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Some fireworks banned in Travis County

The Travis County Commissioners Court approved an order declaring a local disaster based on drought conditions, banning the use and sale of some fireworks. more »

Dec 14, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Sunset Valley City Council nixes Uplands tract fire station

The Sunset Valley city council voted unanimously Dec. 11 to eliminate the option of using the local Uplands tract as the site for a proposed new fire station. more »

Dec 12, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin 1 Comments

Travis County extends burn ban, considers fireworks restrictions

On Dec. 11 the Travis County Commissioners Court approved an order extending the countywide burn ban to Jan. 9 and plans to consider restricting fireworks sales at its Dec. 14 meeting. more »

Dec 11, 2012 2:17 PM Southwest Austin

Mayor Lee Leffingwell (center) cuts the ribbon at a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the MoPac/290 flyovers with local officials.

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Mayor: New MoPac/290 flyover will help traffic congestion

A flyover bridge connecting MoPac Boulevard and U.S. Hwy 290 opened Dec. 5 as part of a series of improvements to the Ben White Boulevard corridor. more »

Dec 5, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

 Lynelle and Steve Sylliaasen own Loco-Motion Inflatable Play, an indoor playground with seven bounce houses, five themed playrooms and a playscape complete with tunnels, slides and a ball pit.

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Loco-Motion Inflatable Play

Children can run, jump and pretend at Loco-Motion Inflatable Play. Husband-and-wife team Steve and Lynelle Sylliaasen opened the 12,000-square-foot indoor playground July 31, 2009, and Lynelle said business continues to grow. more »

Nov 21, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, as it looks today, at 901 W. Ben White Blvd.

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St. David’s South Austin Medical Center celebrates 30-year history

Before the Hospital Corporation of America announced in December 1979 its plans to build a hospital in South Austin, many residents were in favor of it, according to Brett Matens, chief operating officer at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center. more »

Nov 21, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Chief Academic Officer Dr. Pauline Dow (left) is overseeing the dual-language program expansion.

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Austin ISD considers expanding dual-language, bilingual programs

Austin ISD dual-language education will expand if the board of trustees approves a proposed recommendation Dec. 17. more »

Nov 21, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

With only three members of the court present, Travis County Commissioners Court Judge Samuel Biscoe recommended delaying action on the county's economic development incentives policy.

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Travis County postpones development incentives policy vote

With only three of five members of the court present Nov. 20, Judge Samuel Biscoe of the Travis County Commissioners Court recommended delaying action on the county's economic development incentives policy until next week. more »

Nov 20, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Austin ISD District 4 trustee Vincent Torres, seen here at a September 2012 board meeting, was elected Nov. 19 as board president.

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AISD board names officers, swears in four trustees

Ann Teich, Gina Hinojosa, Jayme Mathias and Amber Elenz were sworn in as Austin ISD board trustees Nov. 19. The board also elected its new officers including board President Vincent Torres. more »

Nov 19, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Mothers object to AISD policy on breastfeeding

At the Nov. 19 meeting of the Austin ISD board of trustees, a few mothers spoke out against the district's policy on breastfeeding, claiming it conflicts with Texas law. more »

Nov 19, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin 5 Comments

Single-use bag ban ordinance to be proposed in Sunset Valley

Sunset Valley's Public Works and Environmental Services Department plans to develop an ordinance similar to the City of Austin's ban on single-use grocery bags. more »

Nov 16, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Austin ISD continues discussion of proposed single-sex schools

During its Nov. 12 work session, the Austin ISD board of trustees discussed potentially opening a school for young men at the Alternative Learning Center and said it will keep discussing plans for two new proposed District 1 middle school designs. more »

Nov 13, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Jayme Mathias, who ran against Sam Guzman in the tight race for the District 2 seat on the Austin ISD board of trustees, spoke Nov. 6 at an Education Austin watch party for AISD candidates at El Gallo restaurant.

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Hinojosa, Elenz, Mathias, Teich poised to take spots on Austin ISD board of trustees

Austinites cast their votes for Austin ISD board trustees for single-member Districts 2, 3 and 5, and at-large Place 8. more »

Nov 6, 2012 8:17 PM Vote Central Texas

Sunset Valley police receive diplomatic training for F1

Members of the Sunset Valley Police Department got diplomatic and international police training in preparation for the 2012 United States Grand Prix, scheduled for Nov. 18 at the Circuit of The Americas. more »

Nov 6, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Incumbent Workman to maintain District 47 House seat

Rep. Paul Workman, a Republican, led in the polls against Democrat Chris Frandsen and Libertarian Nick Tanner in the race for the District 47 state House of Representatives seat. The elected candidate will serve a two-year term. more »

Nov 6, 2012 12:00 AM Vote 2012

Travis County Commissioners Court supports 2013 emergency drought order

During its Oct. 30 meeting, the Travis County Commissioners Court urged water authorities to enact an emergency drought order for 2013. more »

Oct 30, 2012 12:00 AM , Southwest Austin

South Austinites consider single-member districts

Many residents say Southwest Austin has been underrepresented by the Austin City Council historically. This November, voters will decide which type of City Council they think can best represent them. more »

Oct 25, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

AISD board of trustees holds general election for 4 seats Nov. 6

Voters will elect Austin ISD board trustees to serve for single-member trustee Districts 2, 3 and 5, and At-Large Place 8. more »

Oct 25, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

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YETI Coolers LLC

When brothers Roy and Ryan Seiders co-founded YETI Coolers LLC in 2006 and opened a small office in Southwest Austin, they didn’t anticipate the size of their customer base. more »

Oct 25, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Health tax hike proposition opposed by St. David's HealthCare

St. David's President/CEO David Huffstutler told Community Impact Newspaper that Proposition 1, which is on the November ballot, is not the appropriate way to fund a medical school in Austin. more »

Oct 24, 2012 11:17 AM , Southwest Austin