Part of Greater Lake Creek Trail in Round Rock to close temporarily and more Central Texas news

The temporary trail closure is related to Round Rock's Logan Street connection project, which is extending the roadway to A.W. Grimes Boulevard. (Courtesy city of Round Rock)
The temporary trail closure is related to Round Rock's Logan Street connection project, which is extending the roadway to A.W. Grimes Boulevard. (Courtesy city of Round Rock)

The temporary trail closure is related to Round Rock's Logan Street connection project, which is extending the roadway to A.W. Grimes Boulevard. (Courtesy city of Round Rock)

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Part of Round Rock's Greater Lake Creek Trail to temporarily close

A segment of Round Rock's Greater Lake Creek Trail will temporarily close Aug. 10, according to a city news release. From A.W. Grimes Boulevard to Callison Elementary School, the trail will close for several months due to road work on Logan Street.

Central Austin



Interactive art gallery Wonderspaces opens in Austin and 3 other events to check out


From the annual South By Southwest Conference & Festivals to independent music shows, events across the city of Austin have been postponed or canceled altogether in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Some executive orders from Gov. Greg Abbott have allowed certain businesses to reopen and host visitors. Here is a list of events to safely check out in the coming weeks in and around Austin.

Southwest Austin

South Austin news: Pavement opens new vintage store, YMCA offering child care and more


Find the latest news updates from South Austin, including YMCA offering full-day child care for virtual learning and Pinthouse Pizza celebrating five years at South Lamar.

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Main St. Pizzeria and Beer Garden reopens in Buda

Main St. Pizzeria and Beer Garden, which opened in November 2017, reopened its doors at 214 N. Main St., Buda, on July 31 for curbside pickup and delivery only. The restaurant temporarily closed June 30 after learning that a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Lake Travis nonprofit works to reduce animal shelter intake and euthanasia numbers

A newly launched nonprofit organization, Lake Travis Spay & Neuter Advocacy Program, or LT SNAP, is working to address dog and cat overpopulation in the Lake Travis region. Founders Rochelle and Phil Storin began this initiative in July by connecting the community to low-cost spay and neuter services, according to a press release by LT SNAP.

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Campuses in Austin ISD will be closes to in-person learning the week after Thanksgiving break. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Bicycles for public use are docked at a MetroBike station on Lake Austin Boulevard. Austin's $460 million Proposition B will include funding for additional bicycle lanes through the city. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The bond will fun a bridge over Pleasant Valley Road connecting two ends of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike trail, among other improvements.

There is no data to support whether homelessness has increased since March, according to Austin’s Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, but ECHO executive director Matt Mollica said anecdotally, he believes the pandemic, job loss and lack of federal rent relief has led to more people locally experiencing homelessness. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
Nonprofits fighting to end homelessness in Austin say COVID-19 measures have created new challenges

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Local health leaders are urging caution ahead of Thanksgiving. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Ahead of Thanksgiving, Travis County health officials urge caution

Austin Public Health leaders say gatherings with people outside one's household held indoors and without masks pose the greatest risk.

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Central Austin continues trend of rising home prices in recent report

The monthly median housing price in October for Central Austin climbed to $625,000.

Harini Logan, 10, won the 66th annual Express-News Spelling Bee at the University of Texas at San Antonio downtown campus on March 17, 2019. For 2021, the event is slated to be held in March at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre in New Braunfels. (Photo by Jerry Lara, courtesy the San Antonio Express News)
New Braunfels to host regional spelling bee and more Central Texas news

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for the state Nov. 23 for a vaccine he said could be available as soon as December. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

The vaccine could start being distributed "as early as next month," according to a Nov. 23 news release.

P. Terry’s Burger Stand is expected to open its long-awaited Pflugerville location this January. (Courtesy P. Terry's Burger Stand)
P. Terry's to open in Pflugerville in January and more Central Texas news

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The Bridge at Turtle Creek apartment complex will provide more than 300 affordable units upon completion in 2022. (Rendering courtesy Journeyman Group)
Austin development updates: Apartments could replace two Rainey Street bars, 307 affordable housing units coming to South First Street area

A 569-foot apartment complex could replace Javelina and Craft Bar. Meanwhile, development continues in the St. Elmo area.

Falafel—served in a pita or without one—is TLV's most ordered dish. (Courtesy TLV)
Still open for takeout, TLV is the lone restaurant operating in Fareground food hall

"We will make it through these tough times," said chef Berty Richter.

Trail of Lights (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Holiday markets, strolls, tree lightings and Trail of Lights: 18 events in the Austin area in November and December

The Trail of Lights has gone drive-thru this year, while the Blue Genie Art Bazaar is taking free, ticketed reservations to adhere to social distancing requirements.

Austin voters approved a $7.1 billion public transit expansion Nov. 3 that will add bus and rail in Austin. (Design by Miranda Baker/Community Impact Newspaper)
After historic public transportation vote, here is what's next for Project Connect in Austin

Shovels won't be hitting the ground on the light rail and downtown tunnel for years, but work is getting started now after Austinites approved the $7.1 billion plan Nov. 3.