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Western Travis County deals with DWI issues

Western Travis County deals with DWI issues

James Dinwoodie, owner of Lakeway restaurant Fore, said he first encountered the problem of people drinking and driving when he ran bars in downtown Austin.

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Vibra Healthcare plans to develop the empty Lake Travis Specialty Hospital into a physical rehabilitation hospital designed for patient stays averaging 10 to 20 days, said Mike Soisson, Vibra Healthcare senior vice president.

Photo by Leslee Bassman

Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital of Lake Travis set to open Oct. 1

Lakeway’s first acute medical rehabilitation hospital plans to open Oct. 1 at 2000 Medical Drive, Lakeway, CEO Deborah Hopps said during Lakeway City Council’s July 21 meeting. more »

Jul 22, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

Spicewood VFD and EMS, Burnet County ESD No. 9 agree to service contract

Burnet County Emergency Services District No. 9, formed in November, agreed July 9 to supplement Spicewood VFD and EMS costs in exchange for the department providing fire protection and first responder services to the area. more »

Jul 22, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

School in the Hills to open expanded River Place site

School in the Hills, a private Montessori program located in Steiner Ranch, will open a second location in June at a new commercial development, Riverplace Station, 10819 RR 2222, in Austin, Head of School Alicia Marker said. more »

Jul 10, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

Real estate growth trending westward

For the first time in history, in 2013 the Austin metro area experienced more construction starts on homes than San Antonio. more »

Jul 9, 2014 , Lake Travis | Westlake

Travis County TNR pitches emergency evacuation route for Steiner Ranch

On Sept. 4, 2011, Leslie and Ron Roberge grabbed what they could—including a family portrait and Beatles albums—before fleeing their Steiner Ranch home as a wildfire spread through the area. more »

Jul 9, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

Austin City Council, Capital Metro board endorse urban rail proposal

Included in Austin City Council’s unanimous approval June 26 of its 2014 Strategic Mobility Plan is the 9.5-mile urban rail project that would connect East Riverside Drive with Austin Community College’s Highland campus. more »

Jul 9, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake (2 Comments)

RR 620 toll project still in the running

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization agreed June 9 to review an elevated toll road proposed by the city of Lakeway as CAMPO prepares its 2040 Regional Transportation Plan. more »

Jul 9, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake (5 Comments)

Oaks at Lakeway receives approval

Lakeway’s proposed town center cleared another hurdle June 16 when City Council unanimously approved the Oaks at Lakeway’s final plat, deferring action on a pedestrian trail—connecting Rolling Green Drive to the center—until a later phase more »

Jul 9, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake (2 Comments)

Bee Cave survey results guide plan

On June 24, Bee Cave City Council provided the city’s Planning and Development Director Lindsey Oskoui with guidelines to proceed in the city’s comprehensive plan revision. more »

Jul 9, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

LCRA increases water rates

On June 18 the Lower Colorado River Authority board of directors unanimously approved an increased raw water rate for firm water customers, effective January 2015. more »

Jul 9, 2014 , , Lake Travis | Westlake

St. Gabriel’s Catholic School plans to complete major expansion in 2015

St. Gabriel’s Catholic School, located at 2500 Wimberly Lane, Austin, is expected to complete a 30,000-square-foot expansion by the start of school in August 2015, Head of School Daniel McKenna said. more »

Jul 9, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

West Lake Hills Mayor Dave Claunch discusses City Council's goals for the coming fiscal year. Council discussed items to potentially add to the budget as well as hopes for policy changes.

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West Lake Hills City Council weighs budget, policies and goals for 2015

West Lake Hills City Council held a special meeting June 18 to discuss the city budget and goals for the coming fiscal year as well as what council members had hoped to accomplish in the past year. more »

Jul 9, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

City Council approves funds for geophysical roadway exploration

City Council approved $21,675 for a geophysical study along sections of planned water line improvements at its June 18 meeting. more »

Jul 9, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

West Lake Hills City Council votes to lower speed limit on Ridgewood Road

West Lake Hills City Council unanimously approved the drafting of an ordinance to lower the speed limit on Ridgewood Road from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour at its June 25 meeting. more »

Jul 9, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

Rollingwood City Council, police aim to add golf cart ordinance

Alderman Amy Patillo and Police Chief Dayne Pryor have been working on a city ordinance that would allow the use of golf carts and neighborhood electric vehicles, or NEVs, throughout the city. more »

Jul 9, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

City of Bee Cave hosts reception for police chief candidates June 30

City Manager Frank Salvato hosted a reception June 30 to allow the Bee Cave community an opportunity to meet the top three candidates—Jerry Garner, Gary Miller and Bill Tidwell—to replace Police Chief Rusty Pancoast when he retires Sept. 30. more »

Jul 9, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

Lake Travis Education Foundation announces 15 high school senior scholarship winners

The Lake Travis Education Foundation chose 15 Lake Travis High School seniors as scholarship recipients totaling $21,500 on May 28. more »

Jul 9, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

Lake Travis–area nonprofit provides vision screenings, scholarships for local children

Lake Travis Labor of Love, a nonprofit organization that funds projects for families in the Lake Travis area, awarded 12 grants to local organizations at the end of May, President Michelle Zogas said. more »

Jul 9, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

Concordia University selects interim dean

Concordia University Texas announced June 16 that Lynette Gillis was named the interim dean of its College of Business effective July 16. more »

Jul 9, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

St. Stephen’s junior attends 20th annual elite basketball camp

Jarrett Allen, an incoming junior at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, attended the 20th annual National Basketball Players Association’s Top 100 High School Basketball Camp on June 17–22. more »

Jul 9, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

A new retail development is in the works for a tract at River Place Blvd. and RR 2222, Austin.

Courtesy of Retail Solutions

New retail site, Starbucks Coffee announced for River Place development

Retail Solutions announced on July 1 that a retail center known as Riverplace Station is planned for an 8-acre site at 10815 RR 2222, on the southwest corner of RR 2222 and River Place Boulevard, Austin. more »

Jul 1, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

Safe Recovery & Wellness Center opened June 23 in the Westlake area.

Sage Recovery & Wellness Center

Substance abuse and mental health center opens in Westlake

Sage Recovery & Wellness Center, a specialty center for substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders, opened June 23 at 7004 Bee Caves Road, Austin. more »

Jun 24, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

Lululemon approved to build Barton Creek Square Mall store

Athletic apparel maker Lululemon has been approved by the city of Austin to start construction on a new store in the Barton Creek Square Mall, 2901 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., Bldg. A, Unit 10A, Commercial Building Plan Examiner Tom Migl said. more »

Jun 23, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

Phil Wilson, General Manager of the Lower Colorado River Authority, addresses LCRA Board of Directors on June 18. Board members unanimously approved a rate increase for firm water customers beginning January 2015.

Leslee Bassman

LCRA approves 2015 increased raw water rates for customers

On June 18, the Lower Colorado River Authority board of directors unanimously approved increased raw rates for firm water customers, effective January 2015. more »

Jun 18, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake (2 Comments)

In its inaugural year the Steiner Strategic Stallions, a math team at Steiner Ranch Elementary School, won the 2014 Math Pentathlon State Championship.

Jacob Leffler

Steiner Ranch Elementary math team wins state championship

In its inaugural year the Steiner Strategic Stallions, a math team at Steiner Ranch Elementary School, won the 2014 Math Pentathlon State Championship. more »

Jun 18, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

Austin Community College district residents will vote in November on a $386 million bond package and 3-cent tax increase. If the bond package approved, part of the money will be used to fund additional expansions at the new ACC Highland Campus, which opens this fall.

Courtesy Austin Community College

ACC bond package, tax increase request to go before voters

Austin Community College will ask area voters to approve a nearly $386 million bond package and 3 cent tax increase in November. more »

Jun 17, 2014 Central Austin (19 Comments)

Flipnastics

Photo by Cara White Lowrimore

Flipnastics gymnastics school has expanded its space four times since opening in Lakeway 10 years ago.

J5 Steakhouse

Photo by Richard Guerrero

The notion that J5 Steakhouse in Spicewood is a family-friendly restaurant is implied in its name, which refers to its owners, the Sudderth family: Husband Jaime, wife Jennifer, and children Jaimeson, Jaice and Jaiden.

Partners in Hope

Photo courtesy Partners in Hope

Partners in Hope, a Lake Travis–area nonprofit, has completed dozens of improvement projects for local homeowners in need.

JuiceLand

Photo by Joe Olivieri

Central Texans love their juice, if the growth of Austin-based company JuiceLand is any indication.

Outdoor Dining Guide

With summer arriving, many local restaurant patios will begin to fill up with diners looking to enjoy the Central Texas weather. We have compiled a list of outdoor dining establishments in the Lake Travis and Westlake area.

Swimming Holes

A guide to Austin-area swimming holes.

Summer Camp guide 2014

A list of some area summer camps for 2014

Recent Highlights

Pictures from area events, ceremonies and ribbon cuttings

Real Estate

Market data for Westlake, Lakeway, Bee Cave and Spicewood

Close-up

About 400 runners crossed the finish line June 14 at the inaugural Dash to the Splash held in Steiner Ranch. The event included 5K, 10K and Kids K races as well as an afterparty featuring live music, food, water slides, vendors and children's activities.

Connected 2013–14

A guide to Bee Cave, Four Points, Lake Travis, Rollingwood, Spicewood and West Lake Hills

Electric Vehicle Guide

Austin Energy began its Plug-In Electric Vehicle Program in 2008 and now has 122 stations at 64 area locations.

Volunteer Guide

Discover ways to get involved in local nonprofits and give back to your community

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