New school schedules and a road opening: Latest news from Central Texas

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Read the latest news from Community Impact Newspaper's coverage of the Central Texas area.

Longer school days, less traffic: Leander ISD approves new bell schedule

After nearly two years of discussions and revisions, the Leander ISD board of trustees approved a new bell schedule for the 2020-21 school year at its May 21 meeting.

These 5 Central Texas cities are among the fastest-growing in the U.S.

Five cities in the Central Texas region topped the lists for the fastest-growing cities, with four of the five located in Williamson County, according to data released late May 20 by the U.S. Census Bureau.



South Austin H-E-B at William Cannon and First Street set to close in June

H-E-B will be closing its location at William Cannon Drive and South First Street on June 5, according to a news release by the company.

Georgetown's Southwest Bypass officially opens

Williamson County and the city of Georgetown announced the opening of the final 1.5 miles of the Southwest Bypass project May 26.

Bee Cave officials approve changes to large development known as The Backyard

After a nearly three-hour discussion from residents, staff and officials, Bee Cave City Council approved amendments on zoning and development standards for a roughly 35-acre planned development district called The Backyard. The development in west Bee Cave will contain, among several other features, a high-capacity entertainment venue.

Approval of the amendments came during council’s May 26 meeting.

Brian Perdue, Nicholas Cicale, Ali Linan and Brian Rash contributed to this report.



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