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.






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The “Click It or Ticket” enforcement period across Texas roads will start on May 24. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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The city began looking into establishing sanctioned campgrounds after Proposition B's passage in May. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Public schools cannot require students, teachers, parents and other staff members or visitors to wear masks after June 4, Gov. Greg Abbott declared in an executive order issued May 18. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Photo of the Austin skyline from Zilker Park
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Fully vaccinated residents of Travis County now have the option to forego a mask in most circumstances.

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)
Agreement between Austin, Aspen Heights Partners outlines benefits to be included in redevelopment of former HealthSouth property

As previously outlined by City Council members, the tower project is set to include community benefits such as affordable housing, local businesses, a live music venue and public open spaces.

Photo of shoppers eyeing a table of books
Texas Book Festival announces in-person and online events this fall

The annual festival will have a hybrid model this year after going virtual in 2020.

Raising Cane's sells chicken fingers, chicken sandwiches, crinkle-cut fries, Texas toast and more. (Courtesy Raising Cane's)
Raising Cane's to open 2nd Cedar Park restaurant; Tacodeli coming to Circle C and more Central Texas news

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

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)
Gov. Greg Abbott announces end-date for Texans to receive federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits

Effective June 26, unemployed Texans will no longer be eligible to receive the $300 weekly unemployment supplement from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program.

Photo of an H-E-B store
H-E-B makes curbside services free

Previously, curbside shoppers were charged a $4.95 fee on all orders, but moving forward that fee will be waived on purchases of $35 or more. Orders worth less than $35 will have a $2.95 "small basket surcharge" attached.

I-35 at US 183 interchange
Watch for nightly lane closures on US 183 as TxDOT builds new I-35 flyover

TxDOT will close the northbound US 183 main lanes and frontage roads on an alternating basis beginning May 17.

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.