Lake Travis resort reopens, Hays County issues burn ban: News from Central Texas

Miraval Austin Resort & Spa welcomed guests back to its resort and spa following a temporary closure caused by the coronavirus. (Courtesy Miraval Austin Resort and Spa)
Miraval Austin Resort & Spa welcomed guests back to its resort and spa following a temporary closure caused by the coronavirus. (Courtesy Miraval Austin Resort and Spa)

Miraval Austin Resort & Spa welcomed guests back to its resort and spa following a temporary closure caused by the coronavirus. (Courtesy Miraval Austin Resort and Spa)

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Lake Travis-Westlake

Miraval Austin Resort & Spa reopens on Lake Travis following coronavirus-related closure

The Miraval Austin Resort & Spa on Lake Travis closed March 27 due to restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic but reopened June 25, and the resort’s spa reopened July 15.

Central Austin

Botticelli's announces permanent closure after 13 years

Botticelli’s, located on South Congress Avenue in Austin, closed July 19.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Hays County issues burn ban effective immediately

Hays County Commissioners Court voted July 21 to issue a burn ban for unincorporated areas of the county following the recommendation of the Hays County Fire Marshal’s Office.


FACT Fitness to relocate in Georgetown

FACT Fitness will relocate to the Wolf Ranch Town Center on Aug. 3.

Georgetown Animal Shelter to improve dog kennels, seeks community help

The Georgetown Animal Shelter is moving forward next month on an extensive project—resurfacing all 29 dog kennels—and needs the community’s continued support, a July 22 news release said.

New Braunfels

New Braunfels City Council member to host District 4 citizen forum

The forum discussion will include a conversation about construction projects in District 4 with Public Works Director Greg Malatek and Capital Programs Manager Jennifer Cain.

New preschool will open in New Braunfels in January

The Pillars Christian Learning Center will open a new location at 2144 Gabriels Place, New Braunfels, in January 2021.

Brian Rash, Jack Flagler, Evelin Garcia, Ali Linan, Sally Grace Holtgrieve and Lauren Canterberry contributed to this report.


Save Austin Now wants to overturn a city policy that allows public camping. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Aiming to reinstate camping ban, group guarantees it has enough signatures to put controversial policy on ballot

If validated, the controversial decision to lift the public camping ban could be up to voters in May.

The Austin-based eatery's menu is inspired by Nashville hot chicken; offerings include chicken bites, jumbo tenders, chicken sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, collard greens and homemade pies. (Courtesy Tumble 22)
Nashville-style hot chicken restaurant coming to Round Rock and more Central Texas news

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Screen shot of a web meeting
COVID-19 rates in Travis County starting to improve, but vaccine distribution remains complicated

Austin Public Health and other local distributors still lack enough supply to provide all qualified residents with an initial dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

The 87th Texas Legislature convened Jan. 12. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
State bills target Austin’s police cuts, forced closure of businesses during pandemic

Legislative bills are still being drafted, but even in the session's very beginning, a handful of proposals have drawn the attention of local officials.

A new bus platform at Dean Keeton Street and Guadalupe Street allows Capital Metro buses to pick up and drop off passengers without pulling out of traffic. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin transportation news: A new bus stop on the Drag, a barge on Lady Bird Lake and tolls on US 183

The barge is taking soil samples as part of the environmental review process for the forthcoming Blue Line, and the bus stop is part of a six-month pilot program.

Feeding Texas hosted a Jan. 19 webinar to discuss legislative highlights for the 87th Texas Legislature. (Screenshot courtesy Feeding Texas)
Food insecurity in Texas' 87th Legislature: Hunger relief organization Feeding Texas to propose legislation addressing hunger

Hunger relief organization Feeding Texas hosted a webinar Jan. 19 to discuss increasing funding and accessibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the 87th legislative session.

Tesla will continue construction of its southeast Travis County manufacturing plant through 2021. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Story to watch in 2021: Tesla’s gigafactory set for completion by year’s end

Tesla is already hiring a number of manufacturing positions for the factory as well as engineers.

COVID-19 vaccines
DATA: Texas has vaccinated about 9% of estimated Phase 1 recipients

Over 1.1 million individuals from the Phase 1 population, which is estimated to include 13.5 million individuals total, have received at least one dose.

Bob Popinski, policy director of Raise Your Hand Texas, shared the organization's top education priorities for the ongoing legislative session. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
‘What does virtual learning and remote learning look like moving forward?': Raise Your Hand Texas policy director talks legislative priorities

Bob Popinski is the director of policy for Raise Your Hand Texas, an Austin-based organization committed to improving public education. He spoke with Community Impact Newspaper in late December about the 87th legislative session, which began Jan. 12.

Photoo of Travis County sign
Austin City Council, Travis County Commissioners Court will hold rare joint session to address 'dire' COVID-19 status

County Judge Andy Brown called the meeting "an opportunity to coordinate responses."