Fajita Drive flopped, so a Kyle committee will rename Rebel Drive and more Central Texas news

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San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Committee to rename Rebel Drive created in Kyle


After plans to rename Rebel Drive in Kyle to Fajita Drive failed to garner support from residents, Kyle officials have taken a different track in the process to change what many consider a controversial road name.

Central Austin



I Luv Video permanently closes after more than 3 decades

I Luv Video owner Conrad Bejarano announced Sept. 1 that he has permanently closed the video rental store at 4803 Airport Blvd., Austin. Bejarano, who came up with the idea for a VHS rental store in 1983 on a visit to Austin, said he hopes he can "pass the torch" to a group or individual interested in keeping the business going.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Marble Falls boutique opens under new name at the Hill Country Galleria


Women’s clothing store Urban Chic opened at the Hill Country Galleria on Sept. 1 at 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Ste. E-115, Bee Cave. The apparel and accessory store was formerly called The Embellished Cottage and was located in the Marble Falls area.

Northwest Austin

HAAM Day plays on, Labor Day celebrations and more: 8 events to check out in Austin this September

Here are some upcoming events to safely check out in the coming weeks in and around Northwest Austin.

New Braunfels

Columbus Club Association to discuss plans for food truck rally in New Braunfels

A regular showcase for local food trucks could soon become a mainstay for New Braunfels through a proposal to host monthly food truck rallies at the parking lot of Columbus Club Hall, located at 111 Landa St., New Braunfels.

Lauren Canterberry, Brian Rash, Jack Flagler, Amy Rae Dadamo and Iain Oldman contributed to this report.



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Austin ISD and other districts in Central Texas are waiting for further TEA guidance on mask requirements. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Austin ISD, other Central Texas school districts await TEA guidance on updated mask mandates

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

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 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.

H-E-B will open a new location in the Oak Hill neighborhood of Southwest Austin in August. (Rendering courtesy H-E-B)
H-E-B to open in Oak Hill in Aug.; comedy club coming to The Domain and more news from February

Read business and community news from the past month from Central Texas.

Jo's Coffee opened a North Austin location in January. (Courtesy Chad Wadsworth)
Jo's Coffee opens in Central Austin; new restaurant coming to Georgetown Square and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

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.