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Ed Allen

Lake Travis View, Westlake Picayune editor

Ed Allen is the editor of the Lake Travis View and Westlake Picayune. He has served as a writer, photographer and sports editor during his 28-year career in the newspaper business and continues to dabble in all of the above. A native of Charleston, S.C., he is a 1983 graduate of the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

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Hundreds mourn death of beloved Westlake stalwart
 Longtime Eanes school district residents remember Toody McDermott Byrd as perhaps the most beloved Westlake High School staff member, and hundreds of her admirers at a funeral service Saturday at Westlake Presbyterian Church learned much more about her life. The Rev. Dr. Michael Bishop began the service with a capsulated look at Byrd&rsquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

Longtime Eanes school district residents remember Toody McDermott Byrd as perhaps the most beloved Westlake High School staff member, and hundreds of her admirers at a funeral service Saturday at Westlake Presbyterian Church learned much more about her life. The Rev. Dr. Michael Bishop began the service with a capsulated look at Byrd&rsquo...
Toody Byrd’s most endearing quality of sharing her wisdom lives on
 As I walked alone across the Westlake Presbyterian Church parking lot Saturday afternoon after a funeral service for longtime Westlake High School counselor Toody Byrd, I thought how unlikely it would be for anyone who met her to walk away without feeling compelled to smile. She embodied a zeal for life that was contagious. Part of the reason...

Posted: 10 days ago

As I walked alone across the Westlake Presbyterian Church parking lot Saturday afternoon after a funeral service for longtime Westlake High School counselor Toody Byrd, I thought how unlikely it would be for anyone who met her to walk away without feeling compelled to smile. She embodied a zeal for life that was contagious. Part of the reason...
Expect some nighttime lane closures during Bee Cave Road project
 Work on the Bee Cave Road improvements project that will include sidewalks on both sides of the roadway and a center turn lane between Red Bud Trail and Walsh Tarlton Lane is on schedule for completion by summer of 2019, according to Texas Department of Transportation officials. Diann Hodges, TxDOT public information officer for the southwest...

Posted: 22 days ago

Work on the Bee Cave Road improvements project that will include sidewalks on both sides of the roadway and a center turn lane between Red Bud Trail and Walsh Tarlton Lane is on schedule for completion by summer of 2019, according to Texas Department of Transportation officials. Diann Hodges, TxDOT public information officer for the southwest...
Incumbent Tom Matzen drops out of Bee Cave City Council race
 Saying recent lawsuits have taken the joy out of his job, Bee Cave City Council Member Tom Matzen announced Wednesday night that he is withdrawing from the May 5 election. “I’m stepping aside,” Matzen said at the start of a candidate forum at the Sonesta Bee Cave hotel. “I won’t be running for City Council. I&rsquo...

Posted: 22 days ago

Saying recent lawsuits have taken the joy out of his job, Bee Cave City Council Member Tom Matzen announced Wednesday night that he is withdrawing from the May 5 election. “I’m stepping aside,” Matzen said at the start of a candidate forum at the Sonesta Bee Cave hotel. “I won’t be running for City Council. I&rsquo...
Breaking news: Westbank area dodges serious flooding issues
 No serious damage is reported in the Westbank area throughout heavy rainfall that began early today, according to Westlake Fire Department Chief Mike Elliott. “We got lucky last night, and today we have had no [weather-related] calls, Elliott said. The West Lake Hills Police Department reportedly closed the Camp Craft Road low-water...

Posted: 24 days ago

No serious damage is reported in the Westbank area throughout heavy rainfall that began early today, according to Westlake Fire Department Chief Mike Elliott. “We got lucky last night, and today we have had no [weather-related] calls, Elliott said. The West Lake Hills Police Department reportedly closed the Camp Craft Road low-water...
Man robs Compass Bank in Bee Cave
 Bee Cave police have released a description of a man who robbed the Compass Bank at 12524 Bee Cave Road at 2:10 p.m. March 15. Officials say he fled with an undisclosed amount of cash in a late-model, brown Infinity sedan. The man is between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, has blond hair, blue eyes and a thin build, according to...

3:50 PM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

Bee Cave police have released a description of a man who robbed the Compass Bank at 12524 Bee Cave Road at 2:10 p.m. March 15. Officials say he fled with an undisclosed amount of cash in a late-model, brown Infinity sedan. The man is between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, has blond hair, blue eyes and a thin build, according to...
Billboard, video spurs effort to halt Lakeway deer management program

8:12 PM Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018

A video taken by a Lakeway resident witnessing the netting of deer adjacent to area homes March 8 is fueling outrage and calls for change in the city’s deer population control policies. “Despite an ongoing public outcry, officials in Lakeway reportedly have once again hired a contractor to lure deer into traps made of netting...
Billboard, video spurs effort to halt Lakeway deer-management program
 A billboard announcement recently installed at the intersection of Lohmans Spur and RM 620 by Citizen Advocates for Animals is bringing attention to Lakeway’s deer-control program. Rita Cross, president of the Lakeway-based group, said March 13 that the nonprofit she founded two years ago has made many appeals for the city to stop its...

8:30 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

A billboard announcement recently installed at the intersection of Lohmans Spur and RM 620 by Citizen Advocates for Animals is bringing attention to Lakeway’s deer-control program. Rita Cross, president of the Lakeway-based group, said March 13 that the nonprofit she founded two years ago has made many appeals for the city to stop its...
Eanes studies ways to make all district campuses safer
 Much has been written in recent years about the shame that shootings at schools across the nation have prompted officials to turn campuses into fortresses, but there is clear cause for such drastic action. The Eanes school district has worked diligently on security issues in recent years in an effort to address the most pressing security...

6:00 AM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

Much has been written in recent years about the shame that shootings at schools across the nation have prompted officials to turn campuses into fortresses, but there is clear cause for such drastic action. The Eanes school district has worked diligently on security issues in recent years in an effort to address the most pressing security...
City breaks ground on $23 million police facility
 Lakeway police Chief Todd Radford had plenty of reasons to smile Friday morning as years of hard work came closer to fruition during the official groundbreaking on a new 31,000-square-foot police facility located on a 5.8-acre tract at the intersection of Lohmans Crossing and Lohman’s Spur. “It is built for our buildout, which...

6:00 AM Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Lakeway police Chief Todd Radford had plenty of reasons to smile Friday morning as years of hard work came closer to fruition during the official groundbreaking on a new 31,000-square-foot police facility located on a 5.8-acre tract at the intersection of Lohmans Crossing and Lohman’s Spur. “It is built for our buildout, which...
Council balks on offers to buy city-owned 110 Westlake Drive tract
 The West Lake Hills City Council voted unanimously to reject all 12 proposals to purchase a 2.46-acre, city-owned tract at 110 Westlake Drive during a work session Sunday, and then considered a second motion to resubmit requests for proposals to purchase the tract based on both commercial and residential use that failed. Councilman...

6:00 AM Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

The West Lake Hills City Council voted unanimously to reject all 12 proposals to purchase a 2.46-acre, city-owned tract at 110 Westlake Drive during a work session Sunday, and then considered a second motion to resubmit requests for proposals to purchase the tract based on both commercial and residential use that failed. Councilman...