CI NATION ROUNDUP: Austin airport expansion plans take off as region grows; new plant and home decor store Cultivar opens in Katy and more top news

Passengers wait in a security checkpoint line at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The three existing checkpoints would receive machine upgrades but would remain largely unchanged. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Passengers wait in a security checkpoint line at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The three existing checkpoints would receive machine upgrades but would remain largely unchanged. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)

Passengers wait in a security checkpoint line at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The three existing checkpoints would receive machine upgrades but would remain largely unchanged. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Nov. 2.

Note: The following stories were published Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

Central Texas

Austin airport expansion plans take off as region continues growing


In June 2020, four months after announcing 2019 broke its passenger count record, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport issued a bleak projection: It could take until 2024 to climb back to its prepandemic passenger levels.


Amazon purchased Round Rock land, neighborhood residents upset over possible facility

Residents of Round Rock West, which lies directly across from the proposed facility, said they felt the company had gone about acquiring the property and getting community input in the wrong order.

Dallas-Fort Worth

Carroll ISD gets TEA refund after reporting error discovered in recapture payment


Carroll ISD received nearly $2 million from the Texas Education Agency after officials discovered the district has been overpaying its recapture payments to the state.

Veteran brothers continue family business legacy with Texas Gun Experience in Grapevine

Jared and Joseph Stanyer grew up surrounded by guns, as their father had a collection as a hobby. He loved guns so much that, upon retirement, he decided to open a small gun shop in Grapevine, just off Main Street. The brothers would help out during the summers and weekends while in grade school.

Greater Houston

New plant and home decor store Cultivar opens in Katy


The new shop, owned by Marita Gabriel, who describes herself as a plant hobbyist, offers coffee, a variety of plants and home decor.

Benton Graham, Sandra Sadek, Brooke Sjoberg, Holly Galvan and Bailey Lewis contributed to this report.

Editor's note: The original posted has been edited to correct an error. The owners of Texas Gun Experience are Jared and Joseph Stanyer.




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The 6.5-mile project will be an important connection for the pedestrian, bicycle and transit networks, according to city officials. (Courtesy Austin Public Works)
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San Marcos Fuel Express is located at 5403 I-35, San Marcos. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
San Marcos Fuel Express now open

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Consuelo Mendez Middle School has consistently received poor ratings from the Texas Education Agency. (Community Impact Newspaper)
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Derrick Chubbs is leaving Austin for a food bank in Florida. (Courtsey Central Texas Food Bank)
Central Texas Food Bank CEO Derrick Chubbs steps down

Derrick Chubbs is leaving Austin for a food bank in Florida.

Consuelo Mendez Middle School has consistently received poor ratings from the Texas Education Agency. (Community Impact Newspaper)
State could take over AISD school board if poorly rated campus does not improve next year

If the school does receive an improved rating, the state's commissioner of education could replace every member of Austin ISD's school board.

Austin ISD trustee Noelita Lugo argues for breaking down student achievement measures by race in the district's 2021-2026 scorecard, rather than examining only economically disadvantaged students without racial groups. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD considers how to measure equity gaps in academic achievement

Austin ISD trustees are continuing to work out details of the 2021-2026 district scorecard, which measures progress on equity goals.

Austin City Council made changes to arts and library funding among other decisions Dec. 2. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Hall notebook: Arts community, homeless health care program get funding, plus other actions

City Council approved more than 50 items Dec. 2, changing the Office of Civil Rights, doling out funding and more.

Council Member Greg Casar speaks at a press conference outside City Hall ahead of a vote to approve an ordinance granting the Austin Office of Civil Rights enforcement power. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Office of Civil Rights granted new powers

An ordinance passed by Austin City Council on Dec. 2 creates additional civil and criminal penalties for discrimination.

The school board will consider whether to call a special election to fill the vacancy or make an appointment. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Dec. 2.

The existing gallery location on South Lamar Boulevard will close on Dec. 20. (Courtesy Ao5 Gallery)
Ao5 Gallery relocating from South Austin to The Arboretum this winter

With the relocation to Northwest Austin, Ao5 Gallery will expand its custom framing services, have better parking, be able to display more art and be able to accommodate more guests for live events, according to officials with the gallery.

Rendering of Tesla's Cybertruck
Tesla officially names Texas gigafactory as its new headquarters

A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing shows the Travis County manufacturing plant as Tesla's new home base.