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  • Latest list of closings & delays for Abilene, the Big Country

    Published On: Mar 04 2015 10:43:06 AM CST   Updated On: Mar 05 2015 03:11:41 PM CST
    Closings and Delays
    ABILENE, Texas -

    Winter weather conditions are prompting cancellations, closures and delays.

    The following list is divided into announcements for school districts/colleges/universities, daycare businesses and others.

    Here is the latest list:

    SCHOOL DISTRICTS/COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES

    - Abilene ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Wylie ISD: Closed Thursday

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    - Abilene Christian University: Delayed until 1:30 p.m. Thursday

    - Cisco College (Abilene & Cisco campuses): Closed Thursday

    - Hardin-Simmons University: Delayed until 1:15 p.m. Thursday

    - Howard Payne University: Closed Thursday

    - Ranger College (all locations): Closed Thursday

    - McMurry University: Delayed until 1 p.m. Thursday

    - TSTC (Abilene:): Closed Thursday

    - TSTC (Breckenridge): Closed Thursday

    - TSTC (Brownwood): Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday

    - TSTC (Sweetwater): Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday

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    - Albany ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Anson ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Archer City ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Aspermont ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Baird ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Ballinger ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday

    - Bangs ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Bellevue ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Benjamin ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Blanket ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Brady ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Breckenridge ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Bronte ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Brookesmith ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Brownwood ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Bryson ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Burkburnett ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Benjamin ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Blanket ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Brady ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Breckenridge ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Bronte ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Brookesmith ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Brownwood ISD: Delayed 2 hours Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Bryson ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Burkburnett ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Chillicothe ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Cisco ISD: Closed Thursday

    - City View ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Clyde CISD: Delayed 2 hours Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Coleman ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Colorado ISD: Delayed until 10:30 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Cross Plains ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Crowell ISD: Closed Thursday

    - DeLeon ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Early ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Eastland ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Electra ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Eula ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Forestburg ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Gold-Burg ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Gorman ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Graham ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Guthrie CSD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday

    - Hamlin ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Harrold ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Haskell ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Hawley ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Henrietta ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Hermleigh ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Highland ISD: Delayed 2 hours Thursday, buses running 2.5 hours late

    - Iowa Park CISD: Closed Thursday

    - Ira ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Jacksboro ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Jayton-Girard ISD: Delayed 2.5 hours Thursday, no buses running

    - Jim Ned CISD: Closed Thursday

    - Knox City-O'Brien CISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, no buses running

    - Loraine ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Lueders-Avoca ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Masters Learning Institute - Tye: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday

    - May ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Merkel ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Midway ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Montegue ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Moran ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Munday CISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Newcastle ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Nocona ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Northside ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Olney ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Paint Creek ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Paint Rock ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Panther Creek CISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Perrin-Whitt CISD: Closed Thursday

    - Petrolia CISD: Closed Thursday

    - Premier High School: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday

    - Prairie Valley ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Quanah ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Ranger ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Region 14 Service Center: Closed Thursday

    - Rising Star ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Robert Lee ISD: Delayed 2 hours Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Roby CISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, no buses running

    - Rotan ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, no buses running

    - Rule ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Santa Anna ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Seymour ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Snyder ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - St. Joe ISD: Closed Thursday

    - St. John's Episcopal School: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday

    - Stamford ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Sterling City ISD: Delayed until 11 a.m. Thursday

    - Sweetwater ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Throckmorton ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Trent ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Vernon ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Victory Life Academy - Brownwood: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday

    - Wichita Falls ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Winters ISD: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday, buses running 2 hours late

    - Windthorst ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Woodson ISD: Closed Thursday

    - Zephyr ISD: Closed Thursday

    DAYCARE BUSINESSES

    - All God's Children CDC: Closed Thursday

    - Beltway Park CDC: Closed Thursday

    - Day Nursery of Abilene: Delayed opening until 9:00 a.m.

    - Glo Daycare: Closed Thursday

    - His Little Angels: Closed Thursday

    - Joy School - San Angelo: Closed Thursday

    - Kids Kampus: Closed Thursday

    - Kids of Faith Learning Center: Delayed opening until 10 a.m. Thursday

    - Kids on Maple Street CDC - Closed Thursday

    - Lighthouse Adult Daycare: Closed Thursday

    - Minda Street CDC: Delayed opening until 10 a.m. Thursday

    - Pioneer Drive CDC: Delayed opening until 9 a.m. Thursday

    - Rainbow Bible School: Delayed until 9 a.m. Thursday

    - Small World of Learning: Closed Thursday

    OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

    - Abilene Diagnostic Clinic: Closed Thursday

    - Abilene Housing Authority: Delayed opening until 10 a.m. Thursday

    - Abilene Primary Care: Delayed opening until noon Thursday

    - Abilene Zoo: Closed Thursday

    - Alliance for Women and Children: Closed Thursday

    - Betty Hardwick Center: Delayed opening until 10 a.m. Thursday

    - Callahan County Courthouse: Closed Thursday

    - Christian Service Center: Delayed opening until 1 p.m. Thursday

    - CityLink: Delayed operations until 11 a.m. Thursday

    - City and Rural Rides: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday

    - City of Abilene - Senior Programming: Canceled Thursday

    - Department of Public Safety offices won't open until 1 p.m. in the following Big Country counties: Taylor, Callahan, Jones, Eastland, Stephens, Brown, Comanche, Coleman, Nolan, Fisher, Mitchell, Scurry, Haskell, Stonewall, Knox, Runnels & Throckmorton

    - Dyess AFB: Delayed reporting until between 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    - Fisher County Senior Citizens Center: Closed Thursday

    - Goodfellow Air Force Base: Closed for non-essential personnel Thursday

    - Goodwill West Texas: Closed Thursday

    - International Rescue Committee: Closed Thursday

    - Jones County Courthouse: Delayed opening until 10 a.m. Thursday

    - Knox County Aging Services: Closed Thursday

    - 259th District Court in Shackelford County: Closed Thursday

    - Loaves & Fishes - Coleman: Closed Thursday

    - Meals on Wheels (Abilene): Closed Thursday

    - Meals on Wheels - Baird/Clyde: Closed Thursday, no meals delivered

    - Meek Blood Center: Closed Thursday

    - MVPN Abilene Peer Networking Center: Closed Thursday

    - Rolling Plains Unit of Retired School Personnel - Sweetwater: Thursday event cancelled.

    - Rural Taylor County Aging Service - Meals on Wheels: No meals Thursday

    - Senior Services: All transportation cancelled Thursday

    - Social Security Office - Abilene: Closed Thursday

    - Taylor County Courthouse: Delayed until 10 a.m. Thursday

  • Cox named lone finalist for Abilene High head football coach

    Published On: Mar 05 2015 02:29:13 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 05 2015 08:05:43 PM CST
    ABILENE, Texas -

    Del Van Cox will become the head football coach and athletic director at Abilene High, pending school board approval. The school board is expected to discuss the hire at its March 16 meeting.

    The appointment comes after head coach Steve Warren announced his retirement after 19 years with the Eagles.

    "I've been here for 19 years, and it was time to take that next step," an emotional Cox said.

    Cox worked as an assistant coach for Steve Warren from 1996 to 2005 before taking over as offensive coordinator. He currently teaches several math classes at the high school.

    "We've built this thing for many years now and a lot of these coaches have been here [for a long time]," said Cox. "We've got to keep it going cause we take a lot of pride in what we've done here."

    Prior to his hiring at AHS, Cox was an assistant football coach in Mineral Wells for two years. He also served as an assistant coach under Steve Warren in Rotan from 1992-1994.

    "I've learned a lot from [Steve Warren], and I can't try to be him," said Cox of his mentor. "I got to be me, and hopefully things will keep rolling which I expect they will."

    "I had a lot of coaches go to other head coaching jobs across the state," said Warren. "Seven or eight had great success where they've been, but to have one of my own step into and fill my shoes is something that's really a thrill for me."

    Cox is a graduate of Angelo State University. He and his wife, Chris, have three children in AISD.

  • Ex-Abilene ISD Superintendent Heath Burns 'lone finalist' to lead Central Texas district

    Published On: Mar 04 2015 10:03:05 AM CST   Updated On: Mar 04 2015 06:07:04 PM CST
    Heath Burns

    Abilene ISD Superintendent Heath Burns

    ABILENE, Texas -

    Ex-Abilene ISD Superintendent Heath Burns is the “lone finalist” to lead the 900-student Blooming Grove ISD in Central Texas.

    The town of Blooming Grove is in Navarro County and located east of Interstate 35 – 53 miles south of Dallas and 26 miles east of Hillsboro. Its population was 833 in the 2000 Census.

    The president/CEO of the search firm hired to help Blooming Grove ISD select its next superintendent said the district board named Burns the “lone finalist” on Monday night.

    Burns resigned as superintendent of Abilene ISD on Feb. 3 as Abilene police were investigating at least four cases of alleged improper relationships between Abilene ISD educators and students.

    Russell Marshall of Henderson, Texas-based Arrow Educational Services Inc. said Burns was chosen from 42 candidates.

    According to state law, the district must wait 21 days before the hiring can become official. During that time, districts or candidates for superintendent posts can back out, Marshall said.

    Marshall said he didn’t know how much Burns would be paid if the hiring is finalized, but that it would be comparable for districts the size of Blooming Grove ISD. A recent survey of superintendent salaries by the Texas Association of School Boards shows districts the size of Blooming Grove ISD pay an average of $104,270 per year, while the average superintendent in Texas makes $135,564 annually. Burns' salary had grown to $240,000 annually -- with another $35,000 in benefits each year -- in Abilene ISD.

    Blooming Grove High School participates in the UIL's Class 3A.

    Burns received $407,500 in his resignation agreement with Abilene ISD, which is much larger than Blooming Grove ISD. Abilene ISD has approximately 17,300 students, compared to the approximately 900 in Blooming Grove ISD.

    Before Burns stepped down as Abilene ISD's chief, Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge had strongly criticized Abilene ISD leaders – namely Burns – for how the district reported the cases to police. Standridge also questioned Burns’ cooperation during the investigations.

    Earlier this year , Standridge appeared before the Abilene ISD Board of Trustees in closed session, after initially being denied access, to present his findings.

    One of the AISD cases involves Michael Trook, the 29-year-old former dean of health sciences at Holland Medical High School who recently was arrested for allegedly having sex with a student.

    Another case involves Breanne Brown, a 30-year-old former Abilene High teacher who allegedly had sex with a 16-year-old on at least 10 occasions.

    Details of the remaining two AISD cases have not been disclosed.

     

     

     

  • Flights canceled, some schools close amid Texas winter storm

    Published On: Mar 04 2015 11:38:42 AM CST   Updated On: Mar 05 2015 08:40:45 AM CST
    Icy Roads
    DALLAS (AP) -

    Thousands of students in Texas have a day off after a winter storm dumped several inches of snow, canceled hundreds of flights and left roads icy.

    Schools in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Denton and about 200 miles south in Austin canceled classes Thursday. Schools in Wichita Falls also closed due to wintry weather.

    (For the latest delays, cancellations and closings for Abilene and the Big Country, you can CLICK HERE.)

    The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Dallas-Fort Worth area until midday Thursday amid freezing temperatures. Sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-30s were expected Thursday afternoon.

    Flightaware.com reports more than 600 flights canceled Thursday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

    DFW spokesman David Magana (muh-GAHN'-yuh) says the storm dumped more than 3 inches of snow but the airport remained open. He says as many as 600 travelers were stranded overnight at terminals.

    Previous story:

    A late-winter storm that brought snow to the Panhandle and sleet and freezing rain to North Texas has prompted some school districts to cancel classes while others are delaying the opening of their campuses.

    Drivers Thursday morning were expected to contend with slick and icy road conditions throughout much of the state as overnight temperatures dipped below the freezing mark. In Amarillo, the low temperature had been expected to be around 15 degrees overnight.

    (For the latest delays, cancellations and closings for Abilene and the Big Country, you can CLICK HERE.)

    Various schools districts, including Arlington and Austin, have canceled classes for Thursday.

    Dallas County government offices and courts were not opening on Thursday until noon.

    Texas Tech University in Lubbock was delaying the start of classes until 11 a.m.

    Flightaware.com reports more than 300 flights were canceled Wednesday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

    Previous story:

    A late-winter storm has reached parts of Texas with hundreds of flights canceled and some schools closing early.

    Lubbock and Amarillo were under a winter weather advisory until midnight Wednesday with a slight chance of snow. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Dallas-Fort Worth area through mid-Thursday.

    Flightaware.com reports more than 600 flights were canceled Wednesday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

    Fort Worth-based American Airlines canceled more than 550 flights Wednesday system wide. Spokeswoman Andrea Huguely says weather-related problems were mainly in North Texas, the Philadelphia and New York City areas and in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee.

    Dallas-based Southwest Airlines canceled fewer than 90 flights.

    Some school districts in North Texas were letting out early Wednesday due to the threat of wintry weather.

    Previous story:

    A late-winter storm has reached parts of Texas with some schools closing early and hundreds of flights canceled.

    Lubbock and Amarillo were under a winter weather advisory until midnight Wednesday with a slight chance of snow. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Dallas-Fort Worth area through mid-Thursday.

    Flightaware.com reports more than 600 flights were canceled Wednesday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

    A spokeswoman for Fort Worth-based American Airlines says the carrier systemwide canceled more than 550 flights Wednesday. Andrea Huguely (HEWG'-lee) says weather-related problems were mainly in North Texas, the Philadelphia and New York City areas and in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee.

    Some school districts in North Texas were letting out early Wednesday in anticipation of the wintry weather.

  • Abilene and Wylie schools set winter makeup days

    Published On: Mar 05 2015 07:28:38 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 05 2015 07:28:52 PM CST
    ABILENE, Texas -

    The Abilene Independent School District and the Wylie Independent School District have four potential days they have to make up due to inclement weather.

    According to AISD officials, students will make up two bad weather days on May 25th and May 29th. Those two days are built into the school's calendar year and it will extend the school year by one day. As for the remaining two days, AISD may apply for a waiver, but officials have yet to announce if they will do that.

    WISD officials told KTXS students will make up two bad weather days on April 3rd and May 29, which is now the last day of school for Wylie. According to school officials they will apply for a waiver for the remaining two days.

  • 'World's best dad' builds backyard ice luge

    Published On: Mar 04 2015 11:19:15 AM CST   Updated On: Mar 04 2015 11:22:35 AM CST

    A dad in New Jersey builds an Olympic-styled ice luge for this three kids. 

  • Hawley not satisfied, focusing on regional tournament

    Published On: Mar 04 2015 06:49:36 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 04 2015 09:59:41 PM CST
  • Carson: 'People go into prison straight, come out gay'

    Published On: Mar 04 2015 08:47:37 AM CST   Updated On: Mar 04 2015 02:58:32 PM CST

    Ben Carson says homosexuality is a choice because many people "go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay."

  • Hayden Nix: Tracking another round of winter weather

    Published On: Mar 04 2015 07:55:47 AM CST

    Rain showers on this Wednesday morning will turn into freezing/sleet mix by this evening.

  • Hawley claws its way to first regional tournament in 28 years

    Published On: Mar 04 2015 10:44:03 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 04 2015 10:48:27 PM CST