News Flash

Posted on: October 21, 2020

Inaugural United Express flight between Abilene and Houston takes off from Abilene Regional Airport

Inaugural United flight between Abilene and Houston has taken off from ABI

Abilene Regional Airport is happy to celebrate the return of direct flights between Abilene and Houston through United Express, operated by SkyWest Airlines. The first flight from Abilene Regional Airport (ABI) to Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airp...

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City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: October 9, 2020

New on-street parking limits for downtown Abilene take effect October 21st

Downtown Parking limit changes effective October 21, 2020

Drivers utilizing on-street parking in downtown Abilene will be required to comply with existing, posted parking limits and parking meters through Tuesday, October 20, 2020 to avoid parking fines or towing.

Abilene City Council voted at its October 8, 2020...

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City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: September 30, 2020

Latest COVID-19 testing numbers as of October 27, 2020

COVID-19 Summary Daily 10-27-20

COVID-19 testing numbers from the Abilene Taylor County Public Health District for October 27, 2020 include 62 positives (PCR and antigen), 35 recoveries, and 30 current hospitalizations.

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City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Marcus Dudley, Jr. named City of Abilene's next Chief of Police

Welcome Marcus Dudley Jr, Abilene's Next Chief of Police

The City of Abilene and its Police Chief Search Committee is pleased to announce Marcus Dudley, Jr. will serve as Abilene’s next Chief of Police.

“Mr. Dudley exhibits the servant leadership, commitment to fairness, and professional expertise that is necess...

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City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: October 5, 2020

CityLink routes 7 & 28 moving to John Knox Drive

CityLink has changed routes 7 & 28 to travel from Curry Lane, to John Knox Drive, and Ridgemont

To provide much safer access to the Target, VA clinic, and Goodwill area, CityLink will change routes 7 and 28 to travel on John Knox Drive instead of Ridgemont Drive. The change to routes 7 and 28 will be effective October 12, 2020.    ...

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Additional Info... City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: September 29, 2020

Public Works' annual crack sealing program underway

Benefits and purpose of public works crack sealing program

The City of Abilene’s Public Works Department has begun its annual crack sealing program, the single most important step taken to prolong the life of asphalt roadways across the city. Crews will be working to seal cracks in several sections of ro...

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City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: September 16, 2020

South Willis Construction Begins

Road Repairs - South Willis from Edgemont to South 27th

Construction will begin on South Willis on September 22 between Edgemont and South 27th Street.

  • Please use caution while traveling in the area
  • Please use detour routes to avoid active construction

The Public Works department appreciates your patience. Should...

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City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: September 2, 2020

Need to talk to someone?

Free helpline available to help those dealing with COVID-19 related mental health concerns

The Crisis Counseling Program at the Betty Hardwick Center, through funding from a FEMA grant, is now offering resources from Texans Recovering Together to help folks deal with the mental health challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Those reso...

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City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: July 27, 2020

Traffic interruptions begin August 1st along Buffalo Gap Road

Buffalo Gap traffic interruptions begin August 1 as water crews prepare for TXDOT widening of road

Work is scheduled to begin for the relocation of water utility lines on FM 89/Buffalo Gap Road beginning August 1, 2020. The utility line relocation is in preparation for a TxDOT project which will widen the road from South Clack to Chimney Rock Road.

Area...

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City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: July 8, 2020

South 14th Street water line replacement project begins

South 14th water line project begins between Pioneer and Willis

Work has begun to replace the water line along South 14th street in Abilene, improving water service to businesses and residents in the area. 

The project is designed to replace the aging cast iron pipe with approximately 5,000 feet of new 8&r...

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City of Abilene - Highlights
Posted on: June 26, 2020

City response to Governor Abbott's June 26th Executive Order

The City's response to Governor Abbott's June 26, 2020 Executive Order

The City of Abilene encourages all business owners and citizens to follow Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order issued earlier today, limiting certain businesses and services in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. The City of Abilene n...

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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.

Additional Info... City of Abilene - Highlights

News Flash

Posted on: October 27, 2020

Solid Waste Services (Trash Collection) Suspended for Tuesday, October 27, 2020

ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene Solid Waste Services (Trash Collection) will not be operating today, Tuesday, October 27, 2020, due to icy roadway conditions and being able to ensure safe access into and out of the landfill. Normal collectio...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: October 26, 2020

Chief Stan Standridge Appointed Chief of Police of San Marcos, Texas

Abilene Police Dept. Chief Stan Standridge has been appointed Chief of Police for the San Marcos Police Department in San Marcos, Texas.

His last day serving APD will be November 13, 2020, and Assistant Chief Mike Perry will serve as Interim Chief until Ch...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: October 21, 2020

Inaugural United Express flight between Abilene and Houston takes off from Abilene Regional Airport

Inaugural United flight between Abilene and Houston has taken off from ABI

Abilene Regional Airport is happy to celebrate the return of direct flights between Abilene and Houston through United Express, operated by SkyWest Airlines. The first flight from Abilene Regional Airport (ABI) to Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airp...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Abilene Public Form on Downtown Street & Parking Restriping Program

Public Forum for Downtown Parking Mon Oct 26 at 4:30pm

Abilene residents are invited to attend a Public Forum Monday, October 26th, at the Abilene Convention Center, 2nd floor Conference Room (1100 N. 6th St.) from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to discuss the future downtown street and parking restriping program.

The...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Marcus Dudley, Jr. named City of Abilene's next Chief of Police

Welcome Marcus Dudley Jr, Abilene's Next Chief of Police

The City of Abilene and its Police Chief Search Committee is pleased to announce Marcus Dudley, Jr. will serve as Abilene’s next Chief of Police.

“Mr. Dudley exhibits the servant leadership, commitment to fairness, and professional expertise that is necess...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: October 9, 2020

Current downtown parking limits in effect through October 20, 2020

Downtown Parking limit changes effective October 21, 2020

Drivers utilizing on-street parking in downtown Abilene will be required to comply with existing, posted parking limits and parking meters through Tuesday, October 20, 2020 to avoid parking fines or towing.

Abilene City Council voted at its October 8, 2020...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: October 5, 2020

CityLink routes 7 & 28 moving to John Knox Drive

CityLink has changed routes 7 & 28 to travel from Curry Lane, to John Knox Drive, and Ridgemont

To provide much safer access to the Target, VA clinic, and Goodwill area, CityLink will change routes 7 and 28 to travel on John Knox Drive instead of Ridgemont Drive. The change to routes 7 and 28 will be effective October 12, 2020.    ...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: September 29, 2020

Public Works' annual crack sealing program underway

Benefits and purpose of public works crack sealing program

The City of Abilene’s Public Works Department has begun its annual crack sealing program, the single most important step taken to prolong the life of asphalt roadways across the city. Crews will be working to seal cracks in several sections of ro...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: September 28, 2020

Ridgemont at Rolling Green traffic signal fully operational Wednesday, September 30th

New Traffic Signal - Ridgemont & Rolling Green

The new four-way traffic signal located at the intersection of Ridgemont Drive, Rolling Green Drive, and the west entrance of the Mall of Abilene will be fully operational on Wednesday, September 30th. Drivers will need to be prepared to stop at the inter...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Finalists named in Abilene Chief of Police search

Chief of Police finalists

Abilene City Manager Robert Hanna is pleased to announce the City’s Police Chief Search Committee has named three finalists for the position of Abilene Chief of Police.

The three finalists, in alphabetical order by last name, are as follows:

Rober...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: September 4, 2020

Bat found in downtown area tests positive for rabies

Bat found in downtown area tests positive for rabies (2)

The City of Abilene would like to advise residents and those who frequent the downtown area that a bat found on September 2, 2020 in the 1100 block of North 2nd Street between Cedar and Cypress Streets has tested positive for rabies. Abilene Animal Servic...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: August 19, 2020

Health District receives notification of COVID-19 cases at local nursing facility

Health District receives notification of positive COVID-19 test results from local nursing facility

The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District has received notification of eighteen positive COVID-19 test results from residents of the Northern Oaks Living & Rehabilitation Center at 2722 Old Anson Road, and notification of one COVID-19 related d...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: July 27, 2020

Traffic interruptions begin August 1st along Buffalo Gap Road

Buffalo Gap traffic interruptions begin August 1 as water crews prepare for TXDOT widening of road

Work is scheduled to begin for the relocation of water utility lines on FM 89/Buffalo Gap Road beginning August 1, 2020. The utility line relocation is in preparation for a TxDOT project which will widen the road from South Clack to Chimney Rock Road.

Area...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: July 8, 2020

South 14th Street water line replacement project begins

South 14th water line project begins between Pioneer and Willis

Work has begun to replace the water line along South 14th street in Abilene, improving water service to businesses and residents in the area. 

The project is designed to replace the aging cast iron pipe with approximately 5,000 feet of new 8&r...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: June 26, 2020

City response to Governor Abbott's June 26th Executive Order

The City's response to Governor Abbott's June 26, 2020 Executive Order

The City of Abilene encourages all business owners and citizens to follow Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order issued earlier today, limiting certain businesses and services in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. The City of Abilene n...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: June 17, 2020

Welcome, Library Director Julee Hatton!

The City of Abilene welcomes its first Library Director

The City of Abilene is excited to announce the hire of Julee Hatton, Abilene’s first Library Director. Ms. Hatton joins the City’s executive management team from Lincoln, Nebraska, where she most recently served as Assistant Director o...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: June 12, 2020

Abilene Animal Shelter coordinates flight to save more than 60 dogs and cats

An Animal Shelter staff members stands near an airplane being loaded with cats and dogs that will be

The City of Abilene’s Animal Services has teamed up with the non-profit organization Dog Is My Copilot to relocate more than 60 animals to shelters experiencing a shortage of adoptable pets.

Abilene Animal Services staff and volunteers were at th...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: June 8, 2020

New street sweepers help save Abilene streets and improve stormwater drainage

A picture of one of the City's new Dulevo street sweepers, designed to improve stormwater drainag

Four first-of-their-kind street sweepers are now at work on Abilene streets, eliminating curb and gutter debris in an innovative way that will not only clear stormwater drainage pathways, but also increase the longevity of city roadways.

The Dulevo 6000 Ti...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: May 28, 2020

Best Friends and City of Abilene partner to improve shelter outcomes during director search

Best Friends and City of Abilene partner in operation of Animal Shelter during search for permanent

The City of Abilene is pleased to announce that Best Friends Animal Society will be committing a qualified staff member to serve as interim director of Abilene Animal Services for the next 12 months. Under the terms of the partnership, the interim directo...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: May 12, 2020

Long-term water source secured for Abilene, Midland, and San Angelo

West Texas Water Partnership reaches 50 year agreement securing water source for Abilene, San Angelo

What began a decade ago as a collaborative effort by the cities of Abilene, Midland and San Angelo to address long-term water needs culminated today with the signing of a multi-generational groundwater supply contract.

The cities negotiated a 50-year agree...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: May 6, 2020

Required change in test reporting brings total cases of COVID-19 in Taylor County to 206

Latest COVID-19 testing numbers as of May 6, 2020

The Texas Department of State Health Services has notified the Abilene Taylor County Public Health District of two changes needing to made in its reporting of COVID-19 positive test results in Taylor County, which will bring the known number of total COVI...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: April 26, 2020

Thirty-six Abilene Fire Department self-isolate with COVID-19

Thirty six AFD personnel self isolate with COVID-19

 The Abilene Fire Department reports thirty-six of its members have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus during the past seventy-two hours. An additional seven members of the department are in self-quarantine awaiting test results.  In...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: April 22, 2020

MERCY Clinic and Abilene Taylor County Public Health District closed to public

MERCY Clinic and Health District close to public until further notice

The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District at 850 North 6th Street, and MERCY Health Care Center at 1902 Shelton Street are now closed to the public until further notice.  

Residents are still able to access resources and COVID-19 testing pr...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: April 22, 2020

Abilene Taylor County Public Health District reports 3rd COVID-19 related death for Taylor County

Coronavirus update for April 22, 2020

The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District reports the third COVID-19 related death for Taylor County on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 6:53 a.m.

The deceased patient was a male in his 60s, with underlying health conditions, who was being cared for at ...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: April 15, 2020

Abilene Taylor County Public Health District reports second COVID-19 related death for Taylor County

Abilene Taylor County Public Health District reports 2nd COVID-19 death for Taylor County

The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District reports the second COVID-19 related death for Taylor County on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

The deceased patient was a male in his 70s, with underlying health conditions, who was being cared for at Hendrick Me...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: April 9, 2020

Possible exposure to COVID-19 positive individuals at Southwest Drive Walmart

Coronavirus update for April 9, 2020

CORRECTION/UPDATE: This news release pertains to the Southwest Drive Walmart on Abilene’s south side, not the Highway 351 Walmart previously reported.

The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District would like to notify the public of possible ex...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: April 4, 2020

Abilene Taylor County Public Health District reports first COVID-19 related death for Taylor County

Coronavirus-Update_4-4-NewsFlash

The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District reports the first COVID-19 related death for Taylor County on Saturday, April 4, 2020.

The deceased patient was a female in her 40s, and a resident of Disability Resources, Inc. (DRI) with underlying medical...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: March 28, 2020

Abilene Taylor County Public Health District receives four positive COVID-19 test results

Testing Update March 28 2020

The Abilene Taylor-County Public Health District has received four additional positive test results for COVID-19, bringing the total positive test count for Taylor County and Dyess Air Force Base to seven. 

The four new positive test results are a...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: March 28, 2020

A message from Mayor Anthony Williams

A message from Mayor Anthony Williams

Over the last few weeks, the City Council and I have worked to take measured, responsible steps to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community; we first restricted gatherings to 250 individuals, and as new data was collected, to 50. When Governor Gre...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: March 27, 2020

Abilene Taylor County Public Health District receives second positive COVID-19 test result

Testing Update for March 27 2020

The Abilene Taylor-County Public Health District has received its second confirmed positive test result for COVID-19 in Taylor County. This brings the total positive test count for Taylor County to three, including a positive result reported by Dyess Air ...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: March 27, 2020

Details around first confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in Taylor County

Coronavirus update for March 27, 2020

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the first individual to test positive for COVID-19 in Taylor County has revealed the following information:

  • The infected individual is a resident of Disability Resources, Inc., and was not recently engage...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Residents urged to practice social distancing and sanitize at City parks

Remember to practice social distancing and sanitize at City parks

The City of Abilene’s Department of Community Services would like to encourage all Abilene area residents using City parks and playgrounds to practice social distancing, and properly sanitize before and immediately after visiting a park, touchin...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Abilene Taylor-County Health District receives first confirmed positive test result for COVID-19

Graphic image announcing first confirmed positive COVID-19 test result in Taylor County

The Abilene Taylor-County Public Health District has received its first confirmed positive test result for COVID-19 in Taylor County.

The infected individual was tested Wednesday, March 25, and received notification of their positive test result Thursday, ...

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City of Abilene - News Releases
Posted on: March 6, 2020

Street Work Begins on downtown Central Business District street improvement project

Map of downtown streets set for concrete repair and reconstruction through the CBD street improvemen

Work begins Friday, March 6th on the City of Abilene’s Central Business District street improvement project in downtown Abilene.

The first portion of roadway to undergo construction is Cedar Street from North 1st to North 2nd. Over the next year,...

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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 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 your event!

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

News Flash

Posted on: September 30, 2020

Latest COVID-19 testing numbers as of October 27, 2020

COVID-19 Summary Daily 10-27-20

COVID-19 testing numbers from the Abilene Taylor County Public Health District for October 27, 2020 include 62 positives (PCR and antigen), 35 recoveries, and 30 current hospitalizations.

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: September 2, 2020

Need to talk to someone?

Free helpline available to help those dealing with COVID-19 related mental health concerns

The Crisis Counseling Program at the Betty Hardwick Center, through funding from a FEMA grant, is now offering resources from Texans Recovering Together to help folks deal with the mental health challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Those reso...

Read on...

Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: August 19, 2020

Health District receives notification of COVID-19 cases at local nursing facility

Health District receives notification of positive COVID-19 test results from local nursing facility

The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District has received notification of eighteen positive COVID-19 test results from residents of the Northern Oaks Living & Rehabilitation Center at 2722 Old Anson Road, and notification of one COVID-19 related d...

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: June 26, 2020

City response to Governor Abbott's June 26th Executive Order

The City's response to Governor Abbott's June 26, 2020 Executive Order

The City of Abilene encourages all business owners and citizens to follow Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order issued earlier today, limiting certain businesses and services in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. The City of Abilene n...

Read on...

Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: May 6, 2020

Required change in test reporting brings total cases of COVID-19 in Taylor County to 206

Latest COVID-19 testing numbers as of May 6, 2020

The Texas Department of State Health Services has notified the Abilene Taylor County Public Health District of two changes needing to made in its reporting of COVID-19 positive test results in Taylor County, which will bring the known number of total COVI...

Read on...

Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: April 26, 2020

Thirty-six Abilene Fire Department self-isolate with COVID-19

Thirty six AFD personnel self isolate with COVID-19

 The Abilene Fire Department reports thirty-six of its members have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus during the past seventy-two hours. An additional seven members of the department are in self-quarantine awaiting test results.  In...

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: April 22, 2020

MERCY Clinic and Abilene Taylor County Public Health District closed to public

MERCY Clinic and Health District close to public until further notice

The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District at 850 North 6th Street, and MERCY Health Care Center at 1902 Shelton Street are now closed to the public until further notice.  

Residents are still able to access resources and COVID-19 testing pr...

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: April 22, 2020

Abilene Taylor County Public Health District reports 3rd COVID-19 related death for Taylor County

Coronavirus update for April 22, 2020

The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District reports the third COVID-19 related death for Taylor County on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 6:53 a.m.

The deceased patient was a male in his 60s, with underlying health conditions, who was being cared for at ...

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: April 16, 2020

News conference set to discuss COVID-19 testing at AbiMar Foods

Notice of news conference April 20, 2020 at 11:15 a.m.

A news conference will be held Monday, April 20, 2020 at 11:15 a.m. to discuss COVID-19 testing at AbiMar Foods, and the company’s proactive response in minimizing the spread of the virus within their workforce and our community.

AbiMar Foods vol...

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Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: April 15, 2020

Abilene Taylor County Public Health District reports second COVID-19 related death for Taylor County

Abilene Taylor County Public Health District reports 2nd COVID-19 death for Taylor County

The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District reports the second COVID-19 related death for Taylor County on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

The deceased patient was a male in his 70s, with underlying health conditions, who was being cared for at Hendrick Me...

Read on...

Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: April 9, 2020

Possible exposure to COVID-19 positive individuals at Southwest Drive Walmart

Coronavirus update for April 9, 2020

CORRECTION/UPDATE: This report pertains to the Southwest Drive Walmart on Abilene’s south side, not the Highway 351 Walmart previously reported.

The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District would like to notify the public of possible exposure...

Read on...

Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: April 4, 2020

Abilene Taylor County Public Health District reports first COVID-19 related death for Taylor County

Coronavirus-Update_4-4-NewsFlash

The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District reports the first COVID-19 related death for Taylor County on Saturday, April 4, 2020.

The deceased patient was a female in her 40s, and a resident of Disability Resources, Inc. (DRI) with underlying medical...

Read on...

Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 28, 2020

Abilene Taylor County Public Health District receives four positive COVID-19 test results

Testing Update March 28 2020

The Abilene Taylor-County Public Health District has received four additional positive test results for COVID-19, bringing the total positive test count for Taylor County and Dyess Air Force Base to seven. 

The four new positive test results are a...

Read on...

Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 28, 2020

A message from Mayor Anthony Williams

A message from Mayor Anthony Williams

Over the last few weeks, the City Council and I have worked to take measured, responsible steps to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community; we first restricted gatherings to 250 individuals, and as new data was collected, to 50. When Governor Gre...

Read on...

Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 27, 2020

Abilene Taylor County Public Health District receives second positive COVID-19 test result

Testing Update for March 27 2020

The Abilene Taylor-County Public Health District has received its second confirmed positive test result for COVID-19 in Taylor County. This brings the total positive test count for Taylor County to three, including a positive result reported by Dyess Air ...

Read on...

Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 27, 2020

Details around first confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in Taylor County

Coronavirus update for March 27, 2020

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the first individual to test positive for COVID-19 in Taylor County has revealed the following information:

  • The infected individual is a resident of Disability Resources, Inc., and was not recently engage...

Read on...

Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Abilene Taylor-County Health District receives first confirmed positive test result for COVID-19

Graphic image announcing first confirmed positive COVID-19 test result in Taylor County

The Abilene Taylor-County Public Health District has received its first confirmed positive test result for COVID-19 in Taylor County.

The infected individual was tested Wednesday, March 25, and received notification of their positive test result Thursday, ...

Read on...

Coronavirus Updates
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Residents urged to practice social distancing and sanitize at City parks

Remember to practice social distancing and sanitize at City parks

The City of Abilene’s Department of Community Services would like to encourage all Abilene area residents using City parks and playgrounds to practice social distancing, and properly sanitize before and immediately after visiting a park, touchin...

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Coronavirus Updates

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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Additional Info... Fire - Highlights
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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Additional Info... Fire - Highlights
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!

Additional Info... Fire - Highlights

News Flash

Posted on: October 26, 2020

Structure Fire: 1000 Block of China Street

On October 24, 2020 at approximately 11:40 a.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a commercial structure fire located in the 1000 block of China St.  Upon arrival, fire crews found smoke coming from an air vent located on the roof as well ...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: October 23, 2020

Structure Fire: 1500 Block of Park Ave

On October 22nd, 2020 at approximately 7:03 p.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a first alarm residential structure fire located in the 1500 block of Park Avenue. Crews arrived to find a single family home with light smoke showing. A fast attac...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: October 12, 2020

Structure Fire: 1300 Block of Yeomans Rd

On October 12th, 2020 at approximately 3:00 a.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at the 1300 block of Yeomans Road. Crews arrived to find a duplex building with nothing showing. Crews quickly found the fire, which wa...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: September 28, 2020

Vehicle Fire: Dub Wright Blvd & Hampton Hills St

At approximately 1745 hours on September 16, 2020, the Abilene Fire Department was dispatched to a car fire near the intersection of Dub Wright Blvd. and Hampton Hills Street. Upon arrival an attack was made on the car fire and patient c...

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Posted on: September 25, 2020

Structure Fire: 1200 Block of Yeomans Rd

On September 25, 2020 at approximately 12:18 a.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire located in the 1200 block of Yeomans Rd. Fire crews arrived on scene to find a small fire located in the kitchen of the apartment buil...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: September 25, 2020

Structure Fire: 2000 Block of Ambler Ave

On Thursday, September 24, 2020 at approximately 3:00 pm crews with the Abilene Fire Department responded to residential structure fire located in the 2000 block of Ambler Ave. On arrival, crews noted a single story residential structure with smoke and fi...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: September 22, 2020

State Farm Memorial Blood Drive

State Farm Agent Kim Austin will be hosting a memorial blood drive this year for Abilene Good Neighbor Day, honoring fallen firefighter Mike Degering. The blood drive will be on Monday September 28th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Kim Austin’...

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Posted on: September 16, 2020

Structure Fire: 1200 block of South San Jose

On September 16, 2020 at approximately 6:40 a.m. the Abilene Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance call located at the 1200 block of South San Jose to find smoke coming from the windows. PD notified the Abilene Fire Department of a residen...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: September 15, 2020

Structure Fire: 4200 Block of East Industrial

At approximately 09:40 a.m. the Abilene Fire Department was contacted by the City Marshal’s Office in regards to a large trash fire that was located in the 4200 block of East Industrial.  The call originated from the Abilene Regional Ai...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Structure Fire: 1700 Block of Sherman Drive

On September 11th, 2020 at approximately 3:36 a.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 1700 block of Sherman Drive. The first responding unit arrived to find a single family dwelling with light smoke showing. Fire...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Structure Fire: 4200 Block of South 7th

On September 10th, 2020 at approximately 12:49 p.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 4200 block of South 7th Street. Crews arrived to find a house with light smoke showing. A fast attack was initiated and the f...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: September 8, 2020

Structure Fire: 1700 Block of Jeanette Street

At approximately 9:28 a.m. on September 5th 2020, the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 1700 block of Jeanette Street. Crews arrived on scene to find smoke showing from the residence. During the initial investigation...

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Posted on: September 4, 2020

Structure Fire: Surrey Square

On September 20th, 2020 at approximately 1:40 p.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at Surrey Square. Crews arrived to find a house with smoke showing. A second alarm was called shortly after initial crews were dispat...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Structure Fire: 200 Block of Trailway Drive

On Monday, August 31, 2020 at approximately 06:51 am, the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 200 block of Trailway Dr. Abilene Fire Department crews arrived to find a single family dwelling with smoke and fire showing...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Structure Fire: 800 Block of Butternut Street

On August 29th, 2020 at approximately 5:57 a.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a non-residential structure fire at the 800 block of Butternut Street. Crews arrived to find an abandoned commercial building with light smoke showing. Fire crews ma...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: August 25, 2020

Structure Fire: 3000 Block of Simmons Ave

On August 25, 2020, at approximately 1:00 a.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 3000 block of Simmons Ave. Fire crews arrived to find a single family residence with smoke showing from in the back of the structure. After in...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: August 24, 2020

Structure Fire: 2000 Block of South Clack

At approximately 5:00 p.m. on August 20th, 2020, the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at the 2000 block of South Clack Street. Crews arrived to find an apartment building with smoke showing. A second alarm was called short...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: August 10, 2020

Structure Fire: 3100 block of South 7th Street

At approximately 8:38 p.m. on August 8th 2020, the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 3100 block of South 7th street. Crews arrived on scene to find a residence fully involved with heavy fire and smoke showing. The fi...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: August 4, 2020

Structure Fire: 5000 Block of Ryan Circle North

On August 4th, 2020, at approximately 12:00 a.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 5000 block of Ryan Circle North. Fire crews arrived to find a single family residence with smoke and fire showing. Crews were able to quickl...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: July 31, 2020

Captain Jerry Medley Retires

Jerry Medley

Today is Captain Jerry Medley’s last day as an Abilene Firefighter. After 47 years of service, Captain Medley is the longest tenured professional firefighter in AFD history and has decided to retire. He has served our Department well and we wish...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: July 6, 2020

July 4th Incidents

On July 04, 2020, at approximately 7:30 a.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 1400 block of Griggs Street. Fire crews arrived to find a single family residence with nothing showing. Crews investigated and found smoke in th...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: June 29, 2020

Structure Fire: 1400 block of Longbotham Street

On June 29, 2020, at approximately 1:50 am, the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 1400 block of Longbotham Street. Fire crews arrived to find a fully involved shed structure in the back of the residence. Fire crews made an exter...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: June 18, 2020

Structure Fire: 3500 Rolling Green Drive

On June 17, 2020 at approximately 11:40 p.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a 2-alarm structure fire located in the 3500 block of Rolling Green Drive. The first arriving units discovered a 2-story apartment complex with heavy fire on the exterio...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: June 12, 2020

Structure Fire: 1400 block of Victoria Street

On June 12, 2020 at approximately 02:00 a.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire located in the 1400 block of Victoria Street. Fire crews arrived to find heavy fire on the back exterior of the single-family residence. Fire crews were...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: June 8, 2020

Structure Fire: 3000 Block of Clinton

On June 8th, 2020, at approximately 11:30 p.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 3000 block of Clinton. Fire crews arrived to find a single story dwelling with nothing showing. Fire crews investigated the interior of the st...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: May 20, 2020

Structure Fire: 1700 Block of Glenwood Drive

At approximately 0203 hours on May 20th 2020, the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire located in the 1700 block of Glenwood Drive. Crews arrived to find flames and smoke coming out of the attic space and made a quick attack e...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: May 13, 2020

Structure Fire: 2400 Block of Buffalo Gap Road

On May 13, 2020 at approximately 1:50 p.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a two-alarm structure fire located  in the 2400 block of Buffalo Gap Road. Fire crews arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the 1st floor of the two-story...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: May 7, 2020

Structure Fire: 300 Block of Pleasant Hill

On May 7th, 2020, at approximately 6:15 a.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 300 block of Pleasant Hill.  Fire crews arrived to find a RV fully involved, and quickly spreading to a manufactured home. A fire attack...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: May 6, 2020

COVID-19 Update from the Abilene Fire Department

The Abilene Fire Department has experienced a direct impact due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.  To date, 49 firefighters have tested positive for the virus, and an additional 6 have self-quarantined due to direct exposures.  These numbers ...

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

Structure Fire: 5400 Block of Texas Avenue

At approximately 1740 on May 5th 2020, the Abilene Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at the 5400 block of Texas Ave. A second alarm was dispatched due to it being a multi family dwelling and a high life hazard. Arriving units found light ...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Cleaning Apparatus

We want to first apologize for the late notice but the Abilene Fire Department just confirmed with the professional cleaning service a start time for May 1st. We would like to invite the media to Station 6, 1482 South Danville, at 8:30 a.m. on May 1st, 20...

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

Structure Fire: 2300 Block of N Treadaway

At approximately 1340 on April 22nd, 2020 the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at the 2300 block of North Treadaway. Crews arrived to find Smoke and flames showing and made a fast attack extinguishing the fire. The residen...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: April 22, 2020

Structure Fire: 1600 Block of Chestnut

On April 22nd 2020, at approximately 4:30 a.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 1600 block of Chestnut. Fire crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from a single story residential structure. A 2nd Alarm was cal...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: April 20, 2020

Structure Fire: 800 of Peach Street

On April 19, 2020 at approximately 4:30 p.m. the Abilene Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire in the 800 block of Peach Street. Crews arrived to find smoke and flames showing at the rear of the residence and a  second al...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: April 17, 2020

Structure Fire: 5200 Block of South 7th

On April 16th, 2020 at 11:50 p.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 5200 block of South 7th Street.  Fire crews arrived to find smoke and fire showing and quickly extinguished the fire. Three residents ...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Structure Fire: 400 Block of Pine

On March 28, 2020 at approximately 9:20 pm the Abilene Fire Department responded to a high rise structure fire located in the 400 Block of Pine. The fire was out upon arrival. The occupants had a small cooking fire that initiated the sprinkler system resu...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Structure Fire: 2000 Block of South 19th

On March 28, 2020 at approximately 12:11 pm the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire located in the 2000 block of South 19th. Upon arrival, heavy smoke was found coming from the 1st floor of the two-story residential structure. A fire att...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: March 20, 2020

Structure Fire: 2800 Block of Pine Street

On March 19th, 2020 at approximately 09:50 a.m., the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 2800 block of Pine St. Fire crews arrived on scene to find heavy smoke and flames coming from a single-wide mobile home structure. The occupa...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: March 10, 2020

Structure Fire: 3900 Block of Pine Street

On March 9, 2020, at approximately 10:40 pm, the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 3900 block of Pine Street. Fire crews arrived to find a wrecking yard with heavy smoke and flames showing. Fire crews made their attack from the ...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: March 5, 2020

Structure Fire: 900 Block of Vine St.

On March 4th, 2020 at approximately 7:20 p.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 900 block of Vine St. Fire crews arrived on scene to find smoke venting from the structure. Upon forcing entry, fire crews found heavy fire in t...

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Fire - News Releases
Posted on: March 4, 2020

Structure Fire: 4000 Block of Redbud Circle

On March 3rd, 2020, at approximately 7:45p.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 4000 block of Redbud Circle. Fire crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames showing from the front and rear of the multifamily duplex. Fire c...

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Fire - News Releases
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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News Flash

News Flash

Posted on: October 26, 2020

Dig Into the History of Dolls at Your Library

Doll Making News Image

Archaeological evidence suggests dolls date back to the Egyptians and that they have been fashioned from a wide variety of materials from clay to wood. Modern dolls continue to be made from traditional materials as well as more contemporary mediums such a...

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Posted on: October 19, 2020

Find Out Whodunnit from Down Under at Your Library

Australian Flag with an Insert of a DVD Cover

Not everyone takes their work home with them, but librarians often do.  Every book we read, every movie we watch and every podcast/YouTube video we listen to give us ideas for creating our next program or informing our next reader’s advisory or i...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: October 12, 2020

'Viva, Italia!' for a Day at the Abilene Public Library

Two Book Covers Promoting Italy

If you happen to work for the federal government, then you have a day off from work today, in honor of Columbus Day. You might want to use part of this holiday to come by your Main or South Abilene Public Libraries to find some good books, movies or more ...

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Posted on: October 5, 2020

Oh the Horror! Find Frightful Fiction @ Your Library

Horror Books Compilation

Horror fans enjoy fearsome tales year round but there is perhaps no better time for a fictional fright than October. From ghosts to vampires, horror both old and new covers reading tastes of all kinds. If you are ready to try some horror, or a current hor...

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Posted on: September 21, 2020

Check Out These Series Set in Costwolds, Cornwall, and Leeds

British Shows

It could be said that a librarian’s work is never done.  Every book we read, every movie we watch and every podcast or YouTube video we listen to are ideas flowing into our minds for creating our next program or informing our next reade...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: September 13, 2020

Join the Library's Virtual Classroom

Virtual Classroom New Icon

Virtual Classroom (www.abilenetx.gov/apl/class) is a new feature found on our digital webpage on the Abilene Public Library’s website.  It made its debut introducing our Axolotl, Sir Lancelotl.  The Virtual Cl...

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Posted on: September 3, 2020

Investigate the Library's Collection of Agatha Christie Mysteries

Agatha Christie Inside Library with Stacks of Books

“Outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare, Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time. She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, as well as the world’s longest-running play - The Mouse...

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Posted on: August 26, 2020

Strike a Superhero Pose to Win Cash Prize!

Cat in Superhero Costume with Library Card

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, encouraging everyone to visit their local library to register for a library card and take advantage of the great services they offer.  As a national campaign, library cardholders across the nation...

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Posted on: August 26, 2020

Celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month

Wonder Woman Reading a Book

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when your Abilene Public Library joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the ...

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Posted on: August 26, 2020

Teens Vote for Top YA Reads!

Teenage Girl Sitting on a Pile of Books

It’s that time of year again, when the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA, a division of the American Library Association), seeks out the input of teens to vote on the best YA reads from the previous year.  Known as the Tee...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: August 26, 2020

rbDigital eAudiobooks Moves to OverDrive

rbDigital Infographic

Downloadables and streaming content are popular services at your Abilene Public Library, and free to all library cardholders.  rbDigital was a great service we offered that provided you with a selection of eAudiobooks that couldn’t be f...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: August 24, 2020

Explore Life in Postwar Britain in These TV Dramas

The Bletchley Circle DVD Cover

Last week’s article was about television dramas set during World War II in Great Britain.  This week, we travel in time as the English rebuild their society.  Two of the shows that reflect life in the aftermath of war are Bletc...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: August 13, 2020

Escape to the Library to Find Fiction Set in the Blitz

Home Fries DVD Cover

With all the uncertainty brought by the proposed opening of schools and the continued COVID-19 situation, escaping for a while to another time and place can be way to deal with stress.  England during World War II and the subsequent years of rebu...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: August 3, 2020

Julee Hatton, Abilene's New Library Director Has Books, Community in Her Soul

Julee Hatton Library Director Photo

Julee Hatton, Abilene’s new library director, was a lifelong library user, checking out books in Valentine, Nebraska, from her local Carnegie Library.

But it wasn’t until she got a part-time job at the University of Nebraska library as ...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: July 31, 2020

Meet Sir Lancelotl the Axolotl (Video)

Screen Capture from Video on the Library Axolotl

If you may not already know, your Abilene Public Library has a new pet.  Allow us to introduce you to our new axolotl, currently available to see at your South Branch library, but will later be moved to the Mockingbird Branch Library once it reop...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: July 31, 2020

Library Gets a New Pet...See What It Is!

Axolotl in an Aquarium

If you have been by the South Branch Library lately you might have seen our new friend, the axolotl.  Currently our axolotl does not have a name but anyone may suggest their favorite names and the top picks will be voted on later this month.

You m...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: July 27, 2020

Find TV Surprises from the Outback, New Zealand and More at Your Library

Heart Guy DVD Cover

Librarians enjoy their work.  Every book we read, every movie we watch and every podcast/YouTube video we listen to are ideas flowing into our minds creating our next program or informing our next reader’s advisory or inspiring our next...

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Posted on: July 20, 2020

The March Continues, Legacy of John Lewis

John Lewis Overlooking Historic Bridge

When it comes to the names of the most influential people involved in the Civil Rights Movement, you’d be hard-pressed not to come across the name of John Lewis.  As one of the "Big Six" leaders, along with Martin Luther King ...

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Posted on: July 20, 2020

Europeans No Stranger to Detective Fiction

Vera Series DVD Cover

At your Abilene Public Library, we are always looking for great things our patrons might like.  Every book we read, every movie we watch and every podcast/YouTube video we listen to are ideas flowing into our minds for creating our next program o...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: July 16, 2020

Farewell to "The Magic School Bus" Creator

Children's Author Joanna Cole Smiling for Photo

The American writer of more than 250 books, however best known for The Magic School Bus series, Joanna Cole, has passed away on July 12, 2020 at the age of 75.  Her beloved series, illustrated by Bruce Degen since its creation, was what the autho...

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Posted on: July 15, 2020

Abilene Hunger Coalition to Provide Meals at Mockingbird

School Lunchbox Graphic

For the second year, the Mockingbird Branch Library will participate in the Free Summer Lunch program offered by the Abilene Hunger Coalition.  With the mission of providing food for Abilene during the AISD summer feeding gap, this year will be d...

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Posted on: July 12, 2020

See What Irish Eyes are Watching

Vikings

As we travel the world via TV shows filmed in other English-speaking countries, the Emerald Isle, the land without snakes, seems so laid back and idyllic until you begin to watch Irish made programs. The pubs often have a no singing sign to keep the impro...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: July 1, 2020

Choose Your Own Adventure at the Library

Choose Your Own Adventure Infographic

Choose Your Own Adventure Books are a unique series of books where the reader chooses what happens next in the story.  These books are great for reluctant readers because of how engaging the stories are and how they immerse the reader.  ...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: July 1, 2020

Annual Mini-Con Pushed to 2021

Lib-Con Postponed Button

Lib-Con has been an annual event at your Abilene Public Library for years, offering the community with a series of events and activities celebrating anime, manga, fandoms, comics, and more.  After much discussion, the Lib-Con committee is saddene...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: June 24, 2020

TV Gold from Canada to the Caribbean

Emily of the New Moon

As I continue to travel during this COVID-19 pandemic by watching English language media not created in the U.S., I have found more gold!  High quality, entertaining TV programming is to be had in many places, and this article is about offerings ...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: June 21, 2020

See Scotland & Wales on the Small Screen

Outlander DVD Cover

While there are many drawbacks to this time of COVID-19, including the postponement of travel and travel planning, there is one advantage your library can help with. Thanks to our streaming resources, some of the best international offerings are available...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: June 17, 2020

Library Welcomes New Director, Julee Hatton

Julee Hatton Smiling

The City of Abilene is excited to announce the hire of Julee Hatton, Abilene’s first Library Director. Ms. Hatton joins the City’s executive management team from Lincoln, Nebraska, where she most recently served as Assistant Director o...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

Summer Reading Club Fun Kicks Off Today!

SRC News Flash Green

The Summer Reading Clubs kick off today, Monday, June 15 at your Main Library and South Branch Library locations.  As a reminder, the Mockingbird Branch Library will remain temporarily closed throughout the reading club months.  ...

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Posted on: June 14, 2020

Understand Another Perspective @ Your Library

Book Cover

If you are struggling with what to say or how to process current events, here is a list of books that may help shape your thoughts. Zeba Blay, who writes for Black Voices put this list together and published it on HuffPost a few years back. All are availa...

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Posted on: June 8, 2020

Virtual Club to Offer More Summer Fun at Your Library

Woman Smiling with iPad

COVID-19 has changed the way public libraries had to offer services.  Even now when our facilities are open, we’re still not back to our regular hours and services quite yet. There are still guidelines we must follow when facing how to ...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: June 8, 2020

Weekly Storytimes Returning in July!

Smiling Family

The Summer Reading Club is approaching, running June 15 - August 8 at your Main Library and South Branch locations.  At that time, feel free to stop by your library to start picking up your reading club packets, or start viewing summer activities...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

See TV Favorites from Down Under @ Your Library

DVD Cover

It could be said that a librarian’s work is never done. Every book we read, every movie we watch and every podcast/YouTube video we listen to are ideas flowing into our minds for creating our next program or informing our next reader’s...

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Library - Highlights
Posted on: May 31, 2020

Abilene Public Library Enters Phase 2 of Services

Phase 2 Video Screen Capture

The Main Library and South Branch locations re-opened its doors on May 18 after our closing due to COVID-19.  At that time we opened to limited to services to adjust to a "new normal" to practice social distancing and clean high-use are...

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Posted on: May 31, 2020

The Bases Are Loaded at Your Library

Baseballs Greatest News Flash Cover

During this COVID-19 spring time, many of us have truly missed sports - especially the game Americans love - baseball.  While Major League baseball may begin a shortened season soon, we lovers of the game can also read about the sport in print or...

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Posted on: May 25, 2020

Remember the Origins of Memorial Day

Memorial Day News Graphic

Today is Memorial Day, a day to honor the nation’s war dead.  Originally known as Decoration Day, because Civil War veterans’ graves were decorated by flowers, it originated in the south in 1865 and later spread to the north. ...

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Posted on: May 17, 2020

Welcome Back to Your Library!

Hours of Operation Infographic

Two locations of your Abilene Public Library are opening their doors today as we welcome our patrons back under a limited service plan. The Main Library will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 6:00PM and 9:00AM to 1:00PM on Saturda...

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Posted on: May 12, 2020

2020 Friends of the Library Book Sale Postponed

Friends of the Library Logo

The Board of the Friends of the Abilene Public Library have made the difficult decision to postpone their 2020 Annual Book Sale until June 2021.  The 31st annual sale, which would have been held on June 18-21, was determined to be too logisticall...

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Posted on: May 11, 2020

Library to Open May 18 with Limited Services, Reduced Hours

Hours of Operation Graphic

Monday, May 18, the Main Library and South Branch locations will open their doors to the public.  We appreciate everyone who has taken advantage of our digital services during our COVID-19 closure, but now you’ll have the opportunity to...

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

Record Numbers are Checking Out the Library Online

Databases

Abilene Public Library has great online resources, and the citizens of Abilene have apparently enjoyed having them during the month of April! Our digital circulation has far surpassed any other month in our history, with more than 23 thousand circulations...

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

Future Abilene Heritage Square Brightens Up as Crew Power Wash Exterior

Abilene Heritage Square Exterior Shot

As Published on the Abilene Reporter-News on Wednesday, May 6 by Brian Bethel

The future looks bright for the future site of Abilene Heritage Square, and now so does the exterior of the former Lincoln Middle School/Abilene High School.

The building&rsqu...

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Posted on: May 5, 2020

Learn Skills at Home with Your Library's Help

Home Improvement Graphic

As we all stick closer to home these days and with so many ‘normal’ activities limited until further notice, many people are taking the time to brush up on old skills, or learn new things. Cooking is now a must-have skill, exercise rou...

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Posted on: April 27, 2020

Travel the World from Comfort of Home

Travel Tickets and Models

This time of year is often when families begin to plan their summer vacations - what exciting destinations can be picked? What will appeal to everyone? Staycation, or go somewhere you’ve always wanted to go? Unfortunately, COVID-19 may squash th...

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Posted on: April 20, 2020

Let the Abilene Public Library Help with Homeschooling

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With the uncertainty over whether schools will reopen before the end of the semester, parents and teachers are working hard to make sure their K-12 children have the resources they need to keep up to grade level. Your Abilene Public Library can help! We h...

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Posted on: April 9, 2020

Learning is at Your Fingertips with a Library Card

Databases

Last time we talked about some of our leisure reading online resources for all ages, but your Abilene Public Library has much, much more than that! Students of all ages have access to online courses that can earn Continuing Education Units, as well as tes...

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

Not Accepting Purchase Requests At this Time

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Update May 16, 2020: The Abilene Public Library will no longer be accepting requests for purchasing materials for the remainder of our fiscal year, which ends September 30, 2020.  This includes requests for purchases of books, a...

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Posted on: March 21, 2020

Get Live Help with Library Lessons Online Series

Library Learning News Flash

The physical collection at your Abilene Public Library may be closed to the public, but that doesn’t mean you’re without access to great resources.  As long as you have a valid Abilene Public Library card, we encourage you to ...

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Posted on: March 21, 2020

Enjoy Live Online Storytimes During Library Closure

Livestream Storytime News Flash

Social distancing is a common phrase we’re hearing often due to the fast spread of COVID-19.  Your Abilene Public Library will close its doors to the public, effective Monday, March 23, in the city’s attempt of lessening the p...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Abilene Public Library Closed to Limit Potential Spread for COVID-19

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UPDATE 4-3-2020: Limited staff will operate out of the Main Library (202 Cedar St., PH: 325-677-2474) only effective Monday, April 6.  Staff will operate out of this location Mondays through Fridays from 8:00AM to 5:00PM.  If you are in ...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Pre-Construction Happening at Future Abilene Heritage Square

Exterior of Future AHS Building

As Published in the Abilene Reporter-News on Sunday, March 15, 2020 by Brian Bethel

Contractors’ trucks have been surrounding the entrances of Abilene Heritage Square for a several days as pre-construction activities commence.

Housed in t...

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Posted on: March 15, 2020

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Bestsellers Mar 15

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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Posted on: March 14, 2020

AARP Suspends Tax Aide Until Further Notice

Tax-Aide Suspended

Abilene Public Library has been informed by the AARP that the Tax Aide programs at our Main and Mockingbird libraries have been suspended indefinitely due to COVID-19.  The statement on their website www.aarp.org reads, in part: "As...

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Posted on: March 12, 2020

Digital Bookmobile Tour Abilene Stop Canceled

Bookmobile Cancelled

The Digital Bookmobile Tour event scheduled for the South Branch of the Abilene Public Library on Tuesday, March 17 has been canceled. Library staff were informed around 3:30 p.m. this afternoon with the following statement from OverDrive. 

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Posted on: March 12, 2020

(Video) Library Partners with Girl Scouts to Encourage Young Volunteers

KTAB4U Segment

The Abilene Public Library is looking to spark a volunteering spirit in young people. We learn about their partnership with The Girl Scouts to get young people involved.

Abilene Public LibraryMain Library- 202 Cedar St.South Branch Library- Mall of Abilene...

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Posted on: March 11, 2020

(Video) Create Your Look for Library's Cosplay Contest!

ITL Amanda Sasser

No matter how young or how old one may be, getting dressed up in fun costumes to become your favorite superhero or villain is just fun.  This is at the heart of the Cosplay Contest that’s hosted every year at Lib-Con at your Abilene Pub...

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

South Branch to Host Digital Bookmobile National Tour

Photo of the OverDrive Bookmobile

As Published by Brian Bethel of the Abilene Reporter-News on Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The Digital Bookmobile National Tour will make a stop at the south branch of the Abilene Public Library in the Mall of Abilene on Tuesday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m....

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Posted on: March 8, 2020

(Video) Learn About Women's Right to Vote at Local Workshop

Women and the Right to Vote Title Card

Librarian Amy Watterman set up a great program for the community on the history of Women’s Right to Vote.  Honoring this month’s designation as Women’s History Month, this topic was well-received by those who attende...

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Posted on: March 7, 2020

To Eat or Not to Eat? We Can Answer That Question!

Eat This Not That Book Cover

There are a few things we all need to stay alive.  Eating is certainly one of them.  Nowadays, many of us are jumping on the bandwagon of making a conscious decision to eat healthily, which can mean choosing the lesser of two evils when ...

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Posted on: March 8, 2020

(Video) Prepare Yourself for Lib-Con in April

ITL Ellene Cudd

In the latest Inside the Library series from your Abilene Public Library, you’ll learn about the upcoming Lib-Con events coming in April.  This is the library’s annual series of specialized programming that gives you a mini-co...

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Posted on: March 7, 2020

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Bestsellers Mar 8

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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Posted on: March 7, 2020

Newly Visible Changes at Abilene Heritage Square

Exterior of Future AHS Building

Covered by BigCountryHomepage on Thursday, March 6, 2020

Contractors’ trucks have been surrounding the entrances of Abilene Heritage Square for several days now.

Here’s a rundown of the activities going on inside and outside the project:...

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Posted on: March 7, 2020

(Video) West Texas Homeless Network Holds Free Monthly Coffee Meetings

Katherine Bisson Interview on KTAB 4U

Appeared on KTAB 4U with Adam Singleton on Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The West Texas Homeless Network tells us about their monthly coffee meetings where anyone is invited to learn about the help available for those in need.

FREE Coffee & Conversations!Wes...

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Posted on: March 1, 2020

(Video) Come Aboard the OverDrive Bookmobile

Photo of the OverDrive Bookmobile

Your Abilene Public Library is pleased to host the OverDrive Bookmobile as it makes a stop at the South Branch Library during its national tour.  Stop by on Tuesday, March 17 from 11AM to 3PM and you’ll see the bookmobile in the parking...

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Posted on: March 1, 2020

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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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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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Posted on: February 22, 2020

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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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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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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

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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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Posted on: February 15, 2020

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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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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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Posted on: February 8, 2020

View 2019 Annual Report from Your Library

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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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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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Posted on: February 8, 2020

Calling All Local Performers to Open Mic Night Series

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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

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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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Posted on: February 4, 2020

All Library Locations Closed February 5-6

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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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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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Posted on: February 4, 2020

Ep. 48: Squirrels & Some Frozen Moles

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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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Posted on: February 2, 2020

Read the Book Before You See it on Screen

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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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Posted on: February 2, 2020

View this Month's Bibliofiles Newsletter

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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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Posted on: February 2, 2020

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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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Posted on: January 28, 2020

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

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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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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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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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Posted on: January 26, 2020

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

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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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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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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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Posted on: January 21, 2020

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

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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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Posted on: January 18, 2020

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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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Posted on: January 14, 2020

Ep. 45: Squirrels & Seeing Clear in 2020

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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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Posted on: January 11, 2020

Learn to Make Lunch on the Go

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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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Posted on: January 11, 2020

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Posted on: December 27, 2019

Reserve This Week's Best Sellers

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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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Posted on: December 24, 2019

Ep. 44: Squirrels & Some Love for Mariah

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Posted on: December 17, 2019

New "Squirrels & Shiny Things" Episode

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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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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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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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Posted on: December 14, 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 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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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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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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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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Posted on: December 7, 2019

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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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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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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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Posted on: November 26, 2019

Catch new "Squirrels & Shiny Things" Episode

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: October 21, 2020

No Youth Volleyball or Youth Basketball

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Due to current circumstances with COVID-19, there will be no youth volleyball this fall and no youth basketball this winter. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Posted on: October 23, 2020

Free Fun Event - Trout Fest 2020!

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See what you can catch at Cal Young Park! We have adapted with the times, and we are having our Trout Fest go virtual and it’ll last up to ten days!  The event will take place at Cal Young Park Pond from December 5th - 15th. To officiall...

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Posted on: October 9, 2020

Mayor's Hike - Free Event!

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Take an adventurous hike with Mayor Anthony Williams for our 2020 Mayor’s Hike! This 3 mile hike along Cedar Creek will take place Saturday, December 5, beginning at 9:00 A.M. This is a FREE, family friendly event that is open to the public, and leashed d...
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Posted on: August 14, 2020

After School Program Open For Enrollment

After School Program 2020-2021 SM

After School Program sign ups are underway for the 2020-2021 school year! Students ages 6-13 throughout the city of Abilene can register at any of our four recreation centers to attend after school. Our After School Program is available from 3pm-6pm at Co...

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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: October 21, 2020

No Youth Volleyball or Youth Basketball

no youth volleyball or youth basketball Abilene Texas

Due to current circumstances with COVID-19, there will be no youth volleyball this fall and no youth basketball this winter. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Parks & Rec - News Releases
Posted on: October 23, 2020

Free Fun Event - Trout Fest 2020!

Trout Fest 2020 abilene texas

See what you can catch at Cal Young Park! We have adapted with the times, and we are having our Trout Fest go virtual and it’ll last up to ten days!  The event will take place at Cal Young Park Pond from December 5th - 15th. To officiall...

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Learn more about Trout Fest 2020 Parks & Rec - News Releases
Posted on: October 9, 2020

Mayor's Hike - Free Event!

Fall Mayors Hike 2019 square

Take an adventurous hike with Mayor Anthony Williams for our 2020 Mayor’s Hike! This 3 mile hike along Cedar Creek will take place Saturday, December 5, beginning at 9:00 A.M. This is a FREE, family friendly event that is open to the public, and...
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Parks & Rec - News Releases
Posted on: August 14, 2020

After School Program Open For Enrollment

After School Program 2020-2021 SM

After School Program sign ups are underway for the 2020-2021 school year! Students ages 6-13 throughout the city of Abilene can register at any of our four recreation centers to attend after school. Our After School Program is available from 3pm-6pm at Co...

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Sign up for After School Program Parks & Rec - News Releases

News Flash

Posted on: October 21, 2020

Police Department Award and Promotion Ceremony

Award and promotion Ceremony

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department will host an award and promotion ceremony to announce the promotion of two officers to the rank of Sergeant and award Life-Saving awards to 3 other individuals. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, O...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Hit and Run Investigation

Pioneer and State

Hit and Run Investigation

 

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department Traffic Investigation is looking for information on a hit-and-run which left a 40-year-old female pedestrian in critical condition. 

On Monday, October 12, at...

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Posted on: October 9, 2020

Multiple Vehicle Crash in North Abilene

Multi Vehicle Crash

Multiple Vehicle Crash in North Abilene

 

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department Traffic Division is investigating a multi-vehicle crash that sent four people to the hospital with two being air-lifted to the Metroplex with serious in...

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Posted on: October 2, 2020

Fatal Crash in North Abilene

Fatal Crash Web News Flash

– A 30-year-old female from Abilene was killed in a vehicle crash in North Abilene. Dispatch received the call of a crash in the 3600 block of Pine St. at around 2 p.m. involving a silver Ford Mustang and a refuse truck. The Mustang was stopped ...

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Posted on: September 29, 2020

North Abilene Credit Union Robbery

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ABILENE, TX – Detectives with the Abilene Police Department are working a robbery of a north Abilene credit union that occurred around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. A call of a robbery came into Dispatch at 11:34 a.m. by the First A...

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Posted on: September 28, 2020

Police Warn of Thieves Targeting Your Credit Card Information at Gas Pumps

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ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department was called to the Shell gas station at 1389 Sayles Blvd. on Saturday, September 26, in reference to credit card skimming devices located in three of the gas pumps. The owner of the stations discovered ...

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Posted on: September 22, 2020

Detectives Investigating Homicide on I-20

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Detectives with the Abilene Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division are investigating a homicide that occurred on Interstate 20 on the evening of Monday, September 21, 2020.

A call of a crash came into Dispatch just after 11 p.m. at m...

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Posted on: September 17, 2020

Arrest made in 2016 Niblo Murder

Niblo Murder Arrest

On today’s date, Abilene Police Department Detectives with the assistance of the North Texas Fugitive Task Force arrested Luke Matthew Sweetser, date of birth 12-1-71, on a murder warrant.  Sweetser was located in the City of Dallas and...

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Posted on: September 11, 2020

2019 Bank Robbery Suspect Identified

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Through a joint investigation with the local FBI office, Abilene Police have identified the suspect in a bank robbery which occurred in the early morning hours of September 24, 2019, at the First State Bank located at 2118 South Treadaway Blvd. A female b...

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Posted on: August 28, 2020

Fatal Crash in 3200 Blk of S. Danville

Fatal Crash Web News Flash

ABILENE, TX – A 45-year-old Abilene man was killed from a single vehicle crash on Thursday, August 27, 2020. The crash occurred just before 10:30 p.m. The driver of a 90’s GMC Pickup was traveling north on South Danville Dr. when he fa...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: August 24, 2020

Abilene Police Chief Standridge, Sworn in as President of the Texas Police Chief’s Association

Standridge, Stan

– Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge has been sworn in as the next president of the Texas Police Chief’s Association for the coming year. TPCA was founded in 1958 to promote, encourage, and advance the professional development of Chi...

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

APD Warns Businesses with Fleet Vehicles Being Targeted by Thieves

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The Abilene Police Department wants to warn businesses who own fleet vehicles about criminals targeting vehicle catalytic converters. In recent days, we have received reports from two different churches where their vans were targeted and the catalytic con...

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

Parents Arrested in Connection to Death of Infant

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– Police and paramedics were called to a home in the 5300 Block of Taos Dr. in Southwest Abilene on May 22, for an injured subject. When officers arrived, a 22-month-old was found unresponsive and was later pronounced deceased.

 The Crim...

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Posted on: July 23, 2020

Abilene Police Department’s 57th Graduating Class

Class 57 Cadet Pictures

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department is proud to announce the graduation of Academy Class 57. Six police cadets will graduate Thursday, July 23, 2020. The ceremony will be held at the Abilene Convention Center at 6 p.m. Due to the current...

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Posted on: July 23, 2020

Abilene Man Arrested for Possessing Lewd Material

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– Abilene Police Cyber Crimes in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division arrested a 41-year-old Abilene man. On Wednesday, July 22, 2020, detectives executed a search and arrest warrant at a home located...

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Posted on: July 14, 2020

One Group of Graffiti Suspects Identified

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The Abilene Police Department’s Youth Division, along with assistance from other units, began investigating a string of graffiti cases in the downtown area which began in early July. The graffiti contained hate speech and symbols. A group has be...

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Police Searching for Suspect in Aggravated Assault

Agg Assault

The Abilene Police Department are looking for a suspect who stabbed a female while attempting to steal her vehicle. On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at around 1:30 p.m. a female reported that a white male wearing a white tank top, had attempted to steal her ve...

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

APD Detectives Make Arrest in 2019 Homicide

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On Thursday, July 2, 2020, Abilene Police Detectives arrested a 32-year-old Abilene man for the murder of another Abilene man which occurred in December 3, 2019. Detectives arrested Jose Robert Avalos (32 yoa) and charged him with homicide. He was arreste...

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Abilene Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charge

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The Abilene Police Department Cyber Crimes arrested a 32-year-old Abilene man on child pornography charges. On Thursday, July 2, 2020, detectives conducted an investigation at a residence in the 600 block of North Jefferson St. They contacted 32-year-old ...

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

25 Yr. Old Man Arrested for Promoting Child Pornography

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The Abilene Police Department Cyber Crimes, with the cooperation of the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations, arrested a 25-year-old Abilene man for the charge of Promotion of Child Pornography. Johnchris Glisson was arrested on July ...

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Posted on: June 30, 2020

19 yr. old Female Arrested for Child Pornography

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Abilene Police Detectives arrested a 19-year-old Abilene woman for promoting child pornography. On Thursday, June 25, the Abilene Police Cyber Crimes along with the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations executed a search and arrest war...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: June 25, 2020

Fatal Crash in North Abilene

Fatal Crash Web News Flash

Police responded to a traffic crash at Grape Street and West Overland Trail at 4:31 p.m., Thursday, June 25, 2020. The driver of a white 2010 Chevrolet Malibu was traveling south on Grape Street, approaching the West Overland Trail intersection when the v...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: June 24, 2020

Threshold Program begins to Build Trust and Legitimacy

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Decades of research affirm that people are more likely to obey the law when they believe those enforcing it have authority that is perceived as legitimate by those subject to the authority. The public confers legitimacy; it is not assumed.  As we...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: June 22, 2020

CRT One Year Anniversary

CRT Announcement

Betty Hardwick Center, Abilene Police Department, and Abilene Fire Department will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Community Response Team on Tuesday, June 23rd at 2:45 at Betty Hardwick Center’s Board Room, 2616 S. Clack Street, Suite...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: June 19, 2020

Police Seek Possible Victims

Car Dealerships Targeted

The Abilene Police Department is seeking assistance from automobile car lots in the area to include, Amarillo, Snyder, Sweetwater, Eastland, and possibly other areas, and locally, who may have been targeted by two or more suspects attempting to steal vehi...

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Posted on: June 18, 2020

Cyber Crimes Arrest Four on Various Charges

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department Cyber Crimes arrested two men and two women for various drug and child pornography charges. On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, detectives with the Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search and arrest warrant at a ...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: June 16, 2020

Suspect Arrested in Connection to an Overnight Shooting at the Whataburger in South Abilene

Whataburger Shooting Arrest

Update: Detectives arrested 24-year-old Wesley Benavides on Monday, June 15, and charged him with Aggravated Assault. Benavides is accused of firing at a vehicle in the drive-thru of the Whataburger on South First St. on June 7, after an altercation. Ther...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: June 15, 2020

Rodney T. Holder Loop 322 Dedication

Rodney Holder Dedication

On behalf of Annemarie Holder and the Holder family, the Abilene Police Department extends an invitation to the dedication of Loop 322 in east Abilene. At this time, a sign dedicating Loop 322 as Rodney T. Holder Memorial Highway will be unveiled. The ded...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: June 8, 2020

Police Investigating Overnight Shooting in South Abilene

Overnight Shooting

ABILENE, TX – On Sunday, June 7, at approximately 10:20 p.m. an officer in the area called in a shooting at the Whataburger fast-food restaurant on South Pioneer and South First. The Officer at the nearby intersection witnessed part of the alter...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

Police Seek Information on Suspected Child Sexual Abuser

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ABILENE, TX – On Thursday, June 4, 2020, Abilene Police Detectives arrested 55-year-old James Graenser of Abilene for First Degree Felony Continuous Sexual Assault of a Child. He was arrested at his residence located in the 2300 block of South 3...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

Abilene Man Arrested for Sexual Assault of a Child

brian felder

Abilene Police Cyber Crimes in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division arrested a 52-year-old Abilene man for Sexual Assault of a Child.

On Thursday, June 4, 2020, detectives executed a search and arrest warrant at...

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Posted on: June 2, 2020

Planned Downtown Peaceful Demonstration

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 Today, Police Administration learned that APD personnel contacted business owners in downtown Abilene about potential protests in the downtown area. Earlier this week there were unconfirmed rumors protestors would resort to property destruction,...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: June 1, 2020

APD Responds to Nationwide Events - Abilene United

APD Responds to Protests

Police Chief Stan Standridge – “Devastation struck the Floyd family with the passing of George Floyd in Minnesota on Monday, May 25, 2020. It was done unlawfully at the hands of those wearing a police uniform. Mr. Floyd leaves behind t...

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Posted on: May 8, 2020

Abilene Man Arrested for Sex Offender Registry Non-Compliance

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Abilene Police Department Detectives with Cyber Crimes arrested 26-year-old Juan Garcia on Thursday, May 5, 2002. Garcia was not complying with his court-ordered Sex Offender Registry which led to Detectives searching for Garcia. Detectives executed a sea...

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

Abilene Man Arrested for Child Pornography

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Local police arrested a 23-year-old Abilene man for possessing child pornography. On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, the Abilene Police Department Cyber Crimes in conjunction with Dyess Air Force Base’s Office of Special Investigations, executed a searc...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Two Area Males Arrested for Child Sex Crimes

Noel and Nored

The Abilene Police Department Cyber Crimes along with the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations, arrested a Baird man and a Breckenridge man for two separate incidents involving crimes against children.

On Wednesday, April 29, police ex...

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Posted on: April 28, 2020

APD Confirms Eight more Cases of COVID-19

11 Positives

On Tuesday, April 28, 2020, medical personnel confirmed eight more officers with the Abilene Police Department having tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus, known as COVID-19. This brings the total to 11 confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. The officers confi...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: April 27, 2020

APD Confirms Three Cases of COVID-19

COVID Positives

On Monday, April 27, 2020, medical personnel confirmed three officers with the Abilene Police Department have tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus, known as COVID-19. The officers were tested as a result of a possible exposure to a first responder la...

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

Dyess Airman Sought by Police Identified

Erland Injerd

ABILENE, TX – The identity of the Dyess Airman who assaulted Dyess personnel on Wednesday, April 22, before fleeing and eluding police has been identified. Police are still looking for 37-year-old Dyess Airman, Erland Injerd. He continues to be ...

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

APD Assists in Search for Dyess Airman

ABILENE, TX – On Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 3:38 pm, Abilene Police responded to an assist-agency call at Dyess AFB at a home located on Virginia Street. Security Forces along with other Dyess personnel were interacting with a service member ...

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Posted on: April 20, 2020

Patrol Officers Recognized

Jerod Daniel and Andrew Spurgin

The Abilene Police Uniformed Services Division would like to recognize two of the four officers that will be eligible for the 2020 Patrol Officer of the Year award. Officers Andrew Spurgin and Jerod Daniel were selected by the Patrol Command Staff for the...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Cyber Crimes Arrest 67 Year Old Abilene Man

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Detectives with the Abilene Police Department’s Cyber Crimes, Fraud Unit and the Texas Department of Public Safety, arrested a 67-year-old Abilene man this morning. Officers executed a search and arrest warrant in the early hours of April 15, at...

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Posted on: April 8, 2020

Cyber Crimes Arrests Abilene Man for Crimes Against Children

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ABILENE, TX – Police arrested 36-year-old Larry Don Sparks for Sexual Performance by a Child and Promoting Child Pornography. On Wednesday, April 8, Abilene Police Cyber Crimes along with the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigat...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Motorcycle Fatal Crash Investigation

Fatal Motorcycle Crash

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department Traffic Division is investigating the fatal crash of a motorcycle rider. The crash occurred on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 11:06 p.m. in the 3500 Block of North First Street. The single rider, 48 year ...

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Haskell Man Arrested by Cyber Crimes

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ABILENE, TX – Abilene Police assisted in the arrest of a 37 year old Haskell, TX., man for Promotion of Child Pornography. The Abilene Police Department’s Cyber Crimes Unit along with the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Inve...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Two Area Men Arrested for Child Crimes

ABILENE, TX – Abilene Police arrested two men, one from Abilene and the other from Aspermont, for crimes against children. On March 19, 2020, the Abilene Police Department Cyber Crimes along with the Texas Department of Public Safety’s...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: March 19, 2020

Update: Officer Involved Shooting Male Identified

OIS Suspect IDd

ABILENE, TX – Next of kin notification has been made on the deceased from Tuesday morning’s incident. He is identified as 28-year-old Lebarron Ballard of Abilene. This call was originally dispatched as a Felony Robbery which was follow...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: March 18, 2020

Officer Involved Shooting

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ABILENE, TX – A man was shot and killed by two on-duty police officers early in the morning on March 18, 2020 after attacking both of the officers with a knife. Police were called to a convenience store located in the 2400 Block of South First a...

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Police - Highlights
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Chief Standridge Response to Coronavirus

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This is a trying time for our nation and our community, yet we remain Abilene Strong. We come together in times of difficulty. We take care of each other, as was evidenced in our community’s response to the May 2019 tornado. To address the addit...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Cyber Crimes Arrests 29 Area Men for Targeting Children

ABILENE, TX – In mid-March, the Abilene Police Department’s Cyber Crimes Unit, Fraud Unit, and Special Operations Division, with collaboration from the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division and the U.S. Mar...

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Posted on: March 7, 2020

Pedestrian Fatality

Fatal Crash Web News Flash

ABILENE, TX – On Friday, March 6, 2020, at 10:30 p.m. Dispatch received a call of a crash involving a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle on the 300 Block of US Highway 277 also known as Winters Freeway, north bound lane. First responders arr...

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Posted on: February 24, 2020

APD’s Chief Standridge and Beard Receive Prestigious Awards

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Posted on: August 1, 2019

APD Investigating Homicide in North Abilene

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December 4, 2019

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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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News Flash

Posted on: September 27, 2020

Notice of Appeal of Indefinite Suspension

Appeal of Indefinite Suspension to a Hearing Examiner

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Mr. LeRoy R. Bartman, Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association will convene the hearing on the above referenced appeal of Patric Sumrall at the following date, time, and ...

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Public Notices
Posted on: September 10, 2020

Notice of General Election on November 3, 2020

Notice of General Election November 3, 2020

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT a general election will be held within the City of Abilene, Texas, on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, between the hours of 7:00 am. and 7:00 p.m., as provided in Resolution Nos. 130-2020 ca...

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Posted on: June 24, 2020

Notice of Possible Quorum

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

Abilene City Council Meeting

Thursday, July 9, 20208:30am

Abilene City Hall2nd Floor Council Chambers555 Walnut StreetAbilene, Texas 79601

No DCOA business will be dis...

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Public Notices
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Modifying the Extension of the Disaster Declaration to Adopt Executive Order GA-18

On the 16th day of March, 2020, a Declaration of Local Disaster was issued to allow the City of Abilene to take measures to reduce the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 and promote the health and safety of Abilene residents.

On April 30, 2020, the Disast...

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Public Notices
Posted on: April 13, 2020

Modifying the Extension of the Disaster Declaration Until April 30

On the 16th day of March, 2020, a Declaration of Local Disaster was issued to allow the City of Abilene to take measures to reduce the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 and promote the health and safety of Abilene residents.

That this Declaration and Ord...

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Public Notices
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Modifying the Extension of the Disaster Declaration

On the 16th day of March, 2020, a Declaration of Local Disaster was issued to allow the City of Abilene to take measures to reduce the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 and promote the health and safety of Abilene residents.

That this Declaration and Ord...

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Public Notices
Posted on: March 18, 2020

Mayor Issues Modified Order

On the 16th day of March, 2020, a Declaration of Local Disaster was issued to allow the City of Abilene to take measures to reduce the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 and promote the health and safety of Abilene residents.

Due to the substantial risks ...

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Public Notices
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Mayor Issues Disaster Declaration

On the 16th day of March, 2020, a Declaration of Local Disaster was issued to allow the City of Abilene to take measures to reduce the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 and promote the health and safety of Abilene residents.

Read the Full Order by the Ma...

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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: October 26, 2020

Street Projects for 10/26/2020

Alley Maintenance

  • Zone N2
  • Zone S17

Concrete Maintenance

  • 2317 Marsalis Drive
    • Alley apron repair at entrance of alley
  • 2318 Marsalis Drive
    • Alley apron repair at entrance of alley

Crack Seal

  • Hartford Street
    • Closed from Arnold Boulevard to South Clack Street
  • Texas Avenue...
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Street Projects for 10/19/2020

Alley Maintenance

  • Zone N2
  • Zone S17

Crack Seal

  • Catclaw Drive
    • Closed from Bettes Lane to Chimney Rock Rd 
  • Forrest Creek Court
    • Closed from Hillside Drive to cul de sac
  • Glen Abbey
    • Closed from Winged Foot to cul de sac
  • Hillside Drive
    • Closed from Forrest Hills Rd...
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: October 12, 2020

Street Projects for 10/12/2020

Alley Maintenance

  • Zone N2
  • Zone N3
  • Zone S17

Crack Seal

  • Bettes Lane
    • Closed from Ridgeline to Catclaw Drive
  • Catclaw Drive
    • Closed from Chimney Rock Rd to dead end
  • Forrest Creek Court
    • Closed from Hillside Court to dead end
  • Glen Abbey
    • Closed from Wingedfoot to cul de sac
  • Hi...
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: October 5, 2020

Street Projects for 10/5/2020

Alley Maintenance

  • Zone N2
  • Zone N3
  • Zone S18

Crack Seal

  • Fairway Oaks Blvd
    • Closed from Antilley Rd to Hardwick Rd
  • Florence Drive
    • Closed from Waldrop Dr to Naples Dr
  • Forrest Creek Court
    • Closed from Hillside Court to dead end
  • Hillside Court
    • Closed from Forrest Hills Rd to...
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: September 28, 2020

Street Projects for 9/28/2020

Alley Maintenance

  • Zone N2
  • Zone N3
  • Zone S18
  • Zone S19

Crack Seal

  • Hampton Hills Street
    • Closed from Delaware Road to Jennings Drive
  • Jennings Drive
    • Closed from Ivernes Street to Delaware Road
  • Oakley Street
    • Closed from Ivernes Street to Hampton Hills Street
  • Paul Street
    • Clos...
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: September 21, 2020

Street Projects for 9/21/2020

Alley Maintenance

  • Zone N3
  • Zone S19

Gravel Road Maintenance

  • Zone N17

Partial/Full Depth Patch Repair (Minor)

  • Anson Avenue & Clinton Street
    • Lane closures only
  • 1309 Ben Richey Drive
    • Mill & fill
  • North Danville Drive
    • Closed North 10th Street to Ambler Avenue
  • North...
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Street Projects for 9/14/2020

Alley Maintenance

  • Zone N3
  • Zone N4
  • Zone S19
  • Zone S20

Partial/Full Depth Patch Repair (Minor)

  • 1309 Ben Richey Drive
    • Closed from Boys Ranch Road to South Treadaway Boulevard
  • North Danville Drive
    • Closed North 10th Street to Ambler Avenue
  • North San Jose Drive
    • Closed from...
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: September 8, 2020

Street Projects for 9/8/2020

Alley Maintenance

  • Zone N3
  • Zone N4
  • Zone S20

Partial/Full Depth Patch Repair (Minor)

  • 1309 Ben Richey Drive
    • Closed from Boys Ranch Road to South Treadaway Boulevard
  • North Danville Drive
    • Closed North 10th Street to Ambler Avenue
  • North San Jose
    • Closed from North Pioneer...
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Street Division Projects
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Street Projects for 8/31/2020

Alley Maintenance

  • Zone N4
  • Zone S20

Partial/Full Depth Patch Repair (Minor)

  • 399 Ben Richey Drive
    • Closed from Maple Street to Boys Ranch Road
  • 1309 Ben Richey Drive
    • Closed from Boys Ranch Road to South Treadaway Boulevard
  • North Danville Drive
    • Closed North 10th Street...
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Street Division Projects

News Flash

News Flash

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.

Additional Info... Your Abilene Investment - Highlights
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.

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

Street Projects

cones at a construction site

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.

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

Financial Transparency

A desk with financial information across it

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.

Additional Info... Your Abilene Investment - Highlights