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)

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

Pflugerville-Hutto

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

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.

Georgetown

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.



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The Triple-A Championship Season has been delayed to increase likelihood of minor league players' COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. (Courtesy city of Round Rock)
Triple-A Championship Season delayed by four weeks

The Triple-A Championship Season has been delayed to increase the likelihood of minor league players' COVID-19 vaccine eligibility.

Photo from inside a movie theater
Alamo Drafthouse files for bankruptcy, closes theaters in downtown Austin and New Braunfels

Most theaters will remain open under an asset purchase agreement to the company's senior lending partners.

Williamson County will follow Gov. Greg Abbott mask mandate changes. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County to follow governor's mask mandate changes

The change will go into effect March 10.

See how COVID-19 impacted Williamson County in February. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
See how COVID-19 impacted Williamson County in February

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases decreased significantly month-over-month in Williamson County.

Austin ISD and other districts in Central Texas are waiting for further TEA guidance on mask requirements. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
UPDATE: Most Central Texas school district say they will continue requiring students, staff to wear masks; updated TEA guidelines expected later this week

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that the state's mask mandate will lift March 10. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
UPDATED: Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto ISDs react to statewide mask mandate lift

Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that the state's mask mandate will lift March 10.

Hutto's special election for the mayoral seat and City Council Place 3 will be held March 6. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hutto special election for mayor, City Council Place 3 to be held March 6

Hutto's special election for the mayoral seat and City Council Place 3 will be held March 6.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas. (Courtesy Office of the Texas Governor)
Gov. Greg Abbott lifts statewide mask mandate, business restrictions in Texas

With vaccine distribution increasing, Gov. Greg Abbott said "people and businesses don't need the state telling them how to operate." Some local officials are pushing back, saying the relaxed restrictions are coming too early.

Hutto ISD students are invited to submit design ideas for the two hippo statues in front of Hutto City Hall and Innovation Business Park. (Courtesy Hutto ISD)
Hippo statue design contest opens for Hutto ISD students

Hutto ISD students can make hippo history by submitting design ideas for the two hippo statues in front of Hutto City Hall and Innovation Business Park.

The Candlewood Suites hotel is located at 10811 Pecan Park Blvd. (Courtesy Google Maps)
Williamson County hires San Antonio law firm in Austin hotel for homeless housing

Williamson County has not yet taken any formal legal action.