Pflugerville ISD names Elementary No. 22 after former teacher and more top Central Texas news from this week

PfISD received a total of 613 name recommendations for Elementary No. 22 and Middle School No. 7, district officials said Oct. 15. (Rendering courtesy Pflugerville ISD)
PfISD received a total of 613 name recommendations for Elementary No. 22 and Middle School No. 7, district officials said Oct. 15. (Rendering courtesy Pflugerville ISD)

PfISD received a total of 613 name recommendations for Elementary No. 22 and Middle School No. 7, district officials said Oct. 15. (Rendering courtesy Pflugerville ISD)

Read the top news from the past week from the Austin area.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Pflugerville ISD honors former teacher in naming Elementary No. 22

Pflugerville ISD's future Elementary No. 22 will be named in honor of a former teacher who dedicated more than 16 years of teaching to the district, PfISD's board of trustees revealed Oct. 15.

Lake Travis-Westlake



Lakeway to consider adoption of thoroughfare plan

The document is a long-range plan for the city’s future roadway development, according to the meeting agenda. Also included in the plan is a pedestrian facilities plan, which offers long-term plans for sidewalks, shared-use paths and off-road trails.

Williamson County

Williamson County reports highest early voting turnout percentage in Texas

Williamson County had the highest percentage of early voter turnout among Texas counties in the first five days of early voting, according to Williamson County Elections Department data.

Williamson County daily coronavirus update stalled after inconsistencies are found

Williamson County and Cities Health District announced Oct. 19 it would not update its dashboard that day after the state's Texas Health Trace COVID-19 reporting system found inconsistencies with the county of residence assignment of COVID-19 case investigations, the dashboard read. The Oct. 19 data update should have included information from Oct. 17-19.

On Oct. 20, viewers were again notified that there would not be an update.

Leander-Cedar Park

Blue Corn Harvest coming to Leander and 5 more local business updates

These Cedar Park and Leander businesses are now open, coming soon, relocating or expanding.

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



MOST RECENT

An additional 159 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Williamson County on Dec. 2. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
159 coronavirus cases, 1 death reported in Williamson County on Dec. 2

Here is what you need to know today about coronavirus in Williamson County.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Dec. 2 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has allotted 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to the state of Texas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
First allotment of COVID-19 vaccinations expected to arrive in Texas in mid-December

About 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been allotted to the state of Texas and will arrive the week of Dec. 14.

Frontyard Brewing opened Nov. 14 in Spicewood. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
New brewery opens in Spicewood and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community updates from Central Texas.

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

Williamson County added more than 3,400 confirmed coronavirus cases in November, according to Williamson County and Cities Health District data.

From breakfast tacos and migas to tamales and chimichangas, Santiago's Tex-Mex and Cantina has doubled its Mexican and Tex-Mex offerings with the opening of its second Round Rock location. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Santiago's Tex-Mex and Cantina opens 2nd Round Rock location and 3 other business updates

From breakfast tacos and migas to tamales and chimichangas, Santiago's Tex-Mex and Cantina has doubled its Mexican and Tex-Mex offerings with the opening of its second Round Rock location.

Traffic moves along the upper decks of I-35 near downtown Austin on Dec. 1. The Texas Department of Transportation is seeking public feedback on a $4.9 billion project to improve the 8-mile stretch of I-35 through downtown. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
TxDOT is spending billions to fix I-35 through downtown Austin, but some community members say the state is wrong in its approach

A report from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute released Dec. 1 said the 8-mile stretch of I-35 from Hwy. 290 to SH 71 is the most congested roadway in the state.

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Williamson County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County reports 214 new coronavirus cases, 1 death Dec. 1

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know today in Williamson County.

Graphic of a coronavirus unit
COVID-19 rates after Thanksgiving have yet to climb, but experts say spike could still be coming

As Austin awaits a vaccine whose first doses could arrive by the end of 2020, health officials say the impact of Thanksgiving gatherings on the spread of the virus could take time to show up.

The primary focus of the plan is to help make city services, facilities, programs and activities more accessible to all residents. (Screenshot courtesy city of Pflugerville)
As Pflugerville prepares plan to improve accessibility, city seeks public input

The primary focus of the plan is to help make city services, facilities, programs and activities more accessible to all residents in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has launched a campaign to address declining college enrollment numbers across the state since the pandemic started. (Courtesy Pexels)
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board launches campaign to boost college enrollment

The decline in college enrollment across the state of Texas has prompted several agencies to partner up and create online resources for students and counselors.

Here is how Williamson County is being impacted by the coronavirus. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Williamson County adds more than 1,000 reported coronavirus cases Nov. 25-30

The county's positivity rate, or rate at which test return postiive, sits at 8.15%, data shows.