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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Of the total cases reported to date, 11,304 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 806 active cases in Williamson County as of Nov. 24. (Community Impact Staff)
Williamson County reports 337 new cases of coronavirus Nov. 24

Of the total cases reported to date, 11,304 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 806 active cases in Williamson County as of Nov. 24.

The establishment bills itself as family-friendly and has several items available for brunch, including the Maple Bacon Donut Mountain. (Courtesy Voodoo Wine and Coffee Bar)
Voodoo Wine and Coffee Bar now open in New Braunfels area

The establishment bills itself as family-friendly and has several items available for brunch, including the Maple Bacon Donut Mountain.

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New mosquito trap tests positive for West Nile virus in Cedar Park

Seventeen mosquito trap samples have tested positive for the West Nile virus in Williamson County this year. This is the most samples reported in a year for the county since its testing program began in 2012.

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October home sales increased 22% in Cedar Park, 50% in Leander

In Leander, October home sales increased 50% from 2019, with 153 closed sales.

Local health leaders are urging caution ahead of Thanksgiving. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Ahead of Thanksgiving, Travis County health officials urge caution

Austin Public Health leaders say gatherings with people outside one's household held indoors and without masks pose the greatest risk.

There have been 80 closed sales on townhouses in the year to date for the three-city market area, per the Austin Board of Realtors' analysis. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
October townhouse sales jump 150% in Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto

There have been 80 closed sales on townhouses in the year to date for the three-city market area, per the Austin Board of Realtors' analysis.

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Central Austin continues trend of rising home prices in recent report

The monthly median housing price in October for Central Austin climbed to $625,000.

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Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

The Commissioners Court approved funding for the program Nov. 24. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County funds COVID-19 convalescent plasma program

Some 252 Williamson County patients have received the therapy of the 1,300 total patients.

Beginning Nov. 30, the city of Pflugerville will kick off improvements on Sweetwood Song Drive, Laurelleaf Drive and Gazania Drive. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)
Pflugerville road work on Sweetwood Song Drive, Larelleaf Drive to begin Nov. 30

Beginning Nov. 30, the city of Pflugerville will kick off improvements on Sweetwood Song Drive, Laurelleaf Drive and Gazania Drive.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for the state Nov. 23 for a vaccine he said could be available as soon as December. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

The vaccine could start being distributed "as early as next month," according to a Nov. 23 news release.

ACC’s Pinnacle Campus has been closed since 2018. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Community College: There’s 'excitement' for a new Pinnacle campus

The Southwest Austin campus has been closed since 2018 due to poor facility conditions.