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The bell schedule and triple-tier bus system will be discussed by the Leander Independent School District Board of Trustees at their meeting on Thursday. 

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The Leander City Council will hold a joint workshop 5:30 p.m. Thursday, prior to the  regular 7 p.m. council meeting, with the newly appointed Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee, which will … more

Williamson County resident Bill Kelberlau asked the Williamson County Commissioners to be more transparent at their meetings during the public comment portion of their meeting on Tuesday. Though not directly, Commissioner Valerie Covey responded to the concern, pointing out transparency on behalf of the Commissioners' Court.

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The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has positively identified a 30-year-old cold case victim as Sue Ann Huskey, also known as “Corona girl.” Huskey was found shot multiple times, wearing a … more
A Cedar Park Fire Department driver/engineer was charged Friday, Jan. 10, in Hamilton County District Court with one count of third-degree felony possession of child pornography and two counts of second-degree felony promotion of child pornography.

Jay Cortez, 51, who has been with the city for more than 17 years, was charged with the crimes but has not yet been indicted pending investigation by a Hamilton County grand jury. He posted a $27,000 bond and is no longer in jail. 
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The race for Cedar Park City Council seats is officially underway as campaign filing to run for the seats opened Wednesday and will last through Feb. 14. Several candidates have already announced … more

In the middle of the budget year, the Williamson County Sheriff's Department asked Williamson County Commissioners permission for a lease-purchase agreement for a new ATV. Commissioners said no. 


Indeed, the idea didn't even get enough support to go to a vote. Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long's motion to approve the contract didn't even get a second. 

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“You might think this is just a regular pep rally or synergy rally, but actually it’s not,” Reed Elementary Principal Paige Collier said. “It’s extra special today. I have been keeping a little secret.” 


Collier turned students’ groans into cheers when it was announced that Reed Elementary School had received a Lighthouse Certification, a highly-regarded standard recognizing schools that have produced outstanding results in school and student outcomes as well as impacted staff, students, parents and the greater community. 

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Capital Metro will resume Saturday rail service starting on Saturday, Jan. 11, and will add the Leander rail station to the service for the first time.

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The Cedar Park City Council approved Thursday increasing each of the City of Cedar Park's two utility impact fees by approximately $1,000 per living unit equivalents (LUEs).

The fees are only assessed against new developments or sizable new projects, so it does not impact existing customers nor does it change the city's utility rates.

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The Leander Independent School District is currently conducting a community survey to gauge the interest and plan for the expansion of pre-kindergarten from a half-day to a full-day curriculum for eligible 4-year-olds, to begin in the 2020-21 school year, according to the district website. The survey will also gauge the interest in possibly offering a half-day pre-school program for eligible 3-year-olds.  

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The Cedar Park City Council will hold public hearings Thursday on the latest updates to the city's Land Use Assumptions and Capital Improvement Plan, which are used to calculate the city's water and wastewater impact fees, and on how much they increase those fees based on those updates. 

The council will also consider a follow-up discussion requested by Council member Rodney Robinson's regarding the city's smoking regulations, including whether the city should regulate smoking in restaurant's outdoor seating areas.

Lastly, the council will consider a "discussion of (the) development located at 120 South Lakeline Boulevard." While the agenda item didn't provide further information on what would be discussed about it during the meeting, several objections to the development being built at the location were raised at the Dec. 5, 2019, council meeting by neighbor residents.

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Leander’s 3rd annual Polar Bear Plunge made a splash as 15 participants jumped into the pool at Robin Bledsoe Park on Saturday.


“Luckily for the plungers, this year’s weather was beautiful - although the pool was still very cold,” Leander Recreation Supervisor Leah Ward said. “In the past two years, it was freezing cold outside as well as in the water.” 

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The League of Women Voters of Texas deemed Williamson County’s election website as “Outstanding,” following their fourth survey of Texas county websites ahead of the 2020 presidential primary. Williamson County was one of only 14 counties whose websites were considered secure, safe and compliant with state requirements.

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Leander City Manager Rick Beverlin said he is excited to dig into his new job and work with a dynamic, fast-growing city like Leander. 

"I don't think I could find a better place to relocate the family to. It has all of elements of being a Texan that we all love...I feel like I'm walking air, like I'm walking on the clouds," Beverlin said.

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The Cedar Park Police Department is investigating a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred Saturday evening in Cedar Park.

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Whew. What a year. 

We took a deep dive into the news vault with an eye to the most consequential stories of 2019. We resisted any attempt to classify some sort of “top 10” list because the majority of the issues we covered were spread out over the year.  We’ve recapped these story threads here and, except for the first, they are noted in no particular order of importance. 

However, there is little doubt that the first thread in our recap created a firestorm, one which has yet to be fully extinguished. That story dominated our pages in 2019. 

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The Travis County Sheriff’s Office has issued a regional Amber Alert for four-year-old Marsdan Ellis Harp. 

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The cities of Cedar Park and Leander would like to remind citizens that fireworks are illegal to possess within city limits.

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Christmas TowneChristmas might officially be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy some holiday fun with your family and friends. Bring the family to the Free Chistmas … more
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