Popular in August: What Austin-area readers clicked on the most

(Photo courtesy The Oaks at Forest Creek)
(Photo courtesy The Oaks at Forest Creek)

(Photo courtesy The Oaks at Forest Creek)

Read some of the most popular Austin-area news among readers from Community Impact Newspaper's August coverage.

Newly opened Round Rock, Pflugerville restaurants navigate COVID-19 landscape

With restaurants forced to operate at limited capacities during the pandemic, business owners have innovated their approaches. This is particularly salient for local restaurants that opened just days before the initial restrictions went into effect in March.

60 parents, educators speak out on Pflugerville ISD’s in-person start date

More than 60 parents, educators and community members addressed Pflugerville ISD’s plan for in-person learning at an Aug. 20 meeting, with speakers largely against a Sept. 8 date to resume in-person learning.



50% of Leander ISD families choose virtual learning

Half of all Leander ISD families will continue with virtual learning when campuses reopen Sept. 8.

School starts Aug. 13 and for the first three weeks will be 100% virtual. In-person, hybrid and virtual learning will begin after Labor Day—but LISD has the flexibility to extend 100% virtual learning up to four additional weeks.

DATA: New Braunfels median home price changes vary by ZIP code

For the month of July, the median prices of residential homes in New Braunfels have either increased or decreased over those in July 2019, depending on the ZIP code.

D-BAT opens in Cedar Park and 5 other area business updates

D-BAT, an indoor baseball and softball training facility, opened June 26. The facility has rentable batting cages with pitching machines and performance technology.

Kelsey Thompson, Brian Perdue, Brian Rash and Taylor Girtman contributed to this report.






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The Central Texas Mobility Authority's board of directors paused a scheduled 5-cent increase per segment on the MoPac Express toll lanes. (Community Impact staff)
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The Central Texas Mobility Authority's board of directors paused a scheduled 5-cent increase per segment on the MoPac Express toll lanes.

The Austin School of Fashion Design, or ASFD, relocated from North Austin to Georgetown in October. (Courtesy The Austin School of Fashion Design)
Austin School of Fashion Design moves to Georgetown and more Central Texas news

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Here is how Williamson County has been impacted by the coronavirus. (Community Impact staff)
Twenty confirmed cases of coronavirus, 2 deaths added to Williamson County daily total Oct. 29

Stay up to date on how the novel coronavirus is impacting Williamson County.

Operation Front Porch, which is entering its fourth year of operations, allows residents to ship their packages directly to the Round Rock Police Department while they are traveling or out of town for the holiday season. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Round Rock to restart anti-theft holiday package protection program in November

Operation Front Porch, which is entering its fourth year of operations, allows residents to ship their packages directly to the Round Rock Police Department while they are traveling or out of town for the holiday season.

Local violinist Shawn LeSure
HAAM gets funding boost from Central Health to enroll musicians of color in health coverage

Days ahead of open enrollment beginning in the health care marketplace, Travis County’s health care district and the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians struck a deal to secure increased health care coverage for the city’s musicians of color.

Free meals will be available to in-person and virtual learning students, per a RRISD news release. Children age 18 or younger are also permitted to pick up free breakfasts and lunches at curbside meal distribution locations. (Community Impact staff)
All Round Rock ISD students eligible for free meals for duration of 2020-21 school year

Free meals will be available to in-person and virtual learning students, per a RRISD news release. Children age 18 or younger are also permitted to pick up free breakfasts and lunches at curbside meal distribution locations.

Less than a week ahead of the Nov. 3 Election Day, Cihan Varol, an associate professor with Sam Houston State University's Cyber Forensics Intelligence Center, shared insight on foreign election hacking and what it means for voters. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Q&A: Sam Houston State University cyber forensics intelligence expert talks foreign election hacking ahead of Nov. 3

"There is a very slim chance that the hackers can change vote count, but they can definitely influence people to believe that they did manipulate it," Cihan Varol said. "If election fraud is going to happen, it'll be because of disinformation."

Face coverings are not required for those entering polling places in Texas during the general election. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
UPDATED: U.S. appeals court pauses decision voiding face covering exemption at polling places

The court temporarily stayed a district judge's decision to void an exemption to Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide face covering order concerning polling places.

Here is what you need to know today about the coronavirus in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County adds 30 new cases of COVID-19 on Oct. 28

Here is how COVID-19 has impacted Williamson County.

Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir speaks to reporters Oct. 28 at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex in East Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Travis County breaking voting records; clerk expects turnout to climb as high as 80%

More than 480,000 ballots have been cast in Travis County, surpassing the total from the 2016 presidential election.

Enjoy some fall-themed activities and eat your weight in candy this Halloween with five "spooktacular" Halloween events in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Trick or treat? Have your pick of both with 5 Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto Halloween events

Enjoy some fall-themed activities and eat your weight in candy this Halloween with five "spooktacular" Halloween events in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto.

KidStrong Pflugerville is a private child development center that specializes in “brain, physical and character development." (Courtesy KidStrong Pflugerville)
KidStrong Pflugerville to offer child development services, and 2 other business updates

KidStrong Pflugerville is a private child development center that specializes in “brain, physical and character development."