Wag-A-Bag to operate under new ownership, name; Austin, TxDOT at odds over I-35 overhaul; and more top Central Texas news

Wag-A-Bag is headquartered in Round Rock. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Wag-A-Bag is headquartered in Round Rock. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)

Wag-A-Bag is headquartered in Round Rock. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Austin area.

Round Rock

Round Rock-based Wag-A-Bag to be acquired, name to eventually be changed

Round Rock-based gas station and convenience store Wag-A-Bag has entered an agreement to sell its assets to Refuel Operating Co. LLC, a Charleston, South Carolina-based gas station and convenience store business.

Austin metro


Austin’s community leaders see upcoming I-35 project as a $4.9 billion opportunity, but they are asking for TxDOT to shift its thinking

Work is set to begin in 2025 on the first major reconstruction of I-35 through downtown Austin since the 1970s. The Texas Department of Transportation hopes to improve safety on one of its most dangerous stretches of highway and relieve congestion at a choke point that is the worst in the state, according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

Cedar Park-Leander

Leander-Cedar Park housing market sees record-low inventory, spiked prices

The Central Texas housing market has seen a record-breaking year despite the coronavirus pandemic. Most notable is the lack of inventory, which has in turn inflated prices as homes sell faster than ever.

Pflugerville-Hutto

Kid- and dog-friendly sports bar opens in Pflugerville

Neighborhood sports bar 685 Backyard opened Feb. 27 at 19903 FM 685, Pflugerville.

Southwest Austin

New 495-acre Barton Creek neighborhood proposed for SW Austin

The development company behind the Lantana Place shopping center in Southwest Austin announced it will build a new and final residential phase for the Barton Creek community along the Barton Creek Greenbelt.

Megan Cardona, Jack Flagler, Ali Linan and Nicholas Cicale contributed to this report.

By Kasey Salisbury
After growing up in the Sugar Land, Texas, area, Kasey Salisbury graduated with a degree in journalism in 2018 from The University of Texas at Austin, where she was the copy chief at the campus newspaper, The Daily Texan. She joined the Community Impact Newspaper team as a copy editor in October 2018.


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A medium sized black and white dog.
Two overcapacity Georgetown animal shelters are offering free adoptions through June 20

The shelters have teamed up to help with an overflow of adoptable dogs and cats.

The Office of Police Oversight released its first comprehensive report detailing its operations though 2019 and 2020 this June. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Office of Police Oversight report finds complaints against Austin police officers went up, but discipline fell in 2020

The new report centers on the office's three main functions, including tracking APD officer discipline, reviewing the city's police policies, and engaging with Austin residents.

Dreamland adding a disc golf course to its Dripping Springs outdoor entertainment and arts offerings in June. (Courtesy Dreamland)
Dripping Springs and Driftwood business news: Dreamland gets disc golf, new dog grooming business gets closer to opening and more

The new disc golf course at the outdoor entertainment venue sits on 42 acres and is free to play through June.

Volunteers of Austin Vaccine Angels gathered after becoming fully vaccinated. (Courtesy Jodi Holzband)
Grassroots groups aimed at vaccine outreach look toward the future

For the past five months, grassroots volunteer groups have been working to connect thousands of Central Texans to COVID-19 vaccines.

The two intersection improvement projects cost $875,350 and took seven months to complete. (Courtesy Williamson County)
Williamson County celebrates completion of projects along Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Georgetown

Williamson County held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of two key intersection improvement projects.

Round Rock ISD plans to spend about $9,265 per student for the 2021-22 fiscal year. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Round Rock ISD adopts FY 2021-22 budget with $17.2M deficit, says gap will be covered by staff turnover

District staff anticipate the deficit being covered with savings from staff turnover and unfilled positions.

Rollingwood City Council discussed measures to offset Zilker Park traffic during a June 16 meeting. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)
Rollingwood to install barrier to reduce Zilker Park traffic through city streets

The city will install barriers at peak times from Friday evening to Monday morning to reduce cut-through traffic.

A 10-week construction project on North Pleasant Valley Road begins June 21. (Courtesy Fotolia)
North Pleasant Valley Road construction project in East Austin begins June 21

The project, funded by a 2018 Bond, will cause some lane closures

Domain Northside
Westlake Dermatology to open Domain Northside clinic later this year

The local dermatology clinic chain will offer skin care treatments and more at this North Austin location.

Live Oak Street has uneven pavement and cuts in the road from past utility work. (Courtesy city of Hutto)
$325K approved for Live Oak Street project

Hutto City Council approved $325K for a Live Oak Street project during its June 17 meeting.

Leander ISD admin building
Leander ISD board passes $387M budget with 2% raises, new campus staffing

The budget includes 2% midpoint staff raises, campus positions for Tarvin Elementary opening in August, start-up positions for Elementary School No. 29 opening in 2022 and other district expenditures.

Among other upgrades, the project widened the northbound I-35 frontage road from two to three lanes. (Courtesy TxDOT)
TxDOT announces completion of major I-35 overhaul in Round Rock

Major renovations on a significant portion of I-35 in Round Rock from RM 1431 to FM 3406 is officially complete as of June 18.