Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Feb. 21.

Note: The following stories were published Feb. 17-18.

Dallas-Fort Worth

Regional Transportation Council looks to extend DART rail line from Plano to McKinney

The North Central Texas Council of Governments' Regional Transportation Council is working to convince city officials to support a new rail line system that would connect Plano and McKinney.


Eligible Texas homeowners to receive up to $65K to pay late mortgage payments, taxes, insurance through new state program

Homeowners in Texas who have faced financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic may soon receive up to $65,000 in aid each from a new source of state-facilitated assistance.

Greater Houston

The Cookshack coming soon to Kuykendahl Road in Spring

The eatery will serve fried chicken at varying levels of spice as well as smoked ribs, macaroni and cheese and salads.

Central Texas

Randalls-anchored Oak Meadows Marketplace in Georgetown under new ownership

The 78,888 square foot shopping center was built in 2018 with Randall's as the largest tenant. Other tenants include Great Clips, Romeo's Pizza and Phoever Diner.

Austin, Travis County remains at Stage 5 as COVID-19 cases trend down

Austin Public Health officials at the Feb. 18 bimonthly COVID-19 briefing pushed for continued public safety measures, even as they said data shows positive progress on vaccine levels and case numbers.

Erick Pirayesh, Matt Payne, Emily Lincke, Hunter Terrell and Darcy Sprague contributed to this report.