Leander ISD families pick instruction method, apartments near finish in Pflugerville: Top news from Central Texas this week

(Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
(Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

(Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

Read the most popular stories from Central Texas from the past week.

More than half of Leander ISD enrollment picks preferred instruction method

In the first week of Leander ISD families choosing which type of instruction they will enter when virtual learning ends Sept. 8, 54% of the district’s projected enrollment has already responded, according to LISD spokesperson Matt Mitchell.

Newly opened Round Rock, Pflugerville restaurants navigate COVID-19 landscape

With restaurants forced to operate at limited capacities during the pandemic, business owners have innovated their approaches. This is particularly salient for local restaurants that opened just days before the initial restrictions went into effect in March.



272-unit apartment complex nearing completion in Pflugerville's Pecan District

Construction on Presidium The Pecan District, a 272-unit apartment complex, is expected to be complete in September. This marks the first of 10 phases for the Pecan District, a mixed-use development located at 1809 Social Drive, Pflugerville, according to an Aug. 3 company news release.

Facing 'severe water shortage conditions,' Leander issues Stage 3 water restrictions

The city of Leander issued a Stage 3 water notice July 30—meaning the city is facing “severe water shortage conditions,” according to the city’s 2019 Water Conservation Plan.

D-BAT opens in Cedar Park and 5 other area business updates

Read the latest news from Cedar Park and Leander.

Brian Perdue, Kelsey Thompson and Taylor Girtman contributed to this report.



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From left: Incumbent Greg Casar is facing off against Louis C. Herrin III and Ramesses Setepenre for the District 4 Austin City Council seat. (Courtesy ATXN)
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(Graphic illustration by Rachal Russel/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Austin ISD teachers have been able to teach virtually from their classrooms to start the school year. Some students will return to the classroom Oct. 5. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
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