Mari Cockerell

POSTED: 1:58 PM Jun 06 2012   UPDATED: 12:02 PM May 16 2014

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Mari Cockerell is happy to call the Big Country and KTXS home!

She first came to Abilene in 2003, serving as KTXS 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor (then Mari Hayes). Mari left KTXS in 2005 to accept the evening anchor job at KTSM, the NBC affiliate in El Paso. After three years in far West Texas, Mari moved to Austin to work as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KVUE-TV.

It was during Mari's first stint in Abilene that she met her husband, Chris, who is an Abilene native. In March of 2012 they welcomed their first child, a boy named Cash.  He and their bulldog, Betty, are buddies.

Mari has served on the board of the Day Nursery of Abilene, and is a 2010 graduate of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Abilene. She is a 2002 graduate of Vanderbilt University and a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

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Former University Baptist Church being torn down for new Walmart

Work is now underway to make way for a new Walmart Neighborhood Market on Abilene's north side.

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Trial dates reset for 3 Callahan County suspects in murder

Trial dates have been reset for the three remaining suspects in a Callahan County murder.


Cinemark requesting rezoning for new north Abilene movie theater

There may soon be a new multi-screen movie theater on Abilene's north side.

Drivers on FM 1750 and FM 707 preparing for new traffic flow

There's a new light to look out for at one of Abilene's well-traveled intersections.

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Ex-Dyess airman awaits new trial date in Klapheke neglect case

The case of Tamryn Klapheke, the 22-month-old daughter of a Dyess airmen who died after severe neglect from her mother, is resurfacing.

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Mark Preston ready to perform for Abilene ISD orchestra benefit

Mark Preston, singer, entertainer, and former member of The Lettermen, is rehearsing for a performance with the Abilene ISD orchestras on Thursday.

Tige Boats custom wrap for Wake for Warriors

Tige Boats custom wraps boat for wounded service members

The custom wrap on this boat was donated today by Tige Boats to Wake for Warriors.

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Expanded alcohol sales at Nelson Park on Abilene council agenda

Abilene City Council may move this week on allowing more alcohol out at Nelson Park.

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Abilene first responders treated to drive-thru treats

Abilene police officers and emergency workers were able to get a sweet treat on the way to work today.

Water issues, rate increase top Abilene council agenda

A water and sewer utility rate increase, along with renovations to a pair of water towers, and the latest on the Possum Kingdom pipeline will be tackled at this week's meeting.

Abilene now set to receive Blue Bell ice cream Dec. 14

Abilene and several Big Country counties moved to phase 3 of Blue Bell reintroduction, now scheduled for Dec. 14.

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Projected February opening for new Abilene south branch library

Abilene's south branch library is just about ready to begin work on its new space at the Mall of Abilene.




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