Central Austin’s top stories in 2021

Photo of mass vaccination site
The COVID-19 vaccine rollout in early 2021 was a top focus in Central Austin. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout in early 2021 was a top focus in Central Austin. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

The top Central Austin stories in 2021 focused on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, local elections, Samsung’s Central Texas expansion and more. Here are the top 10 most viewed stories in Central Austin on Community Impact Newspaper’s website this year.

1. H-E-B launches COVID-19 vaccine registration portal, but awaits additional doses

Published Jan. 11, 2021

H-E-B launched a registration portal for people seeking coronavirus vaccines Jan. 8.

2. Explaining the May 1 ballot: What a yes or no vote means on all 8 propositions in Austin


Published April 3, 2021

Voters took to the polls to decide on eight propositions on the May 1 ballot.

3. U.S. Postal Service operations in Austin suspended indefinitely since Feb. 16

Published Feb. 18, 2021

During Winter Storm Uri, the U.S. Postal Service took the rare step of suspending operations in Austin.

4. Samsung seeks 100% tax rebate from Austin for proposed $17B plant expansion, threatens to build elsewhere

Published Jan. 28, 2021

As local governments vied to be the home of Samsung’s new chipmaking plant, documents showed the tech manufacturer’s request for a 100% property tax reimbursement on the project from the city of Austin.

5. Early voting in Austin opens April 19: See what’s on the ballot, where to vote

Published April 18, 2021

Travis County offered 19 polling locations for early voting in the May 1 election.

6. Former Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody turns himself in to Travis County authorities on evidence-tampering charges

Published April 1, 2021

Former Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody turned himself in April 1 to the Travis County Jail in response to charges of evidence tampering in the case of Javier Ambler II, who died in 2019 after being tased by Williamson County Sheriff’s Office deputies in Travis County.

7. Hundreds of acres, billions of dollars: Three major developments to follow in Austin

Published Jan. 27, 2021

These three mixed-use developments could transform Austin in the decades to come: Brodie Oaks in Southwest Austin, River Park in Southeast Austin and EastVillage in Northeast Austin.

8. No Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses coming to Travis County this week as total doses dip

Published March 15, 2021

With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout underway, Travis County announced that it would only receive Moderna and Pfizer shots the week of March 15.

9. Travis County and 3 Central Texas neighbors to pilot mass vaccination site

Published Feb. 23, 2021

Travis, Caldwell, Hays and Bastrop counties began a mass vaccination program at the Circuit of The Americas in February.

10. Travis County vaccine providers receive nearly 75,000 doses for week of March 8 as eligibility expands

Published March 8, 2021

With educators and child care professionals newly eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, Travis County received 74,940 vaccine doses the week of March 8.
By Benton Graham

Metro Reporter, Austin

Benton joined Community Impact Newspaper as a metro reporter covering transportation in Central Texas in June 2021. Benton's writing has appeared in Vox, The Austin Chronicle, Austonia and Reporting Texas. Originally from Minneapolis, Benton graduated from William & Mary and eventually moved to Austin in 2018.