CI NATION ROUNDUP: Taco Palenque opens in Round Rock; Plano ISD considering two draft calendars for 2022-23 school year and more top news

Taco Palenque is now open as drive-thru only in Round Rock. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Taco Palenque is now open as drive-thru only in Round Rock. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)

Taco Palenque is now open as drive-thru only in Round Rock. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 21.

Note: The following stories were published between Oct. 19-20.

Central Texas

Taco Palenque opens in Round Rock as drive-thru only


The first Taco Palenque restaurant opened in 1987 in Laredo. It was founded and is still owned by Juan Francisco Ochoa, who also created the El Pollo Loco franchise.


Dallas-Fort Worth

Plano ISD considering two draft calendars for 2022-23 school year


Staff considered several factors when putting together the calendars, Senior Executive Director for Communications Lesley Range-Stanton told the board. Those factors included community preferences, the 75,600 instructional minutes required by the state, balanced semesters, testing calendars, alignment with Collin College dual credit courses, placement and duration of breaks, student activities and graduation.

McKinney City Council approves requests for concrete recycling facility

A project that would bring about 54 acres from the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction into the city of McKinney and allow for a concrete recycling facility in this area has been given the green light to move forward with development.

Highway expansions seek to address growth of McKinney

“We are coming down the homestretch,” said Michael Rey, North Texas Tollway Authority spokesperson. “We are on schedule [and] on budget. Everything is going as planned.”

Greater Houston

New 1,620-acre community under development in Hockley


Development is underway on Jubilee, a 1,620-acre community in Hockley, officials with Johnson Development announced in an Oct. 19 news release. Officials said the neighborhood is designed to spark joy and positivity.

Brooke Sjoberg, William C. Wadsack, Miranda Jaimes, Danica Lloyd, Brooklynn Cooper and Erick Pirayesh contributed to this report.



MOST RECENT

The following commercial projects have been filed through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. (Screenshot courtesy Google Maps)
Check out the 5 latest commercial projects filed in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto, including St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center renovation

Wondering what renovations and new construction are underway or set to begin soon in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto? Be the first to find out.

San Marcos Fuel Express is located at 5403 I-35, San Marcos. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
San Marcos Fuel Express now open

The new gas station also features a drive-thru car wash and Hunt Brothers Pizza.

Consuelo Mendez Middle School has consistently received poor ratings from the Texas Education Agency. (Community Impact Newspaper)
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Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Dec. 3.

Derrick Chubbs is leaving Austin for a food bank in Florida. (Courtsey Central Texas Food Bank)
Central Texas Food Bank CEO Derrick Chubbs steps down

Derrick Chubbs is leaving Austin for a food bank in Florida.

A new report on capital infrastructure in Round Rock shows that population growth is slower in the city's limits than projected. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Round Rock population growth slower than projected in city limits, report shows

A new report on capital infrastructure in Round Rock shows that population growth is slower in the city's limits than projected. 

Oh-Ho Asian BBQ and Chinese closed in Round Rock Nov. 1, according to a notice posted on the door of the establishment. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Oh-Ho Asian BBQ and Chinese closed in Round Rock

Oh-Ho Asian BBQ and Chinese closed in Round Rock Nov. 1, according to a notice posted on the door of the establishment.

Light Up the Lake is a three-day festival at Old Settlers Park. (Courtesy City of Round Rock)
5 things to do in Round Rock and Pflugerville this weekend, Dec. 3-5

See a Christmas production at Sam Bass Theatre, go to Light Up the Lake at Old Settlers Park and experience Pflugerville’s Pfestival of Lights.

The school board will consider whether to call a special election to fill the vacancy or make an appointment. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Hays CISD to hold special meeting on resignation of board member; Montgomery approves plan for downtown and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Dec. 2.

The Round Rock Chamber announced Dec. 2 that President and CEO Jason Ball will transition to the Lincoln, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce in the new year. (Courtesy Jason Ball/Round Rock Chamber)
Round Rock Chamber announces CEO Jason Ball's departure in new year

The Round Rock Chamber announced Dec. 2 that President and CEO Jason Ball will transition to the Lincoln, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce in the new year. 

Rendering of Tesla's Cybertruck
Tesla officially names Texas gigafactory as its new headquarters

A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing shows the Travis County manufacturing plant as Tesla's new home base.

The following commercial projects have been filed through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. (Screenshot courtesy of Google Maps)
See the 5 latest commercial projects filed in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto, including Ascension Medical Group renovation

Curious what renovations and new construction are underway or set to begin soon in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto?