January 29, 2023

Rise and shine, Round Rock! Elaine, here in your inbox today, to fill you in on everything you need to know about what’s happening in town. Because community information is power! Today’s briefing includes news and updates on…

  • A mother is after a broken heart Item of sentimental value has been stolen.
  • what’s going on inside Texas Legislation with Teachers’ Compensation
  • healthcare company Layoffs affect Round Rock employees

But first today’s weather:

Don’t forget your rain boots and a warm jacket for today’s forecast of:

Heavy rain and a thunderstorm. High: 54 Low: 36.

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Here are the top stories at Round Rock today:

  1. A new The Round Rock resident is heartbroken after her daughter’s ashes were stolen from her storage unit, located in North Austin. The victim of the burglary, Lily Nicole, received a call from storage unit staff about a month prior to this latest incident that the lock on her unit had been picked but no items were stolen. The company said they would replace the broken lock with a new one. Today, Nicole is not worried about any other valuables being stolen and only wants the ashes of her deceased daughter, Sa’Mya, back. Read more of this story at KXAN.
  2. After a failed attempt in 2021 to “pass a bill that would have raised the minimum salary for teachers to $70,000,” Democratic Rep. James Talarico plans to introduce another bill to raise teachers’ salaries as the staff shortage persists. Teacher salaries are only a priority for state legislators, while cutting property taxes and school safety measures are also on the list. Learn more about the Texas Standard.
  3. Healthcare company Ascension has confirmed it is laying off employees in Texas, affecting locations in Round Rock and other surrounding towns. There are no updates on the number of layoffs or the exact positions that have been terminated, other than that those affected have received severance pay. Check with KXAN for further updates and for Ascension’s official statement.
  4. A two-vehicle collision at the 1600 block of East Palm Valley Blvd. resulted in the death of a woman and non-life-threatening injuries to three others. All lanes near US-79 from AW Grimes were closed from approximately 3:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. There is currently no further information on this incident. However, you can check with CBS Austin for further updates.
  5. Kalahari Resorts says the water park’s outdoor space is expanding featuring thousands of square feet of brand new rides and attractions, ready for summer 2023. New attractions include: slides specially designed for kids, a new lazy river and a new swim or walk-up bar for adults. Read more about the fun details about KXAN.

Today at Round Rock:

  • City Council package meeting at City Hall (7:30 a.m.)
  • It’s a scavenger hunt! *Virtual* (10 a.m.)
  • Austin Real Estate Cooperative Official Launch Party at the Alcove Cantina (4 p.m.)
  • Trivia Tuesday at the Anchor Bar (6:30 p.m.)
  • Boys Varsity Basketball at Round Rock Christian Academy (7:30 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • An update on a deadly shooting story from last week: “The deceased man implicated at the Red Hills Villas at 1401 South AW Grimes Boulevard last Thursday night has been identified as Marcos Esparza, 21, of Round Rock. The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.” (Round Rock Police Department Facebook)
  • Round Rock ISD recognizes Lunar New Year: “Lunar New Year 2023 – the year of the water rabbit. The sign of the rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace and prosperity.” Lunar New Year is celebrated by various Asian cultures. (Round Rock ISD Facebook)
  • Police remind community of tips on car theft: “They can happen anywhere, but a popular place is hotel parking lots. Thieves count on some high-priced items being left in cars overnight. Be sure to lock your car, take valuables with you, and properly secure all firearms.” (Round Rock Police Department Facebook)
  • The big day we’ve all been waiting for is upon us! “The City of Round Rock Public Library grand opening is this Saturday! 📚 For more information, see this article. (Texas State University Round Rock Campus Facebook)

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That’s it for today! See you tomorrow for another update.

Elaine Thompson

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