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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Abilene Library

Abilene City Council may discuss future of south side library

As of Monday morning, the agenda for this week's Abilene City Council meeting does not include a public discussion over the moving of the city's south branch library. City Manager Robert Hanna says city council may discuss the moving of the south side library and the details of a new lease for the facility within executive session at the July 9th meeting.


Walmart requests zoning change at old University Baptist Church

It appears Walmart may have a desire to take over property at the corner of Grape and Ambler streets in north Abilene - the location of the old University Baptist Church.


Hardin-Simmons University president announces retirement

Hardin-Simmons University is now beginning the search for a new president.  Dr. Lanny Hall has announced his retirement.

Commissioners approve gas pipeline through Taylor County

Taylor County commissioners have given permission for a 513-mile liquid petroleum gas pipeline to cross the county.

New nursing facility for Abilene's northeast side

City permits showed a 120-bed facility planned for a lot at 1201 Clarks Drive, near Judge Ely Boulevard and E.S. 11th Street.


P.K. pipeline, Elmdale water projects get Abilene council approval

Almost $20 million in payments were approved by Abilene City Council Thursday to continue work on the Possum Kingdom water pipeline project.

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Food truck court, concert venue zoning moves to public hearing

Plans to create a food truck court and outdoor concert venue near Loop 322 in Abilene moved a step forward after a zoning change request was approved for a public hearing.

Abilene already addressing mosquito problems (1)

City of Abilene spraying for mosquitoes after wet season

Crews with the city of Abilene are preparing to spray for mosquitoes and they will be heading out early.


P.K. pipeline, food truck court on Abilene City Council agenda

Abilene City Council will be talking water this Thursday and Abilene's food trucks may soon all have a place to go.

Abilene Public Library - South Branch

Mall of Abilene may be new location for south side library

The Abilene Public Library Advisory Board is set to vote Monday on whether to move the south side library to one of two locations, including the Mall of Abilene.

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New Beginnings transitional home sustains $30,000 in damage

We are learning more about the folks living in the home that burned off of Amarillo and South 14th Sunday Morning.

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Stars Over Abilene Quilt Show underway at Civic Center

The Stars Over Abilene Regional Quilt Show started Friday at the Abilene Civic Center and runs through Saturday.




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