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Two more trains added to MetroRail fleet: Cedar Park, Leander residents expected to reap benefits

Those utilizing Capital Metro trains could see their wait times cut in half when two new trains come online. According to Capital Metro representatives, two new train cars entered Austin last Thursday. The cars had a long journey, coming from … more

HCN gets new owners, Coleman named publisher

The Hill Country News, Cedar Park and Leander’s community newspaper for nearly 50 years, is now managed by Fenice Community Media Group.Second-generation newspaper executive Brandi Chionsini, formerly CEO of Taylor, Texas based Granite … more

Georgetown Confederate soldier statue stands amid controversy

While Confederate statues are being removed and taken down throughout the United States, a petition calling for a plaque with historical context to be added to a Confederate soldier monument is being circulated in Williamson County. more

Local weighs in on Women’s March on Washington: Cedar Park resident protested in D.C.

We talked to a Cedar Park resident and nurse who gave up her Saturday to hit the D.C. streets for the Women’s March on Washington. Read our Q&A with Diane Villarreal to hear about her experience. Why did you march? I went to Washington … more

WCRAS celebrates a decade of serving animals

Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) is celebrating its 10th anniversary of serving animals. On March 14, 2007, WCRAS opened its doors to the lost and abandoned animals of Round Rock, Hutto, Leander, Cedar Park and Williamson … more

Leander Prom Queens

Leander High School Principal Tiffany Spicer (left) places a crown on Abby Cano. Keilany Solano (right) and Cano were ultimately both named LHS prom queens. 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

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick blames city governments for "all our problems in America"

City governments, particularly those led by Democrats, are to blame for problems nationwide, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said during a nationally televised interview Friday.  "People are happy … more

Feds draw thousands of comments on Texas' request to renew women's health funding

Thousands of advocates have flooded the federal government with comments this week, weighing in on whether it should reverse an Obama-era decision to strip Texas of millions in federal funding for a … more

Cedar Park, WilCo officials break ground on Fire Station No. 5

Cedar Park and Williamson County officials broke ground, shovel-in-hand on Fire Station No. 5 at a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 2, at 1501 Cottonwood Creek Trail. more

Board discusses survey process

At their last meeting, the Leander ISD board was presented with a study process for a possible bond. Robert Stein, a Lena Gohlman Fox professor of political science at Rice University, explained that he has created public opinion polls for school … more

Kid reporter takes on Hurricane Harvey, Texas news

While most fifth grade boys are more concerned about Pokémon and Legos, Truman J. Hamade, a 10-year-old 5th grade student in Cedar Park, is reporting the news for a national publication. more

Special session ends over impasse on property tax reform bill

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott gave legislators 20 must-pass items, but the lawmakers delivered only 12 bills to his desk during the first called session of the 85th Texas Legislature. Both the … more

RockNRides Car Show this weekend

Rouse RockNRides Car Show will take place March 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This annual show benefits the Rouse Raider High School Band Boosters. Expect music, food and prizes. Everyone and anything on wheels is encouraged to come out.Event organizer … more

School boards, cities sought to stop Gov. Abbott from signing drone bill

Organizations representing hundreds of Texas cities and school boards unsuccessfully urged Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this month to veto a bill aimed at restricting drone use around the state, worried … more

Texas Supreme Court throws out ruling that favored same-sex marriage benefits

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday threw out a lower court ruling that said spouses of gay and lesbian public employees are entitled to … more

Governor applauds TxDOT efforts in removal of hurricane debris

Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 27 announced the Texas Department of Transportation had collected more than 2.4 million cubic feet of debris left behind by Hurricane Harvey in roadways across the four districts hardest hit by the storm. more

New method to evaluate LISD teachers, principals

Leander Independent School District might use a new method to evaluate the teachers and principals each year to restructure improvement recommendations.During the school board’s last meeting, members reviewed learning, evaluation and development … more

Some counties question need of special courts for law enforcement

There’s one new law on the books intended to help police in Texas that has gotten less attention than several others in a year when lawmakers touted their “back the blue” bills. It’s a … 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
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