Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Sept. 29.

Note: The following stories were published between Sept. 26-28.

Greater Houston

Fort Bend County COVID-19 updates for Sept. 27: Seven-day new case average declines after early September high

As the state of Texas recorded its 4 millionth case of the coronavirus on Sept. 26, more than 80,000 Fort Bend County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began.


Abbott announces Texas Energy Reliability Council appointees

On Sept. 28, Gov. Greg Abbott announced six appointees to the Texas Energy Reliability Council, which was established in June as part of a larger bill aimed at addressing preventing energy issues during emergency situations in the wake of Winter Storm Uri.

Central Texas

Austin Community College adopts new tax rate; the University of Texas to automatically admit top 6% of Texas high school students, and more higher education news

ACC’s board of trustees voted to lower its tax rate for fiscal year 2021-22 on Sept. 14.

Wurstfest unveils new Marktplatz rebuild ahead of festival set to begin Nov. 5

On Sept. 25, the Wurstfest Association unveiled the newly rebuilt Marktplatz building on the festival grounds in New Braunfels ahead of the 60th annual Wurstfest, one of the largest Oktoberfest-style celebrations in North America.

Dallas-Fort Worth

Plano nature preserves maintain sanctuary status

Plano nature preserves Oak Point Park and Arbor Hills have retained their status as Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries.

Claire Shoop,Darcy Sprague, Eric Weilbacher and Kennedy Jordan contributed to this report.