Pflugerville cancels 2020 Chili Pfest, Deutschen Pfest; Georgetown cancels POPPtober Fest and more Central Texas news

Chili Pfest is typically held annually in the fall. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)
Chili Pfest is typically held annually in the fall. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)

Chili Pfest is typically held annually in the fall. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)

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Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Pflugerville cancels 2020 Chili Pfest, Deutschen Pfest

The city of Pflugerville announced July 13 that two annual events will not take place in 2020. Both Deutshcen Pfest and Chili Pfest have been called off due to public health concerns around the coronavirus.


JUST IN: POPPtober Fest 2020 in Georgetown is canceled

POPPtober Fest 2020, a rescheduled and reimagined Red Poppy Festival planned for Oct. 23-25, has been canceled.

Georgetown-based nonprofit to provide COVID-19 financial assistance for those in need

Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties is providing emergency assistance for community members in need due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a June 9 news release.

Call for Annual Sculpture Tour entries, more Georgetown arts and culture news

Sculpture Tour applications for the 2020-21 tour will close at the end of the day Aug. 1, according to city of Georgetown information.

The Baked Bear Custom Ice Cream Sandwiches now open in Georgetown

The Baked Bear Custom Ice Cream Sandwiches opened June 27 at 109 E. Seventh St., Georgetown. The menu features customizable ice cream sandwiches made with fresh-baked cookies and brownies and hand-churned ice cream.

New Braunfels

Landa Park Drive intersection to close during water main repair in New Braunfels

The intersection of Landa Street and Landa Park Drive will be temporarily closed from 10 p.m. July 15-5 a.m. July 16.

Central Austin

Metz Recreation Center could be renamed in honor of Rodolfo 'Rudy' Mendez

Austin City Council will consider changing the name of Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury St., Austin, to the Rodolfo "Rudy" Mendez Recreation Center after the parks and recreation department collected public feedback through May 2.

Ali Linan, Taylor Jackson Buchanan, Sally Grace Holtgrieve, Jack Flagler and Lauren Canterberry contributed to this report.


Austin bars scrap for survival during monthslong shutdown

Bars are fighting through red tape to reclassify as restaurants, offering takeout orders and finding new uses for their spaces. Local business owners said they are finding every avenue possible to survive.

According to the report, 380,174 total COVID-19 cases have been reported in children nationwide as of Aug. 6, which accounts for approximately 9.1% of all confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
REPORT: COVID-19 cases in children increase by 90% nationwide in 1 month

As school district officials across the U.S. prepare for the start of the 2020-21 school year, 179,990 new COVID-19 cases were reported in children nationwide between July 9 and Aug. 6—an increase of 90%, according to a report compiled by The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association.

Burnet Road and Braker Lane
City pushing to finish Burnet Road improvements before Austin FC stadium opener

Austin construction crews will work to finish improvements at the intersection of Burnet Road and Braker Lane in North Austin before Major League Soccer franchise Austin FC plays its first game in the upcoming stadium at McKalla Place.

Austin City Council is considering moving the forensics lab services and internal affairs department out from under the Austin Police Department and into civilian roles. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)
Police cuts, community reinvestment, reimagining public safety on table as Austin City Council looks to adopt budget

City Council is considering a cut of more than a $150 million to the police budget.

The University of Texas will host football games at Darrell K. Royal Veterans Memorial Stadium this fall after an announcement from the Big 12 Conference on Aug. 12 that the fall sports season will continue. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
After Big Ten and PAC-12 cancel, Big 12 announces fall sports season will roll on

The conference football season will begin Sept. 26, and fan capacity in stadiums will be up to each of the 10 member universities, according to the Big 12.

Future Austin ISD Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde spoke to trustees at a meeting Aug. 11. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Austin ISD makes it official, hiring Stephanie Elizalde as next superintendent

Elizalde was serving as Dallas ISD’s chief of school leadership prior to the hire.

A trial related to a speeding ticket in Pflugerville on Aug. 11 was the first-ever binding criminal jury trial to take place via videoconferencing, according to Travis County Justice of the Peace Nicholas Chu. (Courtesy Travis County Justices of the Peace)
‘You’re on mute’: Travis County pilots virtual trial by jury

The low-level misdemeanor trial featured a YouTube user commenting on a juror's cat and one potential juror—who was not selected—whose name appeared on Zoom as "Goth Brooks."

A screen shot of Dr. Mark Escott's face
Travis County health officials turn toward positivity rate to track local coronavirus risk

Recent statistics show the positivity rate for testing could be an early sign of local coronavirus trends to come.

Chief Equity Officer Stephanie Hawley speaks to trustees at a board information session Aug. 10. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Outside equity assessment at AISD could evaluate hiring practices, past closures

A report could look at the root causes of inequities and offer the district best practices as potential solutions.