Larry Zelisko is a columnist and the content editor at the Abilene Reporter-News. His column, "Larry The Answer Guy," responds to reader-submitted questions on a wide range of topics.

In today’s column, he answers this question from an Abilene reader, “What is a Blue Lacy? Why is it blue?”

The Blue Lacy is the official state dog breed of Texas.


St. Mark’s Episcopal Church members are looking to restock their shelves for baby needs.

The Baby Room ministry is organizing a community baby shower tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Abilene Woman’s Club on 3425 S.14th St.

St. Mark’s Deacon Peggy Valentine said they are accepting any donations for baby care, clothing and food.


Larry Zelisko is a columnist and the content editor at the Abilene Reporter-News. His column, "Larry The Answer Guy," responds to reader-submitted questions on a wide range of topics.

When you think of rattlesnakes, the last things that come to mind are education and safety. But the folks in one small Texas town host an annual event all about teaching people about how to stay safe in a place where rattlesnakes are so prevalent.

The Sweetwater Jaycees is the group responsible for hosting the event. Members of the group have decades of experience working with the most common rattlesnake in the area- the Western Diamondback.

Icy road conditions are causing Abilene ISD to cancel school more frequently than normal. Director of Communications, Phil Ashby, said there could be more delays and closings before winter is over. 

So how do AISD administrators decide to delay or cancel school?  Ashby said it all starts the night before, by paying attention to forecasts and reports from the Texas Department of Transportation. Abilene ISD relies on radar technology from Dyess Air Force Base and they work closely with Wylie ISD to determine road conditions.

Abilene ISD schools are joining thousands of schools across the country in celebrating reading and literacy this week by participating in “Read Across America.”

The annual celebration lined up with the birthday of one of the most well known children’s authors in history- Dr. Seuss.

Executive Director of Special Education, Connie Mangin, started out the week by reading “Oh the Places You’ll Go!,” to a bundle of first-graders in the library at Martinez Elementary School Monday.

McMurry Band Accepts Invitation To London

Feb 27, 2015

The McMurry War Hawks marching band will be performing for London's New Year Parade in 2016.

On Thursday, McMurry University was officially invited to go to London from Lord Mayor of Westminster Duncan Sandys.

"The parade looks for quality and you find quality not just in big cities, you find quality all over the place," Sandys said.

Mayor Sandys said England has no marching bands and that the audience is looking forward to hearing a marching band from the United States.

“Collegiate Candescence” is the theme for February’s ArtWalk.

Bird Thomas, The Curator of Fun Learning Experiences for The Center for Contemporary Arts, says this month’s theme highlights collegiate artists from all local colleges and universities.

"We’ve got the brightest and the boldest of all the light bulbs in the box going to our local universities and they are pretty much a bright spot in our community," Thomas says. "They are artists, they are poets, they are actors they are dancers and we love the idea of being able to share them with the rest of the community."

CASA volunteers needed

Feb 10, 2015

It is awareness week for a local organization that recruits volunteers to support children in the foster care system.

Alana Maddox is the Program Director for Big Country CASA in Taylor County.

“CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. It is a program that uses volunteers to serve children who have been abused and neglected and are in the foster care system,” Maddox says.

The program has 18 volunteers but needs ten times that many to serve every child in the court system. Volunteers go through hours of training before taking the time-intensive role.

Abilene ISD School Board President Danny Wheat describes the terms of the resignation of former superintendent Heath Burns during a news conference Wednesday at the AISD office.
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Former Abilene ISD Superintendent Heath Burns will receive $407,500 in a resignation agreement after stepping down Monday. The financial settlement covers the four years that remained on his contract. His resignation came as police continue to investigate several cases of improper teacher and student relationships in the district.

Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Audra Ude will take over as acting superintendent while the school board searches for a replacement.



The Taylor County Livestock Show kicks off today as 4-H and FFA members begin showing their animals at the Taylor County Expo Center. Steer, lamb, goat, rabbit, heifer, swine and poultry are all included in the four-day event. 


Twelve-year-old Shae Nicholson has been involved in 4-H for three years. On a recent Wednesday afternoon she was standing on an overturned bathtub with a goat named “Fearless.”


“We are stretching them out and teaching them how to push,” Shae said as she wrestled a little with Fearless. 


The Black History Committee walked with people over the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Now that the ice has finally melted, the fourth annual YMCA Resolution Run is back on the schedule for Saturday at Redbud Park. Dawn Revoir, director of health and wellness, wants families to practice healthy habits by participating in the 1-mile Kids Fun that starts at 10:30 a.m. and the 5K, which begins at 11 a.m.  Registration is open at the Redbud YMCA; 3125 S. 32nd St. Registration fees are $25 for members of the Y or the Abilene Runner’s Club and $10 for the kids run. Non-members pay $30 with registration fees going up to $35 on Saturday, kids run staying $10.

Dancing with the Abilene Stars Chairwoman Shea Hall said 75 cents of every dollar raised from the event goes to the Hendrick Home for Children.