Keeping Time In Lockhart

The story of how Galbraith ended up devoting his life to the care and restoration of antique clocks reads like a fairy tale. It dates back 30 years to a now-vanished neighborhood in Austin, to the day when a simple act of kindness changed Galbraith’s life forever.

Best of The Observer 2012

Read a staff-curated list of the Observer’s top ten stories published this year.

Can Matt Damon’s New Fracking Movie Save the Environment?

Promised Land, a new film starring Matt Damon and directed by Gus Van Sant, will familiarize Americans with the f-word—fracking.

Lionfish Invasion Threatens Marine Ecosystems and Fishing Industry

The lionfish is the latest in the long line of invasive species—from fire ants to feral hogs—threatening ecological and economic resources in Texas, the Gulf, and elsewhere in the United States.

Rep. Diane Patrick Calls on TEA to Defer School Ratings Another Year

State Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington, is asking the Texas Education Agency to suspend its school ratings for a second straight year, as lawmakers rework the system.