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JP Eichmiller

JP Eichmiller joined Community Impact Newspaper in June 2012. As the Central Texas managing editor, he oversees the editorial content of the seven Austin-area Community Impact Newspaper publications. JP is a graduate of Colorado State University and comes from Fort Collins, Colo.  

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 10:59 PM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Lone Star Circle of Care CEO steps down

Georgetown-based Lone Star Circle of Care, a federally qualified health provider for under-insured and uninsured patients, continued a tumultuous month with the announcement CEO Pete Perialas, Jr. was stepping down. more »

May 9, 2014 11:05 AM Georgetown 3 Comments

Live, work, play—Pflugerville by the numbers

Between the 2000 and the 2010 Census, the city of Pflugerville’s population increased by more than 108 percent. more »

Apr 30, 2014 12:00 AM , Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Round Rock officials signed an agreement with Union Pacific that will help establish new quiet zones.

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Round Rock resolves railroad suit

For more than 110 years, McNeil Road has served as a conduit between the cities of Austin and Round Rock. more »

Apr 30, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Austin chamber releases new 2013 education progress data

Helping to raise awareness about the mismatch between local job openings and student aspirations is one of the goals of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce’s annual Education Progress Reports. more »

Apr 30, 2014 12:00 AM , , Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

The city of Round Rock hosts thousands of visitors annually through tournaments held at Old Settlers Park.

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Little-league sports equal big-league business

Nancy Yawn said she drew a lot of skepticism from colleagues and friends when she left a prospering position as Round Rock’s economic development director in 2004 to spearhead the city’s fledgling Convention and Visitors Bureau. more »

Apr 30, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Local ESDs contemplate viability

A few emergency services districts in Travis County are struggling to make ends meet, and some fire chiefs in western Travis County are considering options for the future of area fire protection. more »

Apr 9, 2014 12:00 AM , Lake Travis | Westlake

Live, work, play—Round Rock by the numbers

From 2000 to 2010, the city of Round Rock’s population increased by almost 40,000 residents, according to census data. more »

Apr 2, 2014 12:00 AM , Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Round Rock sets Georgetown up for new development

As new retail and housing construction in Round Rock continues to push up against its border, Georgetown city officials think now is the right time to invest in infrastructure projects that could bring a wave of new development to Georgetown. more »

Apr 2, 2014 12:00 AM , Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

A Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2 firefighter practices drills on a  ladder truck. ESD No. 2 officials say funding shortfalls are affecting the department.

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Pflugerville Fire Dept. faces critical condition

The leadership of Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2—also known as the Pflugerville Fire Department—says the department has become underfunded, understaffed and overwhelmed by the volume of emergency calls it is being asked to respond to more »

Apr 2, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto 7 Comments

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Hutto Family YMCA

The Hutto Family YMCA opened the doors of its new 35,000-square-foot facility Jan. 15. more »

Apr 2, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Live, work, play—Hutto by the numbers

Since the 2000 census, the city of Hutto’s population is estimated to have grown by more than 570 percent. more »

Apr 2, 2014 12:00 AM , Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto 1 Comments

The Pflugerville Fire Department is facing staffing and equipment shortages at its stations.

Blake Rasmussen

City and fire department vow cooperation

Representatives from the city of Pflugerville and Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2 are seeking to bury past grievances and begin a new era of coexistence. more »

Mar 18, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

PISD sets largest bond package in history

With many of Pflugerville ISD’s schools at or above capacity and no slowdown to the influx of new students in sight, the district’s board of trustees has decided the time is right to ask residents for new funding. more »

Mar 5, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto 7 Comments

Rabb Park amenity improvements ongoing

Officials are hoping to have a makeover of the Rabb Park area completed by the summer. more »

Mar 5, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

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Construction on a new joint Round Rock fire/police department training facility is expected to begin in 2014 with funding made available through voter-approved bonds.

Round Rock cashes in bond revenue

The city of Round Rock is wasting little time putting to use the $123.6 million in bond funding approved by voters in November. more »

Mar 5, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Round Rock to offer employee health clinic

The city of Round Rock is staking a claim in the health care business in an effort to reduce its employees’ insurance claims. more »

Mar 5, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Dr. Max Ker, co-owner of Vista Ridge Family Dental, demonstrated how Bitcoin payments are accepted.

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Some Round Rock, WilCo businesses accept Bitcoin currency as payment

Several businesses in Round Rock and Williamson County are accepting Bitcoin, a digital form of alternative currency. more »

Mar 5, 2014 12:00 AM , Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

From the Editor — April 2014

For many of us there is an ingrained assumption that if we dial 911 from a phone, a team of highly qualified firefighters or an ambulance crew will arrive within minutes regardless of where we live or what time of day it is. more »

Mar 5, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

On Feb. 13, the Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2 board of directors called an election regarding a proposed 0.5 percent sales tax increase in portions of the district.

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Fire, city officials debate use of sales tax revenue

Officials from Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2 and the city of Pflugerville are engaged in a contentious debate over which entity deserves the right to collect new local sales taxes from one of their last available sources. more »

Mar 5, 2014 12:00 AM Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto