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New Braunfels

To the moon and back: New Braunfels resident and astronaut is Texan of the Year

New Braunfels resident and 2020 Texan of the Year, Brigadier General and Apollo astronaut Charles Duke, knew from an early age that he wanted to break the bonds of gravity but never dreamed he would walk on the moon.

Resolute Health Hospital in New Braunfels to expand visitation allowances

Patients at Resolute Health Hospital, located at 555 Creekside Crossing, New Braunfels, are now allowed one visitor due to an adjusted visitation policy that went in place Aug. 11. A release from the hospital states patients isolated due to COVID-19 are still not allowed patients, and two parents are allowed to visit pediatric and NICU inpatients.

Comal County Office of Public Health to offer back-to-school vaccines

From Aug. 17-28, the Comal County Office of Public Health will extend its operating hours through lunch to provide back-to-school immunizations.

New Braunfels officials greenlight program to create, retain 40 full-time jobs

A program approved by New Braunfels City Council will offer an $85,000 investment in pursuit of employment creation and retention incentives to United Training Center LLC.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Round Rock ISD's curbside meals resume Aug. 20. Here's what you need to know

With Round Rock ISD classes beginning 100% virtually Aug. 20, the district announced Aug. 10 it will also resume its curbside meal services for students on the first day of school. For services provided during the first three weeks of the school year, families are asked to fill out an online meal form and request services by Aug. 17.


Williamson County to allow gatherings of more than 10 beginning Aug. 13

Beginning Aug. 13, Williamson County will allow gatherings of more than 10 people in outdoor spaces so long as masks are still worn and social distancing measures are in place.

First Baptist Church in Georgetown offers remote learning assistance, care for GISD students of working parents

First Baptist Church-Georgetown will be offering remote learning assistance and care for working parents during the first three weeks of school, according to a Georgetown ISD Aug. 11 news release.

Williamson County sets early voting locations for November election

Williamson County commissioners set 19 early-voting locations ahead of the November election during its Aug. 11 meeting.

Central Austin

Sweetgreen opening first Austin location on South Congress on Aug. 12

Sweetgreen will open its first Austin location Aug. 12 at 1007 S. Congress Ave., Austin. The salad and grain bowl-focused restaurant has more than 100 locations nationwide, including two that opened in Houston last year.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Live music venues in Hays County struggle to survive during pandemic

Downtown Buda music venue and bar Tavern on Main owner Julie Renfro said she has two months to keep her business afloat due to lack of revenue and rent demands. Like many small local venues, Renfro is currently unable to host the music acts that drove her to open her business, but she hopes that she will be able persevere long enough to bring them back.

“It’s like looking in a crystal ball. It’s all foggy,” she said.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Sonesta Bee Cave Austin Hotel welcomes guests back with new safety precautions

The Sonesta Bee Cave Austin Hotel reopened to the public Aug. 5 following a temporary closure that began in June, according to The PR Boutique, a public relations firm representing the hotel. The Sonesta, located adjacent to the Hill Country Galleria at 12525 Bee Cave Parkway, Bee Cave, has implemented several safety precautions and social distancing guidelines amid the reopening.

Amy Rae Dadamo, Jack Flagler, Kelsey Thompson, Lauren Canterberry, Brian Rash and Ali Linan contributed to this report.


The announcement of the city’s nondrought status came through a press release issued by New Braunfels Utilities on Sept. 28. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
New Braunfels Utilities lifts Stage 1 water restrictions for customers amid sustained rise in aquifer level

The announcement of the city’s nondrought status came through a press release issued by New Braunfels Utilities on Sept. 28.

Chief Tom Wibert served as the New Braunfels police chief for 10 years. (Courtesy New Braunfels Police Department)
New Braunfels police chief announces retirement

After serving the New Braunfels Police Department for 10 years, Police Chief Tom Wibert announced he will be retiring from the force effective Oct. 3.

The seven-day average for the COVID-19 testing positivity rate in Comal County is now 8.52%, up from 5.51% on Sept. 21. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Comal County reports 151 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths since Sept. 21

The county has reported a total of 3,431 cases since March 16. With 3,115 recorded recoveries and 116 deaths, the county has 200 active confirmed cases.

Learn where to vote, who is on the November ballot and how to vote in Comal County. (Community Impact staff)
General Election Guide: How to vote, who is on the ballot and what to know about the Nov. 3 election in Comal County

Learn where to vote, who is on the ballot and how to vote in New Braunfels with our voter guide.

Gov. Greg Abbott at a press conference
Gov. Greg Abbott to allocate $171M from CARES Act to help renters at risk of eviction

Gov. Greg Abbott will allocate more than $171 million in renters assistance from the federal coronavirus relief package to eligible Texans.

(Courtesy New Braunfels Ghost Tours)
Scary good: New Braunfels Ghost Tours makes top 10 list and more Central Texas news

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Columbus Club Hall could host its first food truck rally as early as mid-October. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
Proposed food truck rally in New Braunfels greenlit by Columbus Club Hall board of directors

Planning for a regular showcase of local food trucks at the parking lot of Columbus Club Hall has continued after the project was greenlit by the hall’s board of directors.

Several city of New Braunfels facilities will be closed in observance of the Comal County Fair. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
Despite county fair cancellation, these New Braunfels city facilities will be closed in observance of the Comal County Fair

Though the Comal County Fair was canceled, some city offices and schools will be closed Sept. 25 on what would have been the weekend of the 127th annual fair.

Courtesy CoWork Factory
CoWork Factory in New Braunfels closes under weight of pandemic

The downtown New Braunfels venture had been open since the fall of 2014.

Construction has continued on the new Marktplatz building despite the coronavirus pandemic. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
Wurstfest's Marktplatz rebuild nearly complete in New Braunfels

Construction to rebuild the Marktplatz building on the Wurstfest grounds has continued through the coronavirus pandemic despite the cancellation of the annual festival earlier this summer.

Courtesy New Braunfels Ghost Tours
New Braunfels Ghost Tours named among top 10 in U.S.

New Braunfels Ghost Tours, located at 129 S. Seguin Ave., New Braunfels, in September was named the eighth best ghost tour in the U.S. by USA Today’s 10Best list.