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'Major project' in the works

‘Major project’ in the works

Pflugerville does not have six-story glass-and-steel office towers, a four-story town hall or retail-residential mixed development, but that could all change if Sunshine Village comes to town.

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The LCRA rendering shows plans for a new Lane City reservoir, which is scheduled to be complete by 2017.

Courtesy Lower Colorado River Authority

LCRA proceeds with new reservoir, revised water management plan

A new reservoir similar to Lake Travis will be built along the Colorado River by 2017. more »

Sep 17, 2014 Central Austin

Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park could soon be the home of a pro-quality golf facility capable of hosting PGA Tour events.

Courtesy city of Austin

Austin targets PGA-quality golf course

City officials on Sept. 8 advanced efforts to build a PGA-quality golf course at Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park in East Austin where there are 735 acres long earmarked for golf use. more »

Sep 10, 2014 Central Austin (1 Comments)

WilCo Commissioners Court OKs 2014–15 tax rate

On Sept. 9 the Williamson County Commissioners Court approved a 2014–15 total property tax rate of $0.4865 per $100 assessed valuation. more »

Sep 9, 2014 Cedar Park | Leander (2 Comments)

P&Z Chairman announces candidacy for council seat in 2015

Frank Leffingwell, Round Rock planning and zoning commission chairman, announced Friday his candidacy for City Council Place 3. Place 3 will be vacated by long-serving Councilman Joe Clifford, who announced he will not be running again. more »

Sep 8, 2014

Round Rock Express changes leadership

Round Rock Express President Dave Fendrick announced Thursday he will retire from his current position. His replacement, Jay Miller, held the position previously before taking a job as Texas Rangers senior vice president. more »

Sep 4, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Hutto falls short in bid for Tesla battery factory

A source from the Hutto Economic Development Corp. confirmed Sept. 3 that the city had been in negotiations for months to secure the site for Tesla Motors' proposed factory. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Pflugerville to get two new neighborhood parks

Pflugerville officials approved construction of two neighborhood parks in late August. One park will be located in the Windermere neighborhood and the other in Pfluger Heights. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

District’s new digital program designed to change learning

Round Rock ISD’s administration is investing in new digitally focused initiatives this year to modernize students’ experiences at school, including a technology pilot program with incubator classrooms, a freshly designed website and a new online bus more »

Sep 3, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Where do Texas roads come from?

Design by Brandy Cohen

November ballot measure aims to drive road funding

A proposition on the Nov. 4 ballot could help repair the state’s ailing highway system, including heavily traveled Central Texas roads such as I-35. more »

Sep 3, 2014 , Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto (2 Comments)

New speed limits approved for Pflugerville roads

Speed limits are changing on some of Pflugerville’s busier roads, including Heatherwilde Boulevard, Immanuel Road and North Railroad Avenue. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

A motorist uses the new interchange to turn onto O’Connor Drive from SH 45 N. The interchange was a joint project between the Texas Department of Transportation and Williamson County.

Photo by Scott Thomas

Long-awaited extension, interchange aim to relieve traffic

Round Rock drivers are hoping to see traffic relief on RM 620 after the completion of a long-awaited project connecting O’Connor Drive to SH 45 N opened Aug. 20. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto (1 Comments)

Pflugerville voters to decide on transportation, recreation bond measures

Pflugerville City Council has approved bond measures worth $53 million for road improvements and new parks and recreation facilities to go on the Nov. 4 ballot. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

New fire station the first of four intended to improve response times

A planned fire station on Red Bud Lane is intended to improve response times to a wider swath of Round Rock’s southeast side. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

New basic-care health clinic opens at Hutto High School

A new health clinic called Bluebonnet Trails opened at Hutto High School in August. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Hutto ISD board of trustees selected as top in Central Texas region

The Hutto ISD board of trustees has been selected as the top ISD board in Central Texas, according to an HISD news release. more »

Aug 18, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

PISD board OKs budget, tax rate

Pflugerville ISD The board of trustees approved a $189.8 million budget for the 2014–15 fiscal year and a property tax rate of $1.54 per $100 of valuation, according to an Aug. 21 news release. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Two contested races set for ACC board of trustees seats

Two seats on the Austin Community College board of trustees will feature contested races this year. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center board selects interim executive director

Kelly Tourere Forister was appointed the interim executive director for the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center on Aug. 7 after Brenda Staples resigned from the position. more »

Aug 19, 2014 Georgetown

LCRA water management plan delayed

A long-term strategy for managing Central Texas water has been delayed at least 10 months to allow state officials more time to collect information on looming drought conditions. more »

Jun 20, 2013 Cedar Park | Leander

Pflugerville officials lower property tax

Officials agreed to decrease the maximum city property tax rate for the 2015 fiscal year by 3.46 cents per $100 valuation. more »

Sep 3, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto (2 Comments)

Forest Creek Elementary School participates in new health program

Forest Creek Elementary School is now participating in a health initiative led by Kimberly Clark Professional to help decrease the number of school days missed because of illnesses, Round Rock ISD announced Sept. 2. more »

Sep 3, 2014

Council appoints interim city manager

The Round Rock City Council unanimously appointed Laurie Hadley as interim city manager Thursday. Current City Manager Steve Norwood announced his resignation effective in September. more »

Aug 29, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

WilCo Commissioners Court adopts budget

On Aug. 26 the Williamson County Commissioners Court adopted a $243 million budget, which includes both salary increases and additional personnel. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Georgetown

In turnaround, El Lago still likely to relocate to Pflugerville

The El Lago tortilla factory’s relocation to Pflugerville appears to be back on track. more »

Aug 22, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Round Rock ISD to offer free meals to at-risk students

At-risk students attending Round Rock ISD schools will now receive breakfast and lunch for free beginning in the 2014­–15 school year. more »

Aug 22, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Decision delayed on LCRA revised water management plan

A long-term plan for keeping the Austin area’s primary water supply intact was introduced August 15 but its approval remains uncertain. more »

Aug 20, 2014 Central Austin

Pflugerville leaders vote for road and parks bonds, against animal shelter bond

On Aug. 12, Pflugerville City Council approved two bond measures totaling $53 million for road improvements and new parks and recreation facilities that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. more »

Aug 13, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Tortilla chip maker El Lago’s move to Pflugerville in limbo

El Lago may never relocate its tortilla chip factory to Pflugerville. The chipmaker was expected to move into a new location at the 130 Commerce Center by mid August, but El Lago has yet to arrive in Pflugerville, an official said. more »

Aug 12, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Williamson County accepts preliminary proposed Budget

Commissioners approved a preliminary proposed 2014–15 budget Aug. 5 that is larger than the 2013–14 budget and includes significant cost increases to hire additional personnel. more »

Aug 11, 2014 Georgetown

Hutto Area Chamber of Commerce picks new president

The Hutto Area Chamber of Commerce has picked John Darby to be its new president. Darby will begin work at the chamber Aug. 18, according to a news release. more »

Aug 11, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

ACC in-district tuition unchanged in 2014–15

Austin Community College approved its 2014–15 fiscal year budget July 7 without increasing tuition rates for ACC in-district students. more »

Aug 6, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

South University to open in Round Rock in 2015

Construction on the South University campus near the intersection of I-35 and SH 45 in Round Rock is on schedule, and university officials said they expect the campus to open for classes by the college’s spring session in April. more »

Aug 6, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Round Rock, Success high schools open in August

Construction is set to conclude this summer on two RRISD high schools, which will open Aug. 26 for the 2014–15 school year. more »

Aug 6, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

The new entrance to Round Rock High School is located on Deepwood Drive. RRHS reopens for the 2014–15 school year in August.

Photo courtesy Round Rock ISD

Hutto ISD names two new principals

Officials have selected two new principals to lead Hutto High School and Farley Middle School. more »

Aug 6, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Texas A&M medical school to accept more students

The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in Round Rock will begin accepting more students in July 2016. more »

Aug 6, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Baylor starts health care executive MBA program

Baylor University is launching a health care concentration under its executive master of business administration program as a result of Austin’s growth in the health care industry. more »

Aug 6, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Parks and trails add value to Round Rock and Pflugerville

The webs of hike and bike trails spanning Round Rock and Pflugerville help local residents recreate, but city planners said they have bigger intentions when designing park and trail systems. more »

Aug 6, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Jacob Shaull said he hopes to find a job in the oil industry after he finishes a welding program at Texas State Technical College in Hutto.

Photo by David Barer

Filling the education gaps

The biggest university endowments, football stadiums and most sought-after degrees in the state may belong to Texas’ largest public and private four-year universities, but community and technical colleges are increasingly forming the bedrock of highe more »

Aug 6, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Round Rock officials said they hope to sell the former gypsum supply property to a developer that will 
create a pedestrian-friendly area with potential restaurant options, an entertainment space and more.

Photo by David Barer

Round Rock gypsum property development a work in progress

Round Rock officials are wading carefully into the development of a large tract of land formerly home to a gypsum supply company in downtown. more »

Aug 6, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Transportation Updates

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Business

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Michelle Azuara said she was set to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a teacher. But she said the rigors of being an educator drove her to pursue a different career path.

Dining

Photo by Gene Davis

For 16 years, Kathy Lorenz has been playfully teasing diners at Springhill Restaurant to “Sit down and enjoy their meals already.”

Real Estate Report

Tips for homebuyers and sellers in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto.

First Look

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Pflugerville is set to be the laboratory for a technology that could put a growing wind turbine manufacturer on the map.

People

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Mike Odom, President/CEO of the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce

Recent Highlights

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First Day of School: Round Rock and Success High Schools

Real estate

Market data for Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto

Real Estate

Amy Ellswort

Park at Brushy Creek

Outdoor recreation guide

Local parks, trails, water recreation and day trips

Volunteer Guide 2014

Discover ways to get involved in local nonprofits and give back to your community

By the numbers

A breakdown of Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto's demographics, population and employment patterns

Connected 2014

A guide to Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto in 2014

2014–15 Healthcare Directory

Stories, news briefs, and local doctor and hospital listings in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto

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