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Paul Cruz named AISD's interim superintendent

Kelli Weldon

Paul Cruz named interim superintendent of Austin ISD

At its April 15 meeting, the Austin ISD board of trustees named its Chief Schools Officer Paul Cruz interim superintendent and approved a request for proposals for a firm to help with a search for a permanent superintendent.

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Local restaurant Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza renovated by expanding its patio space in April.

Courtesy Cinnamon Nemec

IMPACT ROUNDUP: Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza expands space

Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza is renovating and Radio Coffee & Beer is coming soon to the Southwest Austin area. more »

Apr 15, 2014 Southwest Austin

President Obama talks LBJ's legacy, civil rights

President Barack Obama delivered a half-hour keynote address on President Lyndon Johnson's contributions to civil rights and the country's responsibility to continue his work at the Civil Rights Summit on April 10. more »

Apr 11, 2014 Austin Metro (1 Comments)

Barbecue, live music at Strange Brew raise funds for diabetes nonprofit

An event April 12 featuring barbecue, live music and prizes at local venue Strange Brew will benefit the Family Diabetes Resource Center of Texas. more »

Apr 9, 2014 Southwest Austin

Austin ISD board begins process for naming interim superintendent

At an April 7 work session, Austin ISD's board of trustees planned for the possibility that Superintendent Meria Carstarphen could leave the district to lead Atlanta Public Schools. more »

Apr 8, 2014 Austin Metro

Courtesy TxDOT

Retired Marine general chosen as new TxDOT chief

Retired Gen. Joe Weber, a vice president at Texas A&M University, was selected April 4 as the new executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation. more »

Apr 7, 2014 Austin Metro

Austin Chamber debuts 2013 Education Progress Reports

Each year, the Austin Chamber leads regional efforts to track K-12 school district performance. This year, the reports cover 12 school districts in Central Texas including Austin ISD, Round Rock ISD and Leander ISD. more »

Apr 3, 2014 Austin Metro

During the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Education Progress Reports luncheon, Bazaarvoice CEO Gene Austin acknowledged the achievements of Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, who was recently named the sole finalist to lead Atlanta Public Schools.

Kelli Weldon

Carstarphen speaks up about potential Atlanta move

During the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Education Progress Reports luncheon, Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, who was recently named the sole finalist to lead Atlanta Public Schools, thanked the district and community. more »

Apr 3, 2014 Austin Metro

Parents talk about potential solutions for overcrowded schools with Austin ISD staff at a community engagement meeting April 1 at Akins High School.

Kelli Weldon

Overcrowding, boundary changes a focus at Austin ISD facility meeting

Solutions to alleviate overcrowding at schools throughout Austin ISD was a subject of concern for parents who attended a facility master plan, or FMP, community engagement meeting at Akins High School on April 1. more »

Apr 2, 2014 Southwest Austin

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

Austin ISD board begins superintendent search discussion

Austin ISD's board of trustees took the first steps in the search for a new superintendent during executive session at its regular board meeting March 31. more »

Apr 1, 2014 Austin Metro

Local event distributes 40,000 books to area schools

About 40,000 books will be given away to help local students as part of an Education Austin and First Book event March 29. more »

Mar 28, 2014 Austin Metro

Post-SXSW evaluation approved by council

The South By Southwest Music and Media Conference is going to get an extra look from the city of Austin after Austin City Council passed 7-0 a resolution for a post-event analysis. more »

Mar 28, 2014 Central Austin

Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, seen here at a September board of trustees meeting, will have her contract extended by one year to June 30, 2015.

Kelli Fontenot

Austin ISD superintendent could leave district for Atlanta Public Schools

Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen has been named the sole finalist to lead Atlanta Public Schools, said Vincent Torres, president of AISD's board of trustees, at a news conference March 27. more »

Mar 27, 2014 Austin Metro

Southwest Austin campuses including Akins High School are overcrowded in terms of permanent capacity.

Photo by Kelli Weldon

Development stalls on new south high school

Plans for a new high school in South Austin slowed to a halt in May 2013 when voters rejected an Austin ISD bond proposition that would have included funds for a land and feasibility study for the school. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Southwest Austin (1 Comments)

Course revenues will help pay back the cost of purchasing Grey Rock Golf Club.

Photo by Joe Olivieri

City purchases Grey Rock

The city of Austin will soon own Grey Rock Golf Club and Circle C Tennis Center. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Southwest Austin (3 Comments)

Coalition wins EPA award for area smog reduction

Mention the word “ozone” and many people think of the ozone layer, the part of the atmosphere that deflects ultraviolet rays. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Southwest Austin

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center invited local media to tour The Luci and Ian Family Garden prior to its May 3 opening.

Joe Olivieri

(SLIDESHOW) New garden set for May 3 opening

Contractors are finishing work on the new Luci and Ian Family Garden at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Southwest Austin

Austin benefits from multiple providers of gigabit-level Internet service

A competition to provide Austinites access to gigabit-level Internet speeds is creating options for many residents who previously had only one. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Central Austin (1 Comments)

Supporters of SH 45 SW claim the roadway will relieve traffic on Brodie Lane, pictured above.

Photo by Kelli Fontenot

Travis, Hays counties fund SH 45 SW locally

On March 18, Travis County Commissioners Court voted 4–1 to partner with Hays County and the Central Texas Mobility Authority to fund SH 45 SW. Commissioner Ron Davis opposed. more »

Mar 19, 2014 Southwest Austin

The oak tree is called the "Taco Bell Tree" because there used to be a Taco Bell restaurant nearby.

Photo by Joe Olivieri

Group aims to move ‘Taco Bell Tree’

A local nonprofit group has raised enough funds to move a live oak tree away from road construction. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Southwest Austin

Oak Hill reopens youth sports fields

Five months after flooding decimated its playing fields, the Oak Hill Youth Sports Association held opening days for baseball and softball in March. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Southwest Austin

County talks tax rate

Commissioners reviewed key issues in the planning of the 2015 fiscal year budget during their March 18 meeting. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Southwest Austin

Officials to develop sobriety center idea

City and county leaders will develop an implementation plan for a sobriety center. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Southwest Austin

Dripping Springs school board calls $92M referendum

Dripping Springs ISD will ask voters in May to consider approving $92.41 million in bonds to build two schools, among other projects. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Southwest Austin

Attorney general to weigh in on bag bans

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott will issue an opinion in September regarding whether single-use bag ordinances violate the Texas Health and Safety Code. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Southwest Austin

Educators and community members rally outside Austin ISD headquarters Feb. 24 in support of extending employee contracts from one to three years.

Photo by Kelli Weldon

AISD OKs 3-year employee contracts

Some Austin ISD employees, including teachers, librarians and administrators, will be eligible for three-year contracts in 2014–15 following a 5-4 board of trustees vote Feb. 24 to change contracts from one year to three years. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Southwest Austin

City narrows down plans for 60th anniversary

Council members voted unanimously March 18 to approve a preliminary plan for how to celebrate the city’s 60th anniversary this fall. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Southwest Austin

Capital Metro ridership during SXSW increased more than 50 percent

With extended hours and a new bus system, Capital Metro ridership increased between 50–70 percent during this year’s South by Southwest conferences and festivals. more »

Mar 25, 2014 Northwest Austin

AISD hosts public input meetings for facility master plan

At regional meetings, Austin ISD is gathering input from the public in March and April on the development of its facility master plan. more »

Mar 24, 2014 Austin Metro

CAMPO asks public for input on regional transportation needs

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, which is responsible for coordinating regional transportation efforts, is hosting six public meetings to receive feedback about the public’s priorities. more »

Mar 21, 2014 Austin Metro

Courtesy Terry Mitchell

New Capital Metro board member has housing development experience

Capital Metro announced March 19 that it will appoint Momark Development LLC President Terry Mitchell to replace Frank Fernandez, who resigned in January. more »

Mar 20, 2014 Northwest Austin

Austin real estate market hits all-time February highs

Record home sales and prices highlighted a record February in the Austin real estate market. more »

Mar 20, 2014 Central Austin

Two new restaurants—a Luby's and a Fuddruckers—are planning to open at 415 W. Slaughter Lane in 2013.

Courtesy Luby's Inc

Luby's, Fuddruckers opens dual-concept Slaughter Lane location

A 12,360-square-foot development with a side-by-side Luby's cafeteria and Fuddruckers restaurant opens March 20 at 415 W. Slaughter Lane. more »

Mar 20, 2014 Southwest Austin

Austin ISD seeks suggestions for renaming middle school

Pearce Middle School could have a new name by the start of the 2014–15 school year. At a March 17 work session, the Austin ISD board discussed the timeline for possibly renaming the school, which will open in August as an all-girls school. more »

Mar 18, 2014 Austin Metro

Deadline to sign up for health insurance is March 31

The Affordable Care Act requires Americans to be enrolled in a health insurance plan. Those who are not will be charged a fee if they are not signed up by March 31. more »

Mar 17, 2014 Austin Metro

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Crema Bakery & Cafe

Photo by Joe Olivieri

Caterer says Brodie Lane spot like inviting visitors into her home

Ellis & Salazar Garage & Auto Repair

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Customer care a goal for one-stop auto repair shop

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