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Soccer Watch
Dynamo drop season opener, Man U steamrolling competition, and more
Sports Column  April 4, 2008, by Nick Barbaro
"...High school playoffs continue this weekend. Locally, Dripping Springs plays Hays in the 4A Girls Regional Final, and Leander Vista Ridge plays New Braunfels Canyon in the Boys 4A Regional Final on Friday; no local 5A schools made the third round..."

High School Playoffs, Dynamo Season Opener, and More
DAILY Sports  April 2, 2008, by Nick Barbaro
"...High school playoffs continue this weekend. Locally, Dripping Springs plays Hays in the 4A Girls regional final, and Leander Vista Ridge plays New Braunfels Canyon in the Boys 4A regional final on Friday; no local 5A schools made the third round..."

Soccer Watch
High school playoffs, Austin Aztex announce first-round signings for their inaugural season, and more
Sports Column  March 21, 2008, by Nick Barbaro
"...Locally, the LBJ boys play Pflugerville Hendrickson; district winner Travis has a first-round bye but plays on the weekend. The McCallum girls also play Hendrickson; the winner takes on Dripping Springs and then, possibly, undefeated Leander Vista Ridge...."

A Busy, Busy Soccer Week
DAILY Sports  March 19, 2008, by Nick Barbaro
"...Locally, the LBJ boys play Pflugerville Henderson; district winner Travis has a first-round bye, but plays on the weekend. The McCallum girls also play Henderson; the winner takes on Dripping Springs, and then, possibly, undefeated Leander Vista Ridge...."

After a Fashion
Stephen finagles and whines. And you don't even have to read all the way through to the end of the column to get to that part.
Columns  January 25, 2008, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...You know you want to... Accessories designer David Hall Hodges is turning out some pretty cool work in his Dripping Springs studio..."

Day Trips
The Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail dresses 11 Central Texas communities in glowing finery
Columns  December 21, 2007, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...We're fortunate to have one of the best concerted lighting displays in the state just west of town. The Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail dresses Boerne, Burnet, Dripping Springs, Fredericksburg, Goldthwaite, Johnson City, Llano, Marble Falls, New Braunfels, Round Mountain, and Wimberley in glowing finery..."

Film News
Local production heats up, and a UT professor makes it to the Oscar doc short list
Screens Column  November 30, 2007, by Joe O'Connell
"...Quietly filming this week on the former The Alamo set in Dripping Springs is Appaloosa, a Western directed by and starring Ed Harris. Also in the cast are Renée Zellweger and Viggo Mortensen..."

Texas Voters Approve Props; Travis Narrowly Passes Cancer Measure
Constitutional-amendments election turnout low but a bit higher than we expected
News Story  November 9, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...Dripping Springs ISD: Approved $96 million in school bonds...."

'Austin Chronicle' Endorsements
General Election, Nov. 6 – Proposed Constitutional Amendments
News Story  November 2, 2007
"...DRIPPING SPRINGS ISD: $96,170,000 in bonds to build and renovate school facilities and buy land...."

Open House Sunday for Dyslexic Children’s Preschool
DAILY News  October 26, 2007, by Cheryl Smith
"...The “world’s first preschool for dyslexic children” is hosting an open house for interested parents and their kids this Sunday from noon to 4pm at 13317 Fitzhugh Road, between Oak Hill and Dripping Springs, according to a press release from Prelexia, the new, tiny school. For more info about Prelexia, call 653-9653, e-mail beckylewis7@gmail.com, and/or check out www.prelexia.com...."

Early Voting Starts Today
Early voting runs Oct. 22-Nov.2; election day is Nov. 6
DAILY News  October 22, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...On the Travis County ballot are 16 proposed amendments to the state constitution (see the Oct. 19 issue for endorsements) and, depending on your precinct, special elections in Cedar Park, Jonestown, Lakeway, Manor, Sunset Valley, bond elections in the Dripping Springs, Leander, and Pflugerville school districts, certain county Emergency Services districts, the East Travis Gateway Library District, and the Lakeside, Lakeway, and Lazy Nine municipal utility districts. For voting locations, hours, sample ballots and other info, go to the Travis County Elections Web site...."

Food-o-File
Top Chef, a Savvy spirit, and birth announcements
Food Column  September 14, 2007, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Spirits distilled in Texas certainly are an emerging trend. This makes three vodkas – Tito's, Dripping Springs, and Savvy; one platinum rum – Treaty Oak; and two liqueurs – Paula's Texas Orange and Texas Lemon....."

ACL Fest Saturday Interviews
Music Story  September 7, 2007, by Andy Langer
"...SE: It's so different now. I'd rather remember Texas as me being able to stand there with hair down to my waist next to a guy in a cowboy hat at the Dripping Springs Reunion without getting my ass kicked..."

Exit Here to Eat
Dining around Central Texas
Food Story  July 20, 2007
"...We've got two weeks' worth of stories here. Since they live southwest of the city, Mick Vann and Wes Marshall were assigned to cover the Lake Travis area, Spicewood, Dripping Springs, Driftwood, Buda, Kyle, and Highway 71 east toward Bastrop..."

The Judicial System Failed
Postmarks  June 26, 2007
"...Dear Editor, On March 23 of this year, Adam Raymond was hit head-on and killed while riding his bicycle near Dripping Springs ["Naked City," News, June 22]. Earlier this month, the Hays County grand jury failed to indict Bradley Danz, the driver of the vehicle that killed Raymond..."

Naked City
News Story  June 22, 2007
"...To donate or volunteer – they need $60,000 in materials and 1,800 in volunteer hours – call 472-8788 or send an e-mail to info@ahfh.org. – Wells Dunbar Beyond City Limits• Bicyclist Adam Raymond of Austin was killed in March when an oncoming pickup entered his lane on Mount Gainor Road in Dripping Springs and struck him head on..."

How Green Was My Alley
Local restaurants grown their own
Food Story  May 25, 2007, by Barbara Chisholm
"...But still, it isn't enough, so the Foxes (Lisa, Emmett's wife, is his partner in life and food) have developed a relationship with farmer Harley Clark of Dripping Springs, who grows exclusively for the duo's dual restaurants. The partnership is in its fourth year, and, like the products it yields, it's a growing one..."

The Wizard of Gore Returns
Herschell Gordon Lewis releases his inner Herschell Gordon Lewis
Screens Story  May 25, 2007, by Carson Barker
"...H.C. Carter Longhorn Ranch Ghost Town, Dripping Springs..."

Capitol Briefs
News Column  May 18, 2007
"..."Our bill was opposed by Mike McKinney of the Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas, and with him opposed to it, we were not able to even get a hearing on the bill in committee," says Brock Wagner, founder of Houston's Saint Arnold Brewing and a leader of Friends of Texas Microbreweries, the coalition lobbying for the law. "We met with all the legislators on the committee, and all felt that we were making a very reasonable request, but at the end of the day that didn't matter." (A call to McKinney was not returned as of this writing.) Actually, there are two identical bills: HB 1926 by Houston's Jessica Farrar (in whose district Saint Arnold is located) and HB 2647 by Dripping Springs' Patrick Rose (Real Ale Brewing is in his district)..."

Dying in Committee, Part 8: Microbrewery Bill Dead
Don't plan on taking any beer home after that microbrewery tour.
DAILY News  May 11, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...Actually, there are two bills, although they are word-for-word identical, just with different authors listed: House Bill 1926 by Houston's Jessica Farrar (in whose district Saint Arnold is located) and HB 2647 by Dripping Springs' Patrick Rose (Real Ale Brewing is located Blanco County). Wagner says he is already looking forward to pushing the bill again in 2009..."

Dying in Committee, Part 5
What business-friendly constitutional amendment just died in the House?
DAILY News  May 7, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...It was all about constitutional philosophy: On one side, there are those like Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, that say that it's unfair to hamstring future legislatures with a supermajority on one tax; on the other, there are legislators like Rep..."

Soccer Watch
European Champions League quarterfinals highlight a busy week in soccer, and more
Sports Column  April 6, 2007, by Nick Barbaro
"...It was a good week for CenTex schools in the state high school playoffs, as the Lake Travis and Round Rock McNeil girls and all four Westlake and Dripping Springs teams won two games each to advance to the regional finals this weekend. The Travis High boys, AISD's last entry, bowed out in the regional semifinals...."

European Champions League Quarterfinals, Dynamo Face Pachuca, and More
DAILY Sports  April 4, 2007, by Nick Barbaro
"...The winner meets Chivas Guadalajara, who edged DC United in the other semi; just three days later, the Dynamo kick off the defense of their MLS Championship, hosting the L.A. Galaxy on Sunday, April 8, at 6pm; www.houstondynamo.com for info. It was a good week for CenTex schools in the state high school playoffs, as the Lake Travis and Round Rock McNeil girls and all four Westlake and Dripping Springs teams won two games each to advance to the regional finals this weekend..."

Soccer Watch
Sports Column  March 30, 2007, by Nick Barbaro
"...In high school bi-district playoffs, the Travis High boys were the lone Austin winner, 4-2 in OT over San Antonio Burbank. But the suburban schools did well; Westlake and Dripping Springs boys and girls teams all won..."

On the Lege: A $156 Million Disaster
The Accenture scheme blows up in the state's face
News Column  March 23, 2007
"...Hawkins, nonetheless, is hard-pressed to acknowledge his mistake, even as members of the House Human Services Committee tried to squeeze an admission out of him last week. Committee Chair Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, summed up the whole Accenture deal as a "$156 million disaster" – referring to the amount the state has already shelled out for the contract work...."

On the Lege
Rose, Dukes rewarded for standing with Craddick
News Column  February 2, 2007, by Amy Smith
"...When Patrick Rose learned of his promotion to chairman of the House Human Services Committee, the Dripping Springs Democrat followed the actions of his two predecessors: He reached out to Austin Rep. Elliott Naishtat, who chaired the committee for nearly a decade until his demotion under Speaker Tom Craddick in 2003..."

TxDOT's Budget Breakdown
Postmarks  January 31, 2007


Call him Chairman Patrick
After his pro-Craddick speech during the speaker debate, how has Rep. Patrick Rose done in the new committee listings?
DAILY News  January 27, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...Many eyebrows were raised when Dripping Springs Democratic Rep. Patrick Rose turned out to be a T-Rex (a very big DINO) during the recent speaker debate..."

On the Lege
Austin's freshman senator picks up plum assignments
News Column  January 26, 2007, by Amy Smith
"...On the Senate side, Watson, a testicular-cancer survivor, will co-author the proposed legislation with Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, and Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, while Reps. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, and Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, will carry the House bill..."

A Tale of Two Patricks
DAILY News  January 25, 2007, by Richard Whittaker
"...So no committees today. Poor Patrick Rose: after all that Craddick-boosting during the speaker debate, the Dripping Springs DINO will have to wait to see what his reward will be. Speaking of Patricks and committees: With all the hullabaloo about whether Tom would see his enemies list (i.e., those state reps who voted against him) in the House before picking committees, everyone ignored what's been going on in the Senate..."

Rose Not a Pure Enough Democrat
Postmarks  January 14, 2007
"...Dear Editor, A wolf in sheep's clothing? Democratic Rep. Patrick Rose of Dripping Springs keeps saying he'll do whatever necessary to approve toll roads and to re-elect Tom Craddick as Texas House speaker..."

Barbara Chisholm on the Top 10 Things to Top It Off
Food Story  January 5, 2007, by Barbara Chisholm
"...10) Rainwater: It seems so obvious, it's hard to believe no one has done it before. But fresh squeezed cloud juice from Dripping Springs is the first bottled rain water in the country, and it is scrumptious, chlorine free, locally and celestially produced..."

Chamber Recommends CAMPO Reorganization
Fewer and better-educated members could improve efficiency of transportation planning group, report says
News Story  January 5, 2007, by Kimberly Reeves
"...290 are funded but not the main lanes. The lanes of Highway 71 West out to Dripping Springs and beyond, as well as 290 East and Loop 360, are not funded at all..."

All Eyes on Speaker Fight
Craddick fighting for his political life
News Story  January 5, 2007, by Amy Smith
"..."I'm hopeful that there's going to be a new speaker." While Howard's name appeared on Craddick's post-election pledge list of 109, she went missing from the revised head count of 84.* (Craddick's office acknowledges that Pitts' defection puts the tally at 83.) Democratic Reps. Dawnna Dukes of Austin and Patrick Rose of Dripping Springs are still officially backing Craddick, one more strongly than the other..."

Think About the Motives of Those Attacking Wal-Mart
Postmarks  January 2, 2007


'Friday Night Lights': Hangover Edition
DAILY Sports  December 1, 2006, by Christopher Gray
"...Iola (1A Division II) 6pm tomorrow at Burger Center; and Chilton vs. Rocksprings (1A Division II), 7:30pm tonight in Dripping Springs..."

Day Trips
Mandola Estate Winery pairs handmade Italian-style wines with a Texas accent to an Old World-style Italian market and restaurant
Columns  December 1, 2006, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Mandola Estate Winery, outside of Dripping Springs, pairs handmade Italian-style wines with a Texas accent to an Old World-style Italian market and restaurant. Founded by the Mandola family, who also operate the popular Austin eatery under the family name, the winery announced its first release last month after more than four years of preparation...."

Day Trips
Christmas-light displays are one of the many holiday traditions that all ages seem to enjoy with equal enthusiasm
Columns  November 24, 2006, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Dripping Springs decorates the business community along U.S. 290..."

It Ain't Safe No More
DAILY News  November 10, 2006, by Wells Dunbar
"...I guess election season makes everyone crazy. First Rick Green (allegedly) throws a sucker punch at Patrick Rose on the steps of their Dripping Springs polling place..."

Election 2006: Key Texas Races
Key Texas election returns
News Story  November 10, 2006, by Amy Smith and Jordan Smith
"...He released a post-election list of 109 members who have promised themselves to Craddick. The list includes several Democrats, including Austin's own Dawnna Dukes and Dripping Springs' Patrick Rose..."

War of the Roses (and Greens)?
DAILY News  November 7, 2006, by Lee Nichols
"...The Quorum Report just posted a confirmed report that an "altercation" broke out in Hays County between state Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, and his Republican predecessor in that seat, Rick Green..."

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
News Story  November 3, 2006
"...The drive has placed more than a million pets since it began in 1999 and has expanded from 14 participating animal shelters and rescue groups to 1,941 last year. The nine area participating organizations are the Austin Humane Society, Austin Siamese Rescue, Giant Paw Rescue in Lakeway, Cedar Forest Cat Ranch, Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue, Pflugerville's Lucky Mutts Rescue, Lago Vista PAWS, the Humane Society of Williamson County, and Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary of Dripping Springs..."

Food-o-File
Come and get it!
Food Column  September 22, 2006, by Virginia B. Wood
"...290 W., 858-1700). Friends in Dripping Springs tell me it's the happening joint out there these days....."

Election 2006
Chris Bell goes on a snipe hunt, and other campaign news
News Story  September 15, 2006
"...State Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, introduced such a bill in the 2005 session, but it never reached the House floor for a vote..."

After a Fashion
Stephen dishes on celebrities local (Capitol Kia's wide-mouthed Bill Dickason) and visiting (Quentin and Fiona), and more.
Columns  September 8, 2006, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...With the dazzling Hedda Layne as well as the Eric Tessmer Band performing, you can shop for your holiday rocks at a 25% discount that night while supporting KLRU and HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians). Tickets for this fab event are $50 through www.anthonynak.com or at the store… Immortalize your favorite love (two- or four-legged variety) with an engraved Plaza brick or stone paw at Texas Hearing and Service Dogs' new training building and visitors center on its campus in Dripping Springs..."

Afterburn
The 16th 'Austin Chronicle' Hot Sauce Festival: contest results
Food Story  September 1, 2006, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Honorable Mentions: Jimmy Anderson (Alvin), John Robinson, Andrew Rodenberg, Akl Batrouni, Jason Brice, Jeff Schulz, Roy Alvarado (Round Rock), Jimmy Anderson (Alvin), Marc Irving (Cedar Park), Ken Coffelt (Briarcliff), Cesar Remus, Jarrod C. Mejia (Cedar Park), Paul Petersen (Alpine), Mike Bunga, Steve McMillon, Richard Botello (Dripping Springs), Jason Stanford, Rene Moreno, Dana Richie (Cedar Park), Roy Alvarado (Round Rock), Dennise Cowart, Juana Younce, Justin Williams, ManDee Mason (DeLeon), Bryan Bunkowski, Brandon Grebe, Scott NettlesGreen SauceFirst: Mark & Margaret Harsh (Round Rock)..."

Fortunate Son
Bass player to the stars, past and present, Mark Andes
Music Story  May 19, 2006, by Margaret Moser
"...The house reflects a Southwestern feel, filled with Native American iconography and personal altars that reflect Andes' pantheistic spirituality. Thoughtfully chosen art decorates the walls, many pieces painted by his brother and fellow Jo Jo Gunner Matt Andes, who lives in Dripping Springs..."

Defending a 290 Toll
Engineer over US 290 West project through Oak Hill sticks up for future toll project
News Story  May 12, 2006, by Kimberly Reeves
"...Don Nyland, the south area engineer for The Transportation Commission's Austin region, questioned the parkway on three counts. First, the road must serve a region far larger than Oak Hill, one that accommodates the growth of communities out to Dripping Springs and beyond to Johnson City..."

Day Trips
Juniper Hills Farm between Dripping Springs and Blanco takes advantage of the rich culinary culture of the Hill Country to combine a cooking school with overnight cabins for a unique weekend getaway
Columns  January 13, 2006, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Juniper Hills Farm between Dripping Springs and Blanco takes advantage of the rich culinary culture of the Hill Country to combine a cooking school with overnight cabins for a unique weekend getaway...."

Justice or Vengeance?
A tale of tragedy and punishment in Williamson County
News Story  November 4, 2005, by Kevin Brass
"...When the Threets first approached Young about helping their son's case, he wasn't interested. "I told them, if my child had died in a fight, I'd want him in jail, too," said Young, a 32-year veteran of the FBI, who's now a partner in Dripping Springs-based Mag International, which regularly consults with families who are victims of violent crimes..."

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