Travis County files suit against pharmaceutical opioid companies, Pluckers opens first location in Oak Hill and more for South Austinites to know this week

The Pluckers Oak Hill location opening is one of the several news events that broke in Southwest Austin last week.

The Pluckers Oak Hill location opening is one of the several news events that broke in Southwest Austin last week.

New business openings in South Austin and County Judge Sarah Eckhardt's State of the County address dominated the Community Impact Newspaper headlines in South Austin last week. Here's a rundown of what was reported.

Travis County files suit against pharmaceutical opioid manufacturers, distributors and marketers
Travis County filed suit against pharmaceutical opioids companies Feb. 5 claiming the marketing of the drugs has caused harm to the Travis County community and its families.

Endangered Barton Springs salamander found near Dripping Springs’ proposed wastewater discharge point in Onion Creek
The presence of a federally endangered species was recently discovered near the wastewater discharge point proposed by the city of Dripping Springs. Supervising Engineer of the Austin Watershed Department Chris Herrington was unable to say when exactly the species was first discovered outside of its known habitat.

Pluckers now open at Oak Hill Plaza in Southwest Austin
Austin-based sports bar and wing restaurant Pluckers opened Feb. 6 in Oak Hill Plaza. The company’s seventh Austin-area eatery offers signature menu items such as fried pickles, burgers and Pluckers wings with original sauces.

Medical marijuana dispensary in Manchaca now open to eligible patients
Compassionate Cultivation, one of three companies in the state licensed to grow medical marijuana under the Compassionate Use Act signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2015, opened to eligible patients Feb. 8.

Judge Sarah Eckhardt provides updates on bond projects, economic development and health care in State of the County
County Judge Sarah Eckhardt addressed county residents, employees and regional leaders Feb. 8 by declaring her goals and desires for 2018 as part of the State of the County address. County bond projects, improvements to eastern Travis County and health care were among the many topics she touched on.


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Ramen Tatsu-Ya readies new South Austin concept, plus more area business news

Tiki bar and restaurant Tiki Tatsu-Ya is set to open later this summer.

Minnesota-based Rockler Woodworking and Hardware will open a location in La Frontera in late September. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware coming to Round Rock

Minnesota-based Rockler Woodworking and Hardware is coming to La Frontera in Round Rock in late September.

The proposed Wild Ridge master-planned neighborhood northeast of downtown Dripping Springs would include 960 homes on 40- to 60-foot-wide lots. (Courtesy City of Dripping Springs)
Master-planned neighborhood in Dripping Springs to bring 960 homes, new roads

The proposed development by Meritage Homes would feature amenities such as a disc golf course.

Q&A: Greg Smith, executive director of Fast Growth School Coalition

Greg Smith is the former superintendent of Clear Creek ISD and became executive director of Fast Growth School Coalition in December 2020. 

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Travis County proposes tax rate for 2021-22 fiscal year, prepares for budget approval process

Due to increasing property values, the property tax rate is expected to be around $0.017 lower in the coming fiscal year.

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Parents weigh in: What are your considerations heading into the 2021-22 school year?

Community Impact Newspaper seeks parent feedback as we prepare for our annual education edition.

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City of Austin certifies Save Austin Now's petition to increase police staffing, adding it to fall ballot

The measure would require two police officers for every 1,000 area residents, among other provisions.

TxDOT will stop removing trees as a part of the Oak Hill Parkway project until the injunction hearing Sept. 2. (Courtesy Falcon Sky Photography)
TxDOT temporarily halts removal of trees, but Oak Hill Parkway construction continues

Opponents of the parkway see the latest development as a “window of hope.”

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Austin health experts warn delta variant could pose higher risk for pregnant women

Maternal medicine doctors across Central Texas have seen increasing numbers of pregnant women coming to the hospital with breathing issues and pregnancy complications as a result of COVID-19.

Wayback Burgers makes cooked-to-order burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. (Courtesy Wayback Burgers)
6 eateries open or coming to Cedar Park, Leander; Trudy's North Star reopens in Northwest Austin and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area, including Tiff's Treats opening in Hutto.

Austin ISD will offer virtual learning, expecting about 5% of students to apply. (Courtesy Unsplash)
Austin public schools release virtual learning plan

Austin ISD will offer virtual learning, expecting about 5% of students to apply.

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Texas Legislature allows parents to opt for students to repeat grade levels or courses

Senate Bill 1697 is effective for the 2021-22 school year.