9:43 PM Oct 23, 2019 CDT

The Austin Metro has the fifth highest wildfire risk in the United States and city leaders are pushing for more preparation

The Austin Metro is the only area not in California to rank in the top five most wildfire vulnerable metropolitan areas in the country, according to a report published in September by data analytics company Core Logics.

TxDOT to hold ribbon-cutting for completion of 3-year Bee Caves Road project

The Texas Department of Transportation is holding a ribbon-cutting for RM 2244, better known in the Westlake and West Austin area as Bee Caves Road, which will celebrate the completion of the project to widen that road.

Eanes ISD receives highest classification in state financial integrity rating

Eanes ISD Director of Finance Maria Rockstead presented the district's 2018-19 rating from the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, or School FIRST, which has been in place since 2003. The scores are based on the financial information from the previous school year, taking into account 15 indicators measuring financial management practices.

Bee Cave officials seeking to contract with engineering firm regarding improvements to low-water crossing on Great Divide Drive

The low-water crossing on Great Divide Drive south of Hwy. 71 in Bee Cave has been a source of controversy among local taxpayers for years . Many who drive on it regularly agree it needs to be improved with regard to flooding issues , but compromise on the best option has remained fleeting.

Leader in effort to recall Austin mayor, council members, says handling of homelessness issue ‘pushed people over the edge’

Our Town Austin, a special purpose committee created to try and recall Austin’s mayor and five City Council members, will begin canvassing the city for the tens of thousands of signatures needed to force a recall election, one of the group’s executives said.

0.38% of registered voters turn out in Travis County on first day of early voting

Just over 3,000 people—or 0.38% of registered voters—cast their ballots on the first day of early voting Travis County.

St. Michael's Catholic Academy will see addition of new educational wing

St. Michael’s Catholic Academy announced plans for a new campus and curriculum expansion project Oct. 22. The private school located at 3000 Barton Creek Blvd., Austin, will design a new academic wing called the Hub for Advanced Learning Opportunities on the 50-acre Barton Creek campus. Construction is anticipated to begin in May, according to a press release.

Central Texas transportation agency seeks input on 2045 long-range plan

A Central Texas transportation planning agency started its public input process Oct. 21 for its 2045 long-range plan , which looks at how the region will be connected over the next 25 years.

City of Lakeway partners with Young Men's Service League to boost wildfire mitigation effort

Thanks to a major volunteer deal brokered between the city and a student group from the Lake Travis area, Lakeway's Hamilton Greenbelt will soon have much more help in the effort to reduce wildfire risk.

Lakeway Police Foundation donates $42,000 police training simulator to Lakeway Police Department

The new Lakeway Police Department building, which became fully operational earlier this year, included in its design a room specifically to house a training simulator.

Lakeway Highlands acreage annexed for future residential development

Lakeway City Council has annexed about 24.5 acres of land east of the intersection at Bee Creek Road and Crosswind Drive in pursuit of a new phase of the Lakeway Highlands subdivision.

Lakeway City Council sends zoning decision on Square on Lohmans back to commission

The Square on Lohmans, a more recent moniker for a roughly 45-acre proposed development in the middle of Lakeway, remains in limbo for at least a little longer.

Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education clinic coming soon to the Four Points area

Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education will open a new location in December at 6611 River Place Blvd., …

Marc Robinson Jewelers to open new Bee Cave location

Marc Robinson Jewelers will open Nov. 15 at 3464 S. RR 620, Bee Cave, according to Raymond E Gill III, the …

A teen murder mystery, legendary local car show and even a jazz duo: October and November events in Lake Travis-Westlake libraries

The Rolling Sculpture Car Show at the Hill Country Galleria is just one of many events put on by all of the …

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will send state agency to clear homeless encampments under Austin overpasses, monitor water quality

Less than 24 hours after Austin City Council moved to further adjust a pair of laws that impact the homeless population, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s office said the governor will send in state agencies to address and monitor Austin’s homelessness challenge.

The League Kitchen and Tavern coming soon to the Hill Country Galleria

The League Kitchen and Tavern is scheduled to open at the Hill Country Galleria in front of the central plaza …

From Dwight Yoakam to the Lakeway Big Band Bash: October and November live music events in the Lake Travis-Westlake area

October and November will see a slew of live performances in venues spanning from Spicewood to Lakeway to the …

Austin’s new homelessness ordinances ban camping on sidewalks but allow sitting and lying down

City Council banned public camping from sidewalks throughout the city but will permit sitting and lying down unless it is 15 feet from an operating business in an Oct. 17 vote that marked a major step forward in the strenuous debate over a pair of laws that directly impact the homeless.

Leander ISD begins process of bringing security upgrades to last 10 schools

Leander ISD’s board of trustees took the next step to bring major security enhancements to its last 10 schools lacking them at a regular meeting Oct. 17.

CAMPO holds transit study open house

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization took an opportunity for public outreach during an open house event at Bee Cave Public Library, meant to assess future transit needs and educate the public on current project amendments.