• AISD Board vacancy to be filled by appointment
    News   //   August 20, 2015   // 0 Comments

    by Ann Fowler OAK HILL -   The Austin Independent School District (AISD) Board of Trustees have voted to fill a vacant position by appointment. The recent death of longtime AISD Board Trustee Robert Schneider leaves an open seat for District 7, representing 13 campuses in Southwest Austin. With more than three years left of the four-year term, the AISD Board wrestled with the dilemma of how ...

  • It’s showtime for controversial LifeAustin Amphitheater
    Featured Post News   //   August 20, 2015   // 2 Comments

     The controversial LifeAustin Amphitheater opened last month with The Katinas. The Gatlin Brothers are booked for August 28th. by Ann Fowler OAK HILL -   Pastor Randy Phillips realized a dream when the LifeAustin Amphitheater opened last month. The LifeAustin Church is located on 68 acres on Highway 71 across from the Travis County Precinct 3 offices, and includes a dog park, disc golf and w...

  • Phase One construction begins at West Park PUD
    Featured Post News   //   August 4, 2015   // 1 Comment

    After the plug was pulled on a bigger project that could have included a Town Center, developers have begun work on Phase One of the smaller original West Park PUD project. Construction of 300 apartments is now underway amid the charred remains of the 2011 Oak Hill wildfire. by Ann Fowler OAK HILL -   Construction of 300 apartments is underway at the West Park Planned Unit Development (PUD)....

  • Community mourns death of longtime AISD Trustee
    Featured Post News   //   July 30, 2015   // 0 Comments

    by Ann Fowler Oak Hill resident Robert Schneider, who represented Southwest Austin on the Austin Independent School District (AISD) Board of Trustees, died Tuesday morning surrounded by his family. He was 62. “Trustee Schneider was a tireless champion of public schools and a stalwart advocate for the community he served. His commitment to a superior education for all was inspired by his devo...

  • Residents oppose losing home to right-of-way for ‘Parkway’ project
    Featured Post News   //   July 23, 2015   // 0 Comments

    The Bomers' property (above center) is needed by TxDOT for Highway 71 improvements associated with the Oak Hill Parkway project, but residents say the other side of the street—commercial lots with few trees—would be more appropriate for right-of-way taking. by Ann Fowler OAK HILL -    In 1792, James Madison wrote, “If the United States mean to obtain or deserve the full praise due to wise an...

  • APD District Reps program put on potential budget chopping block
    Featured Post News   //   June 30, 2015   // 1 Comment

      The APD District Representatives for Southwest Austin are Officer Jeffrey Binder (left) and Officer Joshua Visi (right). by Ann Fowler An item Austin police say is “the keystone of our community policing program” was put on the city’s Service Reduction Plan when city departments were asked to show ways to reduce each budget by 2.5 percent. The District Representative program is ...

  • Road-building is topic of the day
    Featured Post News   //   June 18, 2015   // 0 Comments

    “There are no silver bullets for this god-awful traffic,” Precinct 3 County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty began his recent transportation update.

    He told a capacity crowd at the June 4 Oak Hill Business and Professional Association (OHBPA) monthly luncheon: “There are not enough people who will do anything other than drive their single-occupancy vehicles for any mass transit solutions to make a bit of difference on our overcrowded roads,” he said, while pointing out that by increasing the capacity of our roads, it also helps Cap Metro’s bus system move people around the city faster.

    Daugherty then laid out the current status and projected timelines of road projects affecting Southwest Austin including SH 45SW, Hwy 290/71 and MoPac South.

  • As LifeAustin amphitheater completion nears, OHAN wants sound permit denied
    Featured Post News   //   May 27, 2015   // 1 Comment

    With construction of a controversial 1,000 fixed-seat outdoor amphitheater at the LifeAustin church nearing completion, the final step is a permit to allow amplified sound for the performances—the long-held dream of Pastor Randy Phillips, founder of the popular contemporary Christian music trio Phillips, Craig and Dean.

    But one man’s dream can be another’s nightmare, and some nearby residents are fearful that the sound from the amphitheater will destroy the tranquility of their neighborhoods. To that end, the neighborhoods requested and received support from the Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods (OHAN) in a May 13 resolution to oppose the issuance of a sound permit for an outdoor music venue as well as to “revoke the site development permit as to the outdoor amphitheater.”

  • Austin Animal Center reopens for adoptions and fosters
    News Pets   //   May 26, 2015   // 0 Comments

    Resumes animal intake on Wednesday

    The Austin Animal Center has reopened today for adoptions, those reclaiming pets, and anyone wanting to help by fostering a pet from the shelter after temporarily closing to the public Monday due to weather conditions.

    The Center will be waiving adoption fees today and Wednesday, May 26-27, as well on “reclaim fees” on all fixed animals.

    Last night the Animal Center evacuated its Town Lake Animal Center after that facility flooded. The City sheltered approximately 60 dogs from there temporarily in the Austin Animal Center in East Austin at 7201 Levander Loop.

  • Raccoon tests positive for rabies in southwest Travis County
    News   //   May 7, 2015   // 0 Comments

    The Austin/Travis County Animal Services Office is asking the community to be alert and take precautionary measures with wildlife such as raccoons, skunks, coyotes, foxes and bats after a recent confirmed case of rabies.

    Earlier this month, a raccoon was found in the southwestern Travis County in the Hamilton Pool Road area and tested positive for rabies. While no human interaction with this raccoon has been reported the City is asking the community to be vigilant with wildlife.