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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Best rivers in Texas: Buffalo Bayou, Part 1

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.


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