Texas Tiny Pools now serving Austin area; Round Rock movie theater closes and more top Central Texas news

Texas native Amy Hageman founded Texas Tiny Pools in 2017. (Courtesy Cate Black Photography)
Texas native Amy Hageman founded Texas Tiny Pools in 2017. (Courtesy Cate Black Photography)

Texas native Amy Hageman founded Texas Tiny Pools in 2017. (Courtesy Cate Black Photography)

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Central Texas area.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Woman-owned Texas Tiny Pools makes a splash in Austin

Most business endeavors are born from a need—Amy Hageman said she needed an escape from the Texas heat.

Like many homeowners, Hageman coveted an in-ground pool but was not willing to lose her backyard space to build it. Thus, the idea for Texas Tiny Pools was born.



Round Rock

Round Rock theater Cinemark Movies 8 closes

Cinemark Movies 8 at 2132 N. Mays St., Ste. 800, Round Rock, has closed permanently. The theater offered second-run films at a discounted rate for its patrons.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Valentino's to reopen in downtown San Marcos

Valentino’s is set to make its return after closing nearly three years ago in November 2018.

Leander-Cedar Park

BREAKING NEWS: Texas comptroller records show Taylor ISD Chapter 313 agreement is for $17B Samsung Austin Semiconductor facility

Records from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts show that a June 30 application for Chapter 313 tax limitation approved by Taylor ISD was for Samsung Austin Semiconductor.

Central Austin

Austin seeking input on future of 'loved to death' Zilker Metropolitan Park

Months into its feedback process for the creation of a future vision plan for Zilker Metropolitan Park, the city of Austin is continuing to solicit feedback on residents' wishes for the future of the landmark recreational space.

Amy Rae Dadamo, Brooke Sjoberg, Warren Brown and Ben Thompson contributed to this report.



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The City of Rollingwood met July 21 to approve a proposal designed to automate its wastewater system, which failed during Winter Storm Uri.  (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Rollingwood to use federal relief toward wastewater infrastructure improvements

During storm Uri, Rollingwood public works staff kept the city’s water system in operation by pulling a sole generator on icy roads to seven neighborhood life stations, which are facilities designed to move wastewater.

A rise in COVID-19 cases has Travis County back in stage 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Austin reverts to Stage 4 guidelines with rising delta variant cases

As delta variant COVID -19 cases are sending more young people to local ICUs, The Austin-Travis County Health Authority has moved the area back to guidelines that require masks indoors.

The Reserve at Lake Austin is a senior living community under construction off City Park Road in Northwest Austin. (Courtesy Solera Senior Living)
Northwest Austin senior living community looks to January 2022 opening

New complex to have 120 living units and an outdoor memory garden.

Lakeway City Council voted July 19 to amend its budget and accept a grant to restore Liebelt Cabin. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Restoration of Liebelt Cabin has new source of funding

Grant will reimburse city for repairs made to the historic Liebelt Cabin.

Leander Marketplace PUD would be located at the northeast corner of Hero Way and US 183. (Screenshot courtesy city of Leander)
Leander eyes development with restaurants, retail; Bin Drop opens in New Braunfels and more top Central Texas news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Central Texas area.

Dozens of Austin residents spoke virtually and in person July 22 to share their thoughts on the city's proposed fiscal year 2021-22 budget. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Police funding again takes center stage in public hearing on Austin's proposed FY 2021-22 budget

Dozens of city residents calling into or appearing at City Hall on July 22 shared their thoughts about policing and the city's spending plan.

student learning
Leander ISD's virtual learning program exceeds capacity after recent interest

The program waitlist began July 21 with 101 applicants in its first day.

Mortgage purchase applications are down year over year, but the Austin housing market remains hot. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin housing market still hot but showing signs of slowing down

Experts say that a decrease in mortgage purchase applications points to “a reversion back to norm” in the Austin housing market.

Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Regulators: Texas electric grid prepared for potentially record-breaking demand next week; 'once-in-a-generation reforms' underway

The heads of the agencies in charge of the Texas electric grid met in Austin on July 22 to provide updates on their grid reform efforts.

The Lake Travis ISD board of trustees reviewed plans for distributing federal COVID-19 relief during a July 21 meeting. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lake Travis ISD to spend $3M in federal aid to meet students’ academic, emotional needs

Among the stakeholder input, students’ social and emotional health emerged as the top priority for the funding.

Todd Dodge, Westlake High School athletic director and head football coach, announced his retirement the morning of July 22. (Courtesy Westlake Nation)
Todd Dodge, Westlake High School football coach, announces retirement

Dodge—a three-time National High School Coach of the Year recipient—will officially retire from the district at the conclusion of the 2021 football season.