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UPDATED: Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto ISDs react to statewide mask mandate lift

Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that the state's mask mandate will lift March 10.


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Hippo statue design contest opens for Hutto ISD students

Hutto ISD students can make hippo history by submitting design ideas for the two hippo statues in front of Hutto City Hall and Innovation Business Park.


Austin ISD, other Central Texas school districts await TEA guidance on updated mask mandates

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas.



Hutto special election for mayor, City Council Place 3 to be held March 6

Hutto's special election for the mayoral seat and City Council Place 3 will be held March 6.


Gov. Greg Abbott lifts statewide mask mandate, business restrictions in Texas

With vaccine distribution increasing, Gov. Greg Abbott said "people and businesses don't need the state telling them how to operate." Some local officials are pushing back, saying the relaxed restrictions are coming too early.





Travis County vaccine providers receive 46,540 doses week of March 1

Seton Medical Center in Austin received the largest allocation this week, with over 14,000 doses.



Cork & Barrel to celebrate Round Rock opening this March

Raise a glass to this, Round Rock: Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen + Microbrewery has announced its grand opening.


Williamson County distributors to receive 20,000 COVID-19 vaccines week of March 1

This is the largest number of weekly doses distributors in the county has collectively received.



H-E-B to open in Oak Hill in Aug.; comedy club coming to The Domain and more news from February

Read business and community news from the past month from Central Texas.



Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recommended for emergency authorization use by FDA

This is the third COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved for emergency authorization use after those produced by pharmaceutical company Pfizer and biotechnology company Moderna.


UPDATED: Pflugerville ISD approves one-time PPE, vaccine incentive stipends for staff

Full-time staff would receive a $500 allotment for personal protective equipment, while part-time employees would be given a one-time $250 payment.



Johnson & Johnson vaccine could mean additional supply, easier distribution rollout in Travis County

If approved, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be a valuable weapon against the ongoing pandemic, according to local health officials.


Hutto Fire Rescue recognized for excellence in fire prevention

Hutto Fire Rescue was awarded the 2020 Achievement of Excellence in Fire Prevention Award


Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.


Jo's Coffee opens in Central Austin; new restaurant coming to Georgetown Square and more Central Texas news

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



Here is everything you need to know about Williamson County’s COVID-19 vaccine plan

Here is a breakdown of what happened, how decisions were made and how vaccine distribution is moving forward in Williamson County.


Pflugerville Community Development Corp. awarded for economic excellence in seventh consecutive year

The Pflugerville Community Development Corp. was awarded for its economic excellence during the Texas Economic Development Corp.'s 2021 Legislative Conference.


'This didn't need to happen': Following Winter Storm Uri, Pflugerville seeks answers from state

Just over a week after Winter Storm Uri hit Texas and left millions without water, heat and power, members of Pflugerville City Council addressed the crisis Feb. 23 and the need for state accountability moving forward.


Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.



ERCOT: Texas power system was less than 5 minutes from collapse during winter storm

ERCOT's CEO offered details into what led to the massive blackouts that left millions of Texans in the cold last week.


'Bad data is worse than no data': Austin health officials unsure how storm affected coronavirus spread

Weekly testing and hospitalization averages will not be updated by Austin Public Health until Feb. 27.