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Nonprofit obtains cave preserve in Cedar Park

There is a 4-acre cave preserve in Cedar Park that is not quite ready for explorers. However, if locals can hang tight there is a lot of educational experience to gain from this acquired property.The caves are part of the Wilcox Cave Preserve, … more

Management Corner: Take time to listen

‘A big-time change is coming.” This statement could be taken in a number of ways. Here are two. 1) In a few days, we will recognize and celebrate the new year. As we move from one year to the next year, we sense time changing in reference to … more

Chuy’s opens in Cedar Park next month

Chuy’s, the iconic Tex-Mex restaurant known for its made-from-scratch food, margaritas made with fresh-squeezed lime juice and eclectic design, has begun hiring approximately 175 employees for its new Cedar Park location.Scheduled to open Jan. 31, … more

WilCo offers New Year’s Eve fireworks advice

Family celebrations and the holidays go together, and sometimes that includes fireworks.  Many people will buy and use consumer fireworks to celebrate holidays and ring in the New Year.  If you choose to use consumer fireworks, please do so … more

Keep the fur babies warm: Winter Blanket Drive collects fleece throws for shelter

Cedar Park’s Happy Tails Pet Resort is hosting a blanket drive for the dogs and cats at Texas Humane Heroes, an animal rescue shelter in Leander. New fleece throws are needed to help give rescue animals a warm place to stay while they wait to be … more

County auditor celebrates 28 years

When David U. Flores steps down as Williamson County Auditor on Jan. 1, 2017, he will have served 28 years in his position. Back in 1989 when he was sworn in as county auditor, the county had less than 400 employees and an annual budget of $10.9 … more

African Children’s Choir to perform

The word-renowned African Children’s Choir is taking the stage in Leander soon. The choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable children through education. Music for Life, the parent … 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

Leander ISD reexamines early-release days

While preparing the 2017-18 school calendar, some LISD trustees questioned the practicality of early-release school days. Board members debated whether benefits to teachers and staff were worth the burden on parents.Leander ISD’s Karie Lynn … more

City Hall sneak peek: Leander Municipal Building could be renovated this time next year

By next Christmas, Leander residents might have a newly renovated city hall.During last week’s Leander City Council meeting, residents were able to check out new designs for both Pat Bryson Municipal Hall and its attached fire station. The … more

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

Visions of humans danced in their heads: Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter offers holiday foster program

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…Interested in changing that?The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) hopes families can make room for a furry friend this holiday season. At … more

Leander begins annexation process

The City of Leander has initiated annexations for the final available sections of land that can be annexed into the city on Ronald Reagan Boulevard. Earlier this month, the Leander City Council approved a resolution that launched the annexation of … more

Protect yourself this holiday season

Many locals are out spending money on gifts and planning trips this holiday season. These seemingly harmless activities can quickly take a turn for the worse. Asst. Chief Jeff Hayes of the Leander Police Department said that although burglaries and … more

Reading in a Winter Wonderland

The Leander Public Library is putting on its Winter Wonderland Celebration this weekend.Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Dec. 10, the celebration features crafts, Christmas treats and even a visit from Santa himself. The Family Winter Reading … more

Mike Knipstein named EMS Director

Williamson County Senior Director of Emergency Services John Sneed has selected Mike Knipstein, currently deputy director for Williamson County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), to be director of Williamson County EMS.Knipstein has been with … more

Operation Secret Santa at Legacy

Stop by Legacy at Crystal Falls in Leander and take a star off their giving tree.Starting now, those who want to make a difference this holiday season can choose to participate in Operation Secret Santa program for seniors. Legacy at Crystal Falls, … more

Deck the halls safely this year

The holiday season is upon us and many families have already started decorating their homes and searching for that perfect tree. However, the Leander Fire Department urges locals to take precautions before diving headfirst into a box of Christmas … more

LISD Board welcomes MacKay

The Leander ISD Board of Trustees swore in two returning members – Pam Waggoner and Grace Barber-Jordan – and welcomed new member, Jim MacKay at its meeting last week.Rather than vote to reorganize the board through the election of new officers, … more

Rockin’ around the tree: Annual Cedar Park celebration to include city flag unveil

The sky over Cedar Park will be a little brighter this weekend.Nearly 30,000 lights will adorn the Heritage Oak on Quest Parkway on Friday evening. The City of Cedar Park Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the eighteenth annual Holiday Tree … more
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