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Paul Cruz named AISD's interim superintendent

Kelli Weldon

Paul Cruz named interim superintendent of Austin ISD

At its April 15 meeting, the Austin ISD board of trustees named its Chief Schools Officer Paul Cruz interim superintendent and approved a request for proposals for a firm to help with a search for a permanent superintendent.

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Hays County Judge Dr. Bert Cobb (left) and Williamson County Judge Dan Gattis lead an April 14 discussion on a proposal for a regional water board.

Leslee Bassman

Central Texas county commissioners discuss regional water plan

Hays County and Williamson County Commissioners Courts hosted a meeting April 14 with representatives from Travis County and other state and local agencies to discuss the viability of forming a regional utility development corporation. more »

Apr 16, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

A section of Red River Street in The University of Texas campus closed down April 14 as part of a road realignment project. Northbound traffic will be diverted to Trinity Street, while southbound traffic will use the I-35 feeder road as a detour.

Graphic by Ethan Hill

Red River Street closed for realignment

Red River Street will move to its original footprint as part of a realignment project underway on The University of Texas campus. more »

Apr 14, 2014 Central Austin

Travel options limited in western corridor

With recent increases in employment opportunities and development along Loop 360, the time is right to support mass- transit use in the western corridor of Travis County, said Jeb Boyt, chairman of Alliance for Public Transportation. more »

Apr 9, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

Local ESDs contemplate viability

A few emergency services districts in Travis County are struggling to make ends meet, and some fire chiefs in western Travis County are considering options for the future of area fire protection. more »

Apr 9, 2014 , Lake Travis | Westlake

Hotel Granduca Austin begins construction on Tuscan-style hotel

Construction began April 9 on Hotel Granduca Austin, a luxury Tuscan-style hotel located at the northwest corner of Bee Caves Road and Capital of Texas Hwy. The 194-room hotel build is scheduled for completion in late 2015. more »

Apr 10, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

President Obama talks LBJ's legacy, civil rights

President Barack Obama delivered a half-hour keynote address on President Lyndon Johnson's contributions to civil rights and the country's responsibility to continue his work at the Civil Rights Summit on April 10. more »

Apr 11, 2014 Austin Metro (1 Comments)

Council looks at budget amendment process

The City Council set stricter guidelines for mid-year budget amendments at the April 10 meeting. The ordinance passed 7-0. more »

Apr 11, 2014 Central Austin

City looks to gain control over multifamily housing

City staff presented a resolution to City Council at its April 8 meeting to initiate changes to the city’s zoning code related to multifamily developments. more »

Apr 9, 2014 Georgetown

Council begins wading through MUD decisions

The proximity to the city of Georgetown and its amenities as well as the natural beauty of the South San Gabriel River basin along Hwy. 29 has made the area attractive to real estate developers, city officials have said. more »

Apr 9, 2014 Georgetown

Toy Joy relocated to Second Street—pictured here in December—in 2013 before closing in mid-March.

Courtesy Trevor Yopp

Toy Joy will reopen April 12

The iconic Austin operation will reopen after being closed nearly one month. more »

Apr 11, 2014 Central Austin

Austin ISD board of trustees President Vincent Torres speaks to media about the district's search for a new superintendent before the board's March 31 meeting.

Kelli Weldon

Austin ISD board begins superintendent search discussion

Austin ISD's board of trustees took the first steps in the search for a new superintendent during executive session at its regular board meeting March 31. more »

Apr 1, 2014 Austin Metro

Proposed residential community on West Austin Athletic Club site, 1024 Patterson Road, Austin

David Weekley Homes

New residential enclave slated for West Austin Athletic Club site

Known for its summer and year-round swim and tennis programs, the West Austin Athletic Club, 1024 Patterson Road, Austin, is set to close in September if the property’s buyer receives site plan approval for a new residential project on the site. more »

Apr 9, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

Darren and Mikki Spohn are planning to convert the Dorsett truck stop, which has been abandoned for about eight years into their second entertainment facility. The Spohns are hoping for a summer 2014 opening.

courtesy Darren Spohn

Entertainment facility plans summer 2014 opening in Buda

The Dorsett truck stop near I-35 and Main Street in Buda will be getting a radical makeover soon. Darren and Mikki Spohn, owners of Pinballz Arcade in Austin, are planning to make the building the site of their second entertainment facility. more »

Apr 4, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle (2 Comments)

Courtesy TxDOT

Retired Marine general chosen as new TxDOT chief

Retired Gen. Joe Weber, a vice president at Texas A&M University, was selected April 4 as the new executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation. more »

Apr 7, 2014 Austin Metro

Medical device manufacturer to relocate headquarters to The Domain, create 110 jobs

Ottobock Healthcare LP announced March 31 the company will relocate its North American regional headquarters to The Domain, a move expected to create 110 jobs and result in a $4.6 million investment. more »

Mar 31, 2014 Northwest Austin

Round Rock turns up its water reuse

Every day, the city of Round Rock pours millions of gallons of wastewater from its treatment plant into Brushy Creek, from which it is swept downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. more »

Mar 5, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

A Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2 firefighter practices drills on a  ladder truck. ESD No. 2 officials say funding shortfalls are affecting the department.

Photo by JP Eichmiller

Pflugerville Fire Dept. faces critical condition

The leadership of Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2—also known as the Pflugerville Fire Department—says the department has become underfunded, understaffed and overwhelmed by the volume of emergency calls it is being asked to respond to more »

Apr 2, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto (7 Comments)

Veterans' Hill Elementary School was closed after the 2010, school year because of budget cuts, but it will reopen in August.

Photo courtesy Hutto ISD

Hutto ISD makes elementary shift

Following months of research, studies and input, the Hutto ISD board of trustees voted March 6 to return fifth-graders to elementary schools. more »

Apr 2, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

LCRA revises proposed water rate hikes

The Lower Colorado River Authority on March 28 announced it has responded to public feedback and revised its proposed hike in raw-water withdrawal costs for municipal customers. more »

Apr 2, 2014 Cedar Park | Leander

Austin benefits from multiple providers of gigabit-level Internet service

A competition to provide Austinites access to gigabit-level Internet speeds is creating options for many residents who previously had only one. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Central Austin (1 Comments)

Course revenues will help pay back the cost of purchasing Grey Rock Golf Club.

Photo by Joe Olivieri

City purchases Grey Rock

The city of Austin will soon own Grey Rock Golf Club and Circle C Tennis Center. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Southwest Austin (3 Comments)

Southwest Austin campuses including Akins High School are overcrowded in terms of permanent capacity.

Photo by Kelli Weldon

Development stalls on new south high school

Plans for a new high school in South Austin slowed to a halt in May 2013 when voters rejected an Austin ISD bond proposition that would have included funds for a land and feasibility study for the school. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Southwest Austin (1 Comments)

Kyle May opened his business, Austin Fitness Rentals, in a flex office building.

Amy Denney

Industrial area offers businesses flexibility

Opening his business in the Rutland Business Center, an industrial office park that offers warehouse access, saves owner Kyle May about four times on shipping costs. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Northwest Austin

Social media platform could help reduce crime

The Austin Police Department is using technology that combines traditional neighborhood watch tactics with modern social media interface as a way to reduce crime throughout the city. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Northwest Austin

WilCo ranked second-healthiest county in Texas

For the fifth straight year a national survey has ranked Williamson County among the healthiest among all 232 Texas counties. The 2014 County Health Rankings ranked Williamson County second-place. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Cedar Park | Leander

Supporters of SH 45 SW claim the roadway will relieve traffic on Brodie Lane, pictured above.

Photo by Kelli Fontenot

Travis, Hays counties fund SH 45 SW locally

On March 18, Travis County Commissioners Court voted 4–1 to partner with Hays County and the Central Texas Mobility Authority to fund SH 45 SW. Commissioner Ron Davis opposed. more »

Mar 19, 2014 Southwest Austin

Buda City Council mulls proposing bond

Buda could look to its taxpayers this fall for support in getting its plans to improve infrastructure, drainage systems, downtown and other facilities off the ground. more »

Mar 20, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle (2 Comments)

Juliet Jurkovskis, left, of Faces by Juliet gives a balloon butterfly to a guest at the reception for the opening of Dell Children's at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center on March 18.

Photo by Emilie Lutostanski

Cedar Park Regional Medical Center opens Dell Children's unit

Cedar Park Regional Medical Center and Dell Children’s Medical Center have partnered to open a new pediatric inpatient care unit in Cedar Park. more »

Mar 19, 2014 Austin Metro health care news

Hays CISD’s $59.1 million bond to address growth, technology

Hays CISD is posing to its taxpayers a $59.1 million question. more »

Mar 19, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle (1 Comments)

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