'Game changer' development with lagoon coming to Leander and more top Central Texas news

The public-access lagoon will serve as the centerpiece for more than 1 million square feet of commercial development, including a full-service hotel and conference center planned for the property. (Rendering courtesy city of Leander)
The public-access lagoon will serve as the centerpiece for more than 1 million square feet of commercial development, including a full-service hotel and conference center planned for the property. (Rendering courtesy city of Leander)

The public-access lagoon will serve as the centerpiece for more than 1 million square feet of commercial development, including a full-service hotel and conference center planned for the property. (Rendering courtesy city of Leander)

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Leander-Cedar Park

Proposed $1 billion development with hotel, residences, 4-acre crystalline lagoon coming to Leander

Leander Springs, a 78-acre, mixed-use project with retail, restaurants, entertainment, hospitality, office and residential components, is coming to town, Leander Mayor Troy Hill announced Oct. 15.

New 102,000-square-foot H-E-B store slated to open in fall 2021 in Leander



H-E-B officially announced plans for a second store in Leander on Oct. 9.

GUIDE: 5 things Cedar Park-Leander voters need to know before early voting

Early voting begins Oct. 13. Here are five things voters in Cedar Park and Leander need to know before heading to the polls. Information varies from Travis County to Williamson County.

Austin ISD

Q&A: Learn about the 4 candidates running for Austin ISD Position 8

Four individuals are running for Austin ISD Position 8, one of the district’s at-large seats on the board of trustees.

Round Rock ISD

November 2020 election: Meet the candidates for Round Rock ISD board of trustees Place 7

Jenn Griffith and Danielle Weston are running for Round Rock ISD board of trustees Place 7.

Sally Grace Holtgrieve, Taylor Girtman, Nicholas Cicale and Taylor Jackson Buchanan contributed to this report.



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Face coverings are now required for those entering polling places in Texas during the general election. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Citing racial discrimination, district court judge voids exemption to face covering order for voters, poll workers

A district judge's decision sided with arguments that an exemption to the statewide face covering order violated the Voting Rights Act due to disproportionate effects of COVID-19 for Black and Latino Americans.

Here is what you need to know today about the coronavirus in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County adds 30 new cases of COVID-19 on Oct. 28

Here is how COVID-19 has impacted Williamson County.

Local candidates submitted their most recent campaign finance reports Oct. 26; they detail contributions, expenses and loans between the end of September and the end of October. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Incumbent Williamson County Commissioners Valerie Covey, Terry Cook outraise opponents as election nears

Local candidates submitted their most recent campaign finance reports Oct. 26; they detail contributions, expenses and loans between the end of September and the end of October.

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody and opponent Mike Gleason will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody spends nearly $700,000 in final month of re-election bid

Chody did not outraise his opponent, Mike Gleason, but he did significantly outspend him, documents show.

Here is what you need to know about coronavirus in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County adds 61 new cases of COVID-19, 1 death to daily count

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Williamson County.

Even though Williamson County was lowered to a coronavirus spread risk of “minimal” on Oct. 26, masks are still required. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Masks are still required in Williamson County

Even though Williamson County was lowered to a coronavirus spread risk level of “minimal” on Oct. 26, masks are still required.

Customers can order Goodstock Angus and Goodstock Black Label beef, including ribeye steaks, strip steaks, filets and ground chuck. (Courtesy Nolan Ryan brands)
Nolan Ryan expands Round Rock-based butcher business and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Austin area.

The Williamson County Commissioners Court unanimously approved an agreement with the State of Texas and the Sheriff’s Office to continue the lease of excess equipment after initially denying the agreement in July. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County Commissioners overturn decision on ending contract for law enforcement equipment

The Williamson County Commissioners Court unanimously approved an agreement with the State of Texas and the Sheriff’s Office to continue the lease of excess equipment after initially denying the agreement in July.

An "I Voted" sticker is left outside the Northwest Recreation Center in Austin, one of 37 early voting polling places open in Travis County. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
More than half of all Travis County voters have cast their ballots, exceeding early voting turnout percentage in 2016

More than 448,000 votes have been cast in Travis County. Early voting closes on Oct. 30.

Here is what you need to know today about the coronavirus in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County coronavirus spread risk drops to ‘minimal’

Here is what you need to know today about the coronavirus in Williamson County.

More than half of Williamson County eligible voters have already cast their ballot ahead of the November election. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
More than half of Williamson County eligible voters have cast their ballot ahead of the November election

The county surpassed the total number of early voters in 2016 on Oct. 22.

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9 Leander ISD schools needed in next 6 years for attendance growth, report says

The report said the district needs to build seven elementary schools, one middle school and one high school over the next six years.