MAY 16 ROUNDUP: Popular stories from this week in Central Texas

Austin will limit visitors at three city parks by requiring day passes. (Courtesy Brent Hall/
Austin will limit visitors at three city parks by requiring day passes. (Courtesy Brent Hall/

Austin will limit visitors at three city parks by requiring day passes. (Courtesy Brent Hall/

View popular stories from the past week of coverage on Community Impact Newspaper's website.

Three Austin parks seeing 'extremely high use' will require day passes starting May 14

Beginning May 14, the city of Austin will limit visitors at three parks during peak times by requiring visitors to receive a day pass ahead of time.

As economy begins to reopen, Austin leaders plan for second lockdown, surge in cases

Austin barbershops, hair salons and gyms began welcoming clients for the first time since March 25.

This comes exactly one week after restaurants, movie theaters and malls reopened their doors as part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s phased approach at awakening the state’s economy from a prolonged shutdown meant to mitigate the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus.

Five Guys permanently closes Cedar Park location

The Five Guys restaurant at 1500 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park, has permanently closed, according to the location's Facebook page. The restaurant opened in May 2015.

LIST: See which 24 Leander ISD neighborhoods will lose bus service due to new hazardous routes formula

Seven months after the approval of a new hazardous route scoring matrix, Leander ISD trustees over their next two meetings plan to discuss and vote on discontinuing bus service to 24 neighborhoods less than 2 miles of their schools.

Little Caesars reopens in Round Rock under new ownership with remodeled storefront

Little Caesars reopened in Round Rock with new ownership and remodeling the week of May 10, the company confirmed in a May 12 news release.

Jack Flagler, Christopher Neely, Taylor Girtman, Brian Perdue and Kelsey Thompson contributed to this report.


The new 35-story building overlooks Lady Bird Lake and Shoal Creek. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Workers celebrate topping out of Austin 'sailboat building' concrete structure

Workers who contribute to the construction of the Block 185 building celebrated topping off the structure, a big milestone for the development project that began in 2019.

A system to identify at-risk Austin Police Department employees has not been effective. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Audit finds Austin police system to flag at-risk officers is failing

Austin's city auditor and police chief agree the police department's computer program to identify at-risk officers is not fulfilling its mission.

A rise in COVID-19 cases has Travis County back in stage 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Austin reverts to Stage 4 guidelines with rising delta variant cases

As delta variant COVID -19 cases are sending more young people to local ICUs, The Austin-Travis County Health Authority has moved the area back to guidelines that require masks indoors.

Opening day at Q2 Stadium
US men’s soccer team to visit Q2 Stadium this fall

The U.S. men's national team will host Jamaica for a FIFA World Cup qualifier game on Oct. 7.

Capital Metro is hosting a series of virtual meetings to hear feedback from the community on the latest Project Connect designs. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Capital Metro seeks community input on latest Project Connect design

Want to have your voice heard about Project Connect? Tune in to the upcoming virtual meetings.

Leander Marketplace PUD would be located at the northeast corner of Hero Way and US 183. (Screenshot courtesy city of Leander)
Leander eyes development with restaurants, retail; Bin Drop opens in New Braunfels and more top Central Texas news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Central Texas area.

Dozens of Austin residents spoke virtually and in person July 22 to share their thoughts on the city's proposed fiscal year 2021-22 budget. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Police funding again takes center stage in public hearing on Austin's proposed FY 2021-22 budget

Dozens of city residents calling into or appearing at City Hall on July 22 shared their thoughts about policing and the city's spending plan.

Mortgage purchase applications are down year over year, but the Austin housing market remains hot. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin housing market still hot but showing signs of slowing down

Experts say that a decrease in mortgage purchase applications points to “a reversion back to norm” in the Austin housing market.

Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Regulators: Texas electric grid prepared for potentially record-breaking demand next week; 'once-in-a-generation reforms' underway

The heads of the agencies in charge of the Texas electric grid met in Austin on July 22 to provide updates on their grid reform efforts.

Z'Tejas margarita
Where to celebrate National Tequila Day this year around Austin

From mezcal bars to frozen margarita specials, here is a list of places to celebrate National Tequila Day on July 24.