4:19 PM Jul 23, 2020 CDT

Comptroller: Texas has lost 2 million jobs, is projected to lose $4.6B due to COVID-19

The state of Texas gained 50,000 new jobs in February, but since the coronavirus pandemic hit, more than 2 million jobs have been lost.


Here's how to participate in Texas' annual sales tax holiday Aug. 7-9

This year sales tax-exempt purchases can be made online, over the phone or by mail.


NEW: Leander boil water notice canceled July 23

The Leander boil water notice is now lifted, but affected water customers should follow several recommendations when restarting water use.



In Cedar Park and Leander, these plants are drought—and dog—resistant

Heat and drought are not the only hazards for homeowners looking to landscape their yards and add to their property’s curb appeal. Houses along popular sidewalks may need to contend with dogs going to the bathroom—and potentially damaging plants.


Leander ISD bands can perform at halftime, will not compete in UIL events

Leander ISD’s marching bands plan to create and stage halftime shows—but they will not participate in competitions, including University Interscholastic League events, according to a joint statement from LISD’s band directors.


Lake Travis resort reopens, Hays County issues burn ban: News from Central Texas

Read the latest Central Texas business and community updates.


$118M in emergency relief funding allocated to support Texas higher education initiatives

The funds will come from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief, made available through the federal coronavirus relief bill.



90 additional cases of coronavirus, 2 deaths reported in Williamson County on July 22

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Williamson County has topped 5,000, with an additional 90 cases reported July 22.


Austin to consider lower initial property tax impact for $10B Project Connect plan

Project Connect, if approved, is set to be built in phases, which means Capital Metro and the city do not have to ask voters to fund the entire plan all at once.


Tesla will officially build its next gigafactory in Travis County

The electric automaker announced its official choice to build a manufacturing plant in the Del Valle area of Travis County on July 22.


Q&A: Constitutional law expert discusses COVID-19 orders, enforcement

Seth Chandler, a professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about local and state governments' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic this year.



In the background of coronavirus, upcoming flu season has area medical experts on high alert

“The CDC says Texas is [experiencing] minimal or sporadic [spread of the flu], and I would say that that reflects what's going on locally," said Dr. Jim Donovan, chief medical officer at St. David's Georgetown Hospital.


Extended moratorium will buy Travis County renters more time; direct assistance on the way in Austin

Evictions in Travis County likely will not resume until at least this fall. However, tenant advocates have said that unless more direct help is offered—such as via Austin's RENT program—the moratorium only delays the crisis.



Williamson County hits highest number of hospitalizations, adds 3 deaths to coronavirus count July 21

The Williamson County and Cities Health District also reported 25% of hospital beds and 5% of intensive care unit beds are available.



UPDATE: In clarified guidance, TABC now states customers may not drink on brewery patios

In a July 22 update, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission states that breweries may not have customers consume alcohol on patios.


Leander Old Town Street Festival canceled; 5K race remains

The next festival is scheduled for June 5, 2021.


Pretrial department looks to change its bail system in Williamson County

The Williamson County Pretrial Services Department is looking to change how it addresses bail.


Leander begins water line work, aims to lift boil water notice July 24

Leander has begun water flushing and testing in an effort to cancel its boil water notice by July 24.



UIL releases modified sports calendar for 2020-21 school year

The University Interscholastic League released July 21 modifications to the 2020-21 UIL calendar and updated COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines that will take effect Aug. 1.


Leander ISD football, band practices can start Sept. 7

The University Interscholastic League released dates July 21 for practice starts and competitions for extracurricular activities in Texas schools.


Candidate filing period open for LISD trustee elections

The filing period for candidates wishing to run for one of the three Leander ISD trustees’ seats on the Nov. 3 ballot opened July 20.


Centralizing, expanding contact tracing in Texas hits roadblocks as cases rise

One easy way to help out contact tracers? Answer the phone if they call.