4:44 PM Aug 5, 2020 CDT

State legislators seek removal of Confederate monuments at Texas Capitol

The decision may ultimately lie with Gov. Greg Abbott and the rest of the State Preservation Board, which last year authorized the removal of a plaque in the Capitol that said slavery was not an underlying cause of the Confederate rebellion.


Newly-opened Round Rock, Pflugerville restaurants navigate COVID-19 landscape

“Just being open for a couple of weeks, we didn't really have time to settle in our new neighborhood,” said Sabin Shrestha, owner of Mi Mundo Coffeehouse & Roastery in Round Rock. “Being so new to the location and new to the local community, it made it really hard for us to transition when people didn't know about us.”


Nearby Coffee Co. opens in Pflugerville

Cold brew or piping hot latte? Nearby Coffee Co. opened a brick-and-mortar roastery and coffee shop in Pflugerville this week.



Travis County health authority tells residents to 'stay the course' as cases plateau

Austin Public Health reported 273 new cases Aug. 5, higher than the seven-day moving average of 218 daily confirmed COVID-19 cases. APH also confirmed 41 new hospital admissions of coronavirus.


Williamson County confirms 98 new COVID-19 cases Aug. 4

The county reported no additional deaths.



Williamson County commissioners accept $390.37 million recommended budget for FY 2020-21

The Commissioners Court also voted to set a maximum total tax rate of $0.458719 per $100 valuation, which is the current tax rate.



I-35 construction from Grand Avenue Parkway to SH 45 now underway

The project will reverse the northbound I-35 entrance and exit ramps at the SH 45 intersection to alleviate traffic congestion, according to TxDOT.


Whataburger to celebrate 70th anniversary, unveil food truck, expand into 3 states

Nine more new Whataburger locations are planned by year's end, and 35 new restaurants are proposed for 2021.


U.S. Census Bureau to halt counting operation a month earlier than expected

The self-response deadline has moved up to Sept. 30.


272-unit apartment complex nearing completion in Pflugerville's Pecan District

Site amenities include a pool, a fitness studio, coworking spaces and a game lounge, among others.



Round Rock City Council calls special meeting about postponed 2020 election

The Aug. 6 meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 221 E. Main St., Round Rock.


Austin Public Health confirms 36 new coronavirus hospitalizations, 335 cases

For the fifth day in a row, Austin area hospitals have reported fewer than 40 average daily COVID-19 admissions.


Business updates from Cedar Park, Leander; Fat City pop-up to open in Austin: News from Central Texas

Read the most recent business and community news from the Austin area.


See how COVID-19 impacted Williamson County in July

The total number of reported COVID-19 cases more than doubled in Williamson County in the month of July, according to Williamson County and Cities Health District data.



OVER THE WEEKEND: Williamson County reports 117 additional coronavirus cases, 2 deaths

Of the total cases reported, 5,207 have recovered, and there an estimated 545 active cases.



Report: With boost in e-commerce, Texas sales tax receipts increased 4.3% in July

The loss of extra unemployment support could send numbers back down, however.


Texas State Teachers Association demands TEA prohibit in-person classes until Sept. 8

The statement was released after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton earlier this week said that local districts have the sole authority to close schools due to the ongoing pandemic.



Travis County adds 247 new COVID-19 cases Aug. 2, continuing recent trend

Overall in Travis County, there have been 21,214 coronavirus cases since mid-March.




The Little Gym of Round Rock to close permanently

Owners Rochelle and Ryan Perk announced July 31 that the Little Gym of Round Rock will close permanently Aug. 1.