Lake Travis - Westlake

Stay informed about the latest local news in Lake Travis and Westlake, including LTISD and EISD coverage, the real estate market, and news from Austin City Hall.

9:55 AM Jul 26, 2022 CDT

UT Austin responds to first confirmed monkeypox case on campus

Students say they still feel safe on campus after the first campus monkeypox case was reported a little over a week ago, although some say not much information has been made available to students.


Texas receives over 14,000 monkeypox vaccines as cases rise

Over 5,000 doses have been sent to Dallas County, and others will be distributed to local health departments.


Teachers get free lunch Aug. 2 at Jack Allen's, Salt Traders

The restaurants will offer a year-round 10% discount to educators.



Lake Travis ISD considers 2022-23 budget amid inflation, unchanged basic allotment

The budget will have a more than $2.9 million deficit due to a number of factors, such as the need to increase employee pay and outdated school funding formulas from the state. 


Hill Country Volvo Cars breaks ground, is expected to offer only electric vehicles by 2030

The dealership broke ground on July 21 at RM 620 and Buckner Lane in Northwest Austin.


Groups rally for $300M housing bond proposal; city projects tax rate increase

City officials and community organizations gathered July 21 for an event supporting a potential affordable housing bond.


Lake Travis ISD students win first place at international Special Olympics competition 

Lake Travis High School students Reagan and Jordan Lowman earned first place in the Unified Bowling doubles event at the 2022 Special Olympics Malta Invitational Games, which took place May 13-18.



Austin bets on bigger development along corridors amid ongoing housing crisis

Two city policy changes will allow for more housing along corridors where city leaders feel the development will be better received and will provide access to amenities and public transportation.


Austin Water will not increase rates in upcoming year, but will look toward FY 2023-24 hikes

The utility will not increase its rates for the fifth year in a row, but it will look to do so in FY 2023-24.


Texas higher education institutions receive $15 million for workforce development

The funds support community or state technical colleges with vocational training programs lasting up to six months.


While some worry about enforcement, local leaders and traffic experts count on lowering speed limits to save lives

Speed limits on nearly 50 roads throughout Austin were lowered in June.



Experts emphasize fire safety, emergency preparedness amid abnormally dry conditions throughout Texas

Nine out of 10 wildfires are caused by people. With dry vegetation and minimal rainfall, experts encourage Texans to be aware of their surroundings and obey local restrictions.


Austin Energy's proposed 2023 budget would raise monthly bill by over $15 for average homeowner

Costs are outpacing revenue, so Austin Energy is proposing to raise base rates as part of its regular base rate review.


Breakdown: Here is what is in the proposed $190B Samsung expansions in Taylor and Austin

All told, the proposed expansions add up to about $190 billion. Put into perspective, the fiscal year 2020-21 budget for the state of Texas was about $260 billion.


European-influenced eatery celebrates 10 years in Westlake location

Owner's goal was to serve "simple, beautiful, healthy food"



Lake Travis ISD postpones decision to call $703 million bond election until Aug. 17

The decision comes among concerns expressed by speakers during the public comment section of the meeting, as well as the absence of Superintendent Paul Norton from the meeting due to illness.


Travis County commissioners terminate legal counsel program due to staffing shortage

The program provided free legal counsel to arrestees at first appearance.


Samsung proposal for expansions in Taylor total more than $167 billion and 8,200 new jobs

If approved, the facilities would bring an estimated $167.6 billion in investment in addition to the $17 billion Samsung has already committed to at the Taylor site. 


Lakeway residents may have to register golf carts to drive on public roads

For those who drive their golf carts around town, a new ordinance could affect them in the coming months.



Westlake High School Business Incubator team wins funding at national level

The team was awarded up to $10,000 for its business, PharmAssist, a simplified and personalized medication platform that reduces risks and increases user safety. 


OG Agave specializes in ‘rare, unique and mind-blowing’ plants

Shop offers more than 1,000 cacti, agave and succulents