Wylie area barn fire blocks off stretch of Antilley Road
ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Taylor County fire officials worked on a barn and grass fire in the Wylie area Tuesday afternoon, prompting the closure of a busy Abilene street. A neighbor told KTAB/KRBC fire officials from View, Caps, Tye, and Potosi were first on scene to contain and extinguish the fire, and they were also […]
Abilene Pride Festival canceled eight days before the event
ABILENE, Texas — Last year over 1,800 people attended the Abilene Pride Festival. Due to the big crowd, the Abilene Pride Alliance booked a bigger venue at the Taylor County Expo Center. However, the venue canceled the event just eight days before the festival was supposed to take place.
Abilene Pride marks victory after federal judge throws out Texas 'Drag Ban'
Members of the Abilene Pride Alliance celebrated Tuesday night in the wake of a federal judge ruling Texas’ “Drag Ban” as unconstitutional. The APA, The Woodlands Pride and other plaintiffs sued the state’s acting attorney general, along with a handful of district attorneys and municipalities including the City of Abilene, Taylor County and Taylor County District Attorney James Hicks. According to the lawsuit, the city, county, and Hicks were named as defendants because they are “statutorily tasked with enforcing (the ban).”
Weekly Safety Report: Concerning Incidents Shake Taylor County, Texas
This week in Taylor County, Texas, several incidents occurred that raised concerns for the safety of the community. These incidents include a man exposing himself to children and fighting with an officer, a man in a red car taking a bike from an 8-year-old, an Abilene man pointing a knife at his girlfriend after an argument, a bronc rider dying in a rodeo accident, and an attempted vehicle break-in in a usually quiet neighborhood.
Grand Jury: Assault to officer, 15 meth charges among Taylor County indictments
Editor’s Note: A Grand Jury indicted the following suspects on felony charges in Taylor County, Texas, September 21. All individuals named below are considered not guilty unless deemed otherwise in a court of law. Courtney Hurley – Prohibited Substance in Correction Facility, 2nd Count Possession of Meth Dakotah Brewer – Unauthorized Use of Vehicle, 2nd […]
Kellerton Man Sentenced to Prison for Arson and Attempt to Commit Murder
(Taylor Co) The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office says 69-year-old Ellis Earl Houk, of Kellerton, was sentenced Tuesday to two consecutive sentences of 25 years in relation to his arson and attempt to commit murder convictions. Houk was additionally sentenced to three 10-year sentences on the other three charges. The 25-year sentences ran consecutive will require Houk to spend a mandatory 35-years in custody without the chance to parole.
Taylor County home prices fell 5.6% in August, with houses listed at a median of $302,250
The median home in Taylor County listed for $302,250 in August, down 5.6% from the previous month's $320,000, an analysis of data from Realtor.com shows. Compared to August 2022, the median home list price increased 5.6% from $288,375. Taylor County's median home was 1,959 square feet, listed at $164 per square foot. The price...
Texas High School Football Schedule, Live Streams in Taylor County This Week
This week, there's high school football on the schedule in Taylor County, Texas. To learn how to stream the games, we have you covered below. Follow High School Football this season on the NFHS Network! Keep tabs on your family or alma mater and tune in!. Other Games in Texas...
Lubbock contestant with Motley roots dies from bronc riding injuries at Abilene’s West Texas Fair & Rodeo
The Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene hosted the West Texas Fair & Rodeo Saturday night. The center released a statement reporting Skee Burkes died from his injuries after he was bucked off while riding during the Ranch Bronc riding event. He entered the rodeo through the United Professional Rodeo Association. The Taylor County Expo Center released this statement: “The Expo Center Board…
Kellerton man sentenced for attempted murder and arson
Ellis Earl Houk, 69, of Kellerton, was sentenced Sept. 19 to two consecutive sentences of 25 years each in relation to arson and attempt to commit murder convictions. Houk additionally received three 10 year sentences on convictions of burglary, first degree; criminal mischief, first degree and willful injury - causing serious injury from the same incident.
Driver injured after propane truck rolls over on FM 1750 in Taylor County
ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A propane truck driver was injured during a rollover wreck on FM 1750 in Taylor County Monday morning. The incident happened near the intersection of FM 1750 and Old Coleman Hwy around 11:00 a.m. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers at the scene told KTAB and KRBC a propane truck rolled […]
Kellerton man sentenced to 50-years on arson & attempted murder convictions
(Bedford, Iowa) – A Kellerton man who was found guilty in Taylor County on numerous charges, was sentenced today (Tuesday) to two consecutive 25 year prison terms. Ellis Earl Houk, who was 69-years-old when he was found guilty on Aug. 3rd, 2023, was additionally sentenced to three 10 year sentences on the other three charges. The 25 year sentences will require Houk to spend a mandatory 35 years in custody without the chance for parole.
Catch Scarecrow Views and Autumn Hues at Annual Texas Festival
The Annual Scarecrow Festival at the Taylor County History Center (TCHC) and Buffalo Gap Historic Village (BGHV) is scheduled to run from September 25 through November 4, 2023. All scarecrows will then be moved to the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) for Abilene ArtWalk on Thursday, November 9, and remain on view until November 16, 2023.
Flash Flood Warning by NWS
Instruction: Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding. Be aware of your surroundings and do not drive on flooded roads.
UPDATE: 2 suspects sentenced combined 54 years in prison, 2 await trial in Lake Ft. Phantom Homicide
ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Two suspects have been sentenced to a combined 54 years in prison, and two are awaiting trial in connection to a homicide at Lake Ft. Phantom Hill. George Frosch was the latest suspect to receive a prison sentence in connection to the death of Priscilla Limon. He pleaded guilty to Aggravated […]
It's raining in the Big Country, but not enough.
ABILENE, Texas — The Big Country had some much needed rainfall. Taylor County’s Sheriff Ricky Bishop believes this is a step in the right direction. “I know it’s going to take several inches of rain before we can lift the burn ban,” sheriff Bishop said. “But that’s completely up to the county judge and the commissioner’s court.”
Abilene Health Alert: Cannabis and Tobacco Users At Risk of Poor Mental Health. Doctor Explains
The Big Picture: Dr. Puja Uppal says, "Cannabis + Tobacco = Higher Anxiety & Depression." Doctor’s Expert Insights About the Use of Cannabis and Tobacco in Texas. Know this: "So look, the researchers found that co-using tobacco and cannabis was associated with higher rates of anxiety and depression. This data continues to show what we've known for some time now--namely, combining these substances does not reduce or alleviate mental health issues. On the contrary, it's linked to a state of increased anxiety and depression. A worsened mental wellbeing. The best thing to do is actually stop. Talk to your healthcare provider, they have many evidence-based ways to help in smoking cessation. Also, I recommend to my patients that they be screened for ADHD when they find that they're using multiple substances to reduce or mask their anxiety or depression." Dr. Adriana Davis, Family Medicine.
Cooler Temperatures Hit West Texas, Potential Rainstorms Expected
Fall temperatures have arrived in the West Texas region, marked by a decrease of 10 degrees below the seasonal average. This decrease brought Wednesday's temperature down to a comfortable 80 degrees.
Rise in COVID cases in Abilene, new vaccine on the way
ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The newest Covid variant has made its way around the Key City. The Taylor County Public Health District has reported a rise in the number of positive cases since the beginning of August. Director of the Public Health District, Annette Lerma, told KTAB/KRBC that the influx could be due to the […]