Williamson County to open more vaccination sites; I-35 flyovers almost finished and more top Austin-area news

On Feb. 3, a vaccination location opened in the Georgetown High School football stadium parking lot. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
On Feb. 3, a vaccination location opened in the Georgetown High School football stadium parking lot. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

On Feb. 3, a vaccination location opened in the Georgetown High School football stadium parking lot. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the most popular news from the Austin area from the past week.

Williamson County

Williamson County to add more vaccination sites, open call center next week

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said the goal is for Family Hospital Systems, the county’s vaccine partner, to operate on the west side of the county and for Curative to operate in the east. The county is also planning for a mobile vaccination center.

Find out if you are on the Williamson County COVID-19 vaccine waitlist

Williamson County announced Feb. 1 that it has set up a call center to answer any resident questions regarding the county's COVID-19 vaccine distribution, including whether callers are on the county's vaccine waitlist.


Local Austin restaurants second guess downtown

B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub has seen its fair share of national and global crises over its 20 years in operation, but 2020 marked the year the locally owned downtown bar would meet its defeat.

Northwest Austin

I-35 news: Flyovers at US 183 in North Austin on track to open by middle of the year

According to Bradley Wheelis, public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation, the flyovers at US 183 and I-35 are expected to open in mid-2021. Currently, state crews are building the southbound I-35 to northbound US 183 and northbound US 183 to northbound I-35 flyovers. TxDOT is also reconstructing a section of the existing northbound I-35 to northbound US 183 flyover.

New Braunfels

New Braunfels, Comal ISDs split over COVID-19 leave policy

Employees of New Braunfels ISD will no longer have access to an additional two weeks of paid leave for reasons directly related to COVID-19, but the option remains open to Comal ISD employees.

Taylor Girtman, Christoper Neely, Ali Linan, Lauren Canterberry and Iain Oldman contributed to this report.


Austin government, nonprofit and business leaders recently participated in a weeks-long summit centered on unsheltered homelessness in the city. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plan to house 3,000 homeless individuals in Austin in the next three years would cost $515 million

The plan Austin City Council members discussed April 20 emerged from a weekslong community-wide summit on homelessness.

Photo of Zilker Park
Travis County establishes Civilian Conservation Corps to tackle climate, environmental projects

The program will create opportunities for residents to work on projects including wildfire prevention, solar energy promotion and park cleanups.

Residents march to the Texas Capitol in protests after the killing of George Floyd in May 2020. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Austin leaders react to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

The former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter for the killing of George Floyd in May 2020.

Austin Public Health Director Stephanie Hayden-Howard speaks to reporters March 13 at the Delco Actiity Center in Northeast Austin. Residents can walk up to the Delco Center on April 22 and 23 and receive vaccines without an appointment. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Public Health will accept walk-up vaccinations at the Delco Activity Center starting April 22

APH will also leave its registration portal open throughout most of the week.

Williamson County will close its mass-vaccination sites. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County commissioners to close mass-vaccination sites

The county judge expects to have everyone who wants to be vaccinated to receive the shot by May 21.

Early voting for Travis County's May 1 local elections opened April 19. In this file photo, voters line up ahead of the 2020 primary elections at Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex in East Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
More than 8,000 Travis County voters cast ballots on first day of early voting

Early voting for the county's May 1 election began April 19 and will run through April 27.

Here are the most recent coronavirus updates from Williamson County.(Community Impact staff)
Nearly half of Williamson County is vaccinated, but positivity rate climbs again

Here are the most recent coronavirus updates from Williamson County.

The Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin is one of the locations where residents can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. (Jack Flalger/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin vaccine updates: Demand slows as state begins marketing push

Appointments are beginning to go unfilled, and local health officials say demand has caught up to supply. All adults in the U.S. are now eligible to be vaccinated.

Blue Corn Harvest Leander is located at 11840 Hero Way W., Bldg. A, Leander. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Blue Corn Harvest opens in Leander; park, pizzeria launches social club and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

Photo of two performers on an outdoor SXSW stage
South by Southwest sells ownership stake in company to Rolling Stone owner Penske Media Corp.

SXSW leadership called the sale a "lifeline" for the conference and festivals.

Photo of people receiving vaccines in a gym
Austin Public Health lengthens windows for vaccine appointment signups

Residents age 18 and up can now sign up for appointments with APH any time from Saturday to Tuesday morning.