Community news: Austin cemetery rules proposed


Keep Texas Beautiful has recognizes Keep Hutto Beautiful as one of 13 recipients of the 2017 Green Bag Grants.

Calendars for the 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years OK’d by Dripping Springs school district trustees.



Cemetery rules proposed

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department, with the help of the community, developed a draft of the cemetery rules and posted them at .

The rules were reviewed internally and by the city of Austin Law Department. The updated rules were presented to stakeholders during two public engagement meetings in October. Additional input and feedback was received and was incorporated into the final draft of the Cemetery Rules and Regulations.

The proposed cemetery rules have been posted at the city clerk’s office and public review will run through Jan. 12. After this review, a recommendation will be made to the Cemetery Administrator for adoption.

To comment on the proposed rules, email [email protected]

— American-Statesman staff


Pets Alive get $4 million grant

Austin Pets Alive has received a three-year, $4 million grant from Maddie’s Fund to support the Maddie’s Lifesaving Academy at Austin Pets Alive and the city of Austin’s animal services office.

The grant will provide the opportunity for nearly 2,000 animal welfare workers from around the country to learn on-site from Austin Pets Alive and the animal services office leaders through 18 apprenticeships and three master classes. The goal is for the apprentices to take what they’ve learned at the training academy and bring it back to their own communities, implementing programs that will help save pets most at-risk of euthanasia in their regions.

The three-year grant will fund everything from academy staff positions, travel stipends for students, supplies and infrastructure for the academy.

— American-Statesman staff


Grant to go to immigration services

Catholic Charities of Central Texas has received a $10,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to support its immigration legal services program.

The grant specifically assists with costs associated to improve client services and efficiency by transferring client case files from paper to an electronic system.

The program saw requests for services grow 70 percent in 2017 compared to 2016 with Catholic Charities staff receiving an average of 12 inquiries a day from individuals and families, compared to seven per day previously.

With 13 staff members and more than 40 volunteers, the program assists individuals and families living at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level with legal consultations on their rights and immigration benefits allowable by law.

— American-Statesman staff



Cleanup program relaunching

Keep Texas Beautiful has recognized Keep Hutto Beautiful as one of the 13 recipients of the 2017 Green Bag Grants.

Through a partnership between the Keep Hutto Beautiful Foundation and the city of Hutto, the Hutto Adopt-A-Spot program will be relaunched. The program encourages citizen participation in litter clean-ups of designated public areas at regular intervals. To assist with the relaunch, the Keep Hutto Beautiful Foundation received a $1,000 Green Bag Grant for education and marketing.

The Keep San Marcos Beautiful affiliate also received a grant.

— American-Statesman staff



Tree drop-off locations set

The city of Kyle Parks and Recreation Department will set up drop-off areas beginning this week and running through Jan. 15 at the city parks to drop off natural Christmas trees.

Drop-off locations will be at Gregg-Clarke Park on West Center Street; Steeplechase Park, 295 Hallie Drive; Waterleaf Park on Abundance Lane; and near the water tower at the corner of Kohler’s Crossing and Benner roads.

For maps and more information:

— American-Statesman staff


Get Santa photos with pets

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter, at 750 River Road, will host an event for pets to get their pictures taken with Santa Claus from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Photographs are free, though the Mutt Strutt Guardian Angel Program will accept a suggested $5 donation.

The pictures will be posted on the shelter’s Facebook page at

— American-Statesman staff


District approves three calendars

School calendars for the 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years were approved by Dripping Springs school district trustees at the Dec. 11 board meeting.

The district started a three-year approval cycle to help families plan farther in advance.

In the 2018-19 calendar, the first day of school is Aug. 21, the full week off at Thanksgiving is maintained, as well as two full weeks for winter break.

The last day of the 2018-19 school year will be May 31, 2019.

To view the full calendars, visit

— American-Statesman staff