ASK THE EDITOR: What major milestones took place locally in 2019?

Pflugerville's downtown plaza was recognized by the Texas Downtown Association as a finalist for its 2019 "Best Public Improvement" award. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)
Pflugerville's downtown plaza was recognized by the Texas Downtown Association as a finalist for its 2019 "Best Public Improvement" award. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)

Pflugerville's downtown plaza was recognized by the Texas Downtown Association as a finalist for its 2019 "Best Public Improvement" award. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)

Just in time for the holiday season, Round Rock’s historic water tower has been repainted and relit. This is one of several completed projects, accomplishments and milestones that took place locally in 2019.

In Round Rock, the city’s Minor League Baseball team, the Round Rock Express, played its 20th season this year. Dell Technologies reached a milestone as well: 25 years headquartered in Round Rock.


The city of Pflugerville completed improvements to Weiss Lane in October. In addition, the grand opening of Main Street Plaza—a 6,500-square-foot park with a garden, interactive musical area, picnic tables and fountain—took place in June.

Also this year, Hutto City Hall and Hutto Public Library relocated to the Co-Op District. Hutto ISD began construction on a ninth-grade center in February and opened Doc Kerley Elementary School in August.

More work is underway as all three cities address and prepare for rapid growth in 2020 and beyond.


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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, shown here in March, announced July 13 the U.S. Department of Defense would provide additional resource to help Texas combat COVID-19. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Department of Defense task forces deployed to help Texas combat COVID-19

Gov. Greg Abbott announced July 13 the U.S. Department of Defense would provide more resources to Texas to combat the rise of COVID-19.

More than 20,000 early voting ballots cast in Williamson County primary runoff election. (Community Impact staff)
More than 20,000 early voting ballots cast in Williamson County primary runoff election

Check out where you can vote on election day with our interactive map.

Travis County has added 3,069 new confirmed cases over the past week from July 6-12. (Community Impact Staff)
Travis County adds 3,069 new coronavirus cases over past week

Travis County has added 3,069 new confirmed cases over the past week from July 6-12.

A sign directs voters inside Ridgetop Elementary School in North Central Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
11.8% of voters in Travis County have voted early since June 29, exceeding 2018 primary numbers

More than 97,000 Travis County residents have voted in person or by mail. The turnout far surpassed the combined early and Election Day totals in the 2018 primary run-off election.

A photo of the potential Tesla property
Travis County updates Tesla incentive package, pushing for $1 billion-plus investment from the company

Poised for a possible July 13 vote, Travis County has released a refined incentives structure proposal with electric carmaker Tesla.

The Williamson County and Cities Health District confirmed 37 additional coronavirus cases July 10, bringing the total to 3,654. (Community Impact Staff)
37 new cases of coronavirus, 1 death confirmed in Williamson County on July 10

Currently, 103 patients are hospitalized, 32 are in intensive care and 16 are on a ventilator.

The species that tested positive for West Nile Virus is Culex quinquefasciatus, or the southern house mosquito. This species has a flight range of about one mile. ​(Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus near southwest Williamson County Regional Park

There have been no reported human cases of West Nile Virus in Williamson County since 2017.

Williamson County sees 844 new coronavirus cases this week

Between July 4 and July 10, Williamson County also reported 9 additional deaths.

Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced in a June 30 State Board of Education meeting that students will be taking the STAAR in the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Pixabay)
Education organizations call for STAAR requirements to be waived another year

Gov. Greg Abbott waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, testing requirements in March of earlier this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

With a clinical background in internal, pulmonary and critical care medicine, Corry has been with BCM for 20 years. He now focuses primarily on inflammatory lung diseases, such as asthma and smoking-related chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. David Corry discusses immunity, vaccine production amid COVID-19 pandemic

Rapid development and distribution of a vaccine worldwide and successful achievement of herd immunity will be key players in determining the lifespan of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Dr. David Corry, a professor of Medicine in the Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology Section at Baylor College of Medicine.

Chisholm Trail Road will be closed between RM 620 and Sunset Drive due to utility work scheduled for the RM 620 project. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Chisholm Trail Road in Round Rock to close July 13 through early August for RM 620 work

Chisholm Trail Road will be closed between RM 620 and Sunset Drive due to utility work scheduled for the RM 620 project.