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.


Wag-A-Bag is headquartered in Round Rock. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Wag-A-Bag to operate under new ownership, name; Austin, TxDOT at odds over I-35 overhaul; and more top Central Texas news

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Austin area.

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TxDOT to demolish I-35 ramp in North Austin early Saturday morning

State crews will perform controlled implosions of the northbound I-35 to northbound US 183 flyover between 6-8 a.m. in the morning on May 8 and May 15.

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What a potential election recount would look like at Pflugerville ISD

A race to determine a seat on the Pflugerville ISD board of trustees is separated by only 2 votes. What happens if a recount is requested? Read here to find out.

Pflugerville ISD administrative building
Facing possible budget constraints, Pflugerville ISD exploring energy conservation program

District officials are mulling over a program that may save the district more than $2 million in utility costs.

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Pflugerville ISD officials working to get off-schedule middle school construction back on track

The contractor on the Bohls Middle School project has requested an extension on the timeline to substantially complete construction.

The agreement swaps comparable-sized parcels of land in extraterritorial jurisdictions of the cities of Hutto and Pflugerville along the Williamson County and Travis County lines. (Courtesy Tiemann Land and Cattle Development Inc.)
Hutto to annex 456 acres for new homes, municipal utility district

The annexation includes a land swap deal with the city of Pflugerville.

Regarding the removal of Steven Harris, Council Member Robin Sutton said the lack of transparency and disrespect for the dais contributed to her agreement for the decision. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hutto City Council removes Steven Harris as economic development chair

Council decided to remove Harris after a lack of transparency with finances.

Here are the most recent coronavirus updates from Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Here is what you need to know about COVID-19 in Williamson County

Here are the most recent coronavirus updates from Williamson County.

SH 130 and Pecan Street intersection project in Pflugerville (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
3 transportation projects to follow in Pflugerville, Hutto

Construction continues on Pecan Street and Limmer Loop/FM 1660.

A sign advertises a property for rent in Austin on May 6. Local eviction orders remain in place through August 1 protecting most tenants from eviction. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Local eviction moratoriums remain in effect despite federal judge’s decision

The May 5 ruling from a U.S. District Court judge striking down a federal moratorium does not affect orders in place in Austin or Travis County.