2:39 PM Apr 3, 2020 CDT

‘Smiling is contagious, too’: Sidewalk chalk art contest held in three Leander neighborhoods

A Leander realty company recently sponsored a sidewalk chalk art contest, or Chalk Art Walk, in three Leander neighborhoods.


Coronavirus update: Travis County, Austin positive case total reaches 460

Keep up with updates from Travis County and Austin for the week of March 30 here.


Leanderthal Distilling donates hand sanitizer to first responders, purifies water for medical devices

Leanderthal Distilling, a Leander distillery, donated 300 bottles of hand sanitizer to Leander first responders.



‘We’ve got this’: Central Texas librarians step up to help their communities amid coronavirus pandemic

The example in Bee Cave appears to be just one of many stories relating how, amid the COVID-19 crisis, librarians are helping their communities throughout the Greater Austin area.



Has your Austin-area small business been affected by the coronavirus? Here are resources you can access.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering a short-term loan program intended to help cover payroll and a separate, long-term loan program intended to help business owners stay afloat.


String of racist attacks via videoconferencing software leads to heightened security concerns

A recent string of incidents where Zoom meetings have been “hacked” has put the future viability of teleconferencing security in doubt.



St. David’s temporarily closes three Austin locations, redeploys resources during COVID-19 pandemic

St. David’s Emergency Center locations in Bee Cave and Cedar Park temporarily closed April 1.


Williamson County will not release inmates as neighboring counties have suggested

The county's current jail population is 374, officials said.


Williamson County reports an additional eight new cases of coronavirus April 3

The current recovery rate is about 35%, the report said.


5 recent coronavirus stories from the Austin area readers should know

Read local updates on the coronavirus pandemic.



UPDATE: Leander releases list of city restaurants and services offered

Here are the coronavirus updates to know March 30-April 5 in Cedar Park, Leander


Austin FC, Upper Ninety compile bilingual resource guide for Austin families

Austin FC and Upper Ninety on March 30 released a guide of resources for local families.


Experts fear child abuse will rise as stressors related to coronavirus pandemic increase

April is National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.


Donations to All Together ATX will help local residents through grants to nonprofits

Friday's digital telethon seeks donations to help the community



Rollingwood resident creates program to help businesses and feed health care workers

Matt Silk said www.atxhospitalmeals.com serves two purposes: It helps struggling restaurants by purchasing food in bulk, and feeds dozens of health care workers with each purchase.


Federal dollars could help soften impact of ridership declines for Capital Metro, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett said $104 million will be coming from Washington, D.C., to Austin for public transportation.


Williamson County calls veterans to ensure they are OK during coronavirus pandemic

“We're going to reach out to every veteran [in Williamson County] that's ever served our nation if they’ll take our call," Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said.


Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell: 'Our resources as a county are limited'

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell gave an update on the county's fight against coronavirus April 2.



5 recent education stories from the Austin area readers should know

Read updates on how local school districts and colleges are reacting in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.


Local sign companies innovate products to help businesses communicate, safely distance customers

Sneeze guards, floor signs, banners and floor decals are some products that local sign businesses have produced to communicate during the coronavirus.


Leander City Council April 2 meeting canceled due to technical difficulties

A Leander City Council meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. April 2 has been canceled due to technical difficulties.


Sen. John Cornyn discusses provisions laid out in CARES Act

The $2 trillion package provides funding to help fight the virus and to provide financial assistance for Americans during the pandemic.



Texas sees 77% increase in unemployment insurance claims during week ending March 28

Texas ranked fifth among states in the U.S. with 275,597 initial claims filed the week ending March 28.