CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Austin ISD students return to class; WilCo officials advise caution with fireworks

Students gather outside O. Henry Middle School for the first day of classes in the 2021-22 school year Aug. 17. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Students gather outside O. Henry Middle School for the first day of classes in the 2021-22 school year Aug. 17. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Students gather outside O. Henry Middle School for the first day of classes in the 2021-22 school year Aug. 17. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Dec. 27.

Note: The following stories were published Dec. 25-26.

Southwest Austin

What to know about Austin ISD students returning to in-person classes


More than 3,000 students Austin ISD students opted for virtual learning during the fall semester of 2021. As the program ends, those students will be transitioning back to their home campuses.



What to do this New Year's Eve in Southwest Austin

Austin country singer Weldon Henson will ring in the new year at Mercer Dancehall.

Northwest Austin

Williamson County officials warn public to check local codes before setting off fireworks this New Year's Eve


Ahead of New Year's Eve, Williamson County officials are asking residents to check city policies pertaining to setting off fireworks prior to purchasing or discharging them.

Cedar Park-Leander

TxDOT expands diverging diamond intersections


For Central Texans, DDIs are becoming more common, with the latest interchange opening at I-35 and Parmer Lane in October.

Spring-Klein

Harris County Precinct 4 designing project to upgrade Hufsmith-Kohrville Road


Harris County Precinct 4 is designing a project to upgrade Hufsmith-Kohrville Road between Ezekiel Road and Holderrieth Road as a four-lane concrete paved section with improved drainage accommodations and a new traffic signal at the intersection of Woodlands Shore Drive.

Maggie Quinlan, Claire Shoop, Benton Graham and Hannah Zedaker contributed to this report.