Q&A with new Williamson County sheriff; Mighty Fine Burgers sold and more top Central Texas news

Mike Gleason is Williamson County's newest sheriff. (Courtesy Mike Gleason)
Mike Gleason is Williamson County's newest sheriff. (Courtesy Mike Gleason)

Mike Gleason is Williamson County's newest sheriff. (Courtesy Mike Gleason)

Read the most popular news from the past week from the Central Texas area.

Williamson County

Looking ahead: A Q&A with new Williamson County Sheriff Mike Gleason

Mike Gleason was sworn in Jan. 1 as Williamson County’s new sheriff.

Community Impact Newspaper spoke with Gleason in December about the new role and how he plans to lead the department moving forward.

See how COVID-19 impacted Williamson County in December

Williamson County added more than 7,300 confirmed coronavirus cases in December, its highest monthly increase since the start of the pandemic in March, according to Williamson County and Cities Health District data.

Central Austin

Mighty Fine Burgers acquired by Austin restaurateurs behind The League Kitchen & Tavern, Tony C’s

Austin-based hospitality company K&N Management has sold Mighty Fine Burgers Fries & Shakes, which has existed in the Greater Austin area for more than 10 years, to lifelong Austinites and restaurateurs Tony Ciola and Creed Ford, co-owners and founders of Tc4 & Co., the hospitality company behind Tony C’s Coal Fired Pizza and The League Kitchen & Tavern.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Black Rock Coffee Bar announces Round Rock opening date, 3 other business updates

Black Rock Coffee Bar has announced its Round Rock location will open Jan. 8.

Southwest Austin

Coming soon to South Austin: The Salty Donut, Pinthouse Pizza, Tiny Grocer and more

See the latest business news from South Austin, including the arrivals of two new breweries and Whole Earth Provision Co.'s 50th anniversary.

Ali Linan, Amy Rae Dadamo, Kelsey Thompson and Jack Flagler contributed to this report.


District 1 Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison, left, and District 10 Council Member Alison Alter will serve successive one-year terms as mayor pro tem. (Courtesy city of Austin/Alison Alter)
East Austin’s Natasha Harper-Madison, West Austin's Alison Alter will each serve one year as mayor pro tem

In a move Austin Mayor Steve Adler called "probably unprecedented," City Council has chosen two mayors pro tem.

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has named a new executive director. (Courtesy Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority)
James Bass named executive director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority

Bass, the former executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, replaces Mike Heiligenstein, who stepped aside Jan. 24.

Photo of vaccine vials
Austin, Travis County leaders push for improved Austin Public Health vaccine registration portal

Austin Public Health is working to clean up glitches in its portal.

A nearly five-year project to improve I-35 in the area of William Cannon Drive and Stassney Lane is set to finish in mid-2021. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
I-35 news to follow in '21: Work finishing in South Austin, input to be gathered for managed lane projects

While one project in South Austin approaches its final months, the Texas Department of Transportation is gathering input for projects to add nontolled lanes to I-35 over the next several years.

The Texas Legislature is responsible for drawing lines for new state and federal districts. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Redistricting process affecting every level of government gets underway in 2021

The state's process is largely a political one, while the city's process is left to an independent commission.

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Travis County votes to accept application for Silicon Silver development incentives agreement

The company behind the project will be named once it submits an application and pays a $150,000 fee—the same as Tesla paid to apply for its hefty 2020 agreement.

Previous headliners included Cody Johnson, Turnpike Troubadours, Aaron Watson and Mark Chestnutt, among others. (Courtesy KOKEFest)
KOKEFest releases dates in Hutto; Marisol's Mexican Grill taking orders in Georgetown and more area news

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

Austin ISD reported its highest number of COVID-19 cases the week of Jan. 4, but that number has decreased for two consecutive weeks, according to the district. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Austin ISD sees 70% drop in on-campus students over past 2 weeks after district asks families to stay home

The district saw a 11,839-student decline in on-campus learning as AISD families opted for online learning from Jan. 12-22.

City officials are facing growing pressure to address the growing visibility of homelessness in Austin. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
Sanctioned homeless camp proposal gains attention from Austin leaders as pressure mounts

Mayor Steve Adler said the urgent need for shelter space and housing could overrule initial objections to sanctioned homeless encampments.

See how COVID-19 continues to impact Travis County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Despite drop in hospital admissions, Travis County adds 4,039 new COVID-19 cases over past 7 days

Overall, Travis County has reported 65,507 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Construction at Q2 Stadium is on schedule to be completed by late March or early April. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin FC will play at newly named Q2 Stadium starting this summer

Austin FC announced the naming partnership with Austin-based tech company Q2 Holdings Inc. at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 25.