Leander boil water notice to last until July 24, toxic algae found on Lady Bird Lake: News from Central Texas

The red area shows the part of Leander under a boil water notice. (Courtesy city of Leander)
The red area shows the part of Leander under a boil water notice. (Courtesy city of Leander)

The red area shows the part of Leander under a boil water notice. (Courtesy city of Leander)

Read the latest Central Texas news and community updates.

Leander-Cedar Park

City says Leander boil water notice affecting over 20,000 will continue through at least July 24

Affecting more than 20,000 residents, Leander’s boil water notice entered its third day July 20—and the city said the notice will continue through at least July 24, according to a news release.

Lake Travis-Westlake

International preschool opens in Austin's River Place neighborhood

International preschool Kido opened its first Austin location July 15 at 10625 Bonaventure Drive, Austin, in the River Place neighborhood. The 15,000-square-foot facility has become the company’s largest to date, according to the Kido website.


Cianfrani Coffee Co. on the Georgetown Square closes, replaced by Black Sugar Caffe

Cianfrani Coffee Co. is now closed on Georgetown Square following several changes in ownership. The business was located at 109 W. Seventh St., Ste. 105, Georgetown, and offered coffee, smoothies, pastries, Amy's Ice Creams, signature sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches and more.

Huntington Learning Center now open in Wolf Crossing development

Huntington Learning Center opened its Georgetown location July 20. The center offers personalized instruction to students from kindergarten through 12th grade in math, reading, phonics, writing, science and study skills.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Fresh Donuts opens in Pflugerville and 5 other area business updates

Read business updates from Round Rock and Pflugerville.

New Braunfels

Drive-in cinema offers family-friendly entertainment under the stars in New Braunfels

In 2015, Ryan Smith opened the New Braunfels Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre, where guests can watch a movie on one of three outdoor screens while enjoying food from a retro 50s cafe.

2020 Comal County Fair and Rodeo canceled

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and related public health concerns, the 127th Comal County Fair and Rodeo was canceled July 15.

Coronado’s Sweet Heat BBQ: Brothers from Michigan make BBQ family-style

From the window of a trailer fitted with two competition smokers, brothers Marcos and Rey Coronado have served up some of the best barbecue found in Texas Hill Country.

Central Austin

Toxic algae blooms found at Red Bud Isle, Festival Beach

Algae samples taken from Lady Bird Lake on July 13 have tested positive for the harmful toxins that killed five dogs in 2019.

Jack Flagler, Amy Rae Dadamo, Ali Linan, Brian Perdue, Kelsey Thompson, Lauren Canterberry and Warren Brown contributed to this report.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee recommended Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine for emergency authorization use Feb. 26. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recommended for emergency authorization use by FDA

This is the third COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved for emergency authorization use after those produced by pharmaceutical company Pfizer and biotechnology company Moderna.

Josh Frank, owner of Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in for more than a decade, holds up a Blue Starlite-branded mask. (Photo by Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
Long-time Austin theater Blue-Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In takes on new life in pandemic

Drive-in theater Blue Starlite found itself in a unique position in 2020: After more than 10 years as a small business “just getting by,” demand for drive-in movies exploded, owner Josh Frank said.

The University of Texas Radio-Television-Film department will be offering virtual camps this summer. (Courtesy The University of Texas)
2021 Central Austin summer camp guide: 44 options including virtual and in-person offerings

Our list of camps happening in Austin this summer includes options focusing on academics, arts, sports and language.

Samsung's proposed $17 billion chip-making plant would dwarf other recent megaprojects that sought tax incentives in the region.
Samsung’s request to pay no property tax on $17 billion plant tests Austin’s incentive policy

Samsung is asking for 100% property tax reimbursement over 25 years, which would mark the most aggressive corporate tax break in Austin history.

A new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine could help expand vaccination availability in Travis County, according to local health officials. (Courtesy Pexels)
Johnson & Johnson vaccine could mean additional supply, easier distribution rollout in Travis County

If approved, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be a valuable weapon against the ongoing pandemic, according to local health officials.

Austin ISD students will begin the 2021-22 school year Tuesday, Aug. 17. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Take a look at Austin ISD’s newly approved calendar for the 2021-22 school year

Austin ISD trustees have approved the academic calendar for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

Austin ISD students are scheduled to return to classrooms March 1 for the first time since Winter Storm Uri. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Winter storm damage could prevent 10 Austin ISD campuses from reopening next week

Austin ISD students are scheduled to return to classrooms March 1 for the first time since Winter Storm Uri.

A tree's branches fell on a car in North Austin in the midst of Winter Storm Uri in February. With downed tree limbs and burst water lines causing property damage across Austin, the city has directed additional funds into programs to help some homeowners with emergency home repairs. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Still in crisis mode, Austin City Council initiates recovery following winter storm

With 200 to 400 apartment and condo complexes in Austin still without water, City Council is aiming to direct aid and relieve some of the financial burden felt by residents following the devastating winter storms.

Photo of a knife cutting through brisket
La Barbecue heads to new home on East Cesar Chavez Street

The popular barbecue joint will move to its new location in May.

Jo's Coffee opened a North Austin location in January. (Courtesy Chad Wadsworth)
Jo's Coffee opens in Central Austin; new restaurant coming to Georgetown Square and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.