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)

Read the latest Central Texas business and community news.

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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The Austin Trail of Lights will open nighly from Nov. 28 through Dec. 31. (Courtesy Trail of Lights Foundation)
PHOTOS: Austin Trail of Lights returns to Zilker Park this week

The traditional holiday light show is open from Nov. 28 through New Year's Eve.

Commissioners on Nov. 22 voted to approve a density change to preliminary plans for The Preserve, a neighborhood that city documents said could include 565 single-family homes at the northeast corner of Teel and Panther Creek Parkways. (Courtesy city of Frisco)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Neighborhood near PGA Frisco could see larger lots; ERCOT says Texas power grid ready for expected winter demand and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Nov. 24.

The utility's board of directors will vote on the proposed changes at December's meeting. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
PEC members ask board to not raise solar rates

The utility's board of directors will vote on the proposed changes at December's meeting.

Local and state officials have made statements welcoming Samsung to Taylor following the announcement that the city will be home to its new $17 billion semiconductor fabrication plant. (Courtesy KXAN)
State, local officials react to Texas governor, Samsung joint announcement

Local and state officials have made statements welcoming Samsung to Taylor following the announcement that the city will be home to its new $17 billion semiconductor fabrication plant. 

Austin City Council will meet for a work session dedicated to housing affordability discussions Nov. 30. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Austin City Hall notebook: Council set for dive into housing, development after Thanksgiving break

A Nov. 30 work session could see city leaders work through a range of adjustments to city development code, rules and processes.

The new initiative will build the communities capacity to address homelessness along with collecting data from people who have increased access to those in need. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
ECHO, St. David's Foundation launch new program to build a community approach to homelessness

The program aims to address inequities in traditional homelessness response.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sits beside Samsung CEO Dr. Kinam Kim as he announces the company is brining a $17 billion facility to Taylor. (Screnshot via KXAN)
Samsung makes it official: Announcement from Governor's Mansion confirms $17B facility coming to Taylor

Nearly a year after Williamson County officials began pitching Samsung to bring a megafacility to the area, the electronics giant has made it official.

Bill Curci is a chief operating partner for Shuck Me, a seafood restaurant in Fort Worth. (Bailey Lewis/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Fort Worth restaurant Shuck Me is fishing- and family-centric; a guide to Houston's 2021 Thanksgiving Day Parade and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Nov. 23.

Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County health authority, discusses Thanksgiving safety at a news conference. (Darcy Sprague/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin health authorities remind community of COVID-19 risk ahead of Thanksgiving

Austin health officials warned of a high rate of community transmission ahead of Thanksgiving.

Lizzy and Brandon Simon are running the North Austin location. (Courtesy Lizzy Simon)
Operation Turkey to provide thousands in need with Thanksgiving meals

One local couple is running a North Austin site with the goal of serving 2,500 meals to those in need this Thanksgiving.

Williamson County officials met with Samsung executives at Dell Diamond in January. (Courtesy Williamson County)
For the love of the game: How baseball may have been perfect start for Samsung in Williamson County

The first attempt to bring Samsung to Williamson County relied on a passion for what is considered America’s pastime.