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Education Connection strives to improve literacy: Organization wants every child reading before fourth grade

Education Connection was piloted in Leander ISD to combat literacy with a desire to have every child reading by the time they exit third grade. According to Education Connection organizers, research has identified third grade literacy as one of four … more

What goes up, must come down? Cedar Park flag back to the drawing board

Cedar Park will reconsider the design of their new city flag after public outcry became too loud to ignore. At their last meeting, the Cedar Park City Council voted to reevaluate the design for the flag and take a public vote on it. The council … more

Cedar woes also affect pets

In the past few weeks you’ve probably had the sniffles, or have been hearing someone sneezing. Cedar allergies have been very intense this winter. On Dec. 29, Austin broke a record for the highest cedar count in almost three decades with levels at … more

Cedar Park intersections some of most hazardous: Two intersections make list of most dangerous in state

Two of the most dangerous intersections in Texas are located in Cedar Park. A Houston attorney used data from TxDOT to create a list of the most dangerous intersections in the state based on reported accidents, injuries and deaths. The office of … more

LISD wants input on naming new school: District’s 26th elementary campus to open this August

Leander ISD is looking for public input on naming their next school.The district’s 26th elementary school will open in August for the 2017-18 school year. The naming process is underway, and nominations are being accepted until Jan. 20.According … more

Leander ISD gets their letter grades from state

Leander ISD’s accountability scores were a little more colorful than many anticipated. Leander ISD earned a B, an A, a D and a C respectively in the following four categories: Domain I - Student Achievement: How students perform on the … more

Cedar Park officer assaulted during traffic stop

A Cedar Park police officer is recovering after he was allegedly assaulted during a 3:14 a.m. traffic stop on Dec. 30.According to the Cedar Park Police Department, the officer pulled over 30-year-old Nicholas Curtis for not having a rear license … more

Preschool Fair helps parents decide: Event allows new families to interview schools

Selecting a preschool can be a daunting task for families. In order to help facilitate the process, MOMS club of Cedar Park (Moms Offering Moms Support), is hosting a preschool fair that allows parents to explore preschools located in Cedar Park, … more

TEA updates rating system: New system has implications for Leander ISD

On Jan. 6, the Texas Education Agency will release a preliminary set of accountability ratings for school districts and campuses across the state based on the agency’s new A-F rating system. The public school accountability system change comes as … more

O Christmas tree, let’s take down thee

If the verse “thy leaves are so unchanging” is no longer inspiring, never fear. Cedar Park and Leander both have opportunities to help locals recycle their evergreens. For those who live in Cedar Park, pack up the tree and head to the parking … more

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
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