Amazon's purchase of Round Rock land frustrates residents; Austin ISD teachers express burnout concerns and more top local news

During a meeting between representatives of Amazon and members of the Greater Round Rock West Neighborhood Association Nov. 1, residents shared their frustration with the news that 193 acres of property off CR 172 had been purchased by the tech giant with the intention of building a warehouse and distribution center. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
During a meeting between representatives of Amazon and members of the Greater Round Rock West Neighborhood Association Nov. 1, residents shared their frustration with the news that 193 acres of property off CR 172 had been purchased by the tech giant with the intention of building a warehouse and distribution center. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)

During a meeting between representatives of Amazon and members of the Greater Round Rock West Neighborhood Association Nov. 1, residents shared their frustration with the news that 193 acres of property off CR 172 had been purchased by the tech giant with the intention of building a warehouse and distribution center. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)



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Round Rock

Amazon purchased Round Rock land, neighborhood residents upset over possible facility

During a meeting between representatives of Amazon and members of the Greater Round Rock West Neighborhood Association, residents shared their frustration with news that the company purchased 193 acres of property off CR 172 to build a warehouse and distribution center.

Austin ISD



Austin ISD teachers tell board morale at all-time low


More than a dozen Austin ISD teachers called into the Oct. 28 meeting of the district’s board of trustees to say that they are exhausted and concerned about retention.

Leander ISD

Unofficial results: Leander ISD voters narrowly fail 2 of 3 bond propositions

Just one of Leander ISD's three bond propositions will pass, according to unofficial election results from Travis and Williamson counties.

Georgetown ISD

Voters approve 2 out of 5 bond propositions in Georgetown ISD


Voters in Georgetown ISD approved two out of five bond proposition Nov. 2, totaling $381.7 million that will pay for future infrastructure and amenities in the district.

Austin metro

Austin airport expansion plans take off as region continues growing


In June 2020, four months after announcing 2019 broke its passenger count record, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport issued a bleak projection: It could take until 2024 to climb back to its prepandemic passenger levels.

Brooke Sjoberg, Maggie Quinlan, Taylor Girtman, Brittany Andes and Benton Graham contributed to this report.



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(Courtesy Taco Casa)
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The Round Rock Express released its schedule of home game times for the 2022 season Nov. 30. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Round Rock Express release home game times for 2022 season

The Round Rock Express released its schedule of home game times for the 2022 season Nov. 30.

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The following commercial projects have been filed through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. (Screenshot courtesy Google Maps)
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Assistant City Manager Rodney Gonzalez answered commissioners' and board members' questions at a Nov. 29 meeting. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
South Austin public engagement threatened by land use commissions moving meeting place, commissioners say

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Williamson County district courts and county courts at law resumed in-person jury trials March 2021 after a period of virtual proceedings due to the pandemic. (Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County district courts and county courts at law reach milestone jury selection

Williamson County district courts and county courts at law continue in-person jury trials after nearly a year of virtual proceedings.

Giving Tuesday is Nov. 30. The program encourages locals to donate to nonprofits, such as Living Grace Canine Ranch in Georgetown. (Community Impact Newspaper File Photo)
Giving Tuesday encourages holiday donations to Georgetown nonprofits

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Here is the latest data regarding COVID-19 in Hays County. There are 13 people currently hospitalized. Of those, 10 are unvaccinated, or about 77%. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Hays County reports two COVID-19-related fatalities Nov. 22-29

The county also saw 75 newly-confirmed cases and 10 new hospitalizations with 10 new discharges.