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After stores and restaurants were closed for over a month and residents were asked to stay home as a measure to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, Georgetown businesses began to open with limited capacity May 1 after the Williamson County "Stay Home Stay Safe" order was lifted. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
After stores and restaurants were closed for over a month and residents were asked to stay home as a measure to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, Georgetown businesses began to open with limited capacity May 1 after the Williamson County "Stay Home Stay Safe" order was lifted. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

After stores and restaurants were closed for over a month and residents were asked to stay home as a measure to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, Georgetown businesses began to open with limited capacity May 1 after the Williamson County "Stay Home Stay Safe" order was lifted. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the latest Community Impact Newspaper coverage of the Central Texas area.

Williamson County commissioners hire law firm to address ‘Live PD’ controversy; move could mean future legal action

Williamson County Commissioners Court voted May 5 to hire an attorney to handle “Live PD” matters after the show continued to film Williamson County Sheriff's Office activity without a legal contract.

Round Rock ISD class of 2020 seniors to receive May in-person commencement walk

Round Rock ISD's class of 2020 seniors will get the opportunity to walk across the stage in an in-person commencement ceremony, the district announced in a news release. The commencement walk will be held at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex from May 18-23, with a designated day per high school, according to the release. Guest arrival times will be staggered, with a maximum of four guests allowed from the same household per student.



Most people contracting coronavirus in Travis County are those still going to work, health officials say

Officials said Travis County has successfully dampened the rapid rise of new coronavirus cases; however, they said a large majority of the new cases they are seeing are specific to one demographic: residents who still have to go to work.

GALLERY: 25 photos of Georgetown after 'Stay Home' order is lifted

Stores and restaurants were closed for more than a month, and residents were asked to stay home to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. On May 1, Georgetown businesses began to open with limited capacity after the Williamson County "Stay Home Stay Safe" order was lifted.

Leander ISD moves 2020 graduations to July, offers three scenarios

Due to coronavirus concerns, Leander ISD's Class of 2020 graduations have been rescheduled to July 9-11 in the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, the district announced May 1.

Ali Linan, Kelsey Thompson, Christopher Neely and Brian Perdue contributed to this report.



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Tents have become a common sight throughout Austin including along Cesar Chavez Street downtown, but with the passage of Proposition B the city may now consider moving unsheltered homeless individuals to designated sites. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Hall notebook: Designated campsites for the homeless are back on the table

City staff had previously dismissed developing official camping locations in 2019, but new directives from City Council this week could revive the concept in Austin.

Wag-A-Bag is headquartered in Round Rock. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Wag-A-Bag to operate under new ownership, name; Austin, TxDOT at odds over I-35 overhaul; and more top Central Texas news

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Austin area.

The Highland Tech Center is an office complex that finished redevelopment in March. (Courtesy Aquila Commercial)
North Central Austin business news: Office complex opens in Highland, picnic meals offered in the parks and more

Mes Amis is an outdoor dining service that provides baskets with French-style cuisine for picnics. Two new fitness studios, Hive + Honey and Regymen, are also now open.

Stephanie Hayden-Howard will become an assistant city manager in Austin on May 10. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Role changes coming for health officials leading Austin-Travis County COVID-19 efforts

Dr. Desmar Walkes will take over as Austin's next medical director and local health authority as Dr. Mark Escott and Stephanie Hayden-Howard transition to new roles with the city.

Barton Springs Pool, shown here in March 2020, will require reservations for residents wishing to visit after 8 a.m. starting on May 17. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Barton Springs Pool will require reservations starting May 21

Visitors who want to visit the pool after 8 a.m. will have to make a reservation for a two-hour block of time.

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TxDOT to demolish I-35 ramp in North Austin early Saturday morning

State crews will perform controlled implosions of the northbound I-35 to northbound US 183 flyover between 6-8 a.m. in the morning on May 8 and May 15.

A pilot Austin Police Department cadet class is now set to commence in June under an updated training regimen and with additional city and community oversight on the APD academy's culture and curriculum. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Council votes to restart APD cadet training in June, with framework for ongoing reviews of pilot academy

The Austin Police Department's 144th cadet class will now kick off training next month, with continued oversight of APD's instruction and culture throughout the 34-week academy process.

Holland Photo Imaging celebrates 40 years in business this year. (Courtesy Holland Photo Imaging)
The latest business news in South Central Austin

1. Holland Photo Imaging, located at 2125 Goodrich Ave., Ste. A, Austin, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in the community this year. Founded in 1981 by Pete Holland, the business has been owned by residents Brian and Morgan Morrison since 2006. Holland Photo Imaging offers film processing, printing, framing, photo restoration and archiving services. 512-442-4274. www.hollandphoto.com

A sign advertises a property for rent in Austin on May 6. Local eviction orders remain in place through August 1 protecting most tenants from eviction. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Local eviction moratoriums remain in effect despite federal judge’s decision

The May 5 ruling from a U.S. District Court judge striking down a federal moratorium does not affect orders in place in Austin or Travis County.

Q2 Stadium in North Austin
U.S. women’s national soccer team to debut Q2 Stadium next month

The USWNT takes on the Nigerian national team at Q2 Stadium ahead of the summer Olympic Games.