Hutto bridge the alleged site of paranormal activity and more Central Texas news

At the crossroads of Hutto and Pflugerville lies Jakes Hill Bridge, a two-lane bridge over Brushy Creek at the base of a hill on CR 137 that doubles as a site of alleged supernatural activity. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
At the crossroads of Hutto and Pflugerville lies Jakes Hill Bridge, a two-lane bridge over Brushy Creek at the base of a hill on CR 137 that doubles as a site of alleged supernatural activity. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

At the crossroads of Hutto and Pflugerville lies Jakes Hill Bridge, a two-lane bridge over Brushy Creek at the base of a hill on CR 137 that doubles as a site of alleged supernatural activity. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Mystery of Hutto's Jakes Hill Bridge driven by urban legend, spooky happenings

At the crossroads of Hutto and Pflugerville lies Jakes Hill Bridge, a two-lane bridge over Brushy Creek at the base of a hill on CR 137 that doubles as a site of alleged supernatural activity.

Pandemic spurs biomedical manufacturers to open local labs, operations in Austin metro



More than 150 new jobs will be available to Pflugerville's workforce following the opening of Curative Inc. in early October. The coronavirus testing facility—one of a number of companies that is launching or restructuring operations in the area to meet the needs of the pandemic—is ramping up to test more than 10,000 COVID-19 samples daily.

ATI Physical Therapy opens in Round Rock, and 2 other business updates to know

As Pflugerville gears up for its first commercial condominium development project, here are two other business updates to know in Round Rock and Pflugerville.

Gossip Shack 2 aims to make chicken and waffles the talk of Pflugerville

The significance behind the name Gossip Shack, owner Michael Blaylark said, is prophetic in nature.

New Braunfels

Pat’s Place in New Braunfels in position to change ownership, but not brand

Pat’s Place opened in the summer of 1977 after co-owner Carol Guedry, who lived in Houston, met former co-owner and namesake Pat Cantrell while visiting New Braunfels for Wurstfest.

My Magic Mud in New Braunfels has taken home remedies to a global stage

When Jessica Arman began testing home remedies for her daughter Allie’s sensitive teeth, she had no idea that her mixture would one day become a product sold around the world.

Sapphire Creek Dental celebrates 1 year in New Braunfels

Sapphire Creek Dental celebrated one year in business Oct. 7 in the Oak Run Point shopping center at 2180 Hwy. 46, Ste. 105, New Braunfels. The business provides modern dental care and services such as orthodontics and oral surgery.

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Amy's Ice Creams opens in new Hill Country Galleria location

Amy’s Ice Creams opened Sept. 19 in its new Hill Country Galleria location near Cinemark at 12800 Galleria Circle, Ste. G-150, Bee Cave. The new storefront location features a mural by local artist Will Bryant, according to a press release from the galleria.

Holiday decor boutique Signed Sealed Delivered opens in Bee Cave in the Hill Country Galleria

Signed Sealed Delivered opened Sept. 17 at the Hill Country Galleria across from All Star Burger at 12912 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. The shop offers home decor, holiday decorations and gifts, including candles, soaps and wreaths.

Central Austin

New and soon-to-open in East Austin: New cigar destination and more

Here are the latest businesses that have opened or are coming soon to Central East Austin.

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City of Kyle creates ride-sharing deal with Uber

The city of Kyle has negotiated a deal with Uber, called Uber Kyle $3.14, that seeks to bring more access to affordable ride-sharing options for its residents and visitors.

Newly opened vintage shop Solid Gold in San Marcos focuses on mid-20th Century

Solid Gold, a vintage store centered on furniture, home decor, clothing, jewelry and more, has opened Oct. 1 at 164 S. Guadalupe St., San Marcos. Owner Zimi Chappell said she is passionate about the mid-20th century era, so the shop carries many pieces from that period as well as pieces from as recent as the ’80s.

Jack Flagler, Olivia Aldridge, Brian Rash, Lauren Canterberry, Kelsey Thompson and Amy Rae Dadamo contributed to this report.



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For a third consecutive semester, Texas public school districts will not be penalized financially due to declining enrollment and attendance as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, due to an extension of the hold-harmless guarantee, state leaders announced March 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas leaders ensure financial stability for public school districts through spring semester with hold-harmless extension

The guarantee also ensures that Texas school systems can retain their teachers for the 2020-21 school year for whom they originally budgeted.

In response to Gov. Greg Abbott's March 2 announcement that Texas' statewide mask mandate and COVID-19-related business restrictions will be lifted as of March 10, the Texas Education Agency released updated public health guidance March 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Updated Texas Education Agency guidance allows individual school boards to determine mask policies

"Under this updated guidance, a public school system's current practices on masks may continue unchanged. Local school boards have full authority to determine their local mask policy," the release reads.

H-E-B will continue to require employees to wear face masks until further notice. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
H-E-B to require employees, ask customers to be masked despite upcoming expiration of governor's mandate

H-E-B officials announced their employees and vendors would still be required to be masked while on the job, and customers would be encouraged to wear masks while in stores.

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.

A lone runner jogs on a snow-covered road in Austin. Transportation projects across the city were briefly paused due to Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT: Texas power system was less than 5 minutes from collapse during winter storm

ERCOT's CEO offered details into what led to the massive blackouts that left millions of Texans in the cold last week.

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Texas Disaster Declaration opens door to federal aid for losses sustained during winter storms

Individuals and businesses who sustained losses during the winter storm are eligible for federal assistance, according to a Texas Disaster Declaration approved

ERCOT president and chief executive Bill Magness (left) was joined by the electric grid manager's senior director of system operations Dan Woodfin on Feb. 19 for a briefing on the company's emergency operations. (Screenshot via ERCOT livestream)
ERCOT chief: 'We are completely back to normal operations' as of Feb. 19

Officials with the Texas electric grid manager also said they are preparing for state and federal reviews of this week's power outages.

H-E-B stores across Texas have limited store hours and placed purchase limits on some high-demand products due to ongoing severe winter weather, H-E-B officials announced Feb. 19. (Courtesy H-E-B)
H-E-B, Central Market limit store hours, product purchases due to severe winter weather

H-E-B stores across Texas have limited store hours and placed purchase limits on some high-demand products due to ongoing severe winter weather, H-E-B officials announced Feb. 19.

Gov. Greg Abbott provided updates on the state's emergency response efforts during a Feb. 18 press conference. (Screenshot of April 17 press conference)
Gov. Greg Abbott: Power restored to nearly 2M homes in past day; statewide aid efforts continuing

While power generation has been restored to serve most Texas residents, Abbott said state agencies remain focused on water and food distribution Feb. 18.

Although tens of thousands of megawatts remain off the statewide power grid Feb. 17, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said relief is on the way for many Texans within the next 24 hours. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Abbott: Power restoration on the way for 1M households in next 24 hours

Although tens of thousands of megawatts remain off the statewide power grid Feb. 17, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said relief is on the way for many Texans within the next 24 hours.

Severe winter weather conditions led to outages throughout the Texas electric system this week. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
'Something that you could have planned for': How isolated Texas power grid, winter weather left millions without electricity

As of Feb. 17, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said it was still working to restore electric service to customers throughout the state.