Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 11:21am. 125 Views
The State of Texas set a new record for job creation, with the addition of 36,400 jobs in September, according to data released by the Texas Workforce Commission. This brought the total number of jobs added by employers over a 12-month period to 413,700, the largest gain ever recorded in the Lone Star State.
Additionally, the civilian labor force population topped 13 million for the first time, with 13,005,600 employed, and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.2 percent in September from 5.3 percent in August. In September 2013, the rate was 6.3 percent.
“There’s never been a better time to look for new opportunities in Texas,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton.
Every major industry in Texas has shown positive annual growth…
Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 6:44pm. 673 Views
Ready to see history in action? A ship that landed along the Texas coast nearly 330 years ago will be reassembled in the galleries of the Bullock Texas State History Museum beginning October 25, 2014. One of French explorer Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle's ships, the La Belle is “arguably the most important shipwreck in the Western world,” according to the City by the Sea Museum in Palacios. This is because of its age – it sank in 1686 - and its condition, which is remarkably preserved, leaving even items like rope and wood and leather available for study, providing a veritable “time capsule” of European colonization efforts in North America.
An 800-pound keel and 1,100-pound keelson are the largest remains of La Belle. These will form the…
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 7:45pm. 831 Views
Miss the spring Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center plant sale? Fall is actually the best time to plant in central Texas, and on October 11 and 12 the Wildflower Center will have 300 species of native plants, trees, and shrubs for purchase at its twice annual plant sale. A members-only sale will take place on October 10.
Visitors will be able to choose from hundreds of hardy Texas natives bred to thrive with Austin’s climate, and both public sale days will include numerous activities, including tours and book signings. Travis County Master Gardeners also are on the schedule to answer questions.
Expected plants include Chalk Maple, Indigo Bush, Butterflyweed, and Anacacho orchid tree. Plant prices will range from $3 for 6-packs and four-inch plants…
Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 10:21pm. 945 Views
Locavore - a person who eats food that is grown, raised, or produced locally, usually within 100 miles of home.
Austin abounds with opportunities for locavores, from farmers’ markets to community-serviced agriculture to community and home gardens, fresh and local food is only the next meal away.
Looking for a more nutritional-packed punch? Local food usually is fresher, riper, and better-tasting than food that was picked too early or shipped thousands of miles. And, because there is less travel time, there is less of a need for preservatives or processing, both of which can rob food of its nutrient-dense properties.
Plus, when you buy from local farmers, you can ask them about their growing or raising processes: Is this free of chemicals,…
Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 11:57am. 2,365 Views
Another Dip for Monthly Home Sales Volume
In August 2014, Austin-area home sales declined compared to last year for the second consecutive month, but prices continued to rise. According to the Austin Board of REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report, Austin-area home sales decreased four percent year-over-year in August to 2,835 single-family home sales.
Double Digit Rise for Home Prices, Strong Year
However, the median price for single-family homes jumped 11 percent to $247,500, and the average price rose nine percent to $311,414. In addition, single-family homes sold more quickly, spending an average of 42 days on the market, one day fewer than August 2013. The total dollar volume of single-family properties sold also is up, to…
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 11:49am. 1,243 Views
The Austin Business Journal has released its annual list of the top 25 private schools in Austin, Texas. The rankings from the 2014 Book of Lists are based on the 2012-2013 school year.
The top-ranked school is Regents School of Austin. Regents is a Classical Christian school in Travis Country in southwest Austin. Approximately 1,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade are enrolled in the school as of the 2014-2015 school year, and 12 percent of the 2014 seniors are National Merit Scholars. Regents’ student/faculty ratio is 9:1, with 60 percent of the 7th grade to 12th grade faculty having advanced degrees.
In addition to rigorous academic programs, the school offers drama, dance, orchestra, band, choir, and visual art electives with state…
Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at 3:44pm. 1,051 Views
Six-pack? 12-pack? Maybe somewhere other than Texas. An Austin brewery has found the perfectly proportioned package of beer in its new seven-foot, 99-pack box, which is, by all accounts, the world’s “first and only” 99-pack of beer. At 12 ounces each, that’s over half a keg’s worth of beer – and a mighty heavy (82-pound) box that takes a few folks to carry and may or may not fit in your car, at least conventionally.
Austin Beerworks released the limited edition $99 package in conjunction with renaming its original ale, Peacemaker Anytime Ale. While this may sound like a joke or a piece for the The Onion, Austin Beerworks commented: “Is it a joke? Yes. Is it real? Also yes."
We brew what we like to drink.
The 99-pack is only available with…
Friday, August 22nd, 2014 at 3:48pm. 2,334 Views
Austin-area Real Estate Statistics
This month’s Austin real estate market report is dominated by two statistics: a dip in home sales for the first time in over three years and an annual increase in housing inventory for the first time in three years.
In July, Austin-area home sales dipped three percent to 2,944 single-family homes sold, according to an Austin Board of REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report. Since this is the first decrease in home sales since May 2011, it is notable, but it also follows a surge in June, which saw a double digit increase of 13%.
In addition, “July 2013 had the highest monthly home sales volume in Austin’s history, so we knew it was going to be a tough month to beat,” said ABOR President…
Thursday, August 14th, 2014 at 2:45pm. 1,474 Views
The wait was long – but now it’s over! The expanded Alamo Drafthouse in the Lamar Union complex on South Lamar opens to the public this Saturday, August 16. After an extensive renovation, the venue will feature three brand new auditoriums for a total of nine screens.
Just in time to host Fantastic Fest 2014 and the Austin opening of director Michel Gondry’s highly anticipated Mood Indigo, the Drafthouse will now be part of the same building as The Highball, which features seven karaoke rooms, a ballroom dance floor and stage, a lounge area, and an outdoor patio.
“We wanted to preserve as much of the spirit of the old Alamo South Lamar but extend on the ideas we explored in the first place," said CEO and founder Tim League. “We hired the same…
Friday, August 8th, 2014 at 12:47pm. 1,271 Views
From the political capital of Texas to the music capital of the world
Discover the how and when of Austin’s weird roots in the “When Austin Got Weird” exhibit at the Bullock State History Museum. Set to run until September 14, 2014, the daily exhibit explores the artists and music venues that defined the counterculture of Austin in the 1960s and 1970s.
Visitors can reminisce upon famous musicians portrayed through the viewpoint of poster artists, in posters created between 1967 and 1980. Featured musicians include Janis Joplin, Willie Nelson, Pete Seeger, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Fats Domino, and the Ramones. The exhibit also includes posters for many Texas music favorites, such as Asleep at the Wheel, Sir Doug and the Texas Tornadoes, and Shiva's…