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Wimberley Trail Project Receives State Funds

Wimberley Trail project receives state funds

The Wimberley Trail Project has received approval of more than $970,000 in funds from the Texas Transportation Commission for sidewalk infrastructure. The money will fund sidewalks connecting Wimberley High School, Danforth Junior High School, Wimberley Market Days and the Wimberley Village Library along RM 2325. This is expected to improve pedestrian safety, increase connectivity and help close gaps in the sidewalk network.   Read more from Hays Free Press here.

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Clemente Guzman’s Celebration Of River Life Selected For 2021 Texas Book Festival Poster Art

Clemente Guzman’s celebration of river life selected for 2021 Texas Book Festival poster art

The Texas Book Festival selected a painting titled Viva Texas Rivers! by San Antonio-based artist Clemente Guzman as the featured poster art for the 26th annual Texas Book Festival, held in Austin Oct. 25-31, 2021. The artwork celebrates the state’s life and culture on the banks of Texas rivers and features a cameo of Andrew Sansom, founder of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University.   Read more from Anna Huff with Texas State University…

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Lyndon B. Johnson National Park Dubbed International Dark Sky Park

Lyndon B. Johnson National Park dubbed International Dark Sky Park

The Lyndon B. Johnson National Park, a historical park and ranch in Texas, received praise for its stunning Hill Country night skies by earning an International Dark Sky Park certification. The award recognizes the exceptional quality of the park's night skies and provides added opportunities to enhance visitor experiences through astronomy-based interpretive programming.   Read more from Priscilla Aguirre with My SA here.

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Witte Exhibit Gives Black Cowboys Their Due

Witte exhibit gives Black cowboys their due

Before the Civil War, a quarter of Texas cowboys on cattle drives were Black. Like their white and Tejano counterparts, they had a singular perspective. It was on horseback, 7 feet up. Some of those Black cowboys were free; some were enslaved. Other Black ranch hands, including women and children, stayed home taming horses, tending livestock and repairing equipment.   Read more from Elaine Ayala with San Antonio Express-News here.

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The Infrastructure Bill Has Passed. What Now?

The infrastructure bill has passed. What now?

We highly recommend this nuanced take on recent federal infrastructure funding outlined in the article below from Small Towns. While having additional federal infrastructure funding is crucial to the continued success of our changing communities, we also recognize that with big money comes big challenges. - Hill Country Alliance So, the behemoth of an infrastructure bill finally passed over the weekend. And there was much rejoicing… Well, not from us. At Strong Towns, we’ve been skeptical of the current bill…

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Two Distinctive Hill Country Wineries Show Why Texas Wine Month Is Well Worth Celebrating

Two distinctive Hill Country wineries show why Texas Wine Month is well worth celebrating

With more than 500 wineries driving an economy valued at $13 billion, it’s clear Texas wine has long passed the all-hat-and-no-cattle phase. That there’s red, white and rosé gold in them there hills is further underscored by other statistical rankings that put the Texas Hill Country among the best most-visited wine producing regions in the US. Texas Wine Month, which takes place in October, celebrates this and more.   Read more from Ron Bechtol with the San Antonio Current here.

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All In The Family

All in the Family

Bryan Parras recalls a time in elementary school when he accompanied his dad on a work trip to Nederland, in Texas’ Golden Triangle. The warehouse where his dad organized county workers was “just one open vacant room with a bunch of chairs like you would see in a movie.” Bryan, now 44, remembers running around outside, playing on a mound of sand, while his dad discussed strategy with Jefferson County employees.   Read more by Irene Vázquez from the Texas…

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Bee Cave Seeking To Become Dark Sky Community

Bee Cave seeking to become Dark Sky Community

The city of Bee Cave will apply to become a Dark Sky Community, a move that would further efforts to preserve the night sky in the Hill Country region by placing restrictions on lights inside city limits. To become a Dark Sky Community, cities must apply through the International Dark-Sky Association and meet certain criteria, which include operating under IDA-compliant outdoor lighting ordinances, educating the public on the importance of the dark sky and gaining community support for the IDA…

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Developer Aims To Create ‘legacy’ Music Venue With Massive 20,000-seat Amphitheater In Southwest Austin

Developer aims to create ‘legacy’ music venue with massive 20,000-seat amphitheater in Southwest Austin

Developers hope to add a crown jewel to the Austin area's already bustling live music scene: a 20,000-seat amphitheater at the center of a 71-acre entertainment and residential project near Bee Cave. International Development Management Co. aims to open the first pieces of the Violet Crown project in 2023, with the amphitheater targeted to open by Labor Day 2023. Plans also call for two luxury apartment towers, a distillery and tasting room, a Top Golf-style driving range and a parking…

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Accolades Pour In For Comal County Conservationist Jensie Madden, Who Died Sept. 24 In Fischer

Accolades pour in for Comal county conservationist Jensie Madden, who died Sept. 24 in Fischer

Longtime Fischer resident and San Antonio native Jensie Simms Madden, 74, a “founding sister” of the Comal County Conservation Alliance whose fierce advocacy extended to many other prominent environmental organizations in Comal County, died unexpectedly on Sept. 24 alongside husband Daniel Robert Madden, 75. The Maddens passed away in the straw-bale stucco home they built for themselves after retiring to Fischer in 2001. No cause of death has been reported.   To hear more about Jensie's impact in our community…

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