AUSTIN (KXAN) - The U.S. Postal Service on Monday unveiled the stamp commemorating the life of author O. Henry, who made his home in Austin and has an elementary school named in his honor.
The "forever" stamp that bears the author's likeness was officially released at the O. Henry Museum at 409 E. Fifth St. where buyers could have it postmarked with a cancelation stamp.
The release coincided with O. Henry's 150th birthday.
O. Henry was born William Sydney Porter and his short stories are known for their wit, clever wordplay and surprise endings.
But before he became an author, O. Henry had something of a checkered past. According to his biography, O. Henry was arrested in 1896 on charges of embezzlement in Houston. After being released on bond,he skipped town, traveling first to New Orleans and then to Honduras.
He finally returned to stand trial and ended up serving time before his career as a writer blossomed.
He struggled with alcoholism and died at age 47 in 1910.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Even though there were no reports of iced over bridges or roadways like last week, officials are urging people to use extra caution while driving.
A 55-year-old man died in a single-vehicle crash just after midnight Monday morning near Lakeway.
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.