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Wolfabilene Updates Archives for 2020-12

A list of what's closed the week Christmas in Abilene


Closed Wednesday through Friday

  • Texas Department of Public Safety offices, including driver license offices

Closed Thursday and Friday

  • Most city locations and services will be closed, including City Hall; the public health district; Abilene Convention Center; airport administration; recreation and senior services; animal shelter; police and fire administration; Solid Waste Services administration; Environmental Recycling Center; Main and Mockingbird libraries; and Customer Service Center
  • Taylor County offices
  • State offices
  • Municipal Court (citations issued Thursday and Friday will be due Monday)
  • Abilene and Wylie public schools are closed for winter break

Closed Friday only

  • Regular residential and commercial trash pick-up Thursday; no pick-up Friday
  • CityLink Transit will follow a Saturday schedule on Thursday for fixed route and paratransit riders, with no evening service. No CityLink service Friday.
  • Abilene Zoo
  • Abilene Public Library South Branch at the Mall of Abilene, open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, closed Friday
  • Frontier Texas! will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, with last show at 2:30 p.m.; closed Friday.
  • Federal offices, post office



By: Staff Report

Copyright © 2020, Abilene Reporter News. All Rights Reserved

Jim Ned wins state championship in OT thriller


ARLINGTON, Texas ( Sports) — The Jim Ned Indians took home the Texas 3A Division 1 State Championship Thursday night after an overtime thriller that saw the Indians erase a 21-point first half deficit.


Hallettsville got off to a fast start as running back and future Texas Longhorn Jonathon Brooks picked up 87 yards on the first possession for the Brahmas. He capped the drive with a 56 yard touchdown run.


They added to the lead on the second drive. Trace Patek’s touchdown pass to Ty Gerke makes it a 14-0 lead for Hallettsville.


The Brahmas continued to roll in the second quarter as Brooks found the end zone for the second time in the game, extending their lead to 21-0. Brooks rushed for 230 yards in the first half.


Jim Ned finally got things going on their next drive as Tate Yardley threw a perfect pass to Zac Henderson for a 35-yard touchdown.


Hallettsville took a 21-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.


Jim Ned answered the bell in the second half. Yardley found Henderson again for another touchdown to cut the Brahmas lead to 21-14.


After a Hallettsville fumble, Jim Ned tied it up late in the fourth quarter on Yardley’s third touchdown pass of the game to complete the 21-point comeback.


After neither team was able to score before the end of regulation, Hallettsville’s Brooks punched it in from three yards out with their first possession in overtime to give the Brahmas a 28-21 lead.


Xavier Wishert powered into the end zone from 16 yards out on Jim Ned’s ensuing possession to bring the score to 28-27 Hallettsville.


The Indians lined up to go for two, and after a hard count caused a Hallettsville defensive lineman to jump offside, Yardley snapped the ball and threw a pass into the end zone that Henderson brought down to win the game 29-28.



By: David Robinett, Joey Hollingsworth

Copyright © 2020, KTAB/KRBC Nexstar Broadcasting. All Rights Reserved

Abilene hospitals could receive Pfizer vaccine as early as Thursday


ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) — If you’re not a doctor or a patient, your perspective of Hendrick Medical Center is more of an outsider looking in.


For most of us, it’s hard to imagine what front line workers experience inside these doors because we’re hearing numbers, not stories.


Since March, they’ve been in the heat of it all, which is why healthcare workers will be the first to receive the vaccine.


In the Key City, that could be as early as Thursday.


“Those that have the highest risk of coming in contact with COVID patients,” said Susan Wade with Hendrick Medical Center.


Wade says the first on the list to receive the vaccine are people working in COVID units, the ICU, and Respiratory Therapy.


“It’s really the first line providers and all the support departments,” said Wade.


Human Resources and Administration are not on that list.


Nearly 3,000 doses are expected to arrive this week and will be administered within 24 hours of that time.


“We’ve already got people plugged in to do that quickly and efficiently,” said Wade.


Hendrick has already been training those who will give out the shots and those who will be storing them.


“We started working on ordering the freezer as soon as it would be needed and it actually came in this weekend,” said Wade.


The freezers can hold up to 300,000 doses will come in handy in the coming months.


The vaccine is optional for healthcare workers but Wade says regardless, it’s coming at a crucial time with cases on the rise.



By: Jessica Ranck

Copyright © 2020, KTAB/KRBC Nexstar Broadcasting. All Rights Reserved

Web Exclusive: KTAB now accepting nominations for this year's 'Remarkable Woman' contest


ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) — KTAB wants to – again – recognize the great contributions women have made to our nation and local communities.


Remarkable Women is part of a nationwide Nexstar Media initiative to honor the influence that women have had on public policy, social progress and the quality of life.


Leading up to International Women’s Day, KTAB will highlight four local women who inspire, lead and forge the way for other women. It’s not just about one day or one month — it’s about what they do day in and day out.


In order to celebrate these women, we need your help to learn about their backgrounds and stories. Please use the form found here to nominate a Remarkable Woman in your life. In March, we’ll highlight four local women who will be considered for Nexstar’s nationwide 2020 Woman of the Year Award.


Each station will donate $1,000 to each market winner’s charity of choice in their honor.


To learn more about last year’s winner, watch the attached video.



By: Martin Mercado

Copyright © 2020, KTAB/KRBC Nexstar Broadcasting. All Rights Reserved

Santa and Mrs. Claus spreading Christmas cheer in Abilene


ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC)- With Christmas less than three weeks away, Santa and Mrs. Claus have been doing their part to spread Christmas cheer around Abilene. 


“You can’t be around Santa without smiling a little. Even the crustiest of old individuals remember their good times with Santa Claus,” said Larry Fitzgerald, aka Abilene Santa.


The holiday season is the time of the year when people place more of an emphasis on giving.


“This year especially with all of the pandemic around and all of the negative things that have been happening, it’s very important for Santa to be around, and be a part of this year’s holiday celebration,” said Fitzgerald.


Santa made an appearance at the Salvation Army of Abilene, and families in attendance had the chance to take pictures. Good little boys and girls were able to pick up an early Christmas gift.


“It’s really joyful and it’s really exciting because I get to see Santa and I got an early Christmas present,” said Abilene resident Zyrah Kusba.


To put a twist on this holiday tradition, the Abilene Kennel Club held a pet food donation photo shoot. In order to have their dog’s picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, dog owners had to donate 5lbs of dog or cat food to Meals on Wheels, for their Pets on Wheels program.


“There are people in our communities who don’t have the money to keep their pet fed. Especially when you’re talking senior citizens, this pet might be their only companion,” said Abilene Kennel Club member Lisa Peterson.


“Being able to deliver that dog and cat food personally is pretty awesome, and to be able to participate today by making sure those dogs and cats have their next meal, it feels pretty good. It’s a pretty good feeling. That’s a merry Christmas. That’s a merry merry Christmas,” said Cindy Knox, aka Mrs. Claus.


The Christmas spirit tends to bring loved ones together, and that is one reason why many consider the holiday season the most wonderful time of the year.


“It just made me think about family, and happiness, and Christmas,” said Kusba.


“I don’t think I’ve ever been a part of a community that is more interested in helping their fellow man than the community of Abilene,” said Knox.


“Whenever we give of ourselves, we receive a lot more back, and it’s very important for those who have a little bit more to share with those who are less fortunate,” said Fitzgerald.



By: Dan Booth

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12-year-old boy accepted to Georgia Tech; hopes to become aerospace engineer


ATLANTA (NewsNation Now) — A 12-year-old Georgia boy is making history after being admitted to Georgia Tech.  


Caleb Anderson has dreams of studying aerospace engineering and other planets.


It was not hard for Kobi and Claire Anderson to discover their firstborn son was different. The bubbly baby boy was babbling and trying to speak at just 3 weeks.


“He would mimic whatever people were trying to say. You can tell that he wanted to speak,” said Claire Anderson.


So his mother tried a new approach.


“I would teach children to read, as they were learning to talk,” said Claire.


At just 6-months-old, Caleb showed his mom he got the message.   


“He was kind of like reading back. I was like ‘I was right,'” exclaimed Claire.


At just one year old, his reading improved and so did his math skills. At 2 he was mastering sign language and fractions. The Andersons say when all other parents focused on material things, they placed education and morals at the top of the list.


“I remember people almost making fun of us because of that fact that we didn’t have television in our home or we gave our kids books for birthdays and Christmas,” said Claire.  


“My wife says this very frequently. It’s about, are we helping them to have good strong character and values. Because those types of things, those are not innate,” said Kobi Anderson.


Caleb’s on the verge of completing his first two years of college at Chattahoochee Technical College. Now at 12, Caleb applied to Georgia Tech as a sophomore. And he got in.





“It’s one of my dreams. So yeah, I am really excited to go there! They have an amazing aerospace engineering program,” said Caleb.


The university has a world-renowned program for science.  


After getting his bachelor’s degree, he says he wants to get his master’s from Georgia Tech, get an internship with Elon Musk and then eventually his PhD from MIT.


His dreams are literally out of this world.


“You know we focus a lot on the earth. But there are natural resources. There are differences in gravity, differences in physics that you know are on other plants. I think it’s interesting to learn about it,” said Caleb. “Do I feel like I’m [breaking barriers], no not necessarily. I honestly just feel like I am doing what I want to do. But do I know that I am doing it? Yes. I know that people are inspired by me. People look up to me,” said Caleb.


He says since he was 1, he had a passion for learning. 


“I think when we see something. You know all three of us. We have to finish it. When we have interest in something, we can’t just leave it. We have to see things through the end,” said Caleb.


His family hopes his story could be an inspiration to others no matter what gift or difference they have.  



By: Felicia Bolton and Nexstar Media Wire

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Holly Jolly Christmas Classic taking place Saturday


JONES COUNTY, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) – Santa Claus will be coming to Stamford on Saturday, December 5th! The Stamford Chamber of Commerce will be holding their second Holly Jolly Christmas Classic in downtown Stamford, benefiting the children and families of Noah Project, as well as Goodfellows and Stamford Community fund.


The day will kick off with the Santa Chase 5k Run at 10 a.m. All ages are welcome to enter and participate. At 11 a.m., the car show will begin, along with food and shopping vendors.


At noon, Santa will join the festivities with a meet and greet and photo opportunities for kids and families.


At 1 p.m., a new event will kick off with the cornhole tournament happening just off the square, with prizes being awarded to the winners.


The Car Cruise and Poker Run will begin at 4:00 pm. All are welcome to watch the cruise from the square or along the car cruise route, which will take place down South Swenson.


Live music will wrap up the outdoor events at 5 p.m., with live music by Texas Country artist Brett Patterson, held on the north side of the square. The concert is also free for all who attend.


The night will be topped off with a classic Christmas movie at the Grand Theatre, with free attendance.


Those who would like to participate in the 5k run or car show can contact the Chamber for more information, or sign up on site, beginning at 9 am. Contact the Chamber at or 325-773-2411 for more information on any of these events.



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