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Lake Travis | Westlake December 2012

Outdoor classrooms a growing trend in area schools

The days of elementary school students being stuck behind a desk, daydreaming about recess may be at an end as schools have invested in outdoor education. more »

Dec 13, 2012 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake

Lakeway residents voted in November in favor of a bond initiative for Flint Rock Road (pictured) improvements.

Photo by Gene Davis

Flint Rock Road bond issue passes

Lakeway residents chose in the Nov. 6 election to approve issuing general obligation bonds to generate the needed revenue to fund the city’s share to improve Flint Rock Road. more »

Dec 13, 2012 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake

Population trends lead to youth sports complexes

From 2000 to 2010, the Western Travis County area has seen some of the highest percentage of growth in population in Austin. more »

Dec 13, 2012 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake

Randy Hutson enjoys working with people so much so that he keeps his desk at the front counter of the store.

Photo by Kyle Webb

Hutson Clothing Co.

For nearly 40 years, Randy Hutson has worked in the clothing business, helping people find the right outfit for the right occasion, and his method is simple: “Never give the client a reason to go somewhere else.” more »

Dec 13, 2012 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake

Lake Travis ISD approves marketing plan for potential stadium video display board

Lake Travis ISD trustees approved an agreement with Daktronics Sports Marketing at its regular meeting Nov. 13 that allows for market research and advertising sales. more »

Dec 13, 2012 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake 1 Comments

Racing action is seen during the U.S. Grand Prix on Nov. 18 at Circuit of The Americas.

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Formula One brings in business, not problems, to Lakeway area

Before Circuit of The Americas hosted Formula One Nov. 16–18, there was chatter of impending chaos—miles of traffic logjams, downtown Austin being overrun, a helicopter-clogged airspace, and fans flocking to the waters and vistas just west of Austin. more »

Dec 13, 2012 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake 1 Comments

General Manager’s note — December 2012

Holiday traditions run deep in many family, and ours have always been the Trail of Lights and the tree in Zilker Park. more »

Dec 13, 2012 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake

Wendee Phoenix, owner of A to Z Dog Ranch, looks after nearly 20 dogs a day on the 5-acre ranch near Spicewood.

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A to Z Dog Ranch

Up a gravel driveway and past several locked gates, roughly 20 dogs run and sniff the air, wag their tails and enjoy the wide open spaces. more »

Dec 13, 2012 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake

Southeast Texas rice farmers likely to receive Lake Travis water

The so-called “aqua cliff” may have been avoided after the Lower Colorado River Authority board voted Nov. 14 to endorse emergency drought relief that would potentially provide water downstream for southeastern Texas rice farmers. more »

Dec 13, 2012 12:00 AM Cedar Park | Leander

Ronnie Baker, owner of Ronnie’s Real Food Bistro, keeps his childhood piano in the restaurant.

Photo by Kyle Webb

Ronnie’s Real Food Bistro

Ronnie Baker, owner of Ronnie’s Real Food Bistro, worked as an accountant and auditor for 19 years before his neighbor, who owned a restaurant, asked him to help her bake some cookies. more »

Dec 13, 2012 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake

The Ladies of Charity Lake Travis Thrift Shop is run entirely by volunteers who donate their time and effort to the nondenominational store.

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Lake Travis Thrift Shop

For more than two decades the Ladies of Charity—part of the Saint Vincent de Paul charities—and the Lake Travis Thrift Shop have helped the Lakeway community. more »

Dec 13, 2012 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake

Bee Cave approves tower signs, smaller housing lots

With Bee Cave’s population growing every year, city leaders are facing proposals that differ from the city’s comprehensive plan. more »

Dec 13, 2012 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake 1 Comments

Interim Fire Chief Robert Abbott has the full support of the Lake Travis Fire and Rescue board of directors, board president Barker F. Keith II said.

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Lake Travis Fire Rescue appoints interim chief

The Lake Travis Fire and Rescue board of directors unanimously appointed Assistant Fire Chief Robert Abbott to the role of interim fire chief effective Dec. 1. more »

Dec 13, 2012 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake

Lakeway looks to become a Firewise Community

On Nov. 19, the City of Lakeway took the first step in becoming a Firewise Community. more »

Nov 30, 2012 2:54 PM Lake Travis | Westlake

Travis County adopts tax incentive policy

Travis County Commissioners Court has approved a new policy for offering tax abatements to eligible companies to encourage economic development. more »

Nov 27, 2012 2:25 PM Southwest Austin

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Coffee with Impact: Dr. Richard Rhodes

Dr. Richard Rhodes, president and CEO of the Austin Community College District, joined ACC in September 2011 after serving as president of El Paso Community College for 10 years. more »

Nov 21, 2012 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto 1 Comments