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Winter roads Jan. 2015

Winter roads Jan. 2015

TxDOT crews monitoring winter weather effects on roads

As icy conditions threaten to impact portions of West Texas through midday Saturday, motorists are urged to use caution while traveling this holiday weekend.


Holiday spirit and shopping fill Mall of Abilene on Black Friday

Walking through the mall turned into a trek for some as the slow-moving crowd walked from store to store. In the distance the high and low notes of Christmas melodies could be heard and Santa Claus set up shop right in the middle. He brought with him the snow, reindeer and his elvish helpers.

"Suck it up buttercup, it's time to go shopping," said one group of shoppers eagerly buying gifts that would end up underneath trees. Some had the energy to last all day but others took a seat and found themselves surrounded by presents.

Cold weather didn't keep the crowds at bay and the bells of The Salvation Army let you know you were close to the Black Friday madness. Shoppers spent hundreds to thousands of dollars taking advantage of the first deals of the holiday season.

Lee Orthodontics to give 31,000 backpacks to Abilene students

An Abilene dentist’s office will give out more than 30,000 backpacks to students next week. While that will put smiles on the faces of some parents, a surprise in some of the backpacks will put a new smile on the faces of some lucky kids – a ticket for free braces.

Salvation Army in Abilene puts on successful Thanksgiving feast

Since 1908 the Salvation Army has opened its doors on Thanksgiving Day to anyone in need of a hot meal, and hundreds walked through those doors Thursday.

Multi-vehicle accident diverts traffic from I-20 in Abilene

Traffic on Interstate 20 in Abilene was diverted after two collisions involving 18-wheelers occurred Thursday afternoon.

Pedestrian hit

14-year-old boy struck by vehicle in north Abilene

A 14-year-old boy was taken to the hospital after being struck by a car Thursday evening in Abilene.

Abilene's Nelson Park pond stocked with rainbow trout

The small pond at Nelson Park has about 150 new residents – at least, until they get caught. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department stocked the pond with rainbow trout Wednesday morning.

Phillip and Violet Walter

An Abilene couple -- Phillip and Violet Walter -- was arrested during September 2015 for the murder of Abilene police officer Don Allen.

2 indicted in Abilene police officer Don Allen's murder

A Callahan County grand jury has indicted an Abilene husband and wife  on three counts: murder, robbery and theft of a firearm. 

Tax free shopping

Smart credit use will avoid negating Black Friday savings

Black Friday is this week, the day many people in Abilene forego sleep, fight the crowds, and search for the best deals on holiday gifts. Even though things may be 30, 40, or 50 percent off, it’s all too easy to negate those savings.

Holiday travelers taking advantage of cheaper gas

With gas prices below $2, many travelers are hitting the road with wider smiles and fatter wallets for the holidays.

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Mark Rowlett: Some icy roads possible Friday night

Risk of ice - especially on bridges and overpasses - continues through Saturday morning