See the top 5 non-coronavirus-related stories from 2020 in the Austin area

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)

Though many stories Community Impact Newspaper reported on this year involved the coronavirus pandemic, other news was happening, too. Here are the top five non-COVID-19-related stories from 2020 in Central Texas.

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.

Longer school days, less traffic: Leander ISD approves new bell schedule



After nearly two years of discussions and revisions, the Leander ISD board of trustees approved a new bell schedule for the 2020-21 school year at its May 21 meeting.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

After more than 30 years, Little Red Wagon Hamburgers closes in Round Rock

After more than 30 years of business, Little Red Wagon Hamburgers closed Jan. 12. The restaurant served breakfast, lunch and dinner in Round Rock, offering chicken-fried steak, tacos, hamburgers and enchiladas.

Williamson County

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody petitions to keep his sworn testimony sealed in ‘Live PD’ contract case

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody filed a motion Sept. 30 to keep sworn testimony sealed from the public in a legal battle between the sheriff and the county commissioners over a “Live PD” contracting dispute.

Metrowide

These 5 Central Texas cities are among the fastest-growing in the U.S.

Five cities in the Central Texas region topped the lists for the fastest-growing cities, with four of the five located in Williamson County, according to data released late May 20 by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sally Grace Holtgrieve, Brian Perdue, Taylor Jackson Buchanan and Ali Linan contributed to this report.



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San Marcos Fuel Express is located at 5403 I-35, San Marcos. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
San Marcos Fuel Express now open

The new gas station also features a drive-thru car wash and Hunt Brothers Pizza.

Consuelo Mendez Middle School has consistently received poor ratings from the Texas Education Agency. (Community Impact Newspaper)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: State could take over AISD school board if poorly-rated campus does not improve; new furniture store to open in McKinney and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Dec. 3.

Derrick Chubbs is leaving Austin for a food bank in Florida. (Courtsey Central Texas Food Bank)
Central Texas Food Bank CEO Derrick Chubbs steps down

Derrick Chubbs is leaving Austin for a food bank in Florida.

A mosquito trap tested positive for West Nile virus Dec. 2 in Cedar Park near RM 1431 and West New Hope Road, according to the Williamson County and Cities Health District. (Courtesy Pexels)
Mosquito trap in Cedar Park tests positive Dec. 2 for West Nile virus

This is the second positive test reported in Williamson County this week.

The work is expected to last into early 2026. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)
183 North project on track to begin in early 2022

The project will add two tolled and one non-tolled lane in each direction.

The school board will consider whether to call a special election to fill the vacancy or make an appointment. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Hays CISD to hold special meeting on resignation of board member; Montgomery approves plan for downtown and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Dec. 2.

The city of Cedar Park will host its annual tree-lighting ceremony at Heritage Oak Park on Dec. 3. (Courtesy city of Cedar Park)
Tree lightings, live music: 5 events in Cedar Park and Leander this weekend, Dec. 2-5

Here are five Christmas events happening this weekend in Cedar Park and Leander.  

Rendering of Tesla's Cybertruck
Tesla officially names Texas gigafactory as its new headquarters

A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing shows the Travis County manufacturing plant as Tesla's new home base.

Tomball City Council approved a development agreement with Lovett Industrial for 240 acres at Hwy. 249, Rocky Road Nov. 29. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Tomball City Council approves development of 240 acres at Hwy. 249, Rocky Road; JLB Eatery coming soon to Katy and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Dec. 1.

HappyRito Seafood opened Nov. 18 in the Lakeline Plaza shopping center. (Courtesy HappyRito Seafood)
HappyRito Seafood opens Vietnamese, Cajun restaurant at Lakeline Plaza

The restaurant serves a variety of seafood and po'boy sandwiches.