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31 May 14

Goodbyes and new beginnings…

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Today is a bitter sweet moment for me. It is my last day, possibly ever, as an on-air meteorologist.

I have spent nearly the past two years getting to know the people and culture of the Bluegrass. I’ve had an amazing time experiencing everything that Kentucky has to offer, from basketball, to horses, bourbon, and most importantly the wonderful people. That is why I am sad to say that my time here will soon come to an end.

Later this week, my husband and I will pack our bags and head to the Lone Star State.

As many of you may know, I met my husband in Texas many years ago… During that time I didn’t just fall in love with him, I also fell in love with Texas! At this time in our lives, we believe that is where God is calling us to be.

In a few weeks I will be starting a new career, as the Social Media Marketing Specialist for Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas. I am looking forward to the new challenge and the opportunity to better serve God. Also, our new jobs will allow Tim and I to spend more time together and more time with family, two things we are both enormously grateful for.

I have lived away from my family for more than seven years now, and in that time I have missed out on many things, like watching my niece and nephew grow up. But God is so good! He recently called my sister and her beautiful family to Dallas as well. Words cannot express how much I am looking forward to being part of my niece and nephew’s lives!

I have loved everything about being an on-air Meteorologist. But my favorite part by far, has been connecting with you guys! That is the part I will miss most, but I hope you will continue to follow my #TXwx tweets.

Thank you so much to everyone who has made this such an incredible journey! I will definitely miss everyone here in Kentucky.

15 October 12
I knew the day would eventually come. I didn’t think it would be this soon, but alas my time has arrived.
At the end of this week, I will be packing up my things and hitting the road to Lexington, Kentucky. I have accepted a position at the CBS affiliate, WKYT, as a Meteorologist and producer.
As many of you may know, I was recently engaged, (to a former Abilene reporter as luck would have it) and for the past year we have been in a long distance relationship. This opportunity will bring my fiance Tim and I back together, thankfully in the same state. Professionally, it will also be a new challenge for me, as I will be taking on a new role as a news producer.
I cannot tell you how much I will miss everyone in Abilene.
To my church family at the River of Life, you guys have become my home away from home and I am not the same person I was the first time I walked through your doors.
To my Emmaus friends, who I had the pleasure of spending an entire, amazing weekend with, you will forever be in my hearts (Whoop Sarah Table!)
To my girls/guys at Schlotzskys, thank you for letting me bug you almost everyday for lunch. You were such a breath of fresh air each afternoon! I will miss your smiling faces!
To the countless guests who have appeared on KTAB 4u that I’ve gotten to know over the past year, you guys have made my job so easy and so much fun. I will truly miss the time we got to spend together. Your bright and smiling faces were the highlight of days!
To Mrs. New Mother Julia Hurt, who I had the pleasure of sitting beside every afternoon for a year! Thank you for being such an amazing and inspirational person to work with. You are going to be, and already are, a fantastic mother and I can’t wait to see what God does next in your life! Thank you for always being there for me during the bad days and making me laugh during the good ones!
To the dozens of reporters, anchors, photographers, news directors, sales representatives, and production crews at both KTAB and KRBC that I’ve had the opportunity to work with over the past two years, thank you for putting up with my craziness, and for making work seem less like work.
To my fiance, who helped a new reporter find her stride and stuck with me through the distance, I love you! I am so excited to start this next chapter in our lives and can’t wait to see where God will take our story over the next two years!
But most of all, to you the viewers. I want to thank the people who have stopped me over the past year, simply to tell me they’ve enjoyed watching the show or what a great job I’ve done, and the viewers who have reached out on Facebook to offer their support and feedback on everything from weather to the show… I can never truly express how much you have meant to me during my time at KTAB.
I can honestly say KTAB has the best viewers in Texas! You all have been so friendly and forthcoming, and I will miss every single one of you. Even through some of the more stressful days, I have LOVED coming to work each day and putting together a show for you.
I hope you will continue to follow my journey, even in Kentucky. I have total confidence that KTAB 4u's new host Matthew Torres will continue to keep the show current and clued in… live and local… and of course, as it has always been, all for you!
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” -Jeremiah 29:11

I knew the day would eventually come. I didn’t think it would be this soon, but alas my time has arrived.

At the end of this week, I will be packing up my things and hitting the road to Lexington, Kentucky. I have accepted a position at the CBS affiliate, WKYT, as a Meteorologist and producer.


As many of you may know, I was recently engaged, (to a former Abilene reporter as luck would have it) and for the past year we have been in a long distance relationship. This opportunity will bring my fiance Tim and I back together, thankfully in the same state. Professionally, it will also be a new challenge for me, as I will be taking on a new role as a news producer.

I cannot tell you how much I will miss everyone in Abilene.

To my church family at the River of Life, you guys have become my home away from home and I am not the same person I was the first time I walked through your doors.

To my Emmaus friends, who I had the pleasure of spending an entire, amazing weekend with, you will forever be in my hearts (Whoop Sarah Table!)

To my girls/guys at Schlotzskys, thank you for letting me bug you almost everyday for lunch. You were such a breath of fresh air each afternoon! I will miss your smiling faces!

To the countless guests who have appeared on KTAB 4u that I’ve gotten to know over the past year, you guys have made my job so easy and so much fun. I will truly miss the time we got to spend together. Your bright and smiling faces were the highlight of days!

To Mrs. New Mother Julia Hurt, who I had the pleasure of sitting beside every afternoon for a year! Thank you for being such an amazing and inspirational person to work with. You are going to be, and already are, a fantastic mother and I can’t wait to see what God does next in your life! Thank you for always being there for me during the bad days and making me laugh during the good ones!

To the dozens of reporters, anchors, photographers, news directors, sales representatives, and production crews at both KTAB and KRBC that I’ve had the opportunity to work with over the past two years, thank you for putting up with my craziness, and for making work seem less like work.

To my fiance, who helped a new reporter find her stride and stuck with me through the distance, I love you! I am so excited to start this next chapter in our lives and can’t wait to see where God will take our story over the next two years!

But most of all, to you the viewers. I want to thank the people who have stopped me over the past year, simply to tell me they’ve enjoyed watching the show or what a great job I’ve done, and the viewers who have reached out on Facebook to offer their support and feedback on everything from weather to the show… I can never truly express how much you have meant to me during my time at KTAB.

I can honestly say KTAB has the best viewers in Texas! You all have been so friendly and forthcoming, and I will miss every single one of you. Even through some of the more stressful days, I have LOVED coming to work each day and putting together a show for you.

I hope you will continue to follow my journey, even in Kentucky. I have total confidence that KTAB 4u's new host Matthew Torres will continue to keep the show current and clued in… live and local… and of course, as it has always been, all for you!

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” -Jeremiah 29:11

14 August 12

So this blog might be about to turn into a wedding blog…

BECAUSE I’M ENGAGED!!!!

Yes, that’s right. The girl who swore she would never get married, has a ring on her left hand.

I have no idea where to start, but I’m open to ideas. If you have any fun/inexpensive ideas to help me plan my wedding, please email me, ahayes@ktab.tv!

… and if you want to watch the sweetest proposal ever, check out the video below.



3 August 12
Loving the new set! I got to hang out with the guys from the Phil Hamilton Band Thursday. They were super sweet and extremely talented. 

Loving the new set! I got to hang out with the guys from the Phil Hamilton Band Thursday. They were super sweet and extremely talented. 

27 March 12
These pipe cleaner rings are adorable!  A local prophetic artist, Latimer Ramsey, showed us how to make them yesterday, it’s very easy and each color has a special prophetic meaning. Dyed4you has a complete list of each color’s meaning and the list is extensive!
Latimer Ramsey uses these pipe cleaner rings to open the door on conversations about Christianity and Jesus. To learn the full story about her Pipe Cleaner Ring Ministry check out this article -> Prophetic Artist Uses Pipe Cleaners In Fight Against Sexual Slavery
Learn how to make them for yourself:

These pipe cleaner rings are adorable!  A local prophetic artist, Latimer Ramsey, showed us how to make them yesterday, it’s very easy and each color has a special prophetic meaning. Dyed4you has a complete list of each color’s meaning and the list is extensive!

Latimer Ramsey uses these pipe cleaner rings to open the door on conversations about Christianity and Jesus. To learn the full story about her Pipe Cleaner Ring Ministry check out this article -> Prophetic Artist Uses Pipe Cleaners In Fight Against Sexual Slavery

Learn how to make them for yourself:

19 March 12

For prophetic artist, Latimer Ramsey, painting is more than just your average hobby, because when it comes time to add color to canvas, Ramsey says she knows it isn’t just her holding the brush.

"I paint out of the relationship I have with Jesus," she explains, "and that is what prophetic artist do. We spend time in relationship with God’s Word, searching out the things of God."

Often times, Ramsey is led so fully by the Prophetic, that she is unaware of what her painting will look like before she starts.

"The way the Holy Spirit has led me, is that to begin with I had no idea what I would be drawing."

Ramsey works with the Holy Spirit, painting images she says God presses upon her heart, until at last a final image begins to take shape. And once the final product becomes clear so does the message behind the painting.

One of Ramsey’s more well known pieces, “The Lion of Judah” holds a special place in her heart.

"I am always captivated by His eyes," she explains, "He is mighty and He is gentle, He is fierce and He is tender."

For Ramsey, her paintings are a visual representation of a God who loves his creation.

"He takes great delight in all of us. He is not a God of judgement, He is a God of absolute love and delight and fun!"

For the future, Ramsey says God has given her a vision to take her famous painting, “The Lion of Judah” around the globe.

"For everyone to know how dearly they’re loved is the exciting part about that," she explains. "We have started a project, called project 7 billion to reach an entire world."

Ramsey hopes her paintings will spread the message of God’s love to the far corners of the world, an impressive undertaking, but one she says is possible only with God’s help.

Connect with Latimer Ramsey:
"MIGHTY: the Collection"
Facebook: Team Mighty
www.LatimerRamsey.com
Find prints/videos online

6 March 12

This was the scariest moment at this job so far. I can handle spiders, bears, and even non venomous snakes… but coming up close and personal with a Western Diamond Back?  Well, that’s the LAST thing I wanted to cross of my bucket list.

Catch The Full Story Here!

3 March 12

If you’ve ever wanted to know what a “hook echo” looks like, this is the best real life example I’ve seen.  This radar signature is from a confirmed tornado that touched down near West Liberty, KY.  There was at least one reported casualty from the EF-2 twister. 
This is a common signature that meteorologists look for when attempting to determine where a tornado is most eminent. 
Click here for an article about the damage from WKYT in Lexington

If you’ve ever wanted to know what a “hook echo” looks like, this is the best real life example I’ve seen.  This radar signature is from a confirmed tornado that touched down near West Liberty, KY.  There was at least one reported casualty from the EF-2 twister. 

This is a common signature that meteorologists look for when attempting to determine where a tornado is most eminent. 

Click here for an article about the damage from WKYT in Lexington

23 February 12
I don’t think this goes along with what our fashion consultant would suggest for my style…. 

I don’t think this goes along with what our fashion consultant would suggest for my style…. 

16 January 12

You know, I think of myself as a fairly brave person.  I can usually handle snakes.  I can deal with rats occasionally… and roaches may gross me out, but I can deal with them for the most part.

Where I draw the line however, are spiders. Needless to say, this wasn’t my favorite segment, which is why I made sure to stand as far away as visually possible.

4 January 12

I’m rewinding to a segment I did a while back… My first ride in a hot air balloon!

I thought I would freak out when we took off, but it turned out to be smooth sailing and even kind of relaxing!  The only catch, since it was my first time they had a fairly strange ritual me and my Photog were forced to take part in.  Check it out

Posted: 5:46 PM
Behind the scenes of KTAB 4u with Host Alex Hayes & Show Coordinator Julia Hurt.

Behind the scenes of KTAB 4u with Host Alex Hayes & Show Coordinator Julia Hurt.

5 December 11

This was the funniest kicker we’ve used yet.  I put this small package together with clips of kids sledding from youtube.com.. just add a little music and you get the perfect way to end this snowy Monday’s show. ENJOY!

3 December 11

Reblogged: morganpalmerweather

22 November 11
More evidence that kids are just adorable! This segment is so much fun - we get to read letters from Big Country kids who don’t get to be home for the holidays.
This year, KTAB TV’s Santa’s Helpers is benefiting children with the Ben Richey Boys Ranch, Child Protective Services, Hope Haven, the Noah Project, Harmony Family Services, New Horizons, the Bair Foundation, and Hendrick Home for Children.
If you want to help, or just learn more about our efforts, visit our website, www.bigcountryhomepage.com

More evidence that kids are just adorable! This segment is so much fun - we get to read letters from Big Country kids who don’t get to be home for the holidays.

This year, KTAB TV’s Santa’s Helpers is benefiting children with the Ben Richey Boys Ranch, Child Protective Services, Hope Haven, the Noah Project, Harmony Family Services, New Horizons, the Bair Foundation, and Hendrick Home for Children.

If you want to help, or just learn more about our efforts, visit our website, www.bigcountryhomepage.com

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh