|THE award-winning Editorial
staff of the Abilene (Texas) Reporter-News
tackles special reports on issues critical to the community,
as well as rising to the occasion to bring in-depth reporting
to major breaking news stories.
Some schools reach beyond expectations.
Education studies repeatedly show a strong link between a student's
academic achievement and his family's economic prosperity. In
other words, the more economic advantages a student has, the more
likely he will succeed in school. A five-day look into why some
disadvantaged schools outperform their rich counterparts.
Drives Texas Monthly Missed
Texas Monthly didnt
see fit to include Abilene and most of the Big Country in their
May 2002 months cover story, 10 Great Drives. So,
we celebrate ourselves. And we laugh about all those city-slicker
magazine readers who wont know about the great steaks, sophisticated
museums, drug store cherry sodas and friendly people of our area.
Since the incident in November
2001 which forced the closure and decontamination of a post office
and resulted in the death of a 94-year-old woman -- as well as
increased vigilance -- we've tracked the breaking news on this
threat to America's security.
America Strikes Back
Our continuing coverage of the
events and aftermath of September 11, 2001 includes exhaustive
wire and news service articles, graphics, charts, count updates
and background information on all of the parties involved.
Sweetwater, Abilene and other
Big Country cities aren't alone in facing a water shortage crisis.
Many are taking drastic steps to fulfill present -- and plan for
future -- water consumption needs as supply continues to diminish
and demand increases.
Missing Man, Missing Identity
Barre Cox, former ACU administrator,
mysteriously disappeared in 1984 with only a ransacked car and
wallet left behind for clues. After the trail had grown cold for
more than 16 years, he resurfaced with another man's name and
social security number -- recognized while auditioning as pastor
of a Dallas-area church that ministers to gays and lesbians.
The Downtown Flood
Two thunderstorm systems, one
moving from the West and the other from the South, converged over
Abilene on Tuesday morning October 17, 2000, causing heavy rain
and some hail. In some places, 6.5 inches of rain fell before
Abilene, Big Country, Texas and
national election results posted by city/school district, plus
news coverage and profiles of the candidates and the most unusual
U.S. presidential election in its history.
Women at work
Seven extraordinary Abilene women
in a variety of lines of work share the secrets, successes and
challenges of being a woman at work at the close of the Twentieth
We will survive ... and thrive
Drought, oil woes and a general
downturn in the regional economy have combined to challenge both
larger cities and smaller communities to create new futures for
themselves. A three-part series reveals some of their ideas and
It began with the dryest February
ever and 800 people praying together for rain. It ended with prayers
of thanksgiving for showers of blessing. The personal, economic,
social and long-term ramifications of the most recent drought
are investigated in interviews, stories and photographs. Many
news stories by Jerry Daniel Reed. Charts by Diego Bianco. (See
Series of stories and photographs
that explores the questions of what is a "good death"
and how do you prepare for it. The package was produced by reporters,
photographers and graphic designers from Scripps Howard newspapers
across the country, including Reporter-News staff writer Loretta
Fulton and photographer Crista Jeremiason.
B-1 Crashes in Kentucky
Comprehensive package of stories,
photos and graphics on the Abilene-based bomber that went down
on Feb. 18, 1998. Also, follow-ups and related links.
Abilene, the Texas Midwest and
the entire state can look forward to some highly interesting and
hotly contested races this year.
Life on the
Edge: Abilene's Homeless
A fact-filled, hard-nosed look
at a segment of the community that is almost invisible ... the
homeless. Human stories and moving photographs.