Sunday May 12
Yesterday was the inaugural Young Adult Bookfest , sponsored by The Book Spot , the City of Round Rock, the Round Rock and Pflugerville ISDs, and The Frisco ! I was on a panel titled "Out of this World" with Sharon Bayliss , Ernest Cline , Krissi Dallas , Rachel Harris and Cory Putnam Oakes ! At Cory's instigation, here's a pic of us doing ... (more)
Sat May 11, 2013
Pflugerville trustees Acosta, Fletcher hold leads
Incumbents Carol L. Fletcher and Mario Acosta prevailed in their fight to be re-elected to the Pflugerville school board over opponents who opposed their recent votes to provide health benefits to the domestic partners of district employees, including those in same-sex relationships.
Fri May 10, 2013
Community news: Austin school district to host Latino achievement awards
The Austin school district is hosting the annual Latino Academic Achievement Awards from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the LBJ Auditorium at the University of Texas, 2315 Red River St.
Ex-school band director sentenced on child porn charges
Robert Ramos, 33, of Austin, was sentenced in federal court Thursday to 30 years for producing and distributing material sexually exploiting children.
Wed May 08, 2013
The Austin Chronicle
Get a Job, Kid
Earlier this spring, a group of five junior and senior culinary arts students from John B. Connally High School in Pflugerville took second place in the Texas ProStart Invitational Cooking Competition, garnering $35,000 each in culinary scholarship funds.
Tue May 07, 2013
Early voting ends with 5 percent of Travis ballots cast
Despite a referendum on home rule in Bee Cave, a contentious school board race in Pflugerville and the Austin school district pitching an $892 million bond proposal that is the largest ever in Central Texas, early voting numbers suggest low turnout at the polls.
Off the Kuff
Cities generally ignore Abbott's domestic partnership opinion
Attorney General Greg Abbott's opinion [last] week, while not binding, is the latest of several challenges to same-sex benefits across the country that so far have had mixed results in the courts and prompted changes after officials in other states took action.
Fri May 03, 2013
Texas AG's same-sex opinion doesn't worry entities
Cities and counties that offer same-sex partner health benefits don't anticipate altering their policies after the Texas attorney general called the practice unconstitutional, though the office's opinion does serve as fuel for litigation against entities providing benefits to gay couples.
Bass Fishing Resource Guide
Flash Mob Jr. Produces 19 Pounds in One Cast
When Pflugerville, Texas, bass angler Donnie O'Neal set the hook Sunday, April 28, he was hoping for a 13-pound-plus largemouth bass to donate to the Texas ShareLunker Program.
Thu May 02, 2013
Will tourists pflock to Pflugerville? Officials hope to one day make city a draw
Deutschen Pfest, which runs May 17 to 19 this year, draws more than 10,000 visitors to its annual carnivals, parades and concerts.
Round Rock's golden treasure
Whether it is a family tradition or because they heard about it from national television shows, customers from all around crowd the doors for a taste of the famed Round Rock Donuts made at Lone Star Bakery.
Wed May 01, 2013
Community News: San Marcos community concert moves indoors; Mud fest...
The Austin Police Department's Auto Theft Interdiction Unit is offering free Vehicle Identification Number etchings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Austin Community College Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Road.
Part of 'Transformers 4' Will Shoot In Central Texas
Michael Bay is bringing his rock'em sock'em robots and likely plenty of his explosives to shoot part of the forthcoming Transformers 4 in central Texas.
Tue Apr 30, 2013
Insurance Journal West
Texas AG: Same-Sex Marriage Benefits Unconstitutional for Public Entities
Local governments and school districts that offer marriage benefits to same-sex partners are violating the state constitution, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott stated in an opinion on April 29.
Fort Worth officials study AG ruling that says same-sex benefits break the law.
Healthcare benefits for nearly three dozen local residents could be at risk after a ruling by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Mon Apr 29, 2013
Burnt Orange Report
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott Denies Benefits for Same Sex Couples in Austin
April can be the cruelest month. In a defeat for civil rights and home rule in Texas, Texas Attorney Greg Abbott scaled back rights for same-sex couples in cities such as Austin, Pflugerville, El Paso, Fort Worth, and others.
AG: Same-sex marriage benefits unconstitutional
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has issued an opinion stating that local governments and school districts that offer marriage benefits to same-sex partners are violating the state constitution.
Sat Apr 27, 2013
Community News: West Austin area seeks 'fire wise' designation
A wildfire awareness presentation for Lake Hills and the neighborhoods surrounding Cuernavaca Road will take place at 7 p.m. May 7 at the Austin Ridge Bible Church, 9300 Bee Cave Road, Building C. Representatives from the Texas A&M Forest Service and CE-Bar Fire Station will offer presentations on wildfire awareness and prevention, including steps ... (more)
Fri Apr 26, 2013
Dallas Morning News
Fourth - Transformers' film to shoot in Texas
Michael Bay's fourth big-budget Transformers film will shoot in the Austin area in June, bringing with it requisite car chases, robots and plenty of explosions.
Wed Apr 24, 2013
Domestic partner benefits a campaign issue in Pflugerville
The Pflugerville school board's 5-1 December vote to offer health benefits to domestic partners, including same-sex couples, has become a campaign issue in the race for two school board positions this May.