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Lake Travis-Westlake

Mayor: Lakeway firefighters see uptick in small roadside fires

Lakeway Mayor Sandy Cox asked residents to take extra caution, as city firefighters have reported an uptick in small roadside fires in the city.

Lakeway Activity Center launches small-group learning circles to assist with remote curriculum

Families in need of a program to assist with remote learning in the 2020-21 school year may enroll their child in a small-group learning circle hosted by the Lakeway Activity Center at 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Austin Regional Clinic to open new location in Kyle

Austin Regional Clinic will open ARC Center Street, its second facility in Kyle, on Sept. 1 at 22420 I-35, Ste. 203, Kyle. The 15,000-square-foot clinic will offer family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and an on-site lab, according to a release issued by ARC.

New Braunfels

True Texas BBQ coming soon to H-E-B Plus

True Texas BBQ will open at H-E-B Plus, located at 2965 N. I-35, New Braunfels, in September. The barbecue chain is owned by H-E-B and offers brisket, sandwiches, pulled pork and more.

Lucky Ewe Yarns closes in New Braunfels

Local yarn shop Lucky Ewe Yarns closed its shop located at 647 S. Seguin Ave., New Braunfels, at the end of July. The store specialized in local, hand-dyed yarns and other craft supplies.

Brian Perdue, Lauren Canterberry, Amy Rae Dadamo and Brian Rash contributed to this report.


Abby Jane Bakeshop held a soft opening Jan. 16-17 in Dripping Springs. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
From pastries to pizza, Abby Jane Bakeshop bringing treats to Dripping Springs

The new bakeshop is set to open Jan. 21 off Fitzhugh Road.

Lakeway to consider land annexation near Little Rough Hollow Cove, drawing attention of Spicewood neighbors

Lakeway will consider annexing a parcel of land and zoning the area for a park.

COVID-19 vaccines
DATA: Texas has vaccinated about 9% of estimated Phase 1 recipients

Over 1.1 million individuals from the Phase 1 population, which is estimated to include 13.5 million individuals total, have received at least one dose.

Bob Popinski, policy director of Raise Your Hand Texas, shared the organization's top education priorities for the ongoing legislative session. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
‘What does virtual learning and remote learning look like moving forward?': Raise Your Hand Texas policy director talks legislative priorities

Bob Popinski is the director of policy for Raise Your Hand Texas, an Austin-based organization committed to improving public education. He spoke with Community Impact Newspaper in late December about the 87th legislative session, which began Jan. 12.

Three roadways in West Lake Hills are slated for improvements. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Drainage, pavement improvements slated for 3 West Lake Hills roadways

Three roadways in West Lake Hills identified as high-priority areas for improvements—Wildcat Hollow, Skyline Drive and Harbor View Drive—will soon undergo drainage and pavement upgrades.

Terry Boothe, pictured here at his West Pole ranch in Bee Cave, said Armadillo Day helps to preserve Texas heritage. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)
Armadillo Day to stay in hibernation due to COVID-19 pandemic

Health precautions delay annual event celebrating Texas culture.

Leah and Mark Mirra stand in front of their upcoming location of Lake Travis Pizza in the River Place neighborhood. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
New York natives serve traditional pies in Texas

Restaurant set to open second location for dine-in service.

Photoo of Travis County sign
Austin City Council, Travis County Commissioners Court will hold rare joint session to address 'dire' COVID-19 status

County Judge Andy Brown called the meeting "an opportunity to coordinate responses."

Voters line up during the Dec. 15 runoff election. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legality of ranked-choice voting prompts disagreement between supporters, Austin city attorneys

If a Jan. 11 petition is validated, Austin voters could decide whether to support the implementation a ranked-choice voting system. But is it unconstitutional?

Community Impact Newspaper gathered a list of 30 restaurants that opened in the Lake Travis-Westlake area in 2020 or are coming soon in 2021. (Community Impact staff)
Check out 30 restaurants that arrived in the Lake Travis-Westlake area in 2020

Community Impact Newspaper gathered a list of 30 restaurants that opened in the Lake Travis-Westlake area in 2020 or are coming soon in 2021.