AUSTIN (KXAN) - Some Austin balloon enthusiast lifted off Saturday for the 21st annual Lake Travis Flight.
Seven Pilots from Central Texas and one from the Dallas area took to the skies.
Frank Abernathy with the Central Texas Ballooning Association said in previous years upwards of 20 balloons launched.
They lifted off and flew from south-southwest to the north-northeast. Many of them made it up toward Cedar Park.
"The Yost Balloon," a homemade balloon by Austin pilot Phil MacNutt was one of the floating vessels.
"It was literally cut, sewn, etc. It is a replica of a Gas Balloon as opposed to a Hot Air Balloon; which these all were today," said Abernathy.
In November of 2010 CTBA hosted a balloon glow on Veterans Day weekend, which they plan to do again this year.
The balloonists will be in the Dallas area later this month from August 19 through the 21 in Highland Village performing balloon test flights
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.