Courtney Sebesta

Senior editor for digital

Courtney Sebesta is the senior editor for digital for Statesman.com, MyStatesman.com and Austin360.com.

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‘Long stay’ dogs in need of forever homes

6:44 AM Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 22, 2013 It’s time again to feature two adorable dogs who have been in the Austin Animal Center for extended stays. Mimi and Mr. Pibb are both three-year-old American Pit-Bull mixes and have hit the 250 day mark. Here’s a little background from the Center on Mimi...
Austin Food & Wine Festival: Susan Feniger shares love of street food

1:01 AM Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

Wearing her signature dyed apron and brightly-colored headband and chef’s coat, Susan Feniger took the stage at the 10 a.m. Saturday slot with champagne in hand. Swearing she never drinks before 11 a.m., the enthused crowd burst into applause and the veteran chef was on her way to an early great start the first day of the Austin Food...
Austin Food and Wine Festival: Jonathan Waxman dazzles with classics

12:58 AM Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

Jonathan Waxman, the culinary “Obi Wan Kenobi” and the father of New American cuisine, took the cooking stage with the same ease he is known for in the kitchen. Waxman began the session reminiscing about his early years and how chefs have now evolved to putting the whole “kitchen sink” on the plate. Known for simplicity...
Austin Food and Wine Festival: Grillin’ and chillin’ with Tim Love

12:55 AM Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

Bloody Marys, tequila and cold wine. What more could you want from an 11 a.m. grilling session during Sunday brunch? We were expecting a show (after waiting in line for an hour) from Fort Worth chef Tim Love, and boy, did we get one. This was Texas, after all, and once you stepped into the lines of Weber grills, the heat and the smell of...
Ways to view the Austin bats

4:35 PM Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014

Different ways to watch the Austin bats under South Congress Bridge: • Watch on the bridge itself – but be mindful of the traffic! 208 Barton Springs Road 512-480-9264 Capital Cruises' internationally famous bat watching excursion departs nightly approximately 30 minutes before sunset and are approximately one hour in length. 210...
From bustling to breathtaking, Thailand enchants
 The moment your toes hit the sand you think a place like this couldn’t possibly exist: emerald green water lapping against limestone cliffs, secluded white sand beaches tucked into the middle of adjoining islands. You feel like you’ve discovered a well-kept secret unfolding just for you. Thailand, with its breathtaking natural...

2:04 AM Sunday, Jul. 07, 2013

The moment your toes hit the sand you think a place like this couldn’t possibly exist: emerald green water lapping against limestone cliffs, secluded white sand beaches tucked into the middle of adjoining islands. You feel like you’ve discovered a well-kept secret unfolding just for you. Thailand, with its breathtaking natural...
In Prague, a passel of past beauty
 Prague has been described as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, where storefronts meet cobblestone streets, merchants sell handmade goods and locals meet at street cafes and beer gardens for beloved Czech beer all under the watchful eye of Prague’s famous medieval towers. Prague’s rich history begins in the 10th century...

5:39 AM Sunday, Jun. 02, 2013

Prague has been described as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, where storefronts meet cobblestone streets, merchants sell handmade goods and locals meet at street cafes and beer gardens for beloved Czech beer all under the watchful eye of Prague’s famous medieval towers. Prague’s rich history begins in the 10th century...
Two men swept away by flooding in Dallas and Fort Worth

9:43 PM Monday, Aug. 20, 2012

DALLAS — Two men were swept into rain-swollen creeks in Dallas and Fort Worth after thunderstorms brought up to 4 inches of rain to the area over the weekend. By Sunday, authorities believed they had recovered one man's body. Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman Richard Harrison said a body was found in the search area Sunday afternoon...
Red Fan Communications restores legendary Austin home for its offices
 The story of the 1890s-era house at East 32nd and Helms streets is legendary. Officially known as the historic Whitley-Keltner House — though many call it the Helms House — it was once party central during the heyday of Austin's hippie culture. The house near the University of Texas campus fell into disrepair and eventually became...

11:31 PM Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2012

The story of the 1890s-era house at East 32nd and Helms streets is legendary. Officially known as the historic Whitley-Keltner House — though many call it the Helms House — it was once party central during the heyday of Austin's hippie culture. The house near the University of Texas campus fell into disrepair and eventually became...
Top ten bat spots

6:23 PM Thursday, Jul. 12, 2012

• Owned by Bat Conservation International, said to be the world’s largest bat colony. Between April and September every year, this maternity colony is home to millions and millions of Mexican free-tailed bats. • Called the World’s Largest Urban Bat Colony, from April to September this bridge is home to an estimated 1...