Southwest Austin

Projects take shape near Southwest Parkway

Photo by Kelli Weldon

Projects take shape near Southwest Parkway

Construction machinery whirring along Southwest Parkway, a stretch of road that connects with Hwy. 71 in Southwest Austin, is a familiar sight to many who drive in the area.

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Amy Denney

Austin rail supporters launch campaign to garner support for bond

Armed with slogans of “Traffic bites. Bite back” and “With roads and rail we cannot fail,” the Let’s Go Austin political action committee kicked off a campaign Aug. 20 to gain support for the proposed $1 billion rail and road bond. more »

Aug 22, 2014 Northwest Austin

Decision delayed on LCRA revised water management plan

A long-term plan for keeping the Austin area’s primary water supply intact was introduced August 15 but its approval remains uncertain. more »

Aug 20, 2014 Central Austin

The 2013–14 Austin City Council: Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, Councilman Bill Spelman, Councilwoman Laura Morrison, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Councilwoman Kathie Tovo, Councilman Chris Riley and Councilman Mike Martinez

Photo courtesy City of Austin

City Council moves to lower maximum property tax rate

Austin City Council approved a resolution Aug. 19 to lower the property tax rate by 2.18 cents per $100 assessed home value. more »

Aug 19, 2014 Central Austin

Courtesy Austin Energy

Austin Energy decreases proposed rate increase

Austin Energy lowered its proposed monthly increase to electric bills for the upcoming fiscal year after receiving negative feedback from City Council. more »

Aug 19, 2014 Central Austin

Search firm develops Austin ISD superintendent profile

The Austin ISD board of trustees is scheduled to vote Aug. 26 on a profile outlining qualities members of the community want to see in a new district superintendent. more »

Aug 18, 2014 Austin Metro

Seneca Trails, a new neighborhood being built in Belterra, will feature homes, such as this one, that were built by homebuilder Sitterle Homes.

Courtesy Crescent Communities

New developer adds neighborhoods to Belterra

Developer Crescent Communities is working on its first two neighborhoods in Belterra since acquiring the Hays County master planned community last fall. more »

Aug 18, 2014 Southwest Austin

CANDIDATE ROUNDUP: Austin ISD board of trustees elections

The deadline is approaching to file for candidacy for a seat on Austin ISD board of trustees, and several candidates have announced their bids in the past few weeks. more »

Aug 14, 2014 Austin Metro

The decor of the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema takes a chapter from the famous Stanley Kubrick film "The Shining."

Joe Lanane

Take a sneak peek inside revamped Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

After 18 months of renovations and construction, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will reopen its South Lamar location Aug. 16. more »

Aug 14, 2014 Central Austin

Austin ISD board to consider $1.05B budget for FY2015

On Aug. 28, Austin ISD’s board of trustees is scheduled to take action on a budget with $1.05 billion in expenditures and other uses and $1.03 billion in revenue, along with a two-cent decrease in its tax rate in fiscal year 2015. more »

Aug 11, 2014 Austin Metro

Trustees talk transfers, potential policy changes for Austin ISD

At a work session Aug. 11, members of the Austin ISD board of trustees discussed implementation of its facility master plan, as well as how its transfer policy affects overcrowded and underenrolled schools. more »

Aug 12, 2014 Austin Metro

At the April 28, 2014 meeting of the Austin ISD board of trustees, trustee Tamala Barksdale speaks.

Kelli Weldon

Barksdale will not seek reelection to AISD board

Austin ISD board of trustees member Tamala Barksdale said Aug. 11 she does not plan to seek reelection in November. more »

Aug 11, 2014 Austin Metro

TEA: Austin ISD meets accountability standards, some schools still require improvement

In terms of student achievement, student progress, postsecondary readiness and closing performance gaps, Austin ISD met the Texas Education Agency's 2014 overall district standards, but not all individual schools did, according to new TEA ratings. more »

Aug 8, 2014 Austin Metro

Data: Austin ISD graduation rates reached all-time high in 2013

Austin ISD graduation rates reached an all-time high of 84.1 percent for the Class of 2013, according to data released Aug. 5 by the district and the Texas Education Agency. more »

Aug 6, 2014 Austin Metro

TxDOT seeks feedback on 2040 long-range plan

Residents are invited to an Aug. 5 meeting to weigh in on the Texas Transportation Plan 2040 to define the Texas Department of Transportation’s multimodal goals. more »

Aug 5, 2014 Northwest Austin

Austin ISD: 1,500 respond to superintendent search survey

Though the Austin ISD board of trustees did not meet in July, the school district’s community was active in terms of providing feedback on the ongoing search for a new AISD superintendent, board President Vincent Torres said. more »

Aug 5, 2014 Austin Metro

Residents learned more about SH 45 SW at a Bowie High School open house and public hearing July 29 about the proposed four-lane, 3.6-mile-long toll road.

Kelli Weldon

Residents, elected officials speak up about SH 45 SW at public hearing

More than 470 attendees packed the Bowie High School cafeteria at an SH 45 SW open house and public hearing July 29 to provide feedback and learn more about the proposed four-lane, 3.6-mile-long toll road. more »

Jul 30, 2014 Southwest Austin

City of Austin now accepts used, damaged electronics at drop-off recycling facility

Residents can now recycle used and damaged electronics through the city of Austin’s recycling facility. The service began in late July and is free for residents, Austin Resource Recovery Spokeswoman Lauren Hammond said. more »

Jul 30, 2014 Northwest Austin

Study addresses SH 45 SW’s challenges

For years, critics claimed building SH 45 SW—a proposed four-lane, 3.6-mile-long toll road—would damage the environment without significantly improving mobility in southern Travis County and northern Hays County. more »

Jul 23, 2014 Southwest Austin (1 Comments)

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 23, 2014 Northwest Austin

Code changes could shape Austin’s future

For the first time in 30 years, Austin’s land development code is undergoing a comprehensive rewrite through a process dubbed CodeNEXT. more »

Jul 23, 2014 Central Austin

Lack of available housing a challenge for advocates of Austin’s homeless

In mid-July, Austin’s homeless shelters housed 1,453 people, including 153 children, according to data from the Austin-based nonprofit Ending Community Homelessness Coalition. more »

Jul 23, 2014 Southwest Austin

Construction was underway July 22 on the Austin ISD  Performing Arts Center, which is slated to be complete in November.

Joe Olivieri

Austin ISD aims to finish Performing Arts Center construction in 2014

Construction is well underway at Austin ISD’s new districtwide Performing Arts Center, where AISD students will be able to sing, dance, perform and display their art when it opens in 2015. more »

Jul 22, 2014 Austin Metro

Austin-area home sales increased 13 percent in June as part of a record month.

Courtesy ABoR.com

June home sales reach Austin-area record

The Austin-area real estate market continues to outpace last year’s success as single-family home sales increased 13 percent in June compared to 2013. more »

Jul 21, 2014 Central Austin

Miguel Ancira was a candidate for Austin City Council District 3.

Courtesy Miguel Ancira

Candidate drops out of District 3 council race

Candidate Miguel Ancira has decided to end his campaign for Austin City Council District 3, he told supporters in an email message July 15. more »

Jul 15, 2014 Southwest Austin

Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, seen here at a March 31 board of trustees meeting, formally accepted a position with Atlanta Public Schools in April.

Photo by Kelli Weldon

Community to provide feedback on Austin ISD superintendent search

During public forums during the week of July 15–17, Austin ISD is seeking public input on its ongoing search for a new district superintendent. more »

Jul 14, 2014 Austin Metro

Ashby Johnson, a University of Texas alum, was hired as the new executive director of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. He will replace former executive director Maureen McCoy, who retired in February.

Courtesy Houston-Galveston Area Council

CAMPO announces new executive director

Ashby Johnson, a University of Texas alum, is returning to Austin to become executive director of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. more »

Jul 9, 2014 Northwest Austin

Central Health plans to keep tax rate flat in 2015

Central Health plans to keep its tax rate at 12.9 cents per $100 of assessed value during the 2015 fiscal year. more »

Jul 9, 2014 Austin Metro

A new feature from the Austin Animal Center allows pet owners to track the location and information of stray animals caught by the city-run shelter.

Austin Animal Center

Austin Animal Center launches stray locator map

Owners can track down lost pets more easily thanks to a new interactive stray map launched July 3 by the Austin Animal Center. more »

Jul 7, 2014 Central Austin

Austin ISD board of trustees member Lori Moya shakes hands with an attendee at a March 31, 2014 meeting.

Kelli Weldon

Moya will not run again for Austin ISD board

Lori Moya said she will not seek reelection to the Austin ISD board of trustees in November after an eight-year career on the board. more »

Jul 2, 2014 Austin Metro

Austin ISD school board trustee Robert Schneider listens at the board's May 28, 2013 meeting.

Kelli Weldon

AISD trustee seeks fourth term to represent Southwest Austin

Robert Schneider announced July 1 that he is running for reelection to the Austin ISD board of trustees. more »

Jul 1, 2014 Southwest Austin

Recycled phones to benefit Austin teachers

An AT&T initiative to recycle unused mobile devices could add up to money for Austin teachers. more »

Jun 30, 2014 Central Austin

Oak Hill VFW to host July 4 celebration

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4443 hosts its 2014 Independence Day celebration for Oak Hill residents July 4 at the 7614 Thomas Springs Road campus. more »

Jun 30, 2014 Southwest Austin

Austin City Council unanimously approves 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 »

Jun 26, 2014 Northwest Austin (3 Comments)

Austin ISD to hold stakeholder meetings on superintendent search in July, identify superintendent this fall

As it begins to build a profile of qualities it wants in a new superintendent, Austin ISD will soon be reaching out to more than 200 local stakeholder groups and individuals to gain feedback on its ongoing search. more »

Jun 26, 2014 Austin Metro

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

Torres announces he will not seek reelection to Austin ISD board

Vincent Torres, president of the Austin ISD board of trustees, said today that he will not seek reelection to the board in November. more »

Jun 26, 2014 Austin Metro

Work has begun on the new Southeast Health and Wellness Center on Montopolis Drive. Construction is expected to be completed in October.

Photo courtesy Central Health

New options in Prop. 1’s wake

Travis County is more than two years into its participation in the federal 1115 Healthcare Transformation Waiver, and some residents are seeing changes to how health care is delivered locally. more »

Jun 25, 2014 Southwest Austin

The first psychiatric emergency department in Central Texas opened at University Medical Center Brackenridge on April 29. The ED has 17 beds and is meant to relieve overcrowding at general emergency rooms.

Photo by Lyndsey Taylor

Austin mental health facilities now operating at full capacity

Health care stakeholders are pushing to attract more psychiatrists, build new facilities and obtain funding to increase mental and behavioral health resources in Austin. more »

Jun 25, 2014 Central Austin (4 Comments)

At an Austin ISD board of trustees meeting May 28, resident Dee Dee Wood spoke on behalf of Southwest Austin Citizens for Education to advocate for an AISD high school to be built in Southwest Austin. Wood is one of many citizens from South Austin who have spoken at recent board meetings.

Photo by Kelli Weldon

Residents reignite high school debate

The Austin ISD board of trustees revisited its discussion about a proposed high school in South Austin at a meeting June 2 after hearing from local residents. more »

Jun 25, 2014 Southwest Austin (2 Comments)

At an Oak Hill Parkway open house June 17, local residents reviewed potential design concepts to help alleviate congestion at the Y at Oak Hill.

Kelli Weldon

Residents help narrow down concepts for Y at Oak Hill redesign

Some proposed concepts to redesign the Y at Oak Hill where Hwy. 290 and Hwy. 71 intersect are moving forward as part of the ongoing Oak Hill Parkway environmental study to address long-term congestion. more »

Jun 18, 2014 Southwest Austin

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

The Art Garage

Photo by Kelli Weldon

Circle Drive studio offers paint-your-own pottery, clay sculpting and glass fusion

JuiceLand

Photo by Joe Olivieri

Company blends new products, adds stores

Keep Austin Fed

Photo by Kelli Weldon

Volunteers mobilize to feed locals in need

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

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