Southwest Austin

Arrested development in Oak Hill

Photo by Joe Olivieri

Arrested development in Oak Hill

As a western gateway to Austin, the Oak Hill area would seem like a natural place for prosperous development.

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Patika Coffee, LLC opens its brick-and-mortar location Sept. 26.

Kelli Weldon

Patika debuts brick-and-mortar location

Patika Coffee, LLC officially opens its new brick-and-mortar location Sept. 26 at 2159 S. Lamar Blvd. more »

Sep 25, 2014 Southwest Austin

AISD faces dwindling population of students

With the start of the 2014–15 school year, there are more Austin ISD students than there were a year ago. more »

Sep 25, 2014 Southwest Austin

The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas aims to break ground on a new facility in 2015.

Rendering courtesy Studio8 Archi

Food bank plans new distribution center

On Sept. 19 the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas launched a campaign to raise funds for a new food distribution warehouse it plans to build in East Austin in 2015. more »

Sep 25, 2014 Southwest Austin

Caren Jeskey poses for a portrait at Lumiere's mobile Tintype Photobooth.

Photo by Joe Olivieri

Sunset Valley 60th anniversary

The city of Sunset Valley celebrated 60 years of incorporation with a special event Sept. 20 that featured live music, food trucks, prize drawings and activities for children. more »

Sep 25, 2014 Southwest Austin

More Onion Creek buyouts approved

City Council approved borrowing $78 million to buy out homes in the Onion Creek area. more »

Sep 25, 2014 Southwest Austin

Sunset Valley cancels its November election

City Council decided Sept. 2 to cancel the city’s Nov. 4 election and declare the incumbents the winners since only incumbents filed to run for office. more »

Sep 25, 2014 Southwest Austin

City Council adopts $3.5 billion budget

A mayor-led effort to reduce Austinites’ property tax bills failed during final budget deliberations Sept. 8 and 9. more »

Sep 24, 2014 Central Austin

Austin ISD interim Superintendent Paul Cruz (left) meets with the Austin ISD board of trustees Sept. 22 to discuss the district's superintendent search and strategic plan for 2015–2020.

Kelli Weldon

Austin ISD plans public forum with superintendent candidates

The Austin ISD board of trustees met Sept. 22 and discussed holding a public forum as part of its ongoing search for a new superintendent. more »

Sep 23, 2014 Austin Metro

The LCRA rendering shows plans for a new Lane City reservoir, which is scheduled to be complete by 2017.

Courtesy Lower Colorado River Authority

LCRA proceeds with new reservoir, revised water management plan

A new reservoir similar to Lake Travis will be built along the Colorado River by 2017. more »

Sep 17, 2014 Central Austin (1 Comments)

Dell Medical School dean discusses how to improve health care system

Representatives from health care sectors in seven counties in Central Texas gathered Sept. 16 to discuss ideas about how to better engage and provide more personal care to patients. more »

Sep 17, 2014 Central Austin

TxDOT updates Hwy 290 intersections

The first of two intersection projects to address congestion, improve mobility and enhance safety at intersections on Hwy. 290 West is wrapping up Sept. 18, Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kelli Reyna said. more »

Sep 16, 2014 Southwest Austin

The Originator (starting at $5.75) is JuiceLand's most popular drink, owner Matt Shook said.

Photo by Joe Olivieri

JuiceLand expands with Brodie Lane location

JuiceLand debuted its newest location Sept. 15 at the intersection of Slaughter and Brodie lanes in Southwest Austin. more »

Sep 15, 2014 Southwest Austin

Bon Bon Macarons plans to open a brick and mortar location on South Lamar Boulevard.

Courtesy Ryan Browne

IMPACT ROUNDUP: Bakery goes brick-and-mortar, Five Star ER expands

Bon Bon Macarons plans to open a storefront on South Lamar Boulevard, and CrossFit Python on W. Hwy. 290 is now open. more »

Sep 10, 2014 Southwest Austin

Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park could soon be the home of a pro-quality golf facility capable of hosting PGA Tour events.

Courtesy city of Austin

Austin targets PGA-quality golf course

City officials on Sept. 8 advanced efforts to build a PGA-quality golf course at Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park in East Austin where there are 735 acres long earmarked for golf use. more »

Sep 10, 2014 Central Austin (1 Comments)

AISD continues superintendent search, changes application deadline

The Austin ISD board of trustees moved the deadline for applications for district superintendent to Oct. 20. The board plans to discuss its ongoing search for a new superintendent at upcoming meetings. more »

Sep 8, 2014 Austin Metro

TxDOT asks public to weigh in on recommended alternatives for I-35

The Texas Department of Transportation is hosting three open house events Sept. 9–11 to unveil proposals for improving mobility on I-35. more »

Sep 5, 2014 Northwest Austin

Five Austin mayor candidates participated in a United Way-hosted forum Sept. 3 at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

Jennifer Curington

Affordability, child care solutions proposed at United Way mayoral forum

Five Austin mayoral candidates told an audience at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema how they would address child care, affordability and other Austin-based concerns. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Central Austin (2 Comments)

Austin-based band The Peterson Brothers performed at the Missing School Matters rally Sept. 3 to raise awareness of the need to increase attendance in Central Texas schools.

Kelli Weldon

Rally draws attention to school attendance campaign

The need to increase student attendance in Central Texas schools was the focus of a rally Sept. 3 organized by local nonprofit E3 Alliance. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Austin Metro

David Kramer is the director of the Freescale Discovery Lab.

Courtesy Freescale Semiconductor Inc.

Freescale Semiconductor touts experimental lab

Last July Freescale Semiconductor opened a new laboratory in its Oak Hill headquarters dedicated to high-risk, high-reward experimental projects. More than a year later, company officials shared new details about its progress. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Southwest Austin

Residents used pushpins to designate areas of interest in the South Austin Combined neighborhood planning area at the yearlong project's kickoff meeting.

Kelli Weldon

Council to revisit neighborhood plan at Sept. 25 meeting

At a meeting Aug. 29, members of the Austin City Council heard feedback from residents about the South Austin Combined Neighborhood Plan, a neighborhood planning document that the council is considering whether to adopt. more »

Aug 29, 2014 Southwest 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.

Courtesy City of Austin

Austin City Council—Aug. 28

Highlights from the Aug. 28 Austin City Council meeting. more »

Aug 28, 2014 Central Austin

Capital Metro launches second MetroRapid route

In the months since Capital Metro’s newest bus service, MetroRapid, launched Jan. 26, the transit agency has continued tweaking and improving the service in preparation of the second route introduced Aug. 24. more »

Aug 28, 2014 Southwest Austin

Bastian drops out of AISD board District 7 race, supports Wagner

Theresa Bastian said this week she has decided to withdraw from the Austin ISD board of trustees District 7 race. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Southwest Austin

Dr. Clay Johnston, inaugural dean of The University of Texas' Dell Medical School, said the teaching hospital allows for new innovation in medical care to be created. Seton Healthcare Family hosted an event to celebrate the beginning of construction on its teaching hospital Aug. 26.

Lyndsey Taylor

Construction to begin on Seton's teaching hospital

Seton Healthcare Family celebrated Aug. 26 the beginning of construction on its new teaching hospital, which is expected to commence in the coming weeks. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin

From left, Better Bites Bakery owner Leah Lopez high-fives Bearded Brothers co-owner Caleb Simpson. The two businesses are both located on Circle Drive.

Photo by Joe Olivieri

From Southwest Austin to a shelf near you

In the Southwest Austin kitchen of Better Bites Bakery, an employee places cookie dough onto a machine’s conveyor belt. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Southwest Austin

Council vets neighborhood plan

Zoning changes and updates could be coming to some South Austin neighborhoods if City Council approves the South Austin Combined Neighborhood Plan. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Southwest Austin (2 Comments)

Backed by elected officials, education leaders and representatives from the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin ISD board of trustees President Vincent Torres speaks about school funding at a news conference Aug. 26.

Kelli Weldon

Education leaders call for changes to state funding system as AISD approves 2014–15 budget

The Austin ISD board of trustees on Aug. 26 approved the district’s $1.05 billion budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2015 following local education leaders’ call for a change in the way the state provides funding for the district. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Austin Metro

CANDIDATE ROUNDUP: Eighteen candidates file for Austin ISD board of trustees

Eighteen candidates filed for a seat on the Austin ISD board of trustees by the filing deadline Aug. 18. more »

Aug 26, 2014 Austin Metro

Sunset Valley talks utility costs

For years Sunset Valley has subsidized residential utility costs and watched as its share of the bills increase. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Southwest Austin

Local high schools make the grade

Austin ISD met the Texas Education Agency’s 2014 accountability standards, but not all of its schools did, according to a preliminary summary released Aug. 8. more »

Aug 27, 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

Transportation Updates

The latest on local road projects

November 2014 Election Guides

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

2014 Public Education Guide

Data on Austin ISD and Dripping Springs ISD

Toro Negro Lounge

Photo by Kelli Weldon

Local bar offers live music, social ambiance

Smoke'n Hops

Photo by Joe Olivieri

Family pairs beer, brisket at Dripping Springs brewpub

Terry Lickona

Photo by Beth Wade

The executive producer of "Austin City Limits" sits down with Community Impact Newspaper

St. Philip

Photo by Kelli Weldon

Team behind Uchi to debut concept with pizza, pastries

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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