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  • Abilene High junior earns highest possible score on ACT exam

    Published On: May 04 2016 12:17:10 PM CDT   Updated On: May 05 2016 07:49:13 AM CDT
    Kyle Curnutt

    Kyle Curnutt

    Abilene High junior Kyle Curnutt has accomplished something that few students do.

    He scored a 36 on the ACT – the highest possible composite score on an exam used to judge college readiness.

    Curnutt was one of only 1,598 students who had a perfect score in the high school graduating Class of 2017.  That was of 1.92 million test-takers, meaning he scored in the top one-tenth of 1 percent.

    The ACT includes tests in English, mathematics, reading and science.

    According to an Abilene ISD news release, Curnutt is currently ranked No. 1 academically in his Abilene High class and is its president.

    The son of Casey and Mindi Curnutt, he is involved in golf, UIL Math, Key Club, National Honor Society, Future Philanthropists and FCA.

    “After graduating in 2017, Curnutt plans to attend Texas A&M, Rice or Stanford to study mechanical engineering,” the Abilene ISD release said Wednesday.

  • Fake note with misspelled words gets Texas girl, 7, out of school

    Published On: May 05 2016 09:30:00 AM CDT   Updated On: May 05 2016 04:06:34 PM CDT
    Fake excuse
    HOUSTON (AP) -

    The father of a 7-year-old Houston girl says she was wrong to write a fake excuse note to get out of school but he questions why she was allowed to leave.

    Charlie Dahu said it's obvious the scrawled note, with misspelled words, was not written by a parent.

    Officials at Sheldon Elementary School in Houston on Monday let Dahu's daughter, Rosabella, skip an after-school program and take a bus home. The second-grader couldn't get into her house and spent part of the afternoon outside, until asking a neighbor to let her use the bathroom.

    The neighbor kept Rosabella until her father was located.

    A Sheldon Independent School District statement says the incident is under investigation, training procedures are being reviewed and student safety is the priority.

  • Delayed: New Abilene emergency rooms won't open this spring

    Published On: May 05 2016 01:13:29 PM CDT   Updated On: May 05 2016 10:15:20 PM CDT
    Wheelchair in hospital

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    ABILENE, Texas -

    Construction has been delayed for three new freestanding, 24-hour Abilene emergency rooms that were originally set to open this spring.

    The opening of two Metro E.R. locations – at 4438 S. Clack and 120 S. Pioneer Dr. – has been postponed until late summer/early fall, said Dr. Kyungho Scott Choi, CEO and chief medical doctor of Metro E.R.

    The third location – at 3500 Oldham Lane near a planned Abilene Walmart – may not open until early 2017, Choi told KTXS.

    “We want to have the two centers open before winter,” Choi said. “The finances are all done. We just need to get subcontractors. Construction is something I can’t control.”

    The proposed Clack Street emergency center, which will be at the former Genghis Grill, will cost $4.5 million to develop. The Pioneer Street location will cost $5 million. The planned Oldham Lane center will cost the company $6 million.

    Choi has plans to open 30 “Metro E.R.” service centers across Texas within five years.

  • Officials: Child with lighter starts Abilene apartment fire

    Published On: May 05 2016 02:22:26 PM CDT   Updated On: May 05 2016 10:15:37 PM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    A child playing with a lighter started a two-alarm fire Thursday in the bedroom of an apartment on Old Anson Road, according to the Abilene Fire Department.

    The blaze has displaced Marshawn Benton and his family from the Anson Parks Apartments located on the 2900 block of Old Anson Road "for the foreseeable future," a fire department news release said.

    Cynthia Ramsey, who is neighbors with Benton, said she was startled Thursday morning by a bang.

    "All of a sudden there was a hard knock at my door, and it was my neighbor saying, 'Call 911 my apartment's on fire,'" Ramsey said.

    Benton said he was in the bathroom when his fire alarm went off. He immediately grabbed his two young sons and left.

    "I tried to get the fire extinguisher off the wall, and that's when I got my neighbor to call the fire department," Benson said.

    Damages are estimated at $20,000.

    Abilene Fire Department spokesman Mike Miller said firefighters arrived on scene at 11:45 a.m. to smoke billowing from the three-bedroom apartment.

    “The apartment is burnt up,” Miller said. “It was a three-bedroom apartment with a lot of smoke damage in the living room. The master bedroom is destroyed.”

    The apartment is uninhabitable.

    "Please keep all matches, lighters, and any chemicals put away out of reach of children," the fire department said in a social media message.

    Cynthia Ramsey wanted to leave this encouraging message to her neighbors as they are left having to look for a new home.

    "You can't replace life, you can replace everything else," she said. "None of that is important, it's just baggage that people pick up."

  • Police investigate stabbing in south Abilene

    Published On: May 04 2016 10:13:34 PM CDT   Updated On: May 05 2016 07:49:34 AM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    Abilene police are investigating what led to a man being taken to the hospital for a stabbing Wednesday evening.

    Abilene police officers responded to a call of a stabbing around 6 p.m. near the intersection of South 16th Street and Poplar Street.

    Police told KTXS that a man was taken to the hospital after being stabbed in the hand. They did not say if a suspect was wanted or was in custody.

    KTXS has reached out for more about the potential suspect, but as of publication time have not received that information from the Abilene Police Department.

    We will update this article when we learn more.

  • Mark Rowlett: Tracking warming temperatures

    Published On: May 04 2016 04:22:16 PM CDT

    Storm chances return for the weekend

  • Dr. Marc Orner talks about young people who abuse animals

    Published On: May 04 2016 09:20:21 AM CDT
  • Obama drinks Flint water

    Published On: May 04 2016 03:09:36 PM CDT

    President Barack Obama visits Flint, Michigan, and drinks the water.

  • Mark Rowlett: Tracking Tuesday evening thundershowers

    Published On: May 03 2016 04:05:34 PM CDT   Updated On: May 03 2016 04:17:56 PM CDT

    Fast moving disturbance is bringing showers back to our area

  • Tracking tranquil weather to end the work week

    Published On: May 04 2016 07:26:47 AM CDT

    Sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s will finish out the work week.