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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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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 Southwest Austin 1 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 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 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 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 Austin Metro

Building up South Congress Avenue

Several projects are in the works along South Congress Avenue south of Ben White Boulevard; if completed, they stand to change the corridor from an industrial hub to a more mixed-use area featuring housing and retail options. more »

Oct 22, 2014 Southwest Austin 3 Comments

Residents to decide on $1 billion rail, road plan

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell has said solving the region’s transportation crisis requires a big solution. more »

Oct 8, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake 1 Comments

Expert: Austin selling fewer homes to first-time buyers, but that may change

The residential real estate economy was the focus of a presentation Eldon Rude, founder of local market research and consulting firm 360° Real Estate Analytics, gave to members of the Oak Hill Business and Professional Association on Oct. 2. more »

Oct 22, 2014 Southwest Austin 1 Comments

Residents seek details on city of Austin’s Williamson Creek buyouts

Some Williamson Creek–area residents west of I-35 may be affected by City Council’s Sept. 9 approval of spending $78 million on home buyouts in flood-prone areas such as near Onion Creek, according to city documents. more »

Oct 22, 2014 Southwest Austin

November ballot measure aims to drive road funding

A proposition on the Nov. 4 ballot could help repair the state’s ailing highway system, including heavily traveled Central Texas roads such as I-35. more »

Aug 20, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle 3 Comments

Travis County plans for new growth

According to proponents of Travis County’s Land, Water and Transportation Plan, or LWTP, the county is projected to grow to roughly 1.5 million people in the next 20 years, with many of them residing in unincorporated areas. more »

Oct 8, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

Southwest Austin–based nonprofit to host carnival Oct. 25

Food, music, a fire truck, a bounce house, games, face painting and henna tattoos will be among the features at Harmony Carnival, a free event Oct. 25 hosted by local nonprofit The Austin Harmony Project. more »

Oct 21, 2014 Southwest 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

Austin City Council to pick best approach for rewriting land development code

Austin City Council on Oct. 23 will decide among three proposed approaches for rewriting the city's land development code, an ongoing process dubbed CodeNEXT. In total, Austin City Council members will take up 54 items for consideration. more »

Oct 21, 2014 Central Austin 2 Comments

Austin Community College is proposing a new four-year nursing program in which the school's past graduates can upgrade their associate's degrees to earn a bachelor of science in nursing. If approved by the state, the new program could begin by 2017.

Joe Lanane

ACC seeks to add bachelor's nursing program

Nursing students in Austin Community College's associate degree program may soon be able to obtain their Bachelor of Science in nursing without transferring. more »

Oct 21, 2014 Central Austin

The Ebola virus has been confirmed in three different people in Dallas as of Oct. 16. There are currently no cases in Austin.


UPDATE: Austin resident being monitored for Ebola virus

Austin is at a low risk of its residents becoming infected with Ebola, Mayor Lee Leffingwell said Oct. 16 at a news conference. more »

Oct 16, 2014 Central Austin

Mayor issues challenge to end veteran homelessness

On Oct. 15, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell announced a challenge to end veteran homelessness by 2015. more »

Oct 16, 2014 Central Austin

Construction has been underway for some time on the Google Fiber network, officials revealed Oct. 15.

Courtesy Google Fiber

Google Fiber targets December to begin Austin installations

Google Fiber is making good on a promise more than a year and a half in the making. more »

Oct 15, 2014 Central Austin 1 Comments

Austin ISD moves forward with Professional Pathways for Teachers initiative

At its Oct. 13 work session, the board of trustees heard an update on the district's Professional Pathways for Teachers, or PPfT, initiative to design an approach to managing employees. more »

Oct 14, 2014 Austin Metro

Austin City Council asked city staff to review existing regulations and any proposed code amendments that might allow for the development of more tiny homes.


Austin releases research on tiny homes

Responding to an Austin City Council resolution seeking more information about tiny homes, city staff released research Oct. 13 that outlines obstacles to building, parking and living in these single-family detached homes—usually on wheels. more »

Oct 14, 2014 Central Austin 3 Comments

Citizens communication could change at Austin ISD board meetings

The Austin ISD board of trustees could change the way it hears comments from members of the community at board meetings. more »

Oct 14, 2014 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

PDF Archives for SWA





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