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)

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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.



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Of the total cases reported to date, 11,304 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 806 active cases in Williamson County as of Nov. 24. (Community Impact Staff)
Williamson County reports 337 new cases of coronavirus Nov. 24

Of the total cases reported to date, 11,304 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 806 active cases in Williamson County as of Nov. 24.

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New mosquito trap tests positive for West Nile virus in Cedar Park

Seventeen mosquito trap samples have tested positive for the West Nile virus in Williamson County this year. This is the most samples reported in a year for the county since its testing program began in 2012.

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October home sales increased 22% in Cedar Park, 50% in Leander

In Leander, October home sales increased 50% from 2019, with 153 closed sales.

Harini Logan, 10, won the 66th annual Express-News Spelling Bee at the University of Texas at San Antonio downtown campus on March 17, 2019. For 2021, the event is slated to be held in March at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre in New Braunfels. (Photo by Jerry Lara, courtesy the San Antonio Express News)
New Braunfels to host regional spelling bee and more Central Texas news

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The Commissioners Court approved funding for the program Nov. 24. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County funds COVID-19 convalescent plasma program

Some 252 Williamson County patients have received the therapy of the 1,300 total patients.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for the state Nov. 23 for a vaccine he said could be available as soon as December. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

The vaccine could start being distributed "as early as next month," according to a Nov. 23 news release.

As of Nov. 23, there are 63 patients hospitalized, 23 in intensive care units and 12 on a ventilator. (Community Impact staff)
376 new cases, 2 additional deaths reported in Williamson County from Nov. 20-23

As of Nov. 23, there are 63 patients hospitalized, 23 in intensive care units and 12 on a ventilator.

P. Terry’s Burger Stand is expected to open its long-awaited Pflugerville location this January. (Courtesy P. Terry's Burger Stand)
P. Terry's to open in Pflugerville in January and more Central Texas news

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Williamson County reports 203 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death Nov. 20

Williamson County reported 203 new cases of the coronavirus and one death Nov. 20.

Laura Colangelo
Q&A: Laura Colangelo discusses challenges facing private schools during pandemic

Colangelo said private schools have adapted to remote learning and other obstacles in 2020 despite less revenue and a 9% decline in enrollment statewide.

Festival attendees will have access to augmented reality artworks throughout the galleria. (Courtesy Bee Cave Arts Foundation)
Inaugural interactive light festival coming soon to Bee Cave and more Central Texas updates

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The Round Rock Express play at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock. (Courtesy city of Round Rock)
Round Rock Express will have a new affiliate after Astros announce departure

A new affiliate is expected to be announced soon for the 2021 season at the Dell Diamond.