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Austin humorist, country music entertainer Sammy Allred dies at 84
 Sammy Allred, a native Austinite who was a nationally known humorist, country music entertainer and radio personality, died Thursday. He was 84. Allred and Dewayne Smith formed the comedic country music duo the Geezinslaw Brothers in the 1950s. They were regulars on the “Louisiana Hayride” radio show based in Shreveport, La.,...

10:16 PM Thursday, May. 10, 2018

Sammy Allred, a native Austinite who was a nationally known humorist, country music entertainer and radio personality, died Thursday. He was 84. Allred and Dewayne Smith formed the comedic country music duo the Geezinslaw Brothers in the 1950s. They were regulars on the “Louisiana Hayride” radio show based in Shreveport, La.,...
ARCHIVE: Where is Rachel Cooke?
 Tuesday will mark the 10th year since 19-year-old Rachel Cooke went for a run near her Georgetown home and never returned. Her parents' hearts still pound when the phone rings. When their daughter, who ran cross country and hoped to someday start her own fashion line, first disappeared, that ringing phone kindled hope. Now, it provokes dread...

2:57 PM Friday, Jun. 09, 2017

Tuesday will mark the 10th year since 19-year-old Rachel Cooke went for a run near her Georgetown home and never returned. Her parents' hearts still pound when the phone rings. When their daughter, who ran cross country and hoped to someday start her own fashion line, first disappeared, that ringing phone kindled hope. Now, it provokes dread...
Saddling the Colorado: How LCRA brought Central Texas into modern era
 Days after a fourth special legislative session in 1934, Texas Gov. Miriam “Ma” Ferguson delivered the Lower Colorado River Authority into existence with her signature on a bill authorizing its creation. The following February, 81 years ago, the agency that transformed much of Texas from the Hill Country to the coast opened for...

6:00 AM Wednesday, Jan. 06, 2016

Days after a fourth special legislative session in 1934, Texas Gov. Miriam “Ma” Ferguson delivered the Lower Colorado River Authority into existence with her signature on a bill authorizing its creation. The following February, 81 years ago, the agency that transformed much of Texas from the Hill Country to the coast opened for...
Bat conservation group founder Tuttle still has passion for bats
 Merlin Tuttle has made news numerous times, including in 2009, when he decided it was time to move on from Bat Conservation International, which he founded in Milwaukee in the early 1980s before moving himself and the organization to Austin a few years later. “I thought it had a lot of bats and a lot of media with nothing better to...

5:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015

Merlin Tuttle has made news numerous times, including in 2009, when he decided it was time to move on from Bat Conservation International, which he founded in Milwaukee in the early 1980s before moving himself and the organization to Austin a few years later. “I thought it had a lot of bats and a lot of media with nothing better to...
Bat conservation group founder Tuttle still has passion for bats
 Merlin Tuttle has made news numerous times, including in 2009, when he decided it was time to move on from Bat Conservation International, which he founded in Milwaukee in the early 1980s before moving himself and the organization to Austin a few years later. “I thought it had a lot of bats and a lot of media with nothing better to...

5:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015

Merlin Tuttle has made news numerous times, including in 2009, when he decided it was time to move on from Bat Conservation International, which he founded in Milwaukee in the early 1980s before moving himself and the organization to Austin a few years later. “I thought it had a lot of bats and a lot of media with nothing better to...
Eastside Memorial’s Guckian in line for Grammy Foundation honor
 Strictly speaking, Eastside Memorial High School band director Alan Guckian is not up for a Grammy. More like Grammy-ish. He is one of 25 semifinalists for the 2016 Music Educator Award from the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. But still, a hardworking band director — is there another kind? — takes what he can get...

8:32 PM Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

Strictly speaking, Eastside Memorial High School band director Alan Guckian is not up for a Grammy. More like Grammy-ish. He is one of 25 semifinalists for the 2016 Music Educator Award from the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. But still, a hardworking band director — is there another kind? — takes what he can get...
Wildfire weather threat persists; rain in the forecast for F1 weekend
 Monday forecast for Austin: Dry air across Central Texas and dry fuels in the form of parched vegetation will result in an elevated risk for the spread of wildfires again on Monday, the National Weather Service says.   The primary area under fire threat will be north of Interstate 10, including the Austin and San Antonio metro...

9:53 AM Monday, Oct. 19, 2015

Monday forecast for Austin: Dry air across Central Texas and dry fuels in the form of parched vegetation will result in an elevated risk for the spread of wildfires again on Monday, the National Weather Service says.   The primary area under fire threat will be north of Interstate 10, including the Austin and San Antonio metro...
Four killed in Sunday crash in Cedar Park

4:58 PM Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015

Four people died and a fifth was injured when a vehicle struck a pole in Cedar Park early Sunday, police said. The accident was reported at 4:17 a.m. in the 1700 block of North Bell Boulevard., a police spokeswoman said. Four victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was reportedly responsive at the scene and was taken to a Round...
Three Austin firefighters hurt Sunday in condo blaze
 Three Austin firefighters barreled into a burning condominium Sunday morning when they heard reports that a resident was trapped inside. The resident was out of town, but the firefighters did not realize that before the second floor collapsed beneath their feet and they fell to the first floor, according to Austin Fire Department Battalion...

3:53 PM Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015

Three Austin firefighters barreled into a burning condominium Sunday morning when they heard reports that a resident was trapped inside. The resident was out of town, but the firefighters did not realize that before the second floor collapsed beneath their feet and they fell to the first floor, according to Austin Fire Department Battalion...
Four dead in Cedar Park crash

12:53 AM Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015

Cedar Park police are investigating a crash overnight along U.S. 183 that left four people said. The vehicle is believed to have hit a pole in the 1700 block of North Bell Blvd. about 4:17 a.m., police said. Four people were pronounced dead at the scene; the driver was injured but isn’t believed to have life-threatening injuries. Police...
7 years since MoPac birth, girl at center of deaf school’s homecoming
 Amelie Egbert was born into Austin traffic. Literally. On a Thursday morning in October 1998, her parents Denise and Clyde Egbert, were on South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) when Denise realized the baby wasn’t going to wait and told Clyde to pull the van into the breakdown lane. Three Austin police officers got to the van just as Amelie...

5:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015

Amelie Egbert was born into Austin traffic. Literally. On a Thursday morning in October 1998, her parents Denise and Clyde Egbert, were on South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) when Denise realized the baby wasn’t going to wait and told Clyde to pull the van into the breakdown lane. Three Austin police officers got to the van just as Amelie...
Show review: Drive-By Truckers at the Scoot Inn Thursday
   Just this once let’s not be tentative: The Drive-By Truckers are the best band in America, have been since at least 2001’s “Southern Rock Opera” and will be as long as principals Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have access to pens, paper and guitars. It’s not just the Skynyrd-meets-Nirvana musical aesthetic...

2:57 PM Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

  Just this once let’s not be tentative: The Drive-By Truckers are the best band in America, have been since at least 2001’s “Southern Rock Opera” and will be as long as principals Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have access to pens, paper and guitars. It’s not just the Skynyrd-meets-Nirvana musical aesthetic...
Elevated fire risk continues Thursday; record heat possible again for Austin

10:09 AM Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

Thursday forecast for Austin: According to the National Weather Service, dry weather conditions will be favorable for the spreading of fires through Thursday afternoon. The affected areas include the Austin metro area counties of Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell. Forecasters say the fire weather concerns will continue because...
Wildfire danger, record heat expected for Austin metro area on Wednesday
 National Weather Service Wednesday forecast for Austin: The National Weather Service bulletin pretty much tells it like it is: “Conditions will be favorable for the spreading of fires today and Thursday.” Forecasters say the drop in humidity, possibly down to 10 percent, this afternoon combined with the region’s already...

11:01 AM Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

National Weather Service Wednesday forecast for Austin: The National Weather Service bulletin pretty much tells it like it is: “Conditions will be favorable for the spreading of fires today and Thursday.” Forecasters say the drop in humidity, possibly down to 10 percent, this afternoon combined with the region’s already...
It will feel like August again, but it’s not just us: Much of U.S. enjoying warm October
 Monday’s forecast for Austin: Despite the fact that it’s well into October, highs are expected to reach 96 degrees today, the National Weather Service said. Coupled with the humidity, the August-like heat will feel as hot as 100 degrees in some parts of Travis County, though not all day long, forecasters...

11:52 AM Monday, Oct. 12, 2015

Monday’s forecast for Austin: Despite the fact that it’s well into October, highs are expected to reach 96 degrees today, the National Weather Service said. Coupled with the humidity, the August-like heat will feel as hot as 100 degrees in some parts of Travis County, though not all day long, forecasters...
Head of Houston investment firm one of two dead in Sunday boat crash
 The head of a prominent Houston-based investment firm was one of two people killed before dawn Sunday in a boat crash on Lake Austin. Shawn Hurwitz, CEO of Maxxam Inc., which works in forest products and real estate development and owns half of Sam Houston Race Park, was among five people on the vessel reported to have struck a barge. A second...

10:52 PM Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015

The head of a prominent Houston-based investment firm was one of two people killed before dawn Sunday in a boat crash on Lake Austin. Shawn Hurwitz, CEO of Maxxam Inc., which works in forest products and real estate development and owns half of Sam Houston Race Park, was among five people on the vessel reported to have struck a barge. A second...
Enjoy the last day of ACL Fest with lots of sun, plenty of warmth
 We seem to have dodged the so-called curse of the Austin City Limits Music Festival’s second weekend this year, with more fairly nice weather on tap for today. Much like yesterday we’ll see highs in the mid-90s, making shade at Zilker Park once more a premium, and just a few clouds. The front end of our work week sees a slight...

12:54 AM Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015

We seem to have dodged the so-called curse of the Austin City Limits Music Festival’s second weekend this year, with more fairly nice weather on tap for today. Much like yesterday we’ll see highs in the mid-90s, making shade at Zilker Park once more a premium, and just a few clouds. The front end of our work week sees a slight...
Round and round Zilker Ferris wheel goes; where it stands nobody knows

5:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

Robert Nash, who started a “Save the Zilker Tree, No Neon Ferris Wheel” Facebook page last year that has almost 2,400 likes, said he heard from Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department that the semi-controversial Ferris wheel that was installed as an attraction at the Zilker Park Trail of Lights for the first time last year...
Formerly conjoined twin charting new life at Concordia
 In some respects, the story of Caitlin Copeland’s early life can feel to her like it happened to someone else. But then she remembers the scar, a reminder she’s missing a part of herself in the form of her identical twin, Emily. After a risky pregnancy, the two came into the world conjoined at the chest in 1996, sharing a liver...

6:32 PM Friday, Oct. 09, 2015

In some respects, the story of Caitlin Copeland’s early life can feel to her like it happened to someone else. But then she remembers the scar, a reminder she’s missing a part of herself in the form of her identical twin, Emily. After a risky pregnancy, the two came into the world conjoined at the chest in 1996, sharing a liver...
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