JP Eichmiller

JP Eichmiller joined Community Impact Newspaper in June 2012. As the editor for the Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto edition, he covers Round Rock City Council and Pflugerville ISD meetings as well as business, transportation and development news in the cities. JP is a graduate of Colorado State University and comes from Fort Collins, Colo.  

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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 , Lake Travis | Westlake

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 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto (7 Comments)

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 , Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

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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 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

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From left: La Cocina Bar & Grill owners Amelia and Ismael Diaz and daughter Kiara manage the daily cooking, service and management operations of the restaurant.

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La Cocina Bar & Grill

For Ismael and Amelia Diaz, co-owners of La Cocina Bar & Grill, being the owners of a small business is a true family affair. more »

Nov 7, 2013 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

From left: Co-owners Scott Stolle and David Gore, along with General Manager Jere Whiteside, opened French Quarter Round Rock in August 2012.

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French Quarter Round Rock

Although it is situated along one of Round Rock’s busiest roadways, the French Quarter Round Rock restaurant has a look and ambiance that separates it from its surroundings. more »

Sep 5, 2013 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Area Manager Eli Aviles has worked for the owners of Westside Alehouse and La Margarita restaurant for nearly 20 years. Aviles said the owners hope to expand to additional Round Rock locations in the future.

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Westside Alehouse

Opened in March 2012, Westside Alehouse is one of Round Rock’s newer dining and social gathering spots. more »

Jul 5, 2013 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto (1 Comments)

Cheryl and Tony Bardhi moved from New York City to Pflugerville in 1997 and opened Baris Pizza & Pasta.

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Baris Pizza & Pasta

Baris (pronounced bar-ēs) Pizza & Pasta in Pflugerville is a restaurant borne of the fruits of family connections. So it is perhaps not surprising that the eatery has become a popular location for local families to gather. more »

Apr 4, 2013 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto