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Austin’s outdoor workers tough out the cold
 As record lows gripped the Austin area Wednesday morning — falling to 15 degrees at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport — not everyone was able to huddle inside. Construction workers, city public works employees, airport tarmac workers, and heating and air conditioning technicians were among those out in the kind of cold...

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As record lows gripped the Austin area Wednesday morning — falling to 15 degrees at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport — not everyone was able to huddle inside. Construction workers, city public works employees, airport tarmac workers, and heating and air conditioning technicians were among those out in the kind of cold...
Former councilwoman Sandy Cox running for mayor of Lakeway
 Sandy Cox filed an application to run for mayor of Lakeway on Wednesday, Jan. 17, the first day applicants can file for candidacy in the local May election. Mayor Joe Bain has not confirmed whether or not he will run for another term as mayor. Cox stepped onto the Lakeway City Council in 2014 unopposed. Cox previously served as the chair...

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Sandy Cox filed an application to run for mayor of Lakeway on Wednesday, Jan. 17, the first day applicants can file for candidacy in the local May election. Mayor Joe Bain has not confirmed whether or not he will run for another term as mayor. Cox stepped onto the Lakeway City Council in 2014 unopposed. Cox previously served as the chair...
Councilman Monty Parker announces his run for Bee Cave mayor
 Update Jan. 18: Jon Cobb has also filed to run for Bee Cave City Council. Cobb, a four-year resident of Bee Cave, ran for state Senate District 24 in 2016. “I’m very interested in growth in Bee Cave,” Cobb said, “[and] I think there needs to be new blood injected into the leadership of the city. Transportation, water...

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Update Jan. 18: Jon Cobb has also filed to run for Bee Cave City Council. Cobb, a four-year resident of Bee Cave, ran for state Senate District 24 in 2016. “I’m very interested in growth in Bee Cave,” Cobb said, “[and] I think there needs to be new blood injected into the leadership of the city. Transportation, water...
Westlake senior challenges perceptions of Muslim women
 Westlake senior Naira Ikram, as a Muslim, doesn’t wear a hijab. She would like to, she said, but several of her friends have sometimes experienced threatening responses when wearing one. “One of (my family’s) really good friends told us about this truck driver who chased her down, or times she felt kind of verbally attacked...

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Westlake senior Naira Ikram, as a Muslim, doesn’t wear a hijab. She would like to, she said, but several of her friends have sometimes experienced threatening responses when wearing one. “One of (my family’s) really good friends told us about this truck driver who chased her down, or times she felt kind of verbally attacked...
$23 million in state-funded vests to raise police safety to new level
 Texas plans to spend $23 million to equip law enforcement officers across the state with rifle-resistant vests that will provide officers with a level of security that most have never had. The law enforcement agencies that are receiving state grants to purchase the vests are big and small. Some have fewer than a dozen officers; others have...

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Texas plans to spend $23 million to equip law enforcement officers across the state with rifle-resistant vests that will provide officers with a level of security that most have never had. The law enforcement agencies that are receiving state grants to purchase the vests are big and small. Some have fewer than a dozen officers; others have...
West Lake Hills, Eanes accept candidate applications

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Anyone thinking about running for West Lake Hills City Council or Eanes school board had better act soon – council and board candidate packets are available for pickup at City Hall and district administrative offices, respectively. Both offices began accepting applicants as of Jan. 17. The deadline to file to run in the May 5 city and...
Rollingwood volunteers ready to deliver soup if electricity goes out
 So far, Rollingwood Police Chief Max Westbrook said, the cold, icy weather hasn’t created too many hazards for drivers. “The streets are OK,” Westbrook said. “There’s a little bridge at the bottom of Rollingwood Drive close to Zilker with a little ice on it, but it’s still fine so far.” Three Rollingwood...

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So far, Rollingwood Police Chief Max Westbrook said, the cold, icy weather hasn’t created too many hazards for drivers. “The streets are OK,” Westbrook said. “There’s a little bridge at the bottom of Rollingwood Drive close to Zilker with a little ice on it, but it’s still fine so far.” Three Rollingwood...
WEATHER: Bee Cave police stay in hotel overnight to avoid travel
 Local law enforcement were prepared for nasty weather and dangerous icy roads, but so far, officials say, the foreboding forecast has turned out to be a weather non-event in the Lake Travis area. “Right now, traffic is very light, and we’re not having any issues,” Bee Cave Police Chief Gary Miller said. “We’re...

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Local law enforcement were prepared for nasty weather and dangerous icy roads, but so far, officials say, the foreboding forecast has turned out to be a weather non-event in the Lake Travis area. “Right now, traffic is very light, and we’re not having any issues,” Bee Cave Police Chief Gary Miller said. “We’re...
Eanes ISD cancels classes due to inclement weather
 Eanes school district cancelled classes on all campuses for Tuesday, as well as closing all offices and Child Development Centers in anticipation of inclement weather. “Staff should not report,” an emailed notice read. “Custodial and maintenance workers will receive additional information from their supervisors. For information...

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Eanes school district cancelled classes on all campuses for Tuesday, as well as closing all offices and Child Development Centers in anticipation of inclement weather. “Staff should not report,” an emailed notice read. “Custodial and maintenance workers will receive additional information from their supervisors. For information...
Lake Travis ISD cancels Jan. 16 classes due to inclement weather
 Lake Travis school district officials announced Monday that classes on all campuses will be cancelled Tuesday in anticipation of hazardous weather conditions. “In anticipation of inclement weather and out of an abundance of caution for students and staff, all Lake Travis ISD classes have been cancelled for Tuesday, Janary 16,&rdquo...

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Lake Travis school district officials announced Monday that classes on all campuses will be cancelled Tuesday in anticipation of hazardous weather conditions. “In anticipation of inclement weather and out of an abundance of caution for students and staff, all Lake Travis ISD classes have been cancelled for Tuesday, Janary 16,&rdquo...
Winter storm watch issued for Austin area on Tuesday; icy roads likely
 A cold front is expected to sweep over much of the Central Texas area Monday night and linger through Tuesday, bringing with it a chance of sleet, freezing rain and possible light snow, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service has issued a winter storm watch for Monday night through Tuesday, advising residents to protect...

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A cold front is expected to sweep over much of the Central Texas area Monday night and linger through Tuesday, bringing with it a chance of sleet, freezing rain and possible light snow, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service has issued a winter storm watch for Monday night through Tuesday, advising residents to protect...
UPDATE: Lanes open after military vehicle wreck on Interste 35
 11:36 a.m. update: Lanes are now open and traffic has been cleared at the 8000 block of North Interstate 35 southbound, according to the Austin Police Department. 11:28 a.m.: The two right lanes in the 8000 block of North Interstate 35 southbound near Barwood Park are shut down due to a wreck involving a military truck convoy and another...

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11:36 a.m. update: Lanes are now open and traffic has been cleared at the 8000 block of North Interstate 35 southbound, according to the Austin Police Department. 11:28 a.m.: The two right lanes in the 8000 block of North Interstate 35 southbound near Barwood Park are shut down due to a wreck involving a military truck convoy and another...
Incense fire displaces 9 adults, 1 child in East Austin Saturday
 An incense burner ignited nearby combustibles, causing a fire that damaged the garage of an East Austin boarding house on Saturday night, according to the Austin Fire Department. Nine adults and one child were displaced by the fire damage, and are being assisted by the American Red Cross. Firefighters responded to the fire in the 6500 block...

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An incense burner ignited nearby combustibles, causing a fire that damaged the garage of an East Austin boarding house on Saturday night, according to the Austin Fire Department. Nine adults and one child were displaced by the fire damage, and are being assisted by the American Red Cross. Firefighters responded to the fire in the 6500 block...
Tuesday winter storm watch issued as chance of sleet looms
 3:15 p.m.: A cold front is anticipated to hit Central Texas Monday night, bringing with it a chance of sleet and strong winds, according to the National Weather Service. A winter storm watch has been issued for Monday night through the day Tuesday. The chance of precipitation jumps to 60 percent around sundown on Monday, and temperatures...

Posted: 5 days ago

3:15 p.m.: A cold front is anticipated to hit Central Texas Monday night, bringing with it a chance of sleet and strong winds, according to the National Weather Service. A winter storm watch has been issued for Monday night through the day Tuesday. The chance of precipitation jumps to 60 percent around sundown on Monday, and temperatures...
Trianon Coffee to reopen on Bee Cave Road in four to six weeks
 After being pushed out of their longtime location in West Woods Shopping Center, Trianon Coffee announced Thursday that they plan to open at their new location just down the street from the old at 3654 Bee Cave Road in “four to six weeks.” The new location is hardly more than half a mile from the original. “The new shop...

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After being pushed out of their longtime location in West Woods Shopping Center, Trianon Coffee announced Thursday that they plan to open at their new location just down the street from the old at 3654 Bee Cave Road in “four to six weeks.” The new location is hardly more than half a mile from the original. “The new shop...
Mark your calendars: Town hall on sale 110 Westlake Drive set
 Here are a few highlights from the West Lake Hills City Council meeting on Jan. 10: The date for the next public meeting regarding the sale of 110 Westlake Drive will be Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. The City Council discussed a timeline for parsing the pros and cons of each of the 12 proposals received for the purchase of the 2.46-acre plot of land...

Posted: 9 days ago

Here are a few highlights from the West Lake Hills City Council meeting on Jan. 10: The date for the next public meeting regarding the sale of 110 Westlake Drive will be Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. The City Council discussed a timeline for parsing the pros and cons of each of the 12 proposals received for the purchase of the 2.46-acre plot of land...
West Lake Hills eyes bond to replace rickety city buildings
 West Lake Hills is taking steps toward holding a bond election this November for the potential rebuild of the city’s police station and the potential renovation or rebuild of City Hall. After an assessment performed in 2017 determined that the city’s decades-old facilities are rundown and would take a great deal of investment...

Posted: 10 days ago

West Lake Hills is taking steps toward holding a bond election this November for the potential rebuild of the city’s police station and the potential renovation or rebuild of City Hall. After an assessment performed in 2017 determined that the city’s decades-old facilities are rundown and would take a great deal of investment...
Lakeway Church Women’s Ministry raise human trafficking awareness
 Sex trafficking is a crime that reaches many victims in the United States — even in Texas. Most of its young victims are native-born American children. Also, many people don’t know the warning signs to look for if a child victim of sex trafficking crosses their path. The Lakeway Church Women’s Ministry is hosting a program...

Posted: 10 days ago

Sex trafficking is a crime that reaches many victims in the United States — even in Texas. Most of its young victims are native-born American children. Also, many people don’t know the warning signs to look for if a child victim of sex trafficking crosses their path. The Lakeway Church Women’s Ministry is hosting a program...
Travis County coyote response gets less lethal
 Travis County is changing the way it responds to coyote problems. The county previously contracted with Texas Wildlife Services since 2005 to deal with issues that include nuisance birds, feral hogs and coyotes. But in December, the Travis County Commissioners Court voted 3 to 2 to switch wildlife services over to the city of Austin Animal...

Posted: 10 days ago

Travis County is changing the way it responds to coyote problems. The county previously contracted with Texas Wildlife Services since 2005 to deal with issues that include nuisance birds, feral hogs and coyotes. But in December, the Travis County Commissioners Court voted 3 to 2 to switch wildlife services over to the city of Austin Animal...
Bee Cave council votes to bury electrical lines
 During a speedy Bee Cave City Council meeting, the council approved measures pertaining to the burial of power lines and the renovation of McDonald’s and directed staff to fine-tune the city’s lighting ordinance, among other items. Mayor Caroline Murphy along with Mayor Pro Tem Bill Goodwin and council members Monty Parker and...

Posted: 10 days ago

During a speedy Bee Cave City Council meeting, the council approved measures pertaining to the burial of power lines and the renovation of McDonald’s and directed staff to fine-tune the city’s lighting ordinance, among other items. Mayor Caroline Murphy along with Mayor Pro Tem Bill Goodwin and council members Monty Parker and...
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