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Home care provider Homewatch CareGivers brings services to Lakeway

Homewatch Caregivers opened a new Lakeway location Sept. 16.


Interactive: Lakeway's Transportation Steering Committee issues decade worth of traffic accident stats on city's major roads

An interactive map details accidents in Lakeway over the last decade


Salt Traders Coastal Cooking opens Zilker location

Round Rock seafood resturant Salt Traders Coastal Cooking opened a new location in Austin's Zilker neighborhood Sept. 16.



Austin wants to put trash cans near homeless camps under highways, awaits state approval

Austin moves closer to placing garbage cans underneath its highways to help with trash collection near homeless encampments.


Central Health, Sendero expand health insurance program during open enrollment

Central Health and Sendero Health Plans are expanding a program that provides for health insurance premiums for Travis County residents with chronic illnesses and complex medical needs.


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.



Central Texas transportation agencies investing millions in I-35 for new lanes, intersection improvements aimed at aiding mobility

Area officials have called I-35 a “disaster,” “the elephant in the room” and one of the state’s most congested roads.


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.


Lakeway residents get opportunity for feedback at transportation-based open house

Headed by the city of Lakeway's Transportation Steering Committee and a city-hired consulting team, residents got the chance to submit input and comments on a number of potential transportation improvement projects under consideration.


Travis County commissioners receive update on jail population, bond program amid scrutiny

Following scrutiny of Travis County’s bond system, members of the jail population monitoring group told commissioners public data does not accurately reflect who is in custody.



Bee Cave officials clear record on news report regarding housing for people experiencing homelessness

Update: Bee Cave City manager Clint Garza said at around 6 p.m. Oct. 29 he spoke with Rodney Gonzales, Austin's assistant city manager. Garza said Gonzales told him the city of Austin is not looking to purchase property inside Bee Cave's incorporated limits.


Texas governor, ‘following through on promise,’ tells TxDOT to clear homeless encampments under Austin highways starting Nov. 4

Homeless encampments under Austin’s highways will be cleared beginning Nov. 4, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s office, which said Oct. 29 that the governor was “following through on his promise” to step in and address Austin’s homelessness situation.


Travis County becomes second Texas county to adopt environmental purchasing policy

Travis County became the second county in the state to adopt a purchasing policy that prioritizes pollution prevention and environmental friendliness.


Bee Cave Mayor Monty Parker discusses city's future, decision not to run again in 2020

Bee Cave Mayor Monty Parker announced in mid-October he will not run for re-election in 2020. He will have served one term as mayor after being elected in May 2018.



Backroads 2 Oz set to relocate in the Hill Country Galleria

Backroads 2 Oz will relocate in late October to 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Ste. O130, Bee Cave, next to Barnes …


Weekend testimony highlights continued rift among Austinites’ competing visions for new land development code

Hundreds of Austinites spent their Saturday at City Hall to tell the city’s volunteer planning commissioners what they thought about the proposed revision to Austin’s rules governing how city land is used. The testimony highlighted the continued gaps between competing visions for the future of Austin’s land use and housing landscape.


Coffee With Impact: JT McCormick went from a horrific upbringing to being a CEO

Severe neglect, sexual abuse, violence, poverty: JT McCormick readily and publicly discusses these defining aspects of his upbringing. Told in shocking detail, it quickly becomes evident for those who attend his speeches that the stories of his childhood are necessary to elucidate how he emerged from it all to become what he describes as a success story.


River Place scraps pet portion of controversial trail fee, and letter from TPWD emerges rebutting district's defense of fee

The board of directors for the River Place Limited District in Northwest Austin has decided it will no longer charge $10 for pets that accompany humans using its nature trail, but humans will still have to pay the fee during designated hours.



West Lake Hills recognized as scenic city as a result of enforced ordinances

Scenic Texas, an organization aimed at the preservation and enhancement of Texas' public spaces honored West Lake Hills with a Silver Scenic City Certification. Anjali Naini, the city’s director of building and development services presented the award during a regular Oct. 23 council meeting.