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Southwest Austin coffee options grow

Southwest Austin coffee options grow

Husband-and-wife team James and Sandy Hughes said opening Sunset Valley coffee shop Stouthaus Coffee Pub was a longtime dream, and there was a need in the neighborhood.

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Freescale to give marathon proceeds to help STEM nonprofit

​Freescale Foundation will donate all proceeds from the 2015 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon to support education nonprofit First in Texas Foundation, the groups announced in mid-November. more »

Nov 19, 2014 1:31 PM Southwest Austin 1 Comments

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.

Kelli Weldon

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

A 1968 city of Austin rendering of a proposed golf course on Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park land serves as one visual aid during a Nov. 17 open house that allowed the public to provide input about a proposed East Austin golf course. Kevin Gomillion, golf division manager for the city's Parks and Recreation Department, speaks with members of the public nearby the exhibit.

Joe Lanane

Pro golf course proposal seeks final council approval Nov. 20

Developers of a proposed pro-quality golf course facility and city of Austin park officials were on hand Nov. 17 to answer questions about the East Austin project, which could gain final City Council approval Nov. 20. more »

Nov 18, 2014 11:10 AM Central Austin

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

At the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce's 2014 State of Education event Nov. 17, Isabel Shelton, director of education and talent alignment, presented Austin ISD Interim Superintendent Paul Cruz with several awards recognizing the achievements of district schools.

Kelli Weldon

State of Education focuses on college enrollment, STEM opportunities

Boosting college enrollment and encouraging students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields were key topics discussed as part of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of Education on Nov. 17. more »

Nov 17, 2014 12:00 AM Austin Metro

Austin ISD board considers expanding LASA offering, discusses academic and facilities recommendations

Increasing access to Austin ISD liberal arts and science academy programming was part of the school district’s board work session Nov. 10. Trustees also discussed AISD's facility master plan and potential new academic and facilities recommendations. more »

Nov 12, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Local dentistry practice offers free month of services for veterans

Local business Smile Creations is offering some free services for U.S. military veterans throughout November. more »

Nov 11, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Council approves South Austin Combined Neighborhood Plan

Austin City Council approved the South Austin Combined Neighborhood Plan—a document outlining land-use options for the South Manchaca, Garrison Park and Westgate neighborhoods—unanimously at its Nov. 6 meeting. more »

Nov 7, 2014 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

From left: School board trustees Ann Teich, Jayme Mathias along with Interim Superintendent Paul Cruz, board President Vincent Torres and trustees Gina Hinojosa and Amber Elenz were present at the Austin ISD board of trustees meeting June 2.

Kelli Weldon

Some Austin ISD board of trustees races headed for runoffs

Voters went to the polls Nov. 4 to choose their local representatives for five contested seats on the Austin ISD board of trustees. more »

Nov 4, 2014 12:00 AM Vote Central Texas

Garza wins Austin City Council District 2 race

Delia Garza has won the new District 2 Austin City Council seat, according to Travis County voting results with 18 of 18 precincts reporting. more »

Nov 4, 2014 7:21 PM Vote Central Texas

Almanza, Renteria top Austin City Council District 3 race, prepare for runoffs

Susana Almanza and Sabino “Pio” Renteria will head to a Dec. 16 runoff race for Austin City Council District 3 after receiving the first- and second-most votes, according to final unofficial results posted Nov. 5 at 1:54 a.m. more »

Nov 4, 2014 8:11 PM Vote Central Texas

Kitchen avoids runoff and wins Austin City Council District 5 race

Ann Kitchen has avoided a runoff and is expected to win the race for Austin City Council District 5. more »

Nov 4, 2014 7:41 PM Vote Central Texas

Austin City Council District 8 set for runoff

According to unofficial results, District 8 candidates Ellen Troxclair, with 26.38 percent, or 5,676 votes, and Ed Scruggs, with 25.54 percent, or 5,496 votes, are headed to a runoff election. more »

Nov 4, 2014 7:29 PM Vote Central Texas

Travis County Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt

Photo courtesy Travis County

Eckhardt, Shea, Gomez to serve on Travis County Commissioners Court

According to final unofficial results, Democrat Sarah Eckhardt has won the race to be the next Travis County Judge. more »

Nov 4, 2014 7:38 PM Vote Central Texas

Contract for SH 45 SW engineering design services approved

Design of the contentious SH 45 SW project in southern Travis County and northern Hays County could be underway in 2015 once the project receives environmental clearance. more »

Nov 3, 2014 12:58 PM Southwest Austin

Neighbors rally against the proposed St. Elmo's Market and Lofts project, which they say will increase traffic, raise costs and not fit with the area's industrial character, among other concerns.

Joe Olivieri

Neighbors, businesses rally against St. Elmo's Market and Lofts project

Residents and local business employees marched along Industrial Boulevard Oct. 30 in protest of the proposed St. Elmo’s Market and Lofts project. more »

Oct 30, 2014 11:47 AM Southwest Austin 3 Comments

Susan Dawson, executive director of local nonprofit E3 Alliance, talks about graduation rates at an Oct. 29 event featuring a student panel at Eastside Memorial High School.

Kelli Weldon

Data: Central Texas low-income students' graduation rates rise

Central Texas graduation rates for low-income students have risen in the past decade and now lead those of major Texas cities such as Houston and Dallas, according to E3 Alliance data. more »

Oct 29, 2014 12:00 AM Austin Metro

Study: Circuit of The Americas has $897M economic impact

Circuit of the Americas produced an $897 million economic impact to the Austin region from October 2013 to September 2014, according to a new study. more »

Oct 28, 2014 1:37 PM Austin Metro 1 Comments

Austin ISD superintendent job draws more than 90 candidates

More than 90 candidates have submitted applications for the job of Austin ISD superintendent, according to Vincent Torres, president of the AISD board of trustees. more »

Oct 28, 2014 12:00 AM Austin Metro

Austin ISD to add 'gender identity' to anti-discrimination policies

Austin ISD’s board of trustees approved amendments Oct. 27 to add “gender identity” to the district’s anti-discrimination policies for students and staff. more »

Oct 28, 2014 12:00 AM Austin Metro

10-1 Austin City Council redistricting

New monthly series highlights many of the top issues facing upcoming Austin City Council candidates and offers profiles of each of the council districts

Transportation Updates

The latest on local road projects

November 2014 Election Guides

Learn more about the candidates vying for public office. Full coverage at

Navidad Farms Pecans

Photo by Kelli Weldon

Retailer touts local pecans, gift options

The Park on South Lamar

Photo by Kelli Weldon

Sports bar hosts bingo, karaoke, local events

2014 Public Education Guide

Data on Austin ISD and Dripping Springs ISD

Day Trips Guide

Optional activities in Bastrop, Dripping Springs, San Marcos and Williamson County

2014–15 Healthcare Directory

Stories, news briefs and local doctor and hospital listings in Southwest Austin

Southwest Austin Wedding Guide

Area businesses specialize in hosting wedding ceremonies and receptions.

X Games Guide

Austin will host ESPN's Summer X Games this year.

Meet your local foodie

Meet the professional foodie, a jack-of-all-trades who helps keep local grocery stores on the cutting edge of food trends.

Summer Camps Guide

Local camps offer enrichment, athletics and adventure

Stargazing Guide

A guide to the night sky and upcoming events

Education Guide

Austin ISD

Bee Guide

Sweet events and local resources

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