Leander ISD confirms 2 coronavirus cases and more Central Texas news

Leander ISD will share COVID-19 positive cases and exposures in a public dashboard. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
Leander ISD will share COVID-19 positive cases and exposures in a public dashboard. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

Leander ISD will share COVID-19 positive cases and exposures in a public dashboard. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

Read recent business and community news from Central Texas.

Leander-Cedar Park

Leander ISD reports 2 COVID-19 positive employees, launches case dashboard

After completing the first week of phased in-person learning, Leander ISD will share COVID-19 positive cases and exposures in a public dashboard.

Currently, there are two reported COVID-19 positive cases in the district as of Sept. 11—one Akin Elementary School employee and one Bagdad Elementary School employee.



Central Austin

Five virtual and socially distanced events going on in Central Austin this month

More Austin businesses have begun to reopen now that the city has moved into Stage 3 coronavirus risk, and some are venturing to host live events once again. However, many virtual are still held virtually. Here are five events and openings to check out in September from Central Texas businesses and organizations, including some kicking off this weekend.

New Braunfels

Outdoor dining opportunities in New Braunfels could expand amid pandemic

In the name of helping the local economy, diners in New Braunfels may soon be allowed to dine in empty parking spaces.

Clear Springs catfish eatery has been a community hot spot for decades

Founded in 1984 in New Braunfels, Clear Springs restaurant remains one of the most popular establishments in the area.

This is according to General Manager Harry Kelly, who said that he believes the local catfish hot spot has some of the best menu items around.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Firehouse Pet Resort to open in Round Rock and 4 other business highlights

Firehouse Pet Resort will open a luxury animal boarding facility and day care center in Round Rock in September. Read on to learn more about Firehouse Pet Resort and four other business highlights from Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto.

Liberty Barbecue serves traditional Texan, innovative smoked meats in Round Rock

Owner John Brotherton and his business partners, the Perez family, opened Liberty Barbecue in Round Rock in December 2018. The barbecue joint shares recipes with Brotherton's other restaurant, Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue, in Pflugerville—recipes that earned his Pflugerville business top honors in a statewide ranking of the best new barbecue places in Texas.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

San Marcos officials OK reopening of parks and river access

Due to what city officials are describing as a steady decline in active COVID-19 cases, the city of San Marcos will reopen all public facilities, including parks and athletic complexes, starting Sept. 16 at 8 a.m.

Lake Travis-Westlake

River Place Limited District ends $10 fee on two sections of River Place trail

The River Place Limited District is no longer charging a $10 fee periodically to people living outside the district’s boundaries for access to two of three River Place trails.

Schlotzsky's closes location within Trails at 620

Schlotzsky’s closed its Four Points location this summer within The Trails at 620 shopping center at 8300 N. RM 620, Austin. The Austin-based deli franchise across from Concordia University of Texas first opened in 2012.

Olivia Aldridge, Brian Rash, Kelsey Thompson, Amy Rae Dadamo, Brian Perdue and Taylor Girtman contributed to this report.



MOST RECENT

Here are the latest coronavirus updates from Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County COVID-19 dashboard returns: 1,108 new cases reported between Feb. 13-March 1

Here are the latest coronavirus updates from Williamson County.




Ice covered utility lines across Austin. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
SHARE YOUR STORY: How did you survive the Texas freeze?

We want to hear how the winter storms affected you.

Williamson County distributors are expected to receive 20,000 COVID-19 vaccines the week of March 1. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County distributors to receive 20,000 COVID-19 vaccines week of March 1

This is the largest number of weekly doses distributors in the county has collectively received.

Tarvin Elementary School construction
New Leander ISD rezoning to reduce crowding at Parkside, Pleasant Hill elementary schools

The new attendance zoning will take effect in August when Tarvin Elementary, the district's 28th elementary school, opens.

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

H-E-B will open a new location in the Oak Hill neighborhood of Southwest Austin in August. (Rendering courtesy H-E-B)
H-E-B to open in Oak Hill in Aug.; comedy club coming to The Domain and more news from February

Read business and community news from the past month from Central Texas.

Jo's Coffee opened a North Austin location in January. (Courtesy Chad Wadsworth)
Jo's Coffee opens in Central Austin; new restaurant coming to Georgetown Square and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

Here is everything you need to know about Williamson County’s COVID-19 vaccine plan. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Here is everything you need to know about Williamson County’s COVID-19 vaccine plan

Here is a breakdown of what happened, how decisions were made and how vaccine distribution is moving forward in Williamson County.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.

A lone runner jogs on a snow-covered road in Austin. Transportation projects across the city were briefly paused due to Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT: Texas power system was less than 5 minutes from collapse during winter storm

ERCOT's CEO offered details into what led to the massive blackouts that left millions of Texans in the cold last week.

park rendering
Leander's Old Town Park to feature stage, water cannons, tower

City Council approved the park concept plan Feb. 23.