Kalahari Resorts & Conventions celebrates grand opening in Round Rock and more top Central Texas news

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions ended its grand opening event with a fireworks display Nov. 14. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions ended its grand opening event with a fireworks display Nov. 14. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions ended its grand opening event with a fireworks display Nov. 14. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

PHOTOS: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions celebrates grand opening in Round Rock with a bang

Families gathered outside as a full fireworks display lit up the sky commemorating the grand opening of Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in Round Rock on Nov. 14.

Santiago's Tex-Mex & Cantina to open 2nd Round Rock location and 4 other business updates


Read on to learn more about the upcoming location and four other area business updates.

MasFajitas restaurant relocating within Round Rock and 4 other business updates

A popular Mexican restaurant is moving to a new home. Read on to learn about the new location as well as four other area business updates.

Round Rock ISD closes Stony Point High School due to COVID-19 cases, moves to virtual-only instruction

Stony Point High School has transitioned to all-virtual instruction through Nov. 30 due to the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts, the district announced late Nov. 16.

Cedar Park-Leander

HTeaO to open in Cedar Park on Dec. 4 and 3 more local business updates

Here are four local business updates from the Cedar Park and Leander area.

Ali Linan and Kelsey Thompson contributed to this report.


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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee recommended Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine for emergency authorization use Feb. 26. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Hutto Fire Rescue received the 2020 Achievement of Excellence in Fire Prevention Award. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Tarvin Elementary School construction
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