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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Bike plan, Walmart zoning pass first reading at Abilene City Council

Abilene City Council has voted to pass the first reading of a new Bike Master Plan for Abilene.

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Council approves moving south side library to Mall of Abilene

Abilene City Council unanimously approved Thursday a lease agreement with Jones, Lang, LaSalle – the operating company for the Mall of Abilene – to move the city's south side library to the space in the mall most recently occupied by a Zumba studio.


Abilene City Council preparing for busy Thursday meeting

Abilene City Council will cover zoning for a new retail store location, a new Master Bike Plan, and the south side library relocation during Thursday's regularly scheduled meeting.

Abilene Library

Library move, Walmart, updated bike plan on Abilene council agenda

A new library, new Walmart, and a new bike plan -- that's just some of what's on the agenda for Abilene City Council this Thursday.

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ARMC hosting a ladies' night out to promote health and well-being

Fashion, spa and beauty tips, health and wellness seminars, cooking demonstrations, and more on tap for the Healthy Woman Experience.

Abilene Library

Presentation on new south side library tentatively next week

We may soon get more details on the plan for a new south side library at the Mall of Abilene.

AISD Board of Trustees to review superintendent applicants Monday

The Abilene ISD Board of Trustees is preparing to review about 50 applications for the district's open superintendent position at Monday evening's board meeting.


City Council: Zoning approved for food truck court off of Loop 322

A zoning change is now approved that could make way for a food truck court and outdoor concert venue along Loop 322 in Abilene.

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.


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.




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