Here’s what the moviegoing experience will look like when Regal theaters reopen this summer

Face masks will be required of guests in lobbies, hallways, restrooms and in auditoriums when not eating or drinking.


Home improvement guide: Austin businesses give tips about do-it-yourself projects, painting

Looking for small projects to tackle around the house? These ideas ad tips from Austin businesses can help get you staarted.



Continued demand, rising listings point to possible return of climbing Northwest Austin real estate market

While June’s market data returns show promising growth in rising home listings and sales, persistent real estate problems that existed prior to the pandemic are likely to continue.


Williamson County sees highest number of new daily coronavirus cases in past 11 days July 29

The WCCHD also reported 22% of hospital beds, 11% of ICU beds and 68% of ventilators are available.


Williamson County and Cities Health District issues statement on school reopenings

Health District officials said remote or virtual learning carries the least risk for the spread of COVID-19 due to reduced social contact.


Travis County exceeds 20,000 total coronavirus cases

Austin Public Health reports that the local coronavirus case total has reached 20,187.



Years-in-the-making St. Johns development looks to revitalize 19 acres of city land into community center

The tract has been an eyesore in the heart of the St. Johns neighborhood for years.



First probable case of West Nile Virus in two years confirmed in Travis County

This is the first time a resident in Travis County has tested positive for the West Nile Virus since 2018. Williamson County has not had a human case since 2017.


Texas' freestanding emergency centers ask state for flexibility during coronavirus pandemic

The requested changes would help freestanding emergency centers relieve overcrowding at hospitals and reduce the cost of coronavirus testing at their facilities, according to the Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers.



Four new shopping options open at Domain Northside in North Austin

New retailers have opened their storefronts to shoppers in Domain Northside.


Timeline for transformational policing changes will extend beyond Austin’s Aug. 12 budget adoption

Officials said the radical changes to policing demanded by the community will take time.


After serving over 190K meals, Leander ISD drive-thru program ends July 31

Leander ISD’s free meal drive-thru program—quickly created to address student nutrition with minimal contact after the coronavirus suddenly closed schools in March—will conclude July 31.


Travis County announces preliminary tax rate, setting stage for 2020-21 budget talks

County commissioners will hold budget discussions throughout August and September.



Austin Public Health confirms 232 new coronavirus cases July 28

Travis County's top health authority said recent progress was encouraging, but cautioned against premature celebration.



Texas Dept. of State Health Services now using death certificates to count COVID-19 fatalities

This change standardizes death reporting across the state but will cause the number of deaths on the Williamson County dashboard to be out of sync with the Texas DSHS count until the WCCHD fully transitions to the DSHS reporting method, which will happen later this week.


American Federation of Teachers releases resolution supporting 'safety strikes' as 2020-21 school year approaches

According to AFT President Randi Weingarten, the ability for schools to reopen safely hinges on the federal government as state budgets continue to get slashed amid the pandemic-induced economic downturn.



Inaugural Williamson County Fair and Rodeo rescheduled to 2021

Previously scheduled for Oct. 22-24, 2020, the fair and rodeo will debut Oct. 21-23, 2021.


Some breweries may qualify to operate as restaurants under new TABC guidelines

Some breweries across the state may now reopen as restaurants after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission released new guidelines on how restaurants may calculate their alcohol sales receipts.


Attorney General Ken Paxton: Decision to close schools lies with school districts, not health officials

The Texas Education Agency said July 28 it will follow the guidance laid out by Attorney General Ken Paxton and will not allow schools to close in-person instruction based solely on a blanket order from a local health authority.


Deadline extended for program providing grocery help for Texas families

Families have until Aug. 21 to apply for the program that provides a one-time payment of $285 per child to help those who lost access to free and reduced-priced meals when schools closed.