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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That Wylie Band

Bands competing at Wylie's Big Country Marching Band Festival

The 22nd annual Big Country Marching Band Festival is taking place, with performances running through the evening and winners announced later tonight.

Fall Plant Sale set up underway at Taylor County Expo Center

The Big Country Master Gardeners Fall Plant Sale is set for Saturday at the Taylor County Expo Center's Modern Living Mall.

Emergency room, hospital

3 full-service, 24-hour emergency rooms set to open in Abilene

A Midland-based doctor is moving to the Big Country to open what he describes as a 'new E.R. concept' in Abilene.

City hall

Evidence facility, curbside recycling top Abilene council agenda

Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge is ready to purchase a facility off of Treadaway Boulevard to become the department's new evidence facility.


Abilene City Council to check business park improvements

Abilene City Council members will be heading out to tour several facilities Thursday.

Dittos for Kiddos

Abilene's largest semi-annual children's consignment sale begins

Dittos for Kiddos -- Abilene's largest, semi-annual, children's consignment sale -- kicks off this week at the Taylor County Expo Center.

mosquito spraying

Mosquito spraying underway in Abilene after West Nile found

City of Abilene crews started spraying Thursday morning for mosquitoes after tests revealed insects from the south east part of town may be carrying West Nile Virus.


Day Nursery of Abilene celebrates Vine Street expansion

The Day Nursery of Abilene now has space for 45 more children to be taken care of at its Vine Street facility.

Smile for a Lifetime logo

New program in Abilene to provide free braces to kids in need

An Abilene orthodontist is opening the Big Country chapter of Smile for a Lifetime, a non-profit organization that works to give braces to children with financial and orthodontic need.

Abilene Zoo

$1 Abilene Zoo ticket price increase approved by city council

The Abilene City Council voted Tuesday to increase the entrance ticket price to the Abilene Zoo by $1.

Abilene police investigating homicide on 900 block of Ballinger Street (1)

Abilene police hires, ambulance ordinance set for public hearings

Second readings and public hearings are now set for the hiring of new police officers and the changing of Abilene's ambulance ordinance.

Hiring firm to manage bond package on Abilene City Council agenda

The Abilene City Council is on the verge of hiring a firm to oversee and manage the implementation of the $80.7 million in projects approved by voters earlier this year.




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