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

DPS trooper is shot east of San Antonio
 A Department of Public Safety trooper was shot in eastern Bexar County while pursuing a suspect around 3:20 p.m. on Sunday, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The incident occurred near Interstate 10 and Graytown Road, SAEN reports, and a suspect may have been shot as well. The Express-News reports that San Antonio police and Bexar...

Posted: 7 hours ago

A Department of Public Safety trooper was shot in eastern Bexar County while pursuing a suspect around 3:20 p.m. on Sunday, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The incident occurred near Interstate 10 and Graytown Road, SAEN reports, and a suspect may have been shot as well. The Express-News reports that San Antonio police and Bexar...
POLICE: Shots fired at Pflugerville apartment on Friday
 Pflugerville police are seeking any information about shots that rang out at Sage Apartments off of Foothill Farms Loop on Friday around 7 p.m. A man, possibly 6 feet tall with a skinny build wearing a dark top with a mini afro and no facial hair, was seen leaving the scene by getting into the passenger seat of a blue 4-door car with chrome...

Posted: 13 hours ago

Pflugerville police are seeking any information about shots that rang out at Sage Apartments off of Foothill Farms Loop on Friday around 7 p.m. A man, possibly 6 feet tall with a skinny build wearing a dark top with a mini afro and no facial hair, was seen leaving the scene by getting into the passenger seat of a blue 4-door car with chrome...
Man hit by car in South Austin Saturday died at hospital
 A man who was hit by a car at the intersection of Slaughter Lane and Southpark Meadows Drive in South Austin on Saturday night has died, police officials confirmed. The incident took place before 9 p.m. Saturday, officials said. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Posted: 15 hours ago

A man who was hit by a car at the intersection of Slaughter Lane and Southpark Meadows Drive in South Austin on Saturday night has died, police officials confirmed. The incident took place before 9 p.m. Saturday, officials said. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Woman hit by train in East Austin late Saturday
 A woman in her 30s was hit by a train at the intersection of Comal Street and East Fifth Street on Saturday night, according to Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services. First responders got the call at 10:37 p.m., and upon arriving on scene declared a trauma alert for the woman. She was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with serious...

Posted: 15 hours ago

A woman in her 30s was hit by a train at the intersection of Comal Street and East Fifth Street on Saturday night, according to Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services. First responders got the call at 10:37 p.m., and upon arriving on scene declared a trauma alert for the woman. She was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with serious...
A chance of rain on Sunday, storms likely later in the week
 Austin-area skies are anticipated to stay cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain throughout most of the day Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Sunday’s high is expected to reach 69 degrees. Sunday night will see a 20 percent chance of rain and cloudy skies with a low of 63 degrees, according to the weather service....

Posted: 16 hours ago

Austin-area skies are anticipated to stay cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain throughout most of the day Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Sunday’s high is expected to reach 69 degrees. Sunday night will see a 20 percent chance of rain and cloudy skies with a low of 63 degrees, according to the weather service....
FINAL: Parker uncontested for mayor, four run for two Bee Cave seats
 update 5:25 p.m.: As of the 5 p.m. filing deadline, Councilman Monty Parker is running unopposed for the mayoral seat . Mayor Caroline Murphy announced earlier this month that she will retire in May after serving as Bee Cave’s mayor for 18 years. 4:45 p.m.: Jeff Kent, the developer of the Hill Country Indoor sports facility located...

Posted: 2 days ago

update 5:25 p.m.: As of the 5 p.m. filing deadline, Councilman Monty Parker is running unopposed for the mayoral seat . Mayor Caroline Murphy announced earlier this month that she will retire in May after serving as Bee Cave’s mayor for 18 years. 4:45 p.m.: Jeff Kent, the developer of the Hill Country Indoor sports facility located...
Lakeway mayor won’t run for re-election, candidate field crowded
 update 5:20 p.m.: Mayor Joe Bain will not run for re-election. The mayoral candidates for the May election are Jean Hennagin, Sandy Cox and Tiffany McMillan. “After spending nearly two decades serving the City of Lakeway in various commissions, committees, city council and as mayor, I have decided to retire from political office at...

Posted: 2 days ago

update 5:20 p.m.: Mayor Joe Bain will not run for re-election. The mayoral candidates for the May election are Jean Hennagin, Sandy Cox and Tiffany McMillan. “After spending nearly two decades serving the City of Lakeway in various commissions, committees, city council and as mayor, I have decided to retire from political office at...
Groundwater conservation district up and running
 With no funding, no staff and a board of temporary directors, the Southwestern Travis County Groundwater Conservation District is up and running. The body was created with the intent of monitoring and protecting the area’s supply of groundwater, but it must receive voter approval before it can fully perform its functions. State Rep...

Posted: 4 days ago

With no funding, no staff and a board of temporary directors, the Southwestern Travis County Groundwater Conservation District is up and running. The body was created with the intent of monitoring and protecting the area’s supply of groundwater, but it must receive voter approval before it can fully perform its functions. State Rep...
Eanes warns businesses about spending money with marketing company
 The Eanes school district is warning local business owners to watch out for a misleading marketing pitch that might make business operators think they’re advertising with the school district when they aren’t. A local real estate agent reached out to the school district to ask if they’d heard from a company called Neighborhood...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Eanes school district is warning local business owners to watch out for a misleading marketing pitch that might make business operators think they’re advertising with the school district when they aren’t. A local real estate agent reached out to the school district to ask if they’d heard from a company called Neighborhood...
Water line projects flowing forward
 Water District 10’s litany of projects funded by its $46 million bond project passed in 2015 is moving forward, with a hopeful schedule to have most of the 20 projects completed in 2019. The project anticipated to take the longest is the 16-inch water main, which district board president Clif Drummond described as a “major spine&rdquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

Water District 10’s litany of projects funded by its $46 million bond project passed in 2015 is moving forward, with a hopeful schedule to have most of the 20 projects completed in 2019. The project anticipated to take the longest is the 16-inch water main, which district board president Clif Drummond described as a “major spine&rdquo...
City to begin advertising slots for boards, committees, commissions
 To garner a more diverse pool of applicants, the city of Lakeway is changing the way it appoints volunteers to their boards, commissions and committees. The City Council voted to employ a system that would advertise new openings and vet the candidates through a team during a special Feb. 12 meeting. Though the City Council voted 4 to 3 last...

Posted: 5 days ago

To garner a more diverse pool of applicants, the city of Lakeway is changing the way it appoints volunteers to their boards, commissions and committees. The City Council voted to employ a system that would advertise new openings and vet the candidates through a team during a special Feb. 12 meeting. Though the City Council voted 4 to 3 last...