• Police unveil new mental health crisis program
    News   //   February 9, 2016   // 0 Comments

    by Penny Levers AUSTIN -  At the January 21 Region 4 Quarterly Commander’s Forum, CIT Officer Randy Hunt unveiled a new Austin Police Department (APD) outreach program. Titled “Mental Health Crisis Planning: learning to recognize, prevent and prepare” the program is designed to help get the word out to the community on the best ways to deal with mental health crises that might require police...

  • Staggering onslaught of growth and development hitting Dripping Springs: a snapshot
    Featured Post News Uncategorized   //   January 8, 2016   // 2 Comments

    by Laurel Robertson To begin a New Year, let's take a sweeping, generalized and always-changing look at the staggering amount of growth/development occurring just over the Travis county line in Dripping Springs and its extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ). The small town (population 1,788) oversees a large ETJ (population approximately 30,000) and those numbers are guaranteed to climb precip...

  • Escape Room craze hits Austin—here’s your complete guide
    News   //   January 8, 2016   // 0 Comments

    You must escape in sixty minutes—or else—using only the wits of your group (as this group did). by Ann Fowler AUSTIN - Looking for something different to do with family or friends? If you enjoy challenges, solving puzzles and uncovering clues—all while the clock is ticking—you may enjoy the interactive adventure of an Escape Room. What is an Escape Room? For the most part, it is a room w...

  • LifeAustin amphitheater battle continues
    Featured Post News   //   January 8, 2016   // 0 Comments

    LifeAustin Church on Highway 71 in Oak Hill is making full use of its new 1,500-seat amphitheater—to the dismay of some of its neighbors. by Ann Fowler OAK HILL -  Lawyers continue to battle over a 1,500-seat amphitheater at LifeAustin Church on Highway 71 in Oak Hill. Those representing the neighborhoods of Covered Bridge and Hill Country Estates argue against the purpose of the facility an...

  • OHAN awards Oak Hill Citizen of the Year
    News   //   January 8, 2016   // 0 Comments

    OHAN board President Darryl Pruett, right, presents award to Thayer.  photo: Rick Perkins by Ann Fowler OAK HILL -  The Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods (OHAN) presented the Oak Hill Citizen of the Year award to Tom Thayer at its annual holiday party on Dec. 8 at the Rockin’ Y Ranch. Thayer, a resident of the South Windmill Run neighborhood, is a longtime community activist with an i...

  • Oak Hill resident gets ripped-off by device planted inside a gas pump
    Featured Post News   //   December 11, 2015   // 0 Comments

    by Ann Fowler As we head into the shopping frenzy leading up to Christmas, authorities warn shoppers to be wary of credit card skimming at retail stores, restaurants and especially at gas stations. Thieves have been adding devices to ATMs and gas pumps to “skim” the data from credit card magnetic strips to create and use counterfeit cards. Miniature cameras can also be used to view the keypa...

  • Congressman Smith covers a range of subjects at ‘Fall Forum’
    Featured Post News   //   November 25, 2015   // 0 Comments

    District 21 Congressman Lamar Smith, left, (R) hosted an early morning “Fall Forum” last week at the Shady Hollow Community Center.  -photo by Valerie Caselli by Penny Levers Veteran Congressman Lamar Smith is hopeful that the change in the leadership would bring more bi-partisanship to the House, but it seems unlikely that the Science Committee he chairs would find much common ground on the...

  • Group calls Saturday rally to save Oak Hill oaks
    Featured Post News   //   November 19, 2015   // 0 Comments

      Oak Hill resident Gerry Powell has documented and photographed over 200 large oak trees in the path of proposed expansion of U.S. 290 West and S.H. 71 along Williamson Creek. by Ann Fowler According to local residents, more than 200 large oak trees stand to be damaged or lost if the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) moves ahead with the Oak Hill Parkway project as currently design...

  • Marching Band season draws to a wet and stormy close
    News   //   November 12, 2015   // 0 Comments

    The Bowie marching band, formally known as the James Bowie High School Outdoor Performing Ensemble (JBHSOPE), is under the direction of Kim Shuttlesworth. by Ann Fowler It was a dark and stormy day for local marching bands unable to reach San Antonio for competition on Friday, October 30. Marching season for many local high schools usually ends with two big competitions: the Bands of Amer...

  • Oak Hill Parkway open house shows design tweaks
    Featured Post News Uncategorized   //   November 12, 2015   // 1 Comment

       In addition to the many displays, officials from TxDOT and CTRMA were on hand to answer questions.  With new Continuous Flow Intersections now working in Oak Hill, some are beginning to question whether such a big project is even needed. by Ann Fowler An Open House for the Oak Hill Parkway project was held at Covington Middle School on October 29, attracting more than 150 attendee...