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Local elections far from over

Local elections far from over

Austin’s first election utilizing regional City Council representation proved as dramatic as at least one expert anticipated.

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Austin-area expectations high heading into holiday shopping season

High expectations highlight this holiday shopping season, with both local and national experts anticipating retail sales spikes, and seasonal employees may benefit most. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

A homeless man helps prepare dinner for about 100 people on a November evening at the Austin Research Center for the Homeless, or ARCH, a downtown shelter on the corner of East Seventh and Neches streets.

Photo by Jennifer Curington

Homeless solutions sought

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell issued a challenge Oct. 15 to end veteran homelessness in the city by the end of 2015. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

The 2015 South by Southwest Interactive Festival has scheduled more than 800 sessions picked from approximately 3,200 proposals, said Hugh Forrest, the event’s director.

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Technology industry

Austin’s technology industry no longer hides in the shadow of Silicon Valley. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Austinites vote to derail $1 billion rail, road bond

City of Austin voters turned down a $1 billion rail and road bond proposal Nov. 4 with 57.2 percent, or 108,396 votes, against the bond. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Owners Alan and Margaret Baldree started Paco’s Tacos in September 2010.

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Paco’s Tacos

Paco’s Tacos may appear as if it was established in 1812, but the business just turned four years old. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

St. David’s Foundation CEO Earl Maxwell (center) was named the 2014 Community Leader of the Year.

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The best of Austin’s nonprofit community received recognition Nov. 11 during the Party for Good, the seventh annual nonprofit excellence awards ceremony hosted by Greenlights. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Nonprofit Roundup—Central Austin, November 2014

Updates about Austin’s philanthropic efforts more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Jahnavi Sievert, Mana Culture owner, showcases her new Makai jewelry line.

Photo by Jennifer Curington

Mana Culture

Whether it be jewels or threads, Mana Culture is all about layering accessories. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Spring Frost, owner of the store by the same name, sells accessories and high-end clothing from past seasons.

Photo by Jennifer Curington

Spring Frost Boutique

High-end pieces at discount prices line the racks of Spring Frost. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Personal shopping

Whether one is trying on the latest looks from Mana Culture or seeking deals on last season’s designer items at Spring Frost, there are many opportunities to find looks that match a certain style. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin


Imagine discovering a childhood relic such as a journal, a book of poems, a collection of songs or limericks and then making the decision to stand on a stage and read them aloud to a group of strangers. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Voters favor ACC bonds, nix tax cap increase proposal

Austin Community College declared victory Nov. 4 for two bond proposals that combine for nearly $386 million in districtwide construction and facility improvements. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Three Austin ISD runoffs remain

Two Austin ISD board of trustees candidates gained more than 50 percent of the vote Nov. 4 to win their respective districts, leaving three races to be decided during the Dec. 16 runoff election. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Representatives from the Texas Workforce Commission present a $2.75 million check to Austin Community College to be used for workforce training at Samsung, TNT Solutions and Voltabox of Texas.

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ACC awarded $2.75M grant for tech job training

Austin Community College announced Nov. 24 that it will provide specialized training for three Central Texas technology firms with funding from a $2.75 million grant awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission. more »

Nov 25, 2014 3:49 PM Cedar Park | Leander

Austin ISD could reveal top superintendent candidates Dec. 9

The Austin ISD board of trustees is tentatively scheduled to present finalists to the community Dec. 9 during an event at Lanier High School. more »

Nov 25, 2014 12:00 AM Austin Metro

Patrons formed a line that leaked outside of Players' front door to get their last fix before the business closes Nov. 24 at midnight.

Jennifer Curington

Players hosts last day of business

An Austin staple for food and drinks near the University of Texas campus serves its last round of patrons Nov. 24. more »

Nov 24, 2014 5:55 PM Central Austin

The 2011–12 Austin City Council (from left): Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, Councilman Bill Spelman, Councilwoman Laura Morrison, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Councilwoman Kathie Tovo, and Councilmen Chris Riley and Mike Martinez.

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Austin City Council—Nov. 20

The council has a busy day scheduled, with 182 agenda items scheduled for its Nov. 20 meeting. more »

Nov 20, 2014 10:50 AM , Central Austin 1 Comments

CoffeeSock filter

Courtesy of CoffeeSock

IMPACT ROUNDUP: Sustainable coffee filter factory opens in Austin

CoffeeSock hosted an open house Nov. 14 to introduce Austin to its new factory location where it creates reusable coffee filters. more »

Nov 19, 2014 2:42 PM Central Austin

Austin ISD administrators, trustees, educators and students were among those who broke ground Nov. 19 on the school district's new Applied Technology Center, which is located adjacent to the Anderson High School campus.

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Austin ISD breaks ground on districtwide Applied Technology Center

Austin ISD officials broke ground Nov. 19 at the site of the district’s new Applied Technology Center, which is situated on the northeast side of Anderson High School, located at 8403 Mesa Drive. more »

Nov 19, 2014 1:15 PM Austin Metro

ACC bans e-cigs effective Jan. 5

The Austin Community College District board of trustees voted Nov. 17 to ban the use of electronic cigarettes on all ACC properties. more »

Nov 19, 2014 1:21 PM Central Austin

2014 Election HQ

Learn more about the candidates vying for all the major races this election season at the school, city, county and state levels.

Working in #ATX

Each month, we will provide perspective from one of Austin's top industries or work sectors.

Austin dining

Photo by Joe Lanane

Bess Bistro recently revamped its top staff in anticipation of a new fall menu.

Austin business

Photo by Jennifer Curington

No mass-produced toys can be found at Over the Rainbow, a Tarrytown staple known for its unique selection.

Nonprofit Roundup

Learn about the philanthropic efforts of Austin's many nonprofit groups.

Transportation Updates

Each month, we will update readers about road construction projects in various stages of planning.

Higher Education Focus

Get updates on area colleges and universities. Also, learn information about Austin's trade school programs and the discounted services they offer area residents.

Education Focus—Austin ISD

Gain access to testing data and school feeder charts

Volunteer Guide

Learn about volunteer opportunities throughout Central Austin this coming year.

2014 Holiday Shopping Guide

These locally owned Central Austin retailers offer ideas for holiday gifts.

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