Recent Highlights

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Napa Flats ribbon cutting

The Four Points Chamber of Commerce celebrated the ribbon cutting of restaurant Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen, 8300 N. RR 620, Bldg. M, Ste. 100, Austin, in the Trails at 620 II on Feb. 4.

The eatery is the College Station-based restaurant’s first Austin-area location and features California-style foods with an Italian flair including pasta, pizza, hand-cut steaks, fresh fish, barbecue ribs, lamb chops, salads, gelato and desserts.

Tom Kenney founded Napa Flats, and Dana Dupree is the managing partner of the business’s new Austin site.

Lakeway Civic Corporation

The Lakeway Civic Corporation recognized some of its members for their contributions to the city during the nonprofit organization’s Feb. 2 banquet held at the Lakeway Activity Center.

Dennis Brown, past president of the Lakeway Homeowners Association, received the Outstanding Citizen of the Year award; Dave Point, who served on various city boards, received a Meritorious Service award; Tom Smith, who served on the Lakeway Firewise Committee, received a Meritorious Service award; and Johnnie Fields, who supervised numerous school buildings, received a Meritorious Service award.

Bee Cave Chamber of Commerce meeting

Bee Cave City Manager Travis Askey addressed the Bee Cave Chamber of Commerce during its Feb. 10 meeting held at Cafe Blue in the Hill Country Galleria.

Members heard Askey speak about the growth of Bee Cave—from a village to a home rule city—as well as projects designed to help alleviate some of the area’s problems, including traffic.

The South Dakota native assumed the role of city manager Dec. 10, 2014, a decade after being selected as the city’s assistant city manager in 2004.  He had previously served as the fiscal operations manager of Newport Beach, California.

Askey discussed the city’s expansion, citing The Backyard and Terraces projects as well as the RR 620 traffic study to address that growth.

Hotel Granduca award

Hotel Granduca Austin, 320 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin, received a Westies Award from the Westlake Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 16 as the 2015 New Business of the Year.

The annual award is given to a business open for less than two years and creates new jobs, grows revenue, provides innovative services, offers exemplary service, volunteers and provides economic support.

Other 2016 Westies Award winners include Pinkberry (business), Lori Brandenburg (educator), Sam Ehlinger (young citizen), Ce-Bar Fire Department (first responder), Colin’s Hope (nonprofit) and Leslie Odom (hero).


 Redistricting is one of the items on the Texas Legislature's third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Senate releases proposed redistricting maps as special session begins

Redistricting is one of the items on the third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18.

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Travis County approves fiscal year 2021-22 tax rate

The newly approved rate, paired with higher home appraisal rates, will result in an increase in taxes for many homeowners.

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City of Austin approves ACL health and safety plan, holds off on final permit

Austin Public Health gave ACL the go-ahead to allow proof of vaccination in lieu of a negative COVID-19 test, but asked organizers to require masking in some areas.

Hundreds of complaints were logged against the Austin Police Department last year related to protests against police brutality and systemic racism. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Police oversight office challenges APD handling of most 2020 protest complaints

Austin's Office of Police Oversight objected to several aspects of the police department's approach to classifying and investigating protest-related grievances.

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Zilker Park closes in preparation for Austin City Limits Music Festival

Zilker Park closes in preparation for Austin City Limits Music Festival

As part of budget action, Lakeway adopted a lower tax rate from the prior year. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Lakeway City Council approves FY 2021-22 budget

As part of budget action, Lakeway adopted a lower tax rate from the prior year.

Austin city staff and officials are pursuing additional protections related to mold issues in rental housing. (Courtesy city of Austin)
City pursuing improvements to handling of Austin renters' mold complaints

New recommendations from a report launched in the wake of Winter Storm Uri detail adjustments Austin could make to its mold response.

Students at O. Henry Middle School in Austin head in for their first day of school Aug. 17. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD's COVID-19 rate lower than nearby districts after first month of school

Austin ISD recorded more cases in the first month of this school year than in all of the 2020-2021 school year. Still, Austin ISD saw a lower percentage of cases in students than surrounding school districts.

Wayback Burgers specializes in cooked-to-order burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. (Courtesy Wayback Burgers)
Wayback Burgers coming to Leander; fire kills 75 dogs in Georgetown and more Central Texas news

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

School in the Hills has two locations in the Lake Travis-Westlake area. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)
Guide: Private schools in the Lake Travis-Westlake area

Learn about tuition and extracurriculars offered at area private schools.

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Austin ICUs remain crowded with COVID-19 patients, delaying some critical care

Within the past week, there was a waiting list of patients to be transferred into Austin-area ICUs, Austin Public Health leaders said.

The city of Austin this summer cleared four unregulated homeless encampments and shifted dozens of residents into shelters. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plan to house thousands of Austin's homeless people taking shape, but outlook for local success, project funding still unclear

The strategy's first housing benchmark fell short in June, and updates on how the estimated $515 million needed for housing and services will be spent are overdue.