Georgetown faces watering restrictions, SW Austin private school closes: News from Central Texas

The city said residents should make sure they are only watering on their scheduled days based on address. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)
The city said residents should make sure they are only watering on their scheduled days based on address. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)

The city said residents should make sure they are only watering on their scheduled days based on address. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)

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Georgetown residents may not water their lawns between noon-7 p.m. starting July 14

The city of Georgetown is enacting water use restrictions as a result of increasing landscape and lawn irrigation, a July 13 news release said.

Southwest Austin

South Austin private school to permanently close in August

According to a letter to parents, Smith Academy will be closing permanently Aug. 1 due in part to constraints placed on the school by the ongoing pandemic.

Central Austin

Thunderbird Coffee on Koenig will turn into a second Bird Bird Biscuit location by next year

On July 26, Thunderbird Coffee will be closing its location at 1401 Koenig Lane, Austin, to redevelop the location into a second location of Bird Bird Biscuit.

Origin Hotel breaks ground in Mueller development

Origin Hotel broke ground July 6 at 1825 McBee St., Austin, in the Mueller development.

The Thrash Group, a company based in Mississippi, is developing the five-story, 120-room hotel and did not provide a scheduled opening date.

Austin Eastciders prepares to open new taproom and restaurant on Barton Springs Road

Austin Eastciders will open soon at 1530 Barton Springs Road, Austin, according to the company's social media accounts.

South Lamar donut spot Gourdough's files for bankruptcy

Gourdough's, which has a brick-and-mortar location at 2700 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy June 23.

Leander-Cedar Park

Family First Express Care clinic now open in Leander

Family First Express Care, an urgent care clinic, opened July 13 in Leander, according to its website. The urgent care clinic provides urgent care services for minor injuries and illnesses. Occupational health services are also offered.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Kiddie Academy of Buda now open on Main Street

Kiddie Academy of Buda, a child care facility offering day care and educational programs at 2448 Main St., Buda, opened June 22.

Nicholas Cicale, Jack Flagler, Taylor Girtman, Sally Grace Holtgrieve and Evelin Garcia contributed to this report.


Romeo's Pizza held its Georgetown groundbreaking April 6. (Courtesy Romeo's Pizza)
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Austin Public Health coronavirus vaccine portal opens to all adults April 12

APH will continue outreach efforts to high-priority groups.

Austin Public Health holds a vaccination clinic at the Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Tavel Bristol-Joseph has started a scholarship fund that will provide $6,000 to two Austin Community College Culinary Arts students and give them opportunity to be mentored by Bristol-Joseph and to stage at one of the Emmer & Rye group's five restaurants. (Courtesy Emmer & Rye)
Austin chef starts scholarship and mentorship program for Austin Community College students

Tavel Bristol-Joseph started the scholarship fund, which will provide $6,000 to two ACC students and give them the opportunity to stage at one of the Emmer & Rye group's five restaurants.

Snow and ice cover the pond on the southeastern side of the Mueller development in East Austin in February. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
After winter storm, Austin puts together a plan for better temporary shelters

The locations, which could be schools, libraries or recreation centers, would be disconnected from traditional infrastructure and be able to sustain operations if the city were to experience widespread power or water outages.

Austin ISD is holding community conversation sessions April 12-May 6. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD community conversation sessions continuing through May 6

The series offers AISD families an opportunity to learn about the district’s strategic plan and ongoing budget planning.

Photo of a spread of fancy food
Lutie's Garden Restaurant now open at Commodore Perry Estate

The restuarant features "Texas heritage fare" by an award-winning husband-and-wife pair of chefs.

A resident at EdenHill Communities receives their second dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
Amid the struggle to get vaccinated, these Austin moms have helped over 3,900 people get appointments

The women volunteer their time searching for hard-to-find time slots that often become available in the middle of the night.

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Austin Public Library to begin resuming in-person services May 10

Austin Public Library will begin reopening branches to the public in May after operating with only digital and curbside pickup services since June 2020.

The upper decks of I-35 that run between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Airport Boulevard were constructed in the 1970s and could come down as part of a project the Texas Department of Transportation is planning for the highway through Central Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
As time runs short to weigh in on a $4.9B I-35 project, Austin community members say they hope TxDOT is listening

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