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October 11, 2013

October is Adopt a Shelter Animal Month

ABILENE, Texas – October is Adopt a Shelter Animal Month at the Abilene Animal Shelter. These specials will be available until Thursday, Oct. 31:

All Dogs and Cats-$20 off any dog or cat with an additional $20 spay or neuter rebate from Rescue the Animals SPCA

Military Mondays- 50% off all dogs and cats for all active and retired military, reserves and ROTC members

Public Servant Wednesdays-50% off all dogs and cats for all federal, state, county and city employees; school district and college employees

Name Your Price Fridays- Name your price for dogs and cats over 5 years of age

The Abilene Animal Shelter is located at 925 S. 25th and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

For more information about the shelter, call 325-698-0085 or view animals available for adoption at


October 8, 2013

City Completes Pedestrian Crossing Enhancement Project


ABILENE, Texas – The City of Abilene has completed a pedestrian crossing enhancement project at Lee Elementary school. This project is the first of its kind in Abilene.

The City installed Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) on N. 10th Street at the school crosswalk at Jefferson Street. RRFBs are pedestrian-activated, high-intensity flashing amber warning lights that notify drivers when a pedestrian is entering and using the crosswalk. The RRFB increases the visibility of the crosswalk to motorists.  They flash for a predetermined amount of time to allow a pedestrian to completely cross the street. 

Features & Advantages:

1.         Studies have shown driver yielding rates of up to 80%-90% maintained over

            several years

2.         Wireless, synchronized LEDs flash similar to emergency vehicles

3.         Solar-powered, eco-friendly

4.         LED indicators for pedestrians

5.         Improve pedestrian safety across wide, multi-lane roads

6.         Lower cost than a traffic signal or a pedestrian hybrid signal

This location was chosen because of the high pedestrian generators of Lee Elementary, the Boys & Girls Club and Lee Park soccer and football fields.  About 9,800 vehicles drive through this location every day.  It has 5 lanes of traffic and no median refuge which creates multiple threats for the pedestrian using the crosswalk.  The street has a posted speed limit of 35 mph with a school zone speed limit of 25 mph.  The school crossing guard reports having issues with motorists not yielding to pedestrians at this location; the RRFB should help solve the problem.   

October 3, 2013

“Fall Clean” and Tire Amnesty Days coming Oct. 10 – 12

ABILENE, Texas – Abilene’s annual “Fall Clean” event will be held Oct. 10-12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at the City of Abilene Environmental Recycling Center (ERC) located at 2209 Oak St.

Residents may bring furniture, wood, clothing, yard waste, scrap metal and home chemicals to the event. Home chemicals should be boxed or bagged for easy removal for hazardous waste collection.       Boats, concrete blocks, rocks, dirt and material from major remodeling or demolition will not be accepted. Citizens will be asked to assist in off-loading their own items.

“We encourage Abilene residents to clear out unwanted items from their property and recycle them during Fall Clean and Tire Amnesty Days. Citizens have the chance to spruce up their homes and properties while conveniently dropping their cast-off items at the ERC,” said City of Abilene Recycling Manager Bob Ervin.


Due to safety concerns, Oak Street will turn into a one way street with vehicles entering from South 25th Street, on Saturday, Oct. 12th.

At this year’s Fall Clean, citizens may bring up to eight passenger tires without rims, free of charge. However, truck tires without rims are $6 per tire and with rims $8 per tire. Ag tires will be accepted without rims only for a $35 per tire service fee. No commercial or business tires will be accepted.


Fall Clean is for Abilene residents only and proof of residency (current utility bill or driver’s license) may be required.

For more information about the City’s Environmental Recycling Center or the Fall Clean event, call 325-672-2209.


Health District to hold Flu Clinic

ABILENE, Texas – The Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District will hold a clinic to provide flu vaccinations on Monday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 850 N. 6th St. Regular and high dose vaccines will be available.  The high dose vaccine is available for individuals 65 and over and is designed to induce a stronger immune reaction in individuals who may have a weaker response to the regular vaccine.  All of the vaccines contain the same 3 flu viruses which provide protection for the most commonly circulating flu viruses, including the novel 2009 H1N1 flu virus. 

Cost for the vaccine will be $20.  Children who meet Texas Department of State Health Services criteria may be charged $8.  Parents will need to know the limits and coverage of their health insurance to determine eligibility for the state provided vaccine. Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, Private Pay First Care, cash or check will be accepted for payment. 

Pneumonia vaccinations will also be available at the clinic.  These vaccinations will cost $70 or Medicare will be accepted.  An individual receiving the flu and pneumonia vaccines will be charged $80.  Pneumonia vaccinations are recommended for individuals 65 and older, and individuals with respiratory or other medical conditions.  Medical staff will be available to evaluate the need for a pneumonia vaccination. 

Starting Tuesday, October 8, flu vaccinations will be available during the Division’s regularly scheduled Immunization Clinics on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone receive a flu vaccination each year to prevent the flu and potential complications.  Questions about the vaccines availability and/or usefulness may call the Health District at 325-692-5600.