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Travis County tax employees charged in fraud tied to vehicle titles
 Fraud involving Travis County tax office employees resulted in an undisclosed loss of state revenue, state investigators said Monday as they began to disclose findings that resulted in seven arrests. The scope of the multiagency investigation is still unclear. Most of the theft detailed in each arrest affidavit totaled only in the hundreds...

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Fraud involving Travis County tax office employees resulted in an undisclosed loss of state revenue, state investigators said Monday as they began to disclose findings that resulted in seven arrests. The scope of the multiagency investigation is still unclear. Most of the theft detailed in each arrest affidavit totaled only in the hundreds...
DPS names 7 accused of license plate fraud at Travis County tax office
 11:50 a.m. update: Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant released the following statement about the arrests announced by Texas Department of Public Safety: “I want to thank the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Criminal Investigation Division, the District Attorney’s office, and the Travis County Auditor for...

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11:50 a.m. update: Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant released the following statement about the arrests announced by Texas Department of Public Safety: “I want to thank the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Criminal Investigation Division, the District Attorney’s office, and the Travis County Auditor for...
10 dead, suspect jailed in deadliest Texas school shooting since 1966
 In the deadliest school shooting to plague Texas in more than 50 years, a teenager armed with a shotgun and .38-caliber revolver killed 10 people, mostly students, and wounded 10 others during a rampage at Santa Fe High School on Friday morning. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, was arrested on a capital murder charge and is being held without bail...

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In the deadliest school shooting to plague Texas in more than 50 years, a teenager armed with a shotgun and .38-caliber revolver killed 10 people, mostly students, and wounded 10 others during a rampage at Santa Fe High School on Friday morning. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, was arrested on a capital murder charge and is being held without bail...
Ten dead, 10 injured in Santa Fe school shooting; suspect arrested
 In the deadliest school shooting to plague Texas in more than 50 years, a teenager armed with a shotgun and .38-caliber revolver killed 10 people and wounded 10 others during a rampage at Santa Fe High School on Friday morning. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, was arrested on a capital murder charge and is being held without bail at the Galveston...

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In the deadliest school shooting to plague Texas in more than 50 years, a teenager armed with a shotgun and .38-caliber revolver killed 10 people and wounded 10 others during a rampage at Santa Fe High School on Friday morning. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, was arrested on a capital murder charge and is being held without bail at the Galveston...
Engineers begin digging into matter of Shoal Creek bluff’s collapse
 Engineers working with the city of Austin will start digging Friday for possible solutions to the May 4 landslide along Shoal Creek, drilling into the bluff and taking a 120-foot sample of the earth. Mike Kelly, Austin Watershed Protection Department managing engineer, said during a news conference Thursday that the sample, stretching from...

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Engineers working with the city of Austin will start digging Friday for possible solutions to the May 4 landslide along Shoal Creek, drilling into the bluff and taking a 120-foot sample of the earth. Mike Kelly, Austin Watershed Protection Department managing engineer, said during a news conference Thursday that the sample, stretching from...
Engineers begin digging into matter of Shoal Creek bluff’s collapse
 Engineers working with the city of Austin will start digging Friday for possible solutions to the May 4 landslide along Shoal Creek, drilling into the bluff and taking a 120-foot sample of the earth. Mike Kelly, Austin Watershed Protection Department managing engineer, said during a news conference Thursday that the sample, stretching from...

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Engineers working with the city of Austin will start digging Friday for possible solutions to the May 4 landslide along Shoal Creek, drilling into the bluff and taking a 120-foot sample of the earth. Mike Kelly, Austin Watershed Protection Department managing engineer, said during a news conference Thursday that the sample, stretching from...
Travis County commissioners condemn contractor’s use of racial slur
 Travis County commissioners on Tuesday condemned the use of a racial slur by a construction contractor during a county staff-led stakeholder meeting last week. The county organized a May 8 discussion between construction contractors and labor groups about proposals to reform Travis County’s worker protection rules. The contractor used...

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Travis County commissioners on Tuesday condemned the use of a racial slur by a construction contractor during a county staff-led stakeholder meeting last week. The county organized a May 8 discussion between construction contractors and labor groups about proposals to reform Travis County’s worker protection rules. The contractor used...
Travis commissioners condemn contractor’s use of racial slur
 Travis County Commissioners on Tuesday condemned the use of a racial slur by a construction contractor during a county staff-led stakeholder meeting last week. The county organized a May 8 discussion between construction contractors and labor groups about proposals to reform Travis County’s worker protection rules. The contractor used...

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Travis County Commissioners on Tuesday condemned the use of a racial slur by a construction contractor during a county staff-led stakeholder meeting last week. The county organized a May 8 discussion between construction contractors and labor groups about proposals to reform Travis County’s worker protection rules. The contractor used...
Central Health gives updates on eastern Travis County expansion
 Travis County’s health care district, Central Health, gave an update on the various stages of its planned projects to increase services in eastern Travis County during a community conversation event Monday night. JP Eichmiller, director of strategic communications, told more than three dozen attendees that the agency has analyzed county...

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Travis County’s health care district, Central Health, gave an update on the various stages of its planned projects to increase services in eastern Travis County during a community conversation event Monday night. JP Eichmiller, director of strategic communications, told more than three dozen attendees that the agency has analyzed county...
Landslide along Shoal Creek leaves homeowners facing uncertainty
 Standing in the backyard of the Wooldridge Drive home where he was born and that he now owns, William Heyer pointed at a lofty tree below what just days ago was a gentle slope at the edge of his property and now is an abrupt drop-off. “That big tree,” he said Wednesday, moving his pointing finger up to the open space in front...

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Standing in the backyard of the Wooldridge Drive home where he was born and that he now owns, William Heyer pointed at a lofty tree below what just days ago was a gentle slope at the edge of his property and now is an abrupt drop-off. “That big tree,” he said Wednesday, moving his pointing finger up to the open space in front...
Travis commissioners appoint first Palm School advisory board member
 The Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday nominated the first member to a three-person advisory board that will make recommendations regarding how the county’s historic Palm School property ought to be preserved and redeveloped. Commissioner Margaret Gómez nominated Anita Quintanilla, a former student of the school, and...

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The Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday nominated the first member to a three-person advisory board that will make recommendations regarding how the county’s historic Palm School property ought to be preserved and redeveloped. Commissioner Margaret Gómez nominated Anita Quintanilla, a former student of the school, and...
Finding Euphoria festival will shift to downtown venues
 After struggling to file the required documents needed to gain a permit from Travis County, organizers of the electronic music festival Finding Euphoria have decided to move the festival from Carson Creek Ranch to various spots in downtown Austin, according to the festival’s website. “While we were initially confident that the...

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After struggling to file the required documents needed to gain a permit from Travis County, organizers of the electronic music festival Finding Euphoria have decided to move the festival from Carson Creek Ranch to various spots in downtown Austin, according to the festival’s website. “While we were initially confident that the...
UPDATED: Finding Euphoria fest moves event to downtown venues
 Organizers of the electronic music festival Finding Euphoria, who have struggled to file the required documents needed to gain a permit from Travis County, have moved the festival from Carson Creek Ranch to locations in downtown Austin, according to the event website. “While we were initially confident that the permitting issues...

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Organizers of the electronic music festival Finding Euphoria, who have struggled to file the required documents needed to gain a permit from Travis County, have moved the festival from Carson Creek Ranch to locations in downtown Austin, according to the event website. “While we were initially confident that the permitting issues...
A roundup of Central Texas May 5 election results
 TRAVIS COUNTY LAKE TRAVIS SCHOOLS Incumbent, two newcomers win school board races Lake Travis school board incumbent Guy C. Clayton will keep his Place 1 seat, and two newcomers will join him on the board after winning elections Saturday. Clayton garnered 2,687 votes, 75 percent of the ballots cast in his race against David Lovelace. Nine...

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TRAVIS COUNTY LAKE TRAVIS SCHOOLS Incumbent, two newcomers win school board races Lake Travis school board incumbent Guy C. Clayton will keep his Place 1 seat, and two newcomers will join him on the board after winning elections Saturday. Clayton garnered 2,687 votes, 75 percent of the ballots cast in his race against David Lovelace. Nine...
Wimberley elections: Jaggers defeats Thurber in race for mayor
 Newcomer Susan Jaggers will be Wimberley’s next mayor after defeating City Council member and former mayor Steve Thurber by 30 votes, according to unofficial final results released Saturday night by the city. Jaggers won with 51 percent of the vote, tallying 544 votes. Thurber, who has held his Place 1 council seat since 2017 and served...

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Newcomer Susan Jaggers will be Wimberley’s next mayor after defeating City Council member and former mayor Steve Thurber by 30 votes, according to unofficial final results released Saturday night by the city. Jaggers won with 51 percent of the vote, tallying 544 votes. Thurber, who has held his Place 1 council seat since 2017 and served...
Wimberley elections: Voters approve $45.5M school district bond
 Voters approved a $45.5 million bond proposition to expand and improve Wimberley school district facilities, according to unofficial final results released Saturday night. Sixty seven percent, or 1,689 voters, were in favor of the bond, and 33 percent (831) were against. Among the projects the bond will finance are the construction of a new...

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Voters approved a $45.5 million bond proposition to expand and improve Wimberley school district facilities, according to unofficial final results released Saturday night. Sixty seven percent, or 1,689 voters, were in favor of the bond, and 33 percent (831) were against. Among the projects the bond will finance are the construction of a new...
Project to save 10 million gallons of water yearly, Travis County says
 Travis County will use recycled wastewater to cool the chillers that provide to air conditioning to four county buildings, saving 10 million gallons of water a year, Commissioner Brigid Shea announced Tuesday. That’s the equivalent of taking 150 homes off city water permanently, Shea said, “so we are dramatically expanding our...

Posted: 19 days ago

Travis County will use recycled wastewater to cool the chillers that provide to air conditioning to four county buildings, saving 10 million gallons of water a year, Commissioner Brigid Shea announced Tuesday. That’s the equivalent of taking 150 homes off city water permanently, Shea said, “so we are dramatically expanding our...
Roughly a week out, Euphoria Fest still without Travis County permit
 After a close call last week, it appears Finding Euphoria, the electronic music festival held at Carson Creek Ranch in southeast Austin, will get its mass gathering permit from Travis County just days before the event begins. Travis County staffers told the Commissioners Court last week that event organizers had delayed sending required documents...

Posted: 20 days ago

After a close call last week, it appears Finding Euphoria, the electronic music festival held at Carson Creek Ranch in southeast Austin, will get its mass gathering permit from Travis County just days before the event begins. Travis County staffers told the Commissioners Court last week that event organizers had delayed sending required documents...
Roughly a week out, Euphoria Fest still without Travis County permit
 After a close call last week, it appears Finding Euphoria, the electronic music festival held at Carson Creek Ranch in southeast Austin, will get its mass gathering permit from Travis County just days before the event begins. Travis County staffers told the Commissioners Court last week that event organizers had delayed sending required documents...

Posted: 20 days ago

After a close call last week, it appears Finding Euphoria, the electronic music festival held at Carson Creek Ranch in southeast Austin, will get its mass gathering permit from Travis County just days before the event begins. Travis County staffers told the Commissioners Court last week that event organizers had delayed sending required documents...
Average home values increase by 7% in Hays County
 Home values in Hays County saw about a 7 percent increase on average, not quite as much of a boost as last year’s jump of nearly 9 percent, but still a sign of a thriving real estate market, Hays Chief Appraiser David Valle said Monday. The average market value for homes increased from $229,548 last year to $245,787 this year, Valle...

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Home values in Hays County saw about a 7 percent increase on average, not quite as much of a boost as last year’s jump of nearly 9 percent, but still a sign of a thriving real estate market, Hays Chief Appraiser David Valle said Monday. The average market value for homes increased from $229,548 last year to $245,787 this year, Valle...
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