Joan Havard and her grandmother, Frances Simnacher, in 2014.

Frances Sneed “Fannie” Simnacher, 1912-2016

7:49 pm Sep. 21, 2016

Joan Havard posted on her Facebook page today that her grandmother, Frances Sneed “Fannie” Simnacher, has died at age 104 in the home where she was born on Dogshead Bend in the Montopolis area.

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Navigating the wilds of lower Buffalo Bayou

11:22 am Sep. 17, 2016

Some readers might ask why we have included a bayou in our quest to trace 50 Texas rivers. Actually, it’s our second one. Years ago, we traced Bastrop Bayou in the tidelands of Brazoria County.


Letsie "Khotso" Khabele and Naledi Khabele at Austin Symphony Orchestra season opener

Five Austin parties that fired up early fall

5:51 pm Sep. 15, 2016

Beyond Batten. First, there’s the house. None other like it in Austin. Dimensional Fund head David Booth invited fewer than 50 guests to his still-new residence planted on several landscaped acres above Lake Austin. Sculptures and installations outside, mostly


7 Texas titles to sample at summer’s end

11:37 am Sep. 13, 2016

Face facts, it’s still summer, weather-wise in Austin. So let’s look back at some recent Texas titles before rummaging through the fall books.

“The Material Culture of German Texans.” Kenneth Hafertepe. Texas A&M Press. This is

Rodeo Austin picks new leader

10:30 am Sep. 12, 2016

Rodeo Austin,  one of Austin’s signature events, has a new leader. Rob Golding, who has served in the past decade as founding principal, chairman and CEO of Live Oak Gottesman, a commercial real estate development and services