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US DoED to collect data from Leander ISD: Data on special education will be used to monitor district performance

The U.S. Department of Education (DoED) will visit Leander ISD to gather data on special education processes and procedures. The department is conducting a review of the Texas Education Agency’s Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System … more

New law aims to help elderly Texans fooled by scammers

Prompted by a man she had never met, an elderly woman in Dallas County recently decided to sell her home and wire the $200,000 windfall to a mysterious bank account, a victims advocate … more

New law lets Texas drivers help tackle the state's rape kit testing backlog

State Rep. Victoria Neave agrees that everyday Texans shouldn't have to pass around a figurative hat to help rape victims get justice; footing the costly bill to test sexual assault kits should be … more

Leander students create program to help teens: Organization lets teens anonymously cope with problems

Keep your chin up. Be strong. Look on the bright side. Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can never hurt you. Everything happens for a reason. All of these are well-meaning responses to someone who is coping with a personal battle. … more

Three Democrat challengers race to fill John Rice Carter's seat in Congress

Three substantive Democrat candidates are already campaigning hard for the 31st District Congressional seat held by longtime Republican incumbent John Rice Carter. But their chances of success in next year's elections, as well as Carter's, may … more

Cedar Park 1997 Tornado

The roof on the Albertson’s store collapsed where the tornado impacted the building, injuring several people. Store manager Larry Fore was credited with saving as many as forty lives by guiding employees and customers into the store’s freezer … more

Leander police officer’s artwork developing international reputation

Leander’s assistant chief of police may be an officer of the law, but off-duty, he’s a renowned graphic artist. Jeffery Hayes, a primarily self-taught graphic artist, has developed an international reputation for his creative designs for … more

First Texas Gold Star monument to be dedicated in Cedar Park Saturday

A monument honoring Central Texas families who have lost loved ones to military service is planned to be placed at Cedar Park Veterans Memorial Park, Saturday, Sept. 23. more

Wilco Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 office closing next week

The office of Williamson County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 will be closed for court personnel training Tuesday, May 9, and Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The office will resume normal business hours on Thursday, May 11.All due dates and Criminal … more

Concordia University to focus on environmental stewardship: Nature Fest set for March 31

Concordia University Texas will host its first annual Nature Fest, a day set aside for learning about and celebrating the natural resources uniquely available and accessible to Concordia Texas.On Friday, March 31 Nature Fest will include tours of … more

Globetrotters dribbling into HEB Center in July

Back by popular demand, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their unrivaled show back to the Austin area. As a special summertime engagement, the team will play one game for the first time at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday, July … 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

Bathroom bill debate highlights barriers to updating birth certificate in Texas

Though he tries to avoid restrooms “at all costs,” high school student Jason Foster says they’re sometimes unavoidable at school. Leander Independent School District requires students to … more

Williamson County launches new emergency preparation app

In the event of a natural disaster, a new smartphone app will be able to aid Williamson County residents with emergency communications, evacuation routes and creating a family preparedness plan, officials said. more

Boy Scouts may be the answer to helping parents get their sons out of the house

As parents of today worry about getting their children out of the house and away from their smart phones and iPads, at least where their boys are concerned, many families are finding an old solution to today’s modern challenges: The Boy Scouts of America. more

Capital Metro President and CEO Linda Watson announces retirement

Linda Watson, Capital Metro president and CEO, announced she will retire at the end of year after seven years as head of the region’s transportation agency. more

Approved Cedar Park budget lowers tax rate

The Cedar Park City Council approved a $193 million budget that will lower the city’s property tax rate for the fifth year in a row, officials said. 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

Hill Country News moving offices

After 19 years at its location at 103 Woods Lane in Cedar Park, Hill Country News will be moving its offices to the Discovery Boulevard Business Park Friday, Sept. 22. more

Statewide driving-while-texting ban heads to Governor's desk

Texas Senate and House budget conferees met frequently last week and on May 20 managed to reach compromise on a $218 billion state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019. However, Senate Bill 1 must gain final approval from both the House and Senate in … more
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