Rachel Rice

Reporter, Lake Travis View & Westlake Picayune

Rachel has been with Austin Community Newspapers since 2012. As a reporter for the Lake Travis View, Rachel covers the communities of Bee Cave and Lakeway and the Lake Travis school district. She enjoys writing features on the interesting folks in her coverage areas as well as covering hard news on the lake and transportation matters. A native of Dallas, Rachel attended the University of Missouri to study multimedia journalism. Rachel has previously worked for publications in Dallas and Chicago but moved to Austin for the extremely convenient taco trailers. 

Latest from Rachel Rice

Man detains car burglary suspect with fire poker until police arrived
 A North Austin resident subdued a man he reportedly found breaking into his car, utilizing a fire poker to detain the suspect until Austin police arrived early Tuesday morning, according to a police report. From his backyard in the 8400 block of Stillwood Lane, the man could hear someone opening the door to his BMW around 2 a.m. The resident...

Posted: 13 hours ago

A North Austin resident subdued a man he reportedly found breaking into his car, utilizing a fire poker to detain the suspect until Austin police arrived early Tuesday morning, according to a police report. From his backyard in the 8400 block of Stillwood Lane, the man could hear someone opening the door to his BMW around 2 a.m. The resident...
POLICE: Woman dons wig, tries to cash forged check in North Austin
 Police arrested two women who twice tried to cash a forged check for $3,300 at a Wells Fargo branch in North Austin when one of the women tried to fool bank employees by wearing a wig in an attempt to look more like the person pictured on a stolen ID, according to Austin police reports. Theresa Frazier, 47, and Regan Reichenau, 22, first...

Posted: 14 hours ago

Police arrested two women who twice tried to cash a forged check for $3,300 at a Wells Fargo branch in North Austin when one of the women tried to fool bank employees by wearing a wig in an attempt to look more like the person pictured on a stolen ID, according to Austin police reports. Theresa Frazier, 47, and Regan Reichenau, 22, first...
Discarded cigarette sets North Austin apartment balcony ablaze
 Austin Fire Department officials say that improperly discarded smoking materials started a balcony fire in a North Austin apartment that displaced six residents on Thanksgiving Day. AFD responded to a fire in the 6800 block of McNeil Drive near the Travis County/Williamson County line at 1:33 p.m. on Thursday. Firefighters extinguished a...

Posted: 16 hours ago

Austin Fire Department officials say that improperly discarded smoking materials started a balcony fire in a North Austin apartment that displaced six residents on Thanksgiving Day. AFD responded to a fire in the 6800 block of McNeil Drive near the Travis County/Williamson County line at 1:33 p.m. on Thursday. Firefighters extinguished a...
POLICE: Driver who crashed car into South Austin house fled on foot
 The sole occupant of a blue Mazda that crashed into a South Austin home on Wednesday night left the scene of the crash before he could be questioned by police, Austin Police Department officials said. Police responded to a crash in the 2200 block of Spring Creek Drive around 10:20 p.m. According to witnesses, a man in his 20s fled the...

Posted: 21 hours ago

The sole occupant of a blue Mazda that crashed into a South Austin home on Wednesday night left the scene of the crash before he could be questioned by police, Austin Police Department officials said. Police responded to a crash in the 2200 block of Spring Creek Drive around 10:20 p.m. According to witnesses, a man in his 20s fled the...
WEATHER OUTLOOK: Pleasant and sunny for Thanksgiving Day
 A clear, frigid morning will give way to a sunny, pleasant afternoon with a high of 71 on the Thanksgiving holiday with only light winds, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to dip to 45 degrees this evening. Friday is expected to get a bit warmer, with a high of 77. Sunny skies are also anticipated tomorrow...

Posted: 22 hours ago

A clear, frigid morning will give way to a sunny, pleasant afternoon with a high of 71 on the Thanksgiving holiday with only light winds, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to dip to 45 degrees this evening. Friday is expected to get a bit warmer, with a high of 77. Sunny skies are also anticipated tomorrow...
Lakeway mayor answers resident questions about development
 Lakeway Mayor Joe Bain wants residents to know once and for all that there are few definite answers when it comes to the development of the land in the middle of Lakeway, bordered by RM 620 on one side, Rolling Green Drive on another, and then carved out the rest of the way by Lohmans Crossing Road. The undeveloped space is owned by several...

Posted: a day ago

Lakeway Mayor Joe Bain wants residents to know once and for all that there are few definite answers when it comes to the development of the land in the middle of Lakeway, bordered by RM 620 on one side, Rolling Green Drive on another, and then carved out the rest of the way by Lohmans Crossing Road. The undeveloped space is owned by several...
Major crash reported on Texas 29, east of Georgetown
 2 p.m. update: Williamson County Sheriff’s Office officials say a man was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center after a single vehicle crash on Texas 29 on Wednesday.  The Department of Public Safety is investigating the incident. Yesterday: Someone was ejected from a vehicle after a crash on Texas 29, just east of FM 1660,...

Posted: a day ago

2 p.m. update: Williamson County Sheriff’s Office officials say a man was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center after a single vehicle crash on Texas 29 on Wednesday.  The Department of Public Safety is investigating the incident. Yesterday: Someone was ejected from a vehicle after a crash on Texas 29, just east of FM 1660,...
Bridge causes stir in Homestead
 More than a dozen residents spoke during the Nov. 14 Bee Cave City Council meeting, mostly in favor of the city of Bee Cave annexing the Great Divide Drive low water crossing. No action was taken, but the City Council will continue to hear feedback at future meetings. Mayor Pro Tem Bill Goodwin said he asked for a discussion on the annexation...

Posted: 2 days ago

More than a dozen residents spoke during the Nov. 14 Bee Cave City Council meeting, mostly in favor of the city of Bee Cave annexing the Great Divide Drive low water crossing. No action was taken, but the City Council will continue to hear feedback at future meetings. Mayor Pro Tem Bill Goodwin said he asked for a discussion on the annexation...
WEST LAKE HILLS: Bee Cave Road Starbucks agreement extended
 The city of West Lake Hills granted an agreement extension to the owners of 3509 Bee Cave Road, where a Starbucks and a small office building are planned to be built. The owners of the property made an agreement with the city in 2014 to gift the city right-of-way where their property fronts Bee Cave Road for the road’s expansion. The...

Posted: 2 days ago

The city of West Lake Hills granted an agreement extension to the owners of 3509 Bee Cave Road, where a Starbucks and a small office building are planned to be built. The owners of the property made an agreement with the city in 2014 to gift the city right-of-way where their property fronts Bee Cave Road for the road’s expansion. The...
Lakeway City Council discusses citizen engagement measures
 A couple city council members want the city of Lakeway to up its efforts at engaging the community, and are proposing several measures to accomplish this. During the Nov. 20 council meeting, Councilwoman Jean Hennagin made a presentation for a Lakeway “engagement committee,” and put forward ideas brainstormed along with Councilman...

Posted: 3 days ago

A couple city council members want the city of Lakeway to up its efforts at engaging the community, and are proposing several measures to accomplish this. During the Nov. 20 council meeting, Councilwoman Jean Hennagin made a presentation for a Lakeway “engagement committee,” and put forward ideas brainstormed along with Councilman...
Lakeway residents stew on upcoming development
 At a non-city-sanctioned town hall meeting at the Lakeway Activity Center on Nov. 9 organized by residents, more than 60 residents in attendance had a lot of questions, plenty of concerns and some frustrations about upcoming development in the city of Lakeway. With no city official present, residents asked questions of other residents about...

Posted: 8 days ago

At a non-city-sanctioned town hall meeting at the Lakeway Activity Center on Nov. 9 organized by residents, more than 60 residents in attendance had a lot of questions, plenty of concerns and some frustrations about upcoming development in the city of Lakeway. With no city official present, residents asked questions of other residents about...