3:53 PM Oct 30, 2019 CDT

Toll rate increases stir up debate at Central Texas mobility agency

Two proposals to increase toll rates on some area toll roads were met with hesitation by a few board members from the Central Texas agency that oversees toll facilities.

Bank of America moves 140 employees to new Third + Shoal offices

Bank of America held an open house for clients Sept. 26 at its new location, 607 W. Third St., Austin. Bank …

Uncle Billy's Brewery and Smokehouse relocating to Dripping Springs

Uncle Billy’s Brewery and Smokehouse, located at 1530 Barton Springs Road, Austin, announced its closure on Oct. 21. The restaurant and brewery will relocate to Dripping Springs “in the coming weeks” according to a company social

Not all parolees released from Texas prisons have to come to Austin, despite one city official's claim

Lori Pampilo Harris, the city’s homelessness strategy officer told City Council during an Oct. 29 work session that some of the influx of people coming to the city’s downtown homeless shelter was owed to a state system in which anybody released from prison in Texas is sent to Austin. The system, Pampilo Harris told council members, required those recently released from prison to check in with the Austin Transitional Center, then required them to stay in the area for a specific amount of time.

Mother-and-son volunteer group places over 300 plants along Austin's Butler trail

Westlake’s Young Men’s Service League chapter completed its Ultimate Gift Project on Oct. 26, planting more than 375 plants along a section of Austin’s Butler Hike and Bike Trail at 1200 W. Cesar Chavez St. The goal of the annual Ultimate Gift Project is for the entire chapter to work together on a transformational project that would positively impact the community, the release stated. The mother-and-son volunteer group worked alongside Austin’s Trail Foundation to construction a 0.5-acre tree-planting project on one of the trail’s more underutilized lawn areas, according to a press release. The pilot project consisted of planting 350 trees native to Central Texas including native canopy, understory trees and woody shrubs.

Community members, parents push back against AISD plan for school consolidations and closures

At a community meeting at Northeast Early College High School on Sept. 30, Cuitlahoc Guerra, a community member and teacher, gave an emotional speech in both English and Spanish to Austin ISD staff and administrators.  Guerra laid out the reasons he saw AISD’s plan to close seven schools east of I-35 as inequitable.

Tex-mex restaurant El Mercado weathers 34 years of change

Tony Villegas, owner of El Mercado, said he remembers the first 15 years of running the Austin Tex-Mex restaurant as the golden era.

Aerial arts studio Sky Candy operates with mission to welcome all

Growing up in New York, Winnie Hsia did not have access to dance or gymnastics classes, and team sports did not appeal to her.

Total Project Connect costs could range from $4.7B-$9.8B for expanding transit in Austin area

Capital Metro officials released the estimated costs and potential ridership numbers Oct. 29, a day ahead of a joint meeting with city officials, to discuss expanding transit in the Austin area.