Southwest Austin | Dripping Springs
5:32 PM May 22, 2020 CDT

Traditional summer outings may look different in Southwest Austin under COVID-19 guidelines to promote health, safety

Frome trails and parks to camps and water parks, here is what to expect from summer activities and destinations this season.


San Marcos | Buda | Kyle
5:43 PM May 22, 2020 CDT

City of San Marcos seeks public input on projects for COVID-19 response funds

A virtual public hearing will take place at a June 2 San Marcos City Council meeting to comment on proposed programs and projects to be added to the 2019-20 Community Development Block Grant Action Plan using CDBG-Coronavirus Response funds.


New Braunfels

These 5 Central Texas cities are among the fastest-growing in the U.S.

Four of the five cities represent notable growth in Williamson County.



Lake Travis | Westlake

High 5 locations in Lakeway, Austin delay opening to June 1

High 5 Family Entertainment Center locations in Austin and Lakeway will reopen to guests slightly later than initially planned.


Central Austin

MAY 23 ROUNDUP: Top stories from this week in Central Texas

Read the most popular stories from the past week of Community Impact Newspaper's coverage of Central Texas.


New Braunfels

Employee at Westpointe Village H-E-B confirmed with COVID-19, Comal and Guadalupe County break past 200 total cases

While Comal County continues reporting breakdowns of local cases and testing, Guadalupe County reduced the flow of information and the state inflated its testing numbers.


Lake Travis | Westlake

Trustees review a list of 2020-21 bond projects at Lake Travis ISD

Calling it the last big push on the 2018 bond program, Johnny Hill assistant superintendent for business, financial and auxiliary services presented a list of upcoming projects during a May 20 board meeting.



Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Hotworx opens infrared fitness studio in Round Rock

Hotworx offers a 24-hour virtually instructed exercise program that uses infrared saunas.


Central Austin

Community updates: Iconic Austin Brands offering discount for items donated to Austin children, Nixta Taqueria joins pop-up grocery project and more

The YMCA of Austin is launching an employee relief fund, and eight women-owned Austin businesses received $10,000 grants to help them survive through the pandemic.


Central Austin

Changes to Project Connect plan add $60 million to local cost estimate

Capital Metro Board Chair Wade Cooper called the upcoming June 10 meeting to finalize the technical aspects of the plan "one of the most consequential votes this board has taken in its history."


Central Austin

Capital Metro staff present plan to bring Austin B-Cycle underneath public transit agency’s umbrella

If the city of Austin and Capital Metro come to an agreement, users could buy a one-day pass to use both public transit and the city-owned bicycles



Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Round Rock's Rock'N River Water Park to open May 30 for summer season

Round Rock's Rock'N River Water Park is set to open May 30 for its summer season.


Lake Travis | Westlake

Lakeway Mayor Sandy Cox updates community as state rolls out Phase 2 of reopening plan

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Lakeway Mayor Sandy Cox has been updating the community on a weekly basis through Facebook live broadcasts. Cox’s May 21 update came on the heels of a number of business openings as Texas enters Phase 2 of Gov. Greg Abbott’s reopening plan.


New Braunfels

2tarts Bakery owners named New Braunfels Chamber’s Small Business Persons of the Year

The sisters have served sweet treats to the New Braunfels community since 2009 and are both involved in several community organizations and nonprofits.


Cedar Park | Leander

LIST: What is open, closed in Texas and how businesses can operate

Texas openings are staggered with different opening dates and operating limits.



Cedar Park | Leander

Leander awards $10,000 of COVID-19 business grants May 21

Three Leander businesses were awarded a total of $10,000 in city business grants May 21.


Lake Travis | Westlake

Lost Creek board explains decision to charge fee for access to its entrance at Barton Creek greenbelt

Following a May 13 meeting during which Lost Creek Limited District officials voted unanimously to begin charging nonresidents to access the greenbelt from the Barton Creek low water crossing entrance point, board members have put out information further explaining their decision.


Northwest Austin

ROUNDUP: See which North Austin breweries have opened their taprooms for Memorial Day weekend

Some breweries in North Austin have decided to reopen their taprooms to customers on Memorial Day weekend.


New Braunfels

New Braunfels and Comal County announce Memorial Day holiday closures

Some city and county facilities will be closed for the holiday weekend.



Georgetown

Updated: See Williamson County confirmed coronavirus case totals this week

The county's total number of cases is 528.


Central Austin

Unemployment rate in Travis County shoots to 12.4% in April; Austin metro jumps to 12.2%

The local unemployment rate remains below the statewide and national rates.



Lake Travis | Westlake

Virtual celebrations, live concerts and more: Four ways to spend Memorial Day weekend in the Lake Travis-Westlake area

Here is a noncomprehensive list of both virtual and in-person events occurring during the holiday weekend.



Central Austin

Vic and Al's, new spot from Patrizi's team, opens May 22

The team had previously used the brick-and-mortar spot on Manor Road as a spot to make community meals for those in need this spring.


Georgetown

Georgetown ISD recognizes longtime educators in virtual ceremony

The district also recognized those who had retired during the school year.