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Southwest Austin September 2012

Travis County: Photo ID not required at polls

Citizens who want to vote in the Nov. 6 elections must register before Oct. 9. more »

Sep 27, 2012 12:45 AM Central Austin

Trustee Robert Schneider said a new school would help Bowie High School (above).

Photo by Joe Olivieri

Austin ISD considering land purchase to build a new south high school campus

This fall, Austin ISD will discuss purchasing land for a proposed new high school in South Austin. more »

Sep 27, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin 9 Comments

Austin plans traffic summit to improve roadway safety

When transportation authorities want to improve traffic safety, they study crash data. But crash data does not always tell the full story of why accidents happen. more »

Sep 27, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin 1 Comments

Circle C Ranch, a master-planned community in Southwest Austin, faced legal challenges in development.

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Circle C Ranch

An idea for a master-planned community started a decade-plus legal battle and resulted in the development of Southwest Austin’s Circle C Ranch, which today has more than 4,600 homes, according to its homeowners association (HOA) President Jason Bram. more »

Sep 27, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Bailey Middle School musicians have performed around the nation.

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Middle school band to play at inaugural festival

In April, the Bailey Middle School Wind Ensemble was invited to perform at the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Festival in Washington, D.C. more »

Sep 27, 2012 12:00 AM , Southwest Austin

General Manager’s note — September 2012

You never forget your first accident. more »

Sep 27, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Scott Ward, president of Strange Brew Austin Coffee, plans to expand the business this fall.

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Strange Brew Austin Coffee

Laptop screens light the faces of customers at Strange Brew Austin Coffee, a 24-hour coffee shop where customers come for the free Wi-Fi and stay for the paninis and organic, fair trade coffee. more »

Sep 27, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Young professionals go caving on Dahlstrom Ranch in Hays County.

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Hill Country Conservancy

For years, people have been moving to the Hill Country to enjoy its beautiful landscapes. more »

Sep 27, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Singer Stacy Seals takes a break from recording a demo at Music Lab. “I am trying to get gigs around town,” she said. “I sing R&B, funk and soul.”

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Music Lab

Music Lab started out as a recording studio and rehearsal space, but that is actually a small part of its business today, owner Danny Cabela said. more »

Sep 27, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Austin changes speed limits on Convict Hill, Davis

Austin City Council changed the speed limits on sections of Davis Lane and Convict Hill Road in August. more »

Sep 27, 2012 12:00 AM , Southwest Austin

During an interview with Community Impact Newspaper, Bookstop and Hoovers founder Gary Hoover said entrepreneurs should be curious, take the business seriously and become an industry expert.

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Gary Hoover

Gary Hoover is an entrepreneur, lecturer and owner of a personal library of more than 50,000 books. more »

Sep 20, 2012 12:00 AM Cedar Park | Leander

Lt. Sean Ford was named Sunset Valley's chief of police Sept. 18.

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New Sunset Valley police chief appointed by City Council

The Sunset Valley City Council appointed Lt. Sean Ford as chief of police during its Sept. 18 meeting. more »

Sep 19, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Oak Hill neighborhoods get update on Y progress

Oak Hill residents asked transportation authorities at the Sept. 12 Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods meeting about progress on projects to improve traffic flow at the Y at Oak Hill—and why the projects are taking so long to implement. more »

Sep 13, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

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Austin Water Utility moves to Stage 2 restrictions Sept. 4

Austin Water Utility moved to Drought Response Stage 2 Water Use Restrictions on Sept. 4. in preparation for receding lake levels. more »

Sep 5, 2012 8:49 AM Central Austin

Employers need to be aware of new health care rules, experts say

On Jan. 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act will go into full effect. Within the nearly 1,000-page federal law are several provisions that will require businesses to evaluate their health care plans—or lack thereof. more »

Aug 24, 2012 3:00 AM Northwest Austin

Sunset Valley councilman Hamir resigns, city seeks nominations

At its Aug. 21 meeting, Sunset Valley City Council accepted the resignation of Councilman Zubair Hamir, who was elected in May and said he and his family are moving away at the end of August. more »

Aug 21, 2012 12:00 AM Southwest Austin