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 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.


Javier Ambler's Law is heading to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk. (ALi Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

lack man who died in Williamson County Sheriff’s Office custody in 2019. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Javier Ambler's Law moves to Gov. Abbott’s desk

If signed, the law would ban state and local law enforcement from contracting with reality television shows.

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Penniman-Morin, Duffy, Harris sworn in to Cedar Park City Council

Jim Penniman-Morin, Anne Duffy and Kevin Harris were sworn in to office May 13.

Goodfolks plans to open in late July to early August. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
New restaurant coming to Georgetown; new Hutto community to have nearly 1K lots and more top Central Texas news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from Central Texas.

Leander ISD
Leander ISD sets district mission statement

This district did not have an existing mission statement.

COVID-19 precautions such as a masking requirement remain in place at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. (Courtesy Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)
'Signs of hope' on the horizon at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport after year-plus dip in air travel

Rising passenger counts, new airline operations and an increase in vaccinations could all support the airport's recovery in 2021.

Here are the most recent coronavirus updates from Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County adds 129 new COVID-19 cases between May 10-12

Here are the most recent coronavirus updates from Williamson County.

Capital Metro bus
Capital Metro announces increased transit services for Austin FC games this season

Capital Metro has increased the frequency of several bus routes for Austin FC game days at Q2 Stadium.

Auto Detail Pros
Auto Detail Pros moves to Leander from Northwest Austin

The business offers auto detailing, ceramic coating and paint protection film.

Dell Children's Medical Center North campus groundbreaking
Ascension Texas breaks ground on first children’s hospital in Williamson County

The 187,000-square-foot, four-story hospital is scheduled to open in November 2022 with 36 beds dedicated to emergency pediatric care.

CDC ends all mask requirements for fully vaccinated people

The guidance states fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.