2020

Abilene Police Investigating South Abilene Homicide

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ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department was called out to the Little Elm Condominiums on South 7th and Ruidoso St. just before 11 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2019, for a possible shooting victim. Police arrived to find a male victim, possib...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: January 23, 2020

Male Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

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ABILENE, TX – On January 22, 2020, the Abilene Police Department’s Cyber Crimes Unit along with agents from the Department of Public Safety, executed a search and arrest warrant in the 6800 block of HWY 377 in Blanket, Texas. The Brown...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: January 17, 2020

Abilene Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Daniel Madison

Members of the Abilene Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit, along with agents from the Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security Investigations, arrested 29-year-old Daniel Madison. Law Enforcement Agents executed a search and arrest warrant at a ...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: January 17, 2020

Two Students Stabbed at Abilene High School, Third Student in Custody

Web News Flash

ABILENE, TX – On Thursday, January 16, 2020, Abilene Police arrested a 16-year-old juvenile minutes after he is accused of stabbing two Abilene High School students. The altercation took place as the students were waiting for classes to begin on...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: January 9, 2020

Charges Dropped on Man Accused of Kidnapping

Charges Dropped

ABILENE, TX –Abilene Police arrested Joe Raymond Rodriguez on December 20, 2019, on an Aggravated Kidnapping arrest warrant involving an alleged abduction and sexual assault on the north side of Abilene last summer. The arrest warrant was issued...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: January 1, 2020

Abilene Police Investigating Homicide of 20 yr. old Male

Homicide

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the Homicide of a male that occurred at a home in North Abilene.

On Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at 7:45 p.m., police received a call of a sho...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: December 2, 2019

Police Arrest Male Suspect for Making Terroristic Threat

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December 5, 2019

Arrest Male Suspect for Making Terroristic Threat

ABILENE, TX – Abilene Police arrested a 42 year old man for threatening the life of Police Chief Stan Standridge. On Tuesday, December 3, a male subject placed a call to police dis...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: August 1, 2019

APD Investigating Homicide in North Abilene

Homicide

December 4, 2019

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: August 1, 2019

UPDATE: Cyber Crimes Human Trafficking Investigation

Cyber Crimes Investigation

December 4, 2019 

UPDATE: Cyber Crimes Human Trafficking Investigation

ABILENE, TX – On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, the Abilene Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit began asking for public input in helping to identify 15 male subje...

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

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Stay connected!

Notify Me allows you to subscribe to an unlimited number of email lists. Receive email or text message updates regarding the information you have requested. Check out Notify Me today!

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News Flash

Posted on: February 14, 2020

Notice of General Election on Saturday May 2, 2020

NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION ON MAY 2, 2020

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT a general election will be held within the City of Abilene, Texas, on Saturday, May 2, 2020, between the hours of 7:00 am. and 7:00 p.m., as provided in Resolution Nos. 22-2020 calling t...

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Public Notices
Posted on: February 13, 2020

Notice of Drawing for a Place on the General Election Ballot

NOTICE OF DRAWING FOR A PLACE ON THE GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT

Notice is hereby given of a drawing to determine the order in which the names of candidates for Mayor and City Council Place 3 and Place 4 are to be printed on the ballot for the General Election...

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Public Notices
Posted on: January 27, 2020

Notice of Possible Quorum

Development Corporation of Abilene, Inc (DCOA) Board of Directors Notice of Possible Quorum

Retirement Reception of Kim Tarrant

Thursday, January 30, 20205:00pm

The Mill239 Locust StreetAbilene, Texas 79602

A discussion will be held relating to the retirement...

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Public Notices
Posted on: January 9, 2020

Notice of Possible Quorum

Abilene City Council Notice of Possible Quorum

City of Abilene Recreation Feasibility Community Meeting

Tuesday, January 14, 20205:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Abilene Convention CenterConference Room 41100 North 6th StreetAbilene, TX 79601

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Public Notices
Posted on: December 16, 2019

Notice of Possible Quorum

Development Corporation of Abilene, Inc. Notice of Possible Quorum

Abilene City Council

Thursday, December 193:30 p.m.

Abilene City Hall555 Walnut StreetAbilene, TX 79601

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Public Notices
Posted on: December 6, 2019

Notice of Possible Quorum

City of Abilene City Council Notice of Possible Quorum

Airport Development Board Meeting & Airfield Tour

Wednesday, December 11th3:00 p.m.

Abilene Regional Airport2933 Airport Blvd.Lower Level Conference Room of the Terminal

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Public Notices

News Flash

Posted on: February 24, 2020

Projects for 2/24/2020

Alley Maintenance

  • Complaints Citywide

Partial/Full Depth Patch Repair

  • Sandy Street
    • Sandy St. will be closed from Gann St. to T&P Lane
    • Full-depth patch repair

Repair Potholes

  • Complaints Citywide
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: February 17, 2020

Projects for 2/17/2020

Alley Maintenance

  • Complaints Citywide

Partial/Full Depth Patch Repair

  • Sandy Street
    • Sandy St. will be closed from Gann St. to T&P Lane
    • Full-depth patch repair

Repair Potholes

  • Complaints Citywide
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: February 10, 2020

Projects for 2/10/2020

Alley Maintenance

  • Complaints Citywide

Partial/Full Depth Patch Repair

  • Sandy Street
    • Sandy St. will be closed from Gann St. to T&P Lane
    • Full-depth patch repair

Repair Potholes

  • Complaints Citywide
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: February 3, 2020

Projects for 2/3/2020

Alley Maintenance

  • Complaints Citywide

Partial/Full Depth Patch Repair

  • Elmdale Road
    • Elmdale will be closed from Highway 36 to East Industrial Boulevard
    • Various patch work

Repair Potholes

  • Complaints Citywide
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: January 27, 2020

Projects for 1/27/2020

Alley Maintenance

  • Complaints Citywide

Partial/Full Depth Patch Repair

  • Elmdale Road
    • Elmdale will be closed from Highway 36 to East Industrial Boulevard
    • Various patch work

Reconstruction (Minor)

  • 7749 John Carroll Drive
    • Digging out flume on intersection of John Carr...
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: January 21, 2020

Projects for 1/21/2020

Alley Maintenance

  • Complaints Citywide

Concrete Maintenance

  • Driftwood Court
    • Closed from Willow Wren to Dead End
    • Multiple projects including Valley Gutter Install & Asphalt Replacement
  • Lakeshore Drive & Driftwood Court
    • Valley Gutter Install

Partial/Full Dep...

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Street Division Projects
Posted on: January 13, 2020

Projects for 1/13/2020

Alley Maintenance

  • Complaints Citywide

Bridge Maintenance/Guardrail Repair

  • Catclaw Drive
  • Rebecca Lane & Sorrel Wood Lane
    • At Elm Creek, West/Northbound Outside lane

Concrete Maintenance

  • Lakeshore Drive & Driftwood Court: Valley Gutter Install

Partial/Full D...

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Street Division Projects
Posted on: January 6, 2020

Projects for 1/6/2020

Alley Maintenance

  • Complaints Citywide

Bridge Maintenance/Guardrail Repair

  • Rebecca Lane & Sorrel Wood Lane
    • At Elm Creek, West/Northbound Outside lane

Concrete Maintenance

  • Lakeshore Drive & Driftwood Court: Valley Gutter Install

Partial/Full Depth Patch Re...

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Street Division Projects
Posted on: December 30, 2019

Projects for 12/30/2019

Alley Maintenance

  • Complaints Citywide

Concrete Maintenance

  • Lakeshore Drive & Driftwood Court: Valley Gutter Install

Partial/Full Depth Patch Repair

  • Various

Repair Potholes

  • Complaints Citywide
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Street Division Projects

News Flash

Posted on: December 13, 2019

Progress for Cedar Creek Waterway

Abilene residents hike the Cedar Creek Waterway as part of the semi-annual Mayor's hike

The City of Abilene has reached an agreement with Union Pacific Railroad to purchase approximately 16 acres of property that lies on both sides of Cedar Creek. The purchase is set to be completed by the end of 2019. Once the purchase is complete, the City...

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Your Abilene Investment - Highlights
Posted on: December 9, 2019

Abilene Heritage Square

Abilene Heritage Square

Abilene Heritage Square is now a Texas non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that has been formed to rehabilitate and re-purpose the former Lincoln Middle School and original Abilene High School.

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Posted on: December 9, 2019

Downtown Hotel

Downtown Hotel Mockup

With the design process now underway, the City and its project partners anticipate breaking ground on the 206-room full-service hotel located in the 500 block of Cypress and Cedar Streets in the summer of 2020.

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Posted on: December 9, 2019

Street Projects

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The City of Abilene is working to invest over $20 million into our streets in 2020, through funding sources including the new Street Maintenance Fee, the Development Corporation of Abilene (DCOA), and the 2015 bond program.

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Posted on: December 9, 2019

Financial Transparency

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In an effort to continue to enhance financial transparency, the City of Abilene is offering an interactive reporting tool that allows citizens to explore our budget data online.

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