Leander ISD adds early-release days and more top Central Texas news from this week

The early releases will begin Nov. 11 and includes 17 days through the rest of the school year. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
The early releases will begin Nov. 11 and includes 17 days through the rest of the school year. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

The early releases will begin Nov. 11 and includes 17 days through the rest of the school year. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

Read the top stories from the past week in the Austin area.

Cedar Park-Leander

Leander ISD adds 17 early-release school days to give teachers planning time

Leander ISD students will be released two hours early on some Wednesdays through the rest of the school year to give teachers dedicated planning times.

New Braunfels


New Braunfels hot spot: 5 businesses now open or coming soon at County Line Retail center

A new retail center located at 1187 W. County Line Road is now open, and suites are available for lease.

Georgetown

New Italian restaurant coming to Georgetown plus more business news

Keep up to date on new businesses coming to Georgetown.

Williamson County

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody spends nearly $700,000 in final month of re-election bid

In his final campaign finance report before the Nov. 3 election, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody's campaign reported spending nearly $700,000 in one month's time.

Northwest Austin

Monumental $7.1 billion transit plan with North Austin rail stations in the hands of Austin voters

The city of Austin and Capital Metro will ask Austin voters Nov. 3 to fund a plan that would connect neighborhoods throughout Northwest Austin to downtown through public transportation. Project Connect, a $7.1 billion investment, with about $3.85 billion coming from local property tax funds, would include two light-rail lines, an additional commuter rail line and a downtown, underground train station.

Taylor Girtman, Lauren Canterberry, Ali Linan and Iain Oldman contributed to this report.



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Black Rock Coffee Bar has locations in Austin and Round Rock. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Black Rock Coffee Bar coming to Hutto

Construction is underway for a Black Rock Coffee Bar in Hutto.

LISD
Leander ISD names Rouse principal as area superintendent replacement

Christine Simpson became Rouse High School's principal in 2016 and will start as an area superintendent this summer.

(Rendering courtesy Neerja Kwatra)
New car wash coming to Pflugerville next year

A new car wash business is coming to Pflugerville after purchasing a 1.24-acre lot at the corner of Wells Branch Parkway and Heatherwilde Boulevard, according to a June news release from Evergreen Commercial Real Estate,

Construction of Klein Road has been ongoing since February 2019. (Courtesy city of New Braunfels)
Reconstruction of Klein Road in New Braunfels to wrap up in summer 2021

Damage to the roadway has caused some delays to the project, which has been ongoing for over two years.

ATMAC will hold a grand reopening at its new location July 10, with a special offer for new students. (Courtesy Camera Eye Photography)
Austin Texas Martial Arts Center relocates in Kyle

ATMAC will hold a grand reopening at its new location July 10, with a special offer for new students.

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.