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Holiday Inn Express may come to Leander

Leander does not have a hotel at this time and is mising out on revenue, particularly the Hotel Occupancy Tax. Visitors now must find lodging in nearby towns. However, Leander’s first hotel could break ground this summer behind the H-E-B Plus … more

Governor opens nominations for 2017 Star of Texas Award

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2017 Star of Texas Award, according to Gov. Greg Abbott’s office. The Star of Texas awards honor peace officers, firefighters, and emergency medical first responders who were seriously injured or … more

LISD seniors collaborate with local businesses

Each year, Leander ISD has their annual COOL Week (Career Opportunities On Location) for high school seniors throughout the district, which allows students to spend the week working as interns at various locations. These internships give students … more

Student conquers competitive art program

In downtown Austin, the renowned Contemporary Austin offers a program called Young Artists for high school students interested in the arts. Cynthia Acevedo, a teacher in Rouse High School’s art department, knew just the student to apply. Avery … more

Cedar Park to host stormwater drainage town halls

Cedar Park officials are seeking public input about a proposed stormwater drainage and associated street repairs program. The proposal would create a long-term solution for addressing stormwater drainage maintenance, priority improvement projects.

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Cedar Park flag unveiled

Cedar Park raised its flag for the first time during the city’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa’s Workshop at Heritage Oak Park on Friday. Fireworks shot out as the flag was unfurled from a 100-foot fire engine ladder in front of nearly … 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

College transfer portal aids degree-seekers

The Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas Foundation (ICUTF) is partnering with the Texas Association of Community Colleges and College Consortium on a new initiative accelerating completion … more

Williamson County adopts $191 million budget

The Williamson County Commissioners Court adopted a $191 million budget for fiscal year 2017-18 and reduced the overall county tax rate by one cent per $100 valuation as compared to last year. more

Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen opens in Cedar Park next month

The Grove Wine Bar and Kitchen is opening at a new location in Cedar Park in early July.  The new restaurant and bar, known for its appetizing menus, will open at 1310 Whitestone Blvd. near the corner of 183A and FM 1431. It will be the Austin … more

Cedar Park Council OKs hiring outside firm to investigate CPPD policies, procedures

The Cedar Park City Council last week authorized the city manager to hire an Illinois firm to conduct an independent review of police policies and procedures related to criminal investigations.

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Decorated military hero Mary Jennings Hegar announces candidacy for Congress

Mary Jennings Hegar, who grew up in Cedar Park and graduated from Leander High School, announced her candidacy Thursday, July 6 for the 31st District Congressional seat of longtime Republican U.S. Rep. John Rice Carter. more

Summer reading programs underway at the Cedar Park Library

Summer reading programs are underway at the Cedar Park Library. The popular library has become the go-to hotspot for Cedar Park residents featuring summer reading, kids chess, knitting classes, veteran's activities and reading and music programs for infants, toddlers and kindergarteners. more

First-time teacher strives at building student relationships

Khione Stevenson knew she wanted to be a teacher when she was five years old. She dreamed about becoming one for 17 years and now, at 22 and full of nervous hope, she taught her first day as a full … more

Dyslexia Decoded

Cami Cox, a dyslexic student at Baylor University, says Dr. Seuss books are still a challenge.  But undaunted, she will return this August as a sophomore and put in extra time to decipher … more

Rep. Tony Dale files sextortion bill

State Rep. Tony Dale (R-Cedar Park) filed a bill in response to “sextortion,” a crime that he said is growing rapidly and that typically affects children who are using the internet. Sextortion is a relatively new form of sexual exploitation … more

Follow-up test samples negative for West Nile Virus mosquitoes in Cedar Park

After an initial report of a sampling of mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus in early October, Cedar Park officials are reporting two consecutive weeks of negative test results. more

Troxell presents ‘State of the District’: Growth, achievement and progress highlighted

Leander ISD Superintendent Dan Troxell presented the annual State of the District address at Hill Country Bible Church on Feb. 17. What’s on the horizon for Leander ISD? Growth, growth and more growth.“I want to begin by saying that the state of … more

Cedar Park Council may repeal and replace current zoning ordinances

In an effort to make zoning ordinances more helpful to citizens, the Cedar Park City Council will consider a recommendation from the city's planning and zoning commission to repeal and replace current zoning ordinances.The planning and zoning … more

Community members assist driver, flip overturned van

About a dozen people in Cedar Park flipped an overturned van upright at the Bell Blvd. and Cypress Creek Rd. intersection following a traffic accident Wednesday evening, police said. more
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