WilCo registration for vaccines opens; Cajun bar and grill open in Round Rock and more Central Texas news

Registration for Williamson County COVID-19 vaccines opened Jan. 19. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Registration for Williamson County COVID-19 vaccines opened Jan. 19. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

Registration for Williamson County COVID-19 vaccines opened Jan. 19. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

Williamson County

Registration for Williamson County COVID-19 vaccines now open

Eligible individuals interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine can now register on the Family Hospital Systems website, according to a Jan. 19 news release.

Southwest Austin



Digital Realty bringing HQ to Southwest Parkway; Marco's Pizza coming soon and more South Austin business news


Ohio-based restaurant chain Marco’s Pizza announced Dec. 17 that it will be adding 20 new locations across Texas by the end of 2025, including one in South Austin located at the Cannon West shopping center at 6800 Westgate Blvd., Austin.

Drippings Springs cancels Founders Day festival for the second year in a row

For the second year in a row, Dripping Springs’ annual spring festival, Founders Day, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Leander-Cedar Park

Get messy on purpose, enjoy lake views at Art Barn ATX in Leander


Art Barn ATX is more than a studio—it is a creative destination. Apart from making unique crafts, visitors can picnic beneath the trees outside, swing, visit the on-site chickens and play vintage video games in the on-site arcade.

My Eyelab opening in Cedar Park, plus 2 more local businesses coming soon

Read about these three businesses coming soon to Leander and Cedar Park.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Smokey Creek Cajun Bar and Grill now serving in Round Rock, plus 2 other area business updates

Smokey Creek Cajun Bar and Grill opened Jan. 7 at 910 Round Rock Ave., Round Rock. The restaurant specializes in New Orleans-inspired menu items, including Cajun-themed appetizers and dishes, seafood and po'boys.

Ali Linan, Nicholas CIcale, Taylor Girtman, Kelsey Thompson and Sally Grace Holtgrieve contributed to this report.



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The Triple-A Championship Season has been delayed to increase likelihood of minor league players' COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. (Courtesy city of Round Rock)
Triple-A Championship Season delayed by four weeks

The Triple-A Championship Season has been delayed to increase the likelihood of minor league players' COVID-19 vaccine eligibility.

Photo from inside a movie theater
Alamo Drafthouse files for bankruptcy, closes theaters in downtown Austin and New Braunfels

Most theaters will remain open under an asset purchase agreement to the company's senior lending partners.

Williamson County will follow Gov. Greg Abbott mask mandate changes. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County to follow governor's mask mandate changes

The change will go into effect March 10.

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

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases decreased significantly month-over-month in Williamson County.

Austin ISD and other districts in Central Texas are waiting for further TEA guidance on mask requirements. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
UPDATE: Most Central Texas school district say they will continue requiring students, staff to wear masks; updated TEA guidelines expected later this week

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that the state's mask mandate will lift March 10. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
UPDATED: Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto ISDs react to statewide mask mandate lift

Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that the state's mask mandate will lift March 10.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas. (Courtesy Office of the Texas Governor)
Gov. Greg Abbott lifts statewide mask mandate, business restrictions in Texas

With vaccine distribution increasing, Gov. Greg Abbott said "people and businesses don't need the state telling them how to operate." Some local officials are pushing back, saying the relaxed restrictions are coming too early.

The Candlewood Suites hotel is located at 10811 Pecan Park Blvd. (Courtesy Google Maps)
Williamson County hires San Antonio law firm in Austin hotel for homeless housing

Williamson County has not yet taken any formal legal action.

Here are the latest coronavirus updates from Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County COVID-19 dashboard returns: 1,108 new cases reported between Feb. 13-March 1

Here are the latest coronavirus updates from Williamson County.

Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen + Microbrewery will celebrate the grand opening of its Round Rock location March 17. (Courtesy Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen + Microbrewery)
Cork & Barrel to celebrate Round Rock opening this March

Raise a glass to this, Round Rock: Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen + Microbrewery has announced its grand opening.