2:15 PM May 21, 2020 CDT

6 barbecue-inspired family meals to celebrate Memorial Day 2020, support Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto restaurants

With social distancing measures still in place, celebrate Memorial Day weekend from the comfort of your home with these takeout family packs.


4:24 PM May 22, 2020 CDT

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.


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.



Hotworx opens infrared fitness studio in Round Rock

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


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."


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

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




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.



Texas to test all state hospitals, supported living centers for COVID-19

All patients, residents and staff at Texas' 23 state hospitals and supported living centers will be tested for coronavirus regardless of symptoms or exposure.


Pflugerville Reads Project to distribute free books

The Pflugerville Reads Project is an initiative to provide books to children at home while PfISD schools and the Pflugerville Public Library are closed.



Williamson County small-business grant program issues over $15 million

More than 1,200 checks have been mailed so far.


Williamson County nonprofits adapt to support those in need during coronavirus crisis

“I'm just kind of overwhelmed by people's understanding and kindness and generosity and people wanting to help,” said Ginna O’Connor, the executive director of The Caring Place.


New coronavirus death brings Travis County total to 83

Travis County has now had 2,712 total coronavirus cases reported as of May 21.


Superintendent: Pflugerville ISD weighing in-person summer school instruction for special education and ESL students

Pflugerville ISD Superintendent Douglas Killian said the door is open for some students to return to district campuses for instruction in the coming months.



Budget cuts slated for Texas state agencies, higher education institutions in 2020-21 biennium

Texas state agencies and institutions of higher education to expect a 5% reduction in budget plans for the 2020-21 biennium as part of the state's response to the economic ramifications of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


NEW: Lake Pflugerville trail to reopen May 26

Under the approved motion, only the trail will be available for use at Lake Pflugerville come May 26.


Travis County expands park openings to include most boat ramps in time for Memorial Day weekend

Eight Travis County Parks-operated boat ramps will reopen May 22.


Gov. Abbott removes late-fee barrier for Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission license, permit renewal

Gov. Greg Abbott is allowing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to waive the late fee for license and permit renewals that have lapsed since March 13, according to a May 20 press release.



As entertainment centers across Austin reopen with bowling and more, the future of arcades remains murky

Concurrent with the governor’s Phase 2 rules, several Austin-area entertainment centers will reopen in the coming days and weeks with bowling, axe throwing, karaoke and laser tag.




Spare Time Texas to reopen in Pflugerville

Beginning May 22, Spare Time Texas will offer bowling, dining and bar options.




NEW: Hutto nearly doubles population size since 2010

The population of Hutto has increased to 27,947, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau late May 20.