Construction on Violet Crown Trail in SW Austin to resume and more Central Texas news

A section of the Violet Crown Trail runs through the Barton Creek Greenbelt north of West Hwy. 290. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
A section of the Violet Crown Trail runs through the Barton Creek Greenbelt north of West Hwy. 290. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

A section of the Violet Crown Trail runs through the Barton Creek Greenbelt north of West Hwy. 290. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Southwest Austin

After summer of increased use, Violet Crown Trail work to resume this fall in South Austin

Although work on the Violet Crown Trail stalled during the coronavirus pandemic, the Hill Country Conservancy and the city of Austin are planning to begin construction again this fall and winter across South Austin.

Just Right Lawns: Former financial adviser Jeremy Griffin has built local lawn business since 2003



Back in 2003, South Austin resident Jeremy Griffin won a free lawn mower and decided to quit his job as a financial adviser to start his own lawn business.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Changes to Pflugerville's chipping service to come this fall

Modifications will be made to Pflugerville's curbside chipping services this fall. Pflugerville City Council approved changes to the city's waste management contract Aug. 25 and will now offer a tree limb pickup service through Waste Connections, a trash and recyclables pickup provider.

Northwest Austin

This is Shannon Harris, aka 'The Brew Brotha,' and he’s aiming to open Austin’s first Black-owned brewery

After an eventful five years that have taken Shannon Harris across the world to collaborate with some of the world’s largest breweries while racking up an impressive trophy case of homebrewing awards, the local craft beer enthusiast is now focusing his sights on diversifying Austin’s brewing industry.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Three Six General market to have grand opening in San Marcos

Three Six General, located at 1904 RR 12, San Marcos, opened Aug. 26 but is having a grand opening event of its first retail location Sept. 5. Information from owner Matti Bills states Three Six General began at the farmers markets in Austin and vends at seven area markets between San Antonio and Central Texas.

Hays County issues first Emergency Cash Assistance Program grants

Hays County, in conjunction with PeopleFund and the Greater San Marcos Partnership, has issued the first 18 grants under its Emergency Cash Assistance Program, an Aug. 17 press release announced.

The ECAP provides grants of up to $10,000 to businesses that did not receive Paycheck Protection Program loans from the CARES Act or Economic Injury Disaster Loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Lake Travis Thrift Shop to open in newly built location

Local Nonprofit organization Ladies of Charity will open its new Lake Travis Thrift Shop location Sept. 2 at 440 Medical Parkway Drive, Lakeway, within the Lakeway medical district off RM 620.

Iain Oldman, Brian Rash, Nicholas Cicale, Kelsey Thompson, Warren Brown and Amy Rae Dadamo contributed to this report.



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Bob Popinski, policy director of Raise Your Hand Texas, shared the organization's top education priorities for the ongoing legislative session. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Voters line up during the Dec. 15 runoff election. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Austin Pizza Garden's menu features specialty pies, salads, sandwiches and starters. (Community Impact staff)
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Dr. Anthony Fauci gave remarks while accepting the Ken Shine Prize in Health Leadership from Dell Medical School. (Screenshot via The University of Texas)
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