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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(Courtesy Texas Water Safari)
Sand Marcos-Buda-Kyle May 2021 to-do list: An air show, film festival and farmers markets

From a film festival to an air show to farmers markets, the San Marcos-Buda-Kyle area is brimming with events in May and June.

East Social House is now Lamppost Coffee as of May 1. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
New ownership: Lamppost Coffee buys East Social House in Hutto

The coffee shop also has a location in Round Rock.

Q2 Stadium in North Austin
U.S. women’s national soccer team to debut Q2 Stadium next month

The USWNT takes on the Nigerian national team at Q2 Stadium ahead of the summer Olympic Games.

Juneau was adopted at Austin Animal Center in November 2019. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Animal Center reaches critical capacity, opens doors to all adopters for first time since May 2020

Austin and Travis County’s animal shelter, Austin Animal Center, reached negative kennel space May 4, meaning there are more dogs than available kennels, according to a release from the city of Austin.

San Marcos City Council gave guidance to city staff after the parks and recreation board recommended paid parking be implemented at two of the city's river parks. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
San Marcos to research paid parking at City Park for nonresidents

San Marcos City Council gave guidance to city staff after the parks and recreation board recommended paid parking be implemented at two of the city's river parks.

Photo of Holly Morris-Kuentz and communiity members
Dripping Springs ISD officially hires Holly Morris-Kuentz as superintendent

The hire comes after Morris-Kuentz was named lone finalist for the position in April.

Residential appraisal valuations have been sent to Travis County property owners. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Travis Central Appraisal Districts says hot housing market is reflected in 2021 appraisals

Property owners have until May 17 to file a protest of their home's appraisal.

Round Rock planning and zoning commission will recommend rezoning 65.5 acres as a PUD to City Council. (Courtesy Mark IV Capital Inc.)
Round Rock commission recommends PUD rezoning for The District

The Round Rock planning and zoning commission recommended rezoning the future site of The District as a PUD to City Council.

Air quality would be measured employees of the city of San Marcos when residents make complaints of air pollution or unwanted smells, which could result in fines. (Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)
San Marcos City Council considers ordinance to control air pollution and odors

Air quality would be measured employees of the city of San Marcos when residents make complaints of air pollution or unwanted smells, which could result in fines.

Photo of the exterior of La Barbecue
La Barbecue opens new space, plus six more new Austin restaurants

Downtown Italian and Greek eateries are among those joining the Austin restaurant scene this spring.

A rendering shows two new buildings planned for Airstream and ExploreUSA in Buda. (Courtesy city of Buda)
22-acre RV sales facility in Buda on path to major renovations

In order to facilitate the changes, Buda officials on May 4 passed the first readings of a two-part approval consisting of a rezoning of the site to B3, or I-35 business, as well as a specific use permit application for automobile and other vehicle sales in the B3 district.

Wag-A-Bag is headquartered in Round Rock. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Round Rock-based Wag-A-Bag to be acquired, name to eventually be changed

The Rabb family currently operates 16 locations of the gas station and convenience stores.