9:02 AM Feb 18, 2020 CST

Kirk Watson resigns state Senate seat, takes post at University of Houston

The former Austin mayor will become the founding dean at the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs.


5:03 PM Feb 18, 2020 CST

No timeline set on opening of Austin’s first conversion of motel to homeless shelter

Austin City Council approved the purchase of the Rodeway Inn in November. City staff does not expect to close on the property until mid-April.

Lake Travis ISD will places 12.5 acres of land on the market at 1701 Lohmans Crossing Road

The district voted to place a plot of land behind Lakeway Elementary School on the market Feb. 19.



Engineering firm gives presentation of Rollingwood's Infrastructure Improvement Plan

A yearlong study on Rollingwood’s drainage and infrastructure needs has produced a final update from K. Friese & Associates.



Rollingwood officially bans abandonment of motorized scooters in the city

After months of discussion on motorized scooters, Rollingwood City Council approved an ordinance banning the abandonment of motorized scooters.


Vista Bank denied request for zoning change needed to operate in Rollingwood

Vista Bank will not be adding a location in Rollingwood at this time, as votes in both the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council sealed its fate.



Special education staff increases, sign-on bonuses approved by Lake Travis ISD

The board of trustees approved sign-on bonuses and the addition of three staff members within the specail education department


Progress on Spillman Loop project discussed during Lake Travis ISD board meeting

Lake Travis ISD approved a change order request from Flintco for $723,000.


Fight over sales market data means Travis County home appraisals will not change this year, area schools may suffer

Travis Central Appraisal District will not appraise residential properties this year following a cease-and-desist order from the Austin Board of Realtors prohibiting use of its sales price data.


Fitness to Function expands its studio located in the heart of Spicewood

Fitness to Function works to help clients stay active as the age



New police position, community survey, food trucks: Breaking down the Feb. 18 Lakeway City Council meeting

Mayor Sandy Cox was not in attendance due to illness, but the Feb. 18 Lakeway City Council meeting saw some lively discussion and policy action take place.


Victims services coordinator position coming to Lakeway

The Lakeway Police Department will soon welcome a new victims services coordinator to its ranks due to a state grant approved Oct. 1.


Lakeway to conduct second community survey

About 32% of residents are retired. Roughly 54% of all households have two people. Almost 69% of all residences have no children under the age of 18 living in them.


Food trucks now permitted at special Lakeway events

Lakeway City Council approved an ordinance amendment during its Feb. 18 meeting that allows for temporary and mobile food vendors to operate at city permitted special events



Lakeway to pursue restoration of 19th century cabin

As a historic cabin that in 2011 was relocated adjacent to City Hall continues to deteriorate, the Lakeway Heritage Committee has intervened with a request to conduct a due diligence study on the needs of the Liebelt Cabin that was built in 1869.


Austin Council Member Greg Casar 'seriously considering' run for Kirk Watson’s state Senate seat

The 30-year-old Austin City Council member is serving the final year of his first full, four-year term.


The League Kitchen & Tavern is primed to expand in the Lake Travis-Westlake area

Business partners Tony Ciola and Creed Ford opened The League Kitchen & Tavern in 2011 with the vision of crafting a local neighborhood restaurant with an air of sophistication in Lakeway.


Yaghi's New York Pizzeria offering fresh yet affordable options since 1999

There are eight Yaghi's locations in the Austin area.



International preschool Kido set to open Austin location

Kido offers primary education through a researched curriculum focused on the nuances of human behavior


Kara King will be new mayor of Bee Cave

Since no one filed to run against King in the May general election, King will take over for Mayor Pro Tem Bill Goodwin, who has been running City Council meetings since former Mayor Monty Parker tendered his resignation Dec. 16.


FIRST LOOK: Hamilton Pool Fire Station 606 operational in southwest Travis County

Hamilton Pool Fire Station 606, located at 17304 Hamiliton Pool Road, Lake Travis, south of Hwy. 71, had its grand opening ceremony Jan. 25, but Lake Travis Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Rick Tess confirmed the station has been operational since Dec. 10.


Austin’s eight-year effort to rewrite land code advances to final vote with City Council's second-round approval

A majority of Austin City Council voted in favor of the land development code rewrite, setting the stage for a final vote on a project that has exhausted the community for roughly eight years.



Lakeway Elite Fitness focuses on exercise and self-defense training

The gym offers classes for all ability levels in CrossFit and krav maga as well as nutrition, strength training and private training.


Manduu brings electrical muscle stimulation to Lakeway

Nashville-based fitness studio Manduu utilizes electric muscual stimulation in its strength training workouts.