See what's on the ballot in Austin; Blue Corn Harvest opens in Leander and more top Central Texas news

Early voting for the May 1 election opened April 19 at 7 a.m. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Early voting for the May 1 election opened April 19 at 7 a.m. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Early voting for the May 1 election opened April 19 at 7 a.m. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

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

Austin

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

There are no individual candidates on the ballot May 1 for Austin voters to choose, but city residents still have important decisions in front of them about how the government is run.

Pflugerville-Hutto



Austin's Park n' Pizza in Pflugerville launches social club for adults

Austin's Park n' Pizza in Pflugerville opened its new REVL Social Club on April 16, with new attractions, a bar and extended hours for the whole park.

Leander-Cedar Park

Blue Corn Harvest's Leander location now open

Blue Corn Harvest opened its third location April 19 in Leander. The Southwestern restaurant has two other locations in Cedar Park and Georgetown. Its menu includes tacos, enchiladas, sandwiches and other specialties.

See how Leander, Cedar Park real estate fared in March

In Leander, residential sales decreased 27.1% year over year. However, median prices in the area continue to rise, increasing 46.7% year over year to $423,495. Leander also was reported to have 0.2 months of housing inventory, the report said.

Round Rock

Mask policy remains in place for Round Rock ISD

After an hour and a half of public testimony and more than an hour of board discussion, Round Rock ISD trustees voted 5-2 on April 15 to uphold the existing mask policy.

Jack Flagler, Megan Cardona, Taylor Girtman, Ali Linan and Amy Denney contributed to this report.



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A previously released proposal for the former HealthSouth property's redevelopment from Aspen Heights Partners centers on two towers containing a range of community benefits. (Courtesy Austin Economic Development Department)
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Raising Cane's sells chicken fingers, chicken sandwiches, crinkle-cut fries, Texas toast and more. (Courtesy Raising Cane's)
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Effective June 26, unemployed Texans will no longer be eligible to receive the $300 weekly unemployment supplement from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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I-35 at US 183 interchange
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Photo of a girl weariing a mask and backpack
Austin ISD: mask policy to remain after new CDC guidance

The district said it would continue to require masks at least through the end of the current school year.

I-35 delays
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TxDOT will close mainlanes on I-35 in North Austin early in the morning of May 15 as it demolishes a ramp.

The city of Austin's Smart Mobility Office has partnered with Ford on self-driving vehicle initiatives. (Courtesy Ford Motor Company)
Austin's transportation department paving the way for rise in autonomous vehicle traffic

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Goodfolks plans to open in late July to early August. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
New restaurant coming to Georgetown; new Hutto community to have nearly 1K lots and more top Central Texas news

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

COVID-19 precautions such as a masking requirement remain in place at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. (Courtesy Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)
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