KOKEFest releases dates in Hutto; Marisol's Mexican Grill taking orders in Georgetown and more area news

Previous headliners included Cody Johnson, Turnpike Troubadours, Aaron Watson and Mark Chestnutt, among others. (Courtesy KOKEFest)
Previous headliners included Cody Johnson, Turnpike Troubadours, Aaron Watson and Mark Chestnutt, among others. (Courtesy KOKEFest)

Previous headliners included Cody Johnson, Turnpike Troubadours, Aaron Watson and Mark Chestnutt, among others. (Courtesy KOKEFest)

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KOKEFest announces 2021 music festival dates in Hutto

Austin Radio Network's KOKE-FM announced Jan. 25 that KOKEFest 2021 will be held Aug. 6-7 at Hutto Park in Brushy Creek.

New traffic signals, safety measures to debut on Kelly Lane in Pflugerville

The city of Pflugerville will implement several additional safety features along Kelly Lane beginning the week of Feb. 1.

Redbud Ranch RV Resort opens in Hutto and 3 other area business updates

Whether you are coming to Texas for a vacation or looking for a staycation in your neck of the woods, Redbud Ranch RV Resort is now open in Hutto.


Austin FC will play at newly named Q2 Stadium starting this summer

Austin FC will play its home games at the newly named Q2 Stadium when the Major League Soccer season begins later this year.

Leander-Cedar Park

Eileen's Colossal Cookies to close in February plus more Cedar Park business news

Eileen’s Colossal Cookies will close its Cedar Park location in February, according to its Facebook page. The business will continue as normal through Feb. 13 and will close when it sells out or on Feb. 27.


Marisol's Mexican Grill serving both interior Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes in Georgetown

When Marisol and Ismeal Sanchez opened Marisol’s Mexican Grill in July, dining capacity was limited to 75%. Then, it went back down to 50%, but the restaurant owners have stayed optimistic and determined.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Students pick replacement after Hays CISD drops Confederate mascot

Students, families and fans at Hays High School sporting events will cheer on the Hawks next fall, the new mascot students selected to replace the school's Rebels mascot, which was a callback to the Confederacy.

Southwest Austin

After grueling year, South Austin beer industry sees new breweries, opportunities for growth

For Last Stand Brewing Co. owner Jim Sampson, 2020 was supposed to be a monumental year for the company he launched in Dripping Springs in 2015.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Upscale, Boston-style Italian restaurant Ellera to open in Bee Cave and more business news from the Lake Travis area

An upscale, Boston-inspired, Italian restaurant will begin serving customers Jan. 30 in Bee Cave. Ellera will open at 12432 Bee Caves Road, Bee Cave, to serve pasta and seafood dishes, cocktails, and a range of Italian wines and craft beers.

Lakeway-based private tutor service partners with local co-working space to create a safe learning environment

Tutor Doctor Lakeway, which was established two years ago by owner Michelle Smallwood, pivoted operations amid the coronavirus pandemic to create an alternative learning environment for students.

New Braunfels

Here are 6 businesses that opened in the last month in New Braunfels

From a bicycle training studio to a drive-thru margarita store to a Mexican restaurant, many businesses have been opening in New Braunfels in the last four weeks.

Round Rock

Round Rock student-led nonprofit Together We See sets sights on reducing visual impairments globally

Having grown up with myopia, or severe nearsightedness, Round Rock High School junior Soham Govande is all too familiar with how visual impairments impact day-to-day living. Pulling from his personal experience, Govande set his sights on a mission to decrease health disparities globally, one eye exam at a time.

Nicholas Cicale, Taylor Girtman, Kelsey Thompson, Warren Brown, Sally Grace Holtgrieve, Amy Rae Dadamo and Brian Rash contributed to this report.


Pflugerville ISD officials discussed ESSER III federal grant funds during a June 17 meeting. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Tutoring and more staff emerge as popular uses for federal funding to Pflugerville ISD

Trustees discussed how to use federal relief funds called ESSER III.

Pflugerville ISD Chief Operating Officer Ed Ramos addressed the board regarding reducing utility costs during a June 17 meeting. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pflugerville ISD moves to drastically reduce its utility costs

The district currently spends about $3.8 million in utility costs each year.

Photo of a woman and girl walking the trail with the Austin skyline behind them
Travis County commits to electrify fleet, doubles down on climate goals

Commissioners directed staff this week to develop a plan to fully electrify Travis County's fleet of vehicles, a leading source of greenhouse gas emissions for the county.

Courtesy QuikTrip
New QuikTrip convenience store coming to Pflugerville

Information from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation states construction of a new QuikTrip location at 3101 E. Pecan St., Pflugerville, is slated to be complete by Nov. 1.

The Bloomhouse—an 1,100-square-foot home in the hills of West Austin—was built in the 1970s by University of Texas architecture students for fellow student Dalton Bloom. It was featured in the Austin Weird Homes Tour of 2020. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Weird Homes Tour ends; Z’Tejas to close Arboretum restaurant and more Central Texas news

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(Courtesy Arbor Car Wash)
Arbor Car Wash and Lube Centers in Pflugerville closes permanently

A representative from Arbor Car Wash told Community Impact Newspaper the Pflugerville site was sold in early April to another company and that it was an underperforming business within the Arbor Car Wash family of locations.

The 5K is a community event that raises funds for organizations that support families of fallen public safety officers. (Courtesy Chris Kelley Foundation)
Annual Chris Kelley Memorial 5K to be held June 26

Registration is open for the sixth annual Chris Kelley Memorial 5K on June 26 in Hutto.

Izzy  is one of the 20 dogs in need of an emergency foster home. (Courtesy Austin Pets Alive)
Austin Pets Alive seeks emergency foster homes for dogs recovering from distemper

The Bastrop County Animal Shelter and Austin Pets Alive are seeking homes within the next 48 hours for 20 dogs facing euthanasia.

Live Oak Street has uneven pavement and cuts in the road from past utility work. (Courtesy city of Hutto)
Live Oak Street reconstruction funding to be considered by Hutto City Council

Hutto City Council will consider funding for the reconstruction and repavement of Live Oak Street at its June 17 meeting.

Robert Farley was introduced as the executive director of economic development and Mike Arismendez was appointed as the chairman of the economic development corporation. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
New economic development leadership hired, appointed in Hutto

A new hire and two appointment changes have been made among the city of Hutto's economic development leadership.

Plans to move forward with the design of a new Travis County women's jail have been postponed indefinitely. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Travis County pauses plans to build new women's jail

Commissioners voted unanimously to postpone any design or construction of new jail facilities for at least a year while staff re-evaluate the Travis County correctional system's needs.