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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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee recommended Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine for emergency authorization use Feb. 26. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recommended for emergency authorization use by FDA

This is the third COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved for emergency authorization use after those produced by pharmaceutical company Pfizer and biotechnology company Moderna.

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

Jo's Coffee opened a North Austin location in January. (Courtesy Chad Wadsworth)
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Any repairs using new pipes or fittings require a permit, which can be applied for by property owners or registered plumbers. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plumbing permit fees in San Marcos to be waived temporarily

Any repairs using new pipes or fittings require a permit, which can be applied for by property owners or registered plumbers.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.

A lone runner jogs on a snow-covered road in Austin. Transportation projects across the city were briefly paused due to Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT: Texas power system was less than 5 minutes from collapse during winter storm

ERCOT's CEO offered details into what led to the massive blackouts that left millions of Texans in the cold last week.

No street address has yet been assigned to the property, but the agricultural land lies closest to Bunton Creek Road and borders the southern boundary of Lehman High School. (Screen shot courtesy city of Kyle)
Kyle City Council approves residential zoning of 29 acres in first of two votes

The land, which was annexed by Kyle earlier this year, is next to Lehman High School and would allow 5.5 houses per acre.

Photo of Judge Brown in a mask and orange vest with megaphone
Travis County and 3 Central Texas neighbors to pilot mass vaccination site

Some 3,000 people will be vaccinated at a drive-thru event at the Circuit of The Americas this weekend.

In-person instruction at three Hays CISD campuses has yet to resume due to ongoing work necessitated by last week's severe weather. (Courtesy Hays CISD)
Three Hays CISD campuses still not ready for in-person learning due to last week's severe weather

In-person instruction at three Hays CISD campuses has yet to resume due to ongoing work necessitated by last week's severe weather.

Superintendent Michael Cardona presented the figures to the school board Feb. 22. (Screenshot courtesy SMCISD)
Latest San Marcos CISD figures show number of students attending in-person classes steadily increasing

The total number of in-person students throughout the district's campuses went from 3,523 on Jan. 25 to 4,712 on Feb. 11—a 33.75% increase.

Kyle joined San Marcos and Buda in ending boil water notices for their municipal water utility customers. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)
Kyle lifts boil water notice

Kyle joined San Marcos and Buda in ending boil water notices for their municipal water utility customers.