Leander, Cedar Park eateries now open, coming soon; H-E-B expands in New Braunfels and more top Central Texas news

Panda Express will open at the corner of US 183 and Metro Road in Leander. (Courtesy Panda Express)
Panda Express will open at the corner of US 183 and Metro Road in Leander. (Courtesy Panda Express)

Panda Express will open at the corner of US 183 and Metro Road in Leander. (Courtesy Panda Express)

Read the top stories from the past week from the Central Texas area.

Leander-Cedar Park

5 restaurants now open or coming soon in Cedar Park, Leander

These five Cedar Park-Leander restaurants have recently opened or are planning to open soon.

New Braunfels



Expansion of H-E-B on Walnut Ave. in New Braunfels underway, set for late 2021 completion

After being used by the New Braunfels Fire Department for training exercises Jan. 30, the shopping center connected to the H-E-B on Walnut Ave. has been reduced to rubble.

Starbucks coming to New Braunfels this fall will include a drive-thru

A new Starbucks location is slated to open in New Braunfels in the fall, according to a Starbucks spokesperson, and it will be the city’s first drive-thru location of the franchise.

Williamson County

Pharmacies set to distribute vaccines in Williamson County

Williamson County received 9,700 total COVID-19 vaccines during the week of Feb. 8, according to Texas Department of State Health Services.

Austin

Austin Public Health leaders address confusion over scheduling for follow-up vaccine doses

Shifting federal guidelines and supply chain issues have left some local residents confused about when they will receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is required to achieve the greatest possible immunity against the disease.

Taylor Girtman, Lauren Canterberry, Ali Linan and Olivia Aldridge contributed to this report.



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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.

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.

The 4ATX Foundation uses soccer to teach local kids life and leadership skills. (Photo courtesy Austin FC)
Austin’s new MLS team ramps up community work, engagement ahead of inaugural season

Before the team has even played a second of competitive play, Austin FC already has a handful of zealous supporters groups. Read here to find out who they are.

leander-boil-water
Leander lifts boil-water notice

Leander remains under Stage 4 water restrictions.

Williamson County is expecting two weeks' worth of COVID-19 vaccine doses after the winter storm delay. (Courtesy Pexels)
Williamson County expects double COVID-19 vaccine doses after winter storm delay

Officials said the county will prioritize individuals who were scheduled to receive a vaccine during the week of Feb. 15 before offering appointments to waitlisted individuals.

virtual learning
Leander ISD moves ahead with planning expanded online learning

An upcoming information night and student interest survey will gauge interest in the high school program.