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0.5% of voters turn out to the polls in Williamson County on first day of early voting

About 1,700 voters turned out for the first day of early voting in Williamson County on Oct. 21, accounting for 0.5% of the vote, according to Williamson County Elections.

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., …

Weekend overflow dumps 25,000 gallons of sewage into Bull Creek in Northwest Austin

Austin Water staff remain on-site at Bull Creek in Northwest Austin after a weekend manhole overflow caused approximately 25,000 gallons of sewage to pollute the waterway.

Cigar lounge, accessories shop coming to North Austin in 2020

Yonneque Zeno will open Ashes, The Cigar Lounge! in February at 16009 FM 1325, Ste. 201, Austin. The business …

Marriage, family counseling center relocates within Northwest Austin

Austin Family Care relocated Oct. 1 to 9430 Research Blvd., Echelon Building II, Ste. 140, Austin. The …

Chinese, Hawaiiain barbecue restaurant now open in Lakeline area of Austin

TLLT BBQ began serving customers in late July at 11301 Lakeline Blvd., Ste. 300, Austin. The restaurant …

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.

Round Rock ISD aims to speed up construction on McNeil High School

Communication with contractors on the last phase of long-anticipated updates to McNeil High School is getting a “reset” just months before the work is expected to be complete, according to Terry Worcester, chief operating officer for Round Rock ISD.

California juice bar plans third Austin location near The Arboretum

California-based Nekter Juice Bar will open a third location in Austin near The Arboretum at 9722 Great Hills Trail, Ste. 145, Austin.

Round Rock ISD looks to extend school officer contract with WilCo, while evaluating 'other options'

Round Rock ISD is one step closer to a long-term school resource officer program , following board action Oct. 17.

PfISD eyes busy winter of new school construction, facility renovations

Construction on the first two school projects in Pflugerville ISD’s 2018 bond package now has a defined date.

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.

Junior League of Austin celebrates opening of new headquarters

The Junior League of Austin celebrated Oct. 17 the opening of its new 48,000-square-foot headquarters in Northwest Austin.

New state law prohibits mobile voting, causes 'substantial' loss to Travis County

A new state law that took effect Sept. 1 and prohibits the use of temporary polling places will hinder voter turnout in Travis County, local officials said.

City Council prioritizes changing Austin’s public camping laws by Oct. 17

Nearly four months after Austin City Council’s controversial decision to decriminalize public camping , sitting and lying down—bans on which critics said targeted the homeless population—the city’s elected officials are gearing up to vote this week on further changes to those laws.

DATA: Northwest Austin homes selling in under a month, remain in high demand for region

The latest figures for September home sales from the Austin Board of Realtors show homes in the Northwest Austin area are still in high demand.

Williamson County Sheriff's Office granted $100,000 to solve cold cases

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office received commissioners' approval Oct. 15 to accept a grant of $100,000 to fund its Cold Case Task Force and Coalition Project.

Kebab-focused restaurant opens near The Arboretum in Northwest Austin

The first Austin location of The Kebab Shop opened Sept. 9 near The Arboretum at 9761 Great Hills Trail, …

Punch Bowl Social reopens with new mini-golf course in The Domain

After closing throughout September for renovations, Punch Bowl Social reopened Oct. 4 at 11310 Domain Drive, …

Christian book store closing all locations, including one in North Austin

LifeWay Christian Store, located at 10515 N. MoPac Expwy, Ste. C320, Austin, will close sometime in November. …

Review the Williamson County roads and parks bond propositions appearing on the Nov. 5 ballot

Williamson County voters can vote for or against two propositions Nov. 5. The propositions are divided into roads and parks projects to be completed throughout the county.

Austin metered parking rates could reach $5 per hour this year depending on demand

The city announced earlier this week that starting Oct. 14, metered parking rates would increase to $2 per hour, up from the current rates of $1 per hour and $1.20 per hour downtown. However, that may not be the last rate increase drivers see this year.