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A Full Plate

Roman Lewis (left) waits for a piece of cake to add to his Thanksgiving feast last Friday at Block House Creek Elementary. more

Thanksgiving Feast

Matthew Miller enjoys holiday lunch with his grandmother, Josie Camacho at Block House Creek Elementary. The food service crew and staff at Block House Creek managed to feed more than 1,000 students and family members the last day of school … more

Cedar Park community comes together for needy

 For more than two decades, the Cedar Park Police Department has led the way on a Blue Santa program that grows every year. Last year, Cedar Park’s Blue Santa served more than 250 families, including the efforts of much of the city staff, … more

Leander Blue Santa brings community together to help neighbors

Holiday cheer abounds this season as Leander Blue Santa gears up for another year of helping area families fulfill some of their Christmas wishes. The final day for a family to register to participate as a recipient in the toy donation program is … more

Follow the Star illuminates the season

It’s no longer a surprise to area residents that each holiday season, Cedar Park is home to the most elaborate living nativity scene in Central Texas. It’s marked by a spotlight, six-feet in diameter, beaming up in the night sky. The light … more

Honoring veterans

Leander Middle School welcomed the 3rd Cavalry Regiment out of Fort Hood to its Veterans Day assembly. more

Honoring veterans

The Leander High School JROTC presented the colors as part of the school’s Veterans Day ceremony Friday. The event also included music from the Lion Heart Singers, dance by the Blue Belles and an honoring of veterans by teacher Bill Robertson. more

What freedom means

The fourth-grade teachers at Camacho Elementary spent nine weeks teaching lessons to help students understand the meaning of the word freedom. The final step was the reflection piece. Below are examples of students’ thoughts about the process of … more

Leander ISD maintenance plan on schedule

With dozens of projects on tap on dozens of campuses throughout the district, the LISD maintenance staff stays busy keeping facilities in order. The current fiscal year plan calls for $9.1 million in maintenance costs as part of a 10-year $56 … more

Leander ponies up: New Old Town pub receives $75K grant

A new business in Leander’s Old Town district will receive a $75,000 grant from the City of Leander to open a brewpub in coming months. The city council approved the matching equity grant earlier this month as part of the city’s Old Town … more

HCCM serving more than ever

As many as 1,500 people seek out assistance form Hill Country Community Ministries (HCCM) each month, but to the staff and volunteers, each individual is special. “Everyone has a story,” said executive director Tiesa Hollaway, who likes to … more

Now is time to heal and refocus

Our columns for The Hill Country News are due on the Wednesday before they actually appear in the paper. So, I’m writing this article on Nov. 1, one week before the election. But even though I don’t know which candidate is going to win, I do … more

What would Jesus undo?

This is part 3 of our series of columns based on the idea that if Jesus were to walk on this earth today, What Would Jesus Undo (WWJU)? Today, I’m contending that Jesus would undo religion. Imagine that! During a week when we’re celebrating … more

LISD growth not so simple to south

This is part two of a look into the demographic challenges faced by Leander ISD as the community continues to grow. While growth is fast and somewhat predictable on the north end of Leander ISD, it is a little more tricky on the southern end of … more

Election, up close

With an April birthday, Harrison Lutz was going to miss his first opportunity to vote for president by six months, but he didn't let it stop him from getting up close and personal with the democratic process this election day. The Vista Ridge … more

A warm salute

Neither gray skies or occasional sprinkles could dampen the spirit of area residents who gathered Saturday morning to honor veterans. Cedar Park hosted its annual Veterans Day celebration with a parade ceremony and the unveiling of two new … more

You are more than able to handle life’s problems

The obstacles of life and pressures of reality can sometimes bring you down. You can feel discouraged and defeated, with the promise of tomorrow far and out of reach. I want you to know that although the winds and the waves of life may beat upon … more

What would Jesus undo?

One of the most interesting aspects of ministry is discovering the kinds of issues people want addressed and then working with my worship team to do so. Our current series takes the old cliche WWJD; i.e., “What Would Jesus Do?” and instead … more

Powwow, programs share Native American tradition

Robert Bass has a passion for sharing and preserving the traditions, heritage and culture of American Indians. A founding member of the Eagle Point Singers, an American Indian drum group based in Cedar Park that performs at schools, cultural … more

Where have all the clowns gone?

The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were getting ourselves situated in the living room with some after supper coffee while watching the little bit of TV. These days, a little bit of TV is about all a person can handle. Nothing quite … more
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