CI NATION ROUNDUP: Wurstfest to return for 60th festival; TikTok trend alarms Round Rock ISD and more top stories

The 17,000-square-foot Marktplatz building to be used for Wurstfest ended up being about a $12 million investment. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
The 17,000-square-foot Marktplatz building to be used for Wurstfest ended up being about a $12 million investment. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The 17,000-square-foot Marktplatz building to be used for Wurstfest ended up being about a $12 million investment. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 1.

Note: The following stories were published between Sept. 27-30.

San Antonio

Two years in the making: Wurstfest prepares for 60th festival after completing new facility

The Wurstfest Association is preparing for the 60th annual Wurstfest celebration nearly two years after a fire broke out in the Marktplatz building on the festival grounds.



Central Texas

Round Rock ISD: TikTok challenges cost district over $10K


A notice shared with parents by Round Rock ISD on Sept. 30 claims that recent TikTok trends have cost the district over $10,000.

Austin Police Department to no longer respond to scene of some nonemergency calls

The Austin Police Department will no longer respond to the scene of nonemergency crimes, interim police Chief Joseph Chacon announced Sept. 29.

Dallas-Fort Worth

Frisco officials focus on parking in redevelopment of land near Riders Field

Frisco officials said they believe redevelopment of land at Dallas Parkway and Ikea Drive surrounding Riders Field will draw heavy foot traffic.

Greater Houston

Majority of Katy ISD schools fail to reach district goals for standardized testing

The effects of the pandemic on learning loss are becoming clearer as Katy ISD published the findings of the House Bill 3 Annual Update at its Sept. 27 board of trustees meeting.

Laura Aebi, Eric Wellbacher, Lauren Canterberry, Brooke Sjoberg, Matt Payne and Darcy Sprague contributed to this report.



MOST RECENT

A new King Liquor location opened in September in Georgetown. (Brittany Andes/Community Impact Newspaper)
Liquor store opens second location in Georgetown

Enjoy a selection of spirits at this Georgetown liquor store.

The following commercial projects have been filed through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. (Screenshot courtesy Google Maps)
MAP: 5 commercial projects filed in Round Rock and Pflugerville, including new Wingstop

Wondering what renovations and new construction are underway or set to begin soon in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto? Be the first to find out.

Photo of Evan Smith and Stephanie Elizalde
Austin ISD Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde talks learning loss, enrollment in annual State of the District comments

Elizalde touched on lessons learned from the coronavirus pandemic in a discussion that aired Oct. 19.

The program is being developed with input from Main Street Advisory Board and the Historic Preservation Commission. (Photo Community Impact Newspaper Staff)
San Marcos City Council adopts legacy business program

The program is being developed with input from Main Street Advisory Board and the Historic Preservation Commission.

The applicant's request to rezone 5 acres of land to build a 250-unit complex, The Rhett, was denied. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Affordable housing complex The Rhett denied by Zoning and Platting Commission

The Rhett would have participated in the Affordability Unlocked Program.

Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan gave his annual State of the City address at the Kalahari Convention Center on Oct. 19. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Round Rock mayor reflects on economic development, COVID-19 in State of the City address

Economic development, transportation needs and COVID-19 all featured as prominent topics during Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan's State of the City address.

The new venue will hold a minimum of 20,000 people, developer Craig Bryan said. (Courtesy of Craig Bryan)
More than 20,000-seat outdoor amphitheater proposed for Southwest Austin

The amphitheater would rival the Hollywood Bowl in size.

The goal of the zone is to prevent family violence and provide a secure location for custodial pick-ups and drop-offs. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
Comal County establishes Child Safe Exchange Zone for custody pickup, drop-off

The goal of the zone is to prevent family violence and provide a secure location for custodial pickups and drop-offs.

Kerry and David Christensen started the company in their New Braunfels home. (Courtesy Boozy Ball Cookies)
New Braunfels-based Boozy Ball Cookies to hold virtual grand opening Nov. 1

The liquor-infused cookie balls are available to ship from the company's San Antonio commercial kitchen.

Wag Heaven's mural depicts Nemo, a German Shepherd who served in the U.S Air Force during Vietnam and saved his handlers life on the field of battle. (Brittany Andes/Community Impact Newspaper)
Wag Heaven to host dog wash event benefiting veterans in Georgetown this weekend, Oct. 23

Volunteers will clean visitors' furry friends at Wag Heaven’s charity dog washing event for the Georgetown Rotary Club’s annual Field of Honor event

Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper
West Pecan Coffee + Beer in Pflugerville up for Texas Downtown Association award

Information from the city of Pflugerville states the coffee and beer shop is a finalist in the Best Downtown Business category.

Chamber revelers at 2017 Floating Flamingo Boat Cruise. (Courtesy of Westlake Chamber of Commerce)
Westlake's annual Floating Flamingo Boat Cruise setting sail this October

The Floating Flamingo networking cruise is coming Oct. 28.