Popeyes opens in Buda; curbside composting to expand in Austin and more Central Texas news

Buda's first Popeyes location opened Dec. 31. (Courtesy Popeyes)
Buda's first Popeyes location opened Dec. 31. (Courtesy Popeyes)

Buda's first Popeyes location opened Dec. 31. (Courtesy Popeyes)

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San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Buda's first Popeyes location opened on New Year's Eve

A new location of chicken chain Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen opened at 15295 I-35, Buda, on Dec. 31. This location marks the restaurant’s first foray into Buda. The eatery is known for its chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, and sides ranging from Cajun rice and coleslaw to biscuits and mashed potatoes.

New Kyle Starbucks location to open in summer



A Starbucks location at 18900 S. I-35, Kyle, is expected to open in the summer, according to information from the company. The new store will be located at the Dry River District in Kyle, a 65-acre, multiuse community that is under construction.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Ascension Seton to provide optional COVID-19 vaccines to high-risk Round Rock ISD staff

Ascension Seton has collaborated with Round Rock ISD to provide COVID-19 vaccines to high-risk district staff who want to be vaccinated, according to a Jan. 4 news release.

Pflugerville Public Library to resume curbside services

The Pflugerville Public Library will resume its curbside services Jan. 5, the city announced Jan. 4. The reinstatement follows a temporary discontinuation Dec. 23 after Travis County entered Stage 5 coronavirus risk levels.

Central Austin

Mighty Fine Burgers acquired by Austin restaurateurs behind The League Kitchen & Tavern, Tony C’s

Austin-based hospitality company K&N Management has sold Mighty Fine Burgers Fries & Shakes, which has existed in the Greater Austin area for more than 10 years, to lifelong Austinites and restaurateurs Tony Ciola and Creed Ford, co-owners and founders of Tc4 & Co., the hospitality company behind Tony C’s Coal Fired Pizza and The League Kitchen & Tavern.

All Austin Resource Recovery customers will have access to curbside composting starting in February

Over the last seven years, the city of Austin has been expanding a program that allows city residents to dispose of compostable materials weekly on the curb, keeping food scraps, lawn trimmings and other items out of trash bins and therefore out of landfills.

Williamson County

More than 2,000 Williamson County seniors in long-term care, nursing homes inoculated for COVID-19


Williamson County reported 2,020 seniors living in long-term care facilities and nursing homes have been inoculated for COVID-19, according to a Jan. 5 news release.

Ali Linan, Jack Flagler, Amy Rae Dadamo, Kelsey Thompson and Brian Rash contributed to this report.



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Air quality would be measured employees of the city of San Marcos when residents make complaints of air pollution or unwanted smells, which could result in fines. (Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)
San Marcos City Council considers ordinance to control air pollution and odors

Air quality would be measured employees of the city of San Marcos when residents make complaints of air pollution or unwanted smells, which could result in fines.

A rendering shows two new buildings planned for Airstream and ExploreUSA in Buda. (Courtesy city of Buda)
22-acre RV sales facility in Buda on path to major renovations

In order to facilitate the changes, Buda officials on May 4 passed the first readings of a two-part approval consisting of a rezoning of the site to B3, or I-35 business, as well as a specific use permit application for automobile and other vehicle sales in the B3 district.

Kyle City Council approved child safety zones during its May 4 meeting. (Courtesy city of Kyle)
Kyle approves child safety zones to restrict sex offender residency within city

After several months of discussion and amending guidelines, the city of Kyle has approved implementation of child safety zones that would restrict where registered sex offenders may reside.

Supporters of the grant say the public defender's office and another program the grant would launch would improve the legal defense of those in Hays County who cannot afford their own lawyer. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hays County Commissioners Court applies for grant to fund a public defender's office

Supporters of the grant say the public defender's office and another program the grant would launch would improve the legal defense of those in Hays County who cannot afford their own lawyer.

(Courtesy San Marcos Main Street Program)
Vietnamese restaurant Pho Tran88 now open in San Marcos

The business specializes in pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup, but has several other menu items including bahn mi sandwiches, wonton soup and appetizers.

In addition to a proposed municipal utility district in Hays County passing roughly $205 million in bonds with a single voter, it elected its directors with single votes to each candidate. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Election day 2021: Results show one Hays County voter approved $205M in bonds for a municipal utility district

In addition to a proposed municipal utility district in Hays County passing roughly $205 million in bonds with a single voter, it elected its directors with single votes to each candidate.

Three of Hays CISD's six bond propositions failed, but the largest one, with $147,959,876 on the line, was passed by Hays County voters. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Election day 2021: Incumbents win races in San Marcos CISD, Hays CISD elections; bond propositions split

Three of Hays CISD's six bond propositions failed, but the largest one, with $147,959,876 on the line, was passed by Hays County voters.

The grant application to be considered by the Hays County Commissioners Court on May 4 would partially fund a public defender office and managed assigned counsel system. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Hays County to consider grant application for public defender office

The grant application to be considered by the Hays County Commissioners Court on May 4 would partially fund a public defender office and managed assigned counsel system.

Chipotle Mexican Grill opened a new location featuring a drive-thru pickup Chipotlane in Round Rock. (Courtesy Chipotle Mexican Grill)
Chipotle opens in Round Rock; QuikTrip coming to Georgetown and more top news from Central Texas

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A portion of federal funding will be released by the state Legislature to Hays CISD, but millions are still in limbo. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Some federal funding for Hays CISD released day after resolution passed

A portion of federal funding will be released by the state Legislature to Hays CISD, but millions are still in limbo.