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Facing food insecurity in Southwest Austin

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Mobility Authority reveals MoPac South roadwork concepts at Feb. 26 open house

Express lanes are being planned for the MoPac South corridor—spanning Cesar Chavez Street to Slaughter Lane—as part of an environmental study the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has been conducting since April 2013. more »

Feb 27, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

If built, the proposed SH 45 SW tollway would connect to 
Loop 1 at its intersection with SH 45 in Southwest Austin.

Photo by Joe Olivieri

SH 45 SW closer to construction

SH 45 SW, the long-anticipated and controversial roadway linking Loop 1 in Southwest Austin to FM 1626 in Hays County, inched closer to construction in late January. more »

Feb 25, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin 1 Comments

Courthouse vote moved to November

Travis County will ask voters to approve $291.6 million in bond funds to build a new civil and family courthouse in downtown Austin. more »

Feb 25, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

City supports water management grant

The Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District gained support from the city of Sunset Valley to pursue funding for a feasibility study examining two water management strategies for parts of Travis, Hays and Caldwell counties. more »

Feb 25, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

County schedules forums for federal grants

The county’s leaders are asking for the public’s input on how to use federal Community Development Block Grant funds. more »

Feb 25, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Victor Vargas, Texas Department of Transportation south Travis area engineer, speaks to residents.

Photo by Kelli Weldon

TxDOT: Interim Hwy. 290 roadwork is on track to wrap up by this summer

Construction on continuous-flow intersections, or CFIs, between Hwy. 71 and Joe Tanner Lane on Hwy. 290 is slated to be complete by summer, said Kelli Reyna, public information officer with the Texas Department of Transportation. more »

Feb 25, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Parent group calls for investigation of Austin ISD superintendent search

Parent group Coalition Strengthen Austin Urban Schools, or SAUS, filed a request with the Travis County Special Prosecution Division this week to investigate “unethical actions” by the Austin ISD board of trustees during its superintendent search. more »

Feb 24, 2015 12:00 AM Austin Metro 3 Comments

Local schools to delay opening by two hours Feb. 24

Austin, Dripping Springs, Pflugerville and Round Rock ISD schools will operate on a delayed opening schedule Tuesday, Feb. 24, according to their respective websites. more »

Feb 23, 2015 9:49 PM Austin Metro

Update: Austin ISD cancels after-school activities

Austin ISD will operate on its regular schedule Feb. 23 and continue to monitor weather to determine whether inclement weather will affect tomorrow's schedule, according to a district statement. more »

Feb 23, 2015 12:00 AM Austin Metro

Camp Sloop is a website that hosts information on summer camps taking place from Georgetown to New Braunfels.

Camp Sloop

Austin-area families invited to Feb. 22 summer camp fair

Camp Sloop, founded by Rebecca Cole and Rebecca D'Amico, provides camp organizations a free way to list their events and parents a free way to search for area summer camps. more »

Feb 18, 2015 10:00 AM Central Austin

Gray Butterfield owns Goin' Postal at 11601 W. Hwy 290.

Courtesy Will Boldt

Mailing business aims to be one-stop shop

New business Goin’ Postal will open Feb. 18 at 11601 W. Hwy. 290, Ste. A-101. more »

Feb 17, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

In addition to toll rebates, Carma is offering 30 days’ use of its Tesla Model S for one Carma member who tags #LoveMyCommute on Twitter or Facebook.

Photo by Emilie Lutostanski

Toll reimbursement program expands to all Central Texas roads

Carma, a transportation technology company that promotes carpooling, announced Feb. 10 that it will expand its toll reimbursement program to toll fares on all major Ausitn-area tollways through June 30. more »

Feb 11, 2015 3:32 PM Austin Metro

Work concludes on Davis, Deer project

As of February, the city of Austin’s roadwork on Davis and Deer lanes is complete after more than a year of construction and delays. more »

Feb 11, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Pilot program brings fresh options to O. Henry Middle School

O. Henry Middle School partnered with California-based Revolution Foods as part of a pilot program that brings high-quality, freshly-prepared food to its cafeteria daily. more »

Feb 10, 2015 3:04 PM Austin Metro

Vehicles line up at the traffic light in Oak Hill before traveling west on West Hwy. 290. The intersection of Hwy. 290 and Hwy. 71 is known for its traffic congestion.

Photo by Joe Olivieri

Residents to get update on Y at Oak Hill roadwork

Professionals in the Oak Hill area will be able to hear news about interim improvement projects on Hwy. 290, at an Oak Hill Business and Professional Association meeting Feb. 5. more »

Feb 4, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

County sets $291.6M price tag for courthouse

Travis County Commissioners Court will ask voters to consider an estimated $291.6 million price tag for a new civil and family courthouse this November. more »

Feb 4, 2015 10:20 AM Austin Metro

City provides South Austin Combined contact team information Feb. 3

The city of Austin is beginning the process of developing a neighborhood plan contact team or teams for the latest neighborhood plan to be approved. more »

Feb 3, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

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 board selects nine of 13 Bond Oversight Advisory Committee members

A 13-member citizen committee will oversee how Austin Community College spends nearly $386 million in bond money approved by district voters last November. more »

Feb 3, 2015 7:53 AM Central Austin

The 2015 Austin City Council from left: Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, Councilman Sabino Renteria, Councilman Don Zimmerman, Councilwoman Delia Garza, Councilwoman Ann Kitchen, Mayor Steve Adler, Councilwoman Leslie Pool, Councilwoman Ora Houston, Councilman Gregorio Casar, Councilwoman Sheri Gallo and Councilwoman Ellen Troxclair

Courtesy city of Austin

City Council approves new governing structure

Austin City Council approved a new governing structure during its Jan. 29 meeting. more »

Jan 29, 2015 4:30 PM Central Austin

Transportation Updates

The latest on local road projects

Creative Side Jewelry Academy of Austin

Photo by Kelli Weldon

School to add welding division later this year

Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy

Photo by Joe Olivieri

Facility offers elite training for athletes, amateurs alike

Paul Cruz

Photo by Joe Olivieri

Austin ISD Superintendent talks district funding, goals

Cajun Stuffed Meat Market & Specialty Foods

Photo by Lyndsey Taylor

Restaurant brings Louisiana flavors, live music to Sunset Valley

At the Capitol

How a bill becomes a law

SXSW

2015 South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals

Volunteer Guide 2015

Local charities are accepting volunteers.

2014 Public Education Guide

Data on Austin ISD and Dripping Springs ISD

2014–15 Healthcare Directory

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

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