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Criticism builds for Texas DPS decision to lay off 117 older officers

In its latest attempt to address budget cuts, the Texas Department of Public Safety is again facing harsh criticism. Multiple lawmakers and the department’s officers association have … more

New Texas law criminalizes drone use near animal farms

David Mimlitch was on his lunch break in 2011, flipping through the 606 aerial photos he had just taken with a drone outside Dallas, when he noticed something strange: a creek stained scarlet with … more

Cedar Park woman charged with stealing from Wal-Mart

A Cedar Park woman is in jail after she allegedly stole more than $7,000 from a local Wal-Mart.Police say loss prevention officers at Wal-Mart in the 200 block of Walton Way discovered discrepancies in the cash register of Lena Elizabeth Brown, 19, … more

A year of promise: Leander mayor reflects on 2016, looks on

At a Jan. 24 Leander Chamber of Commerce meeting, Leander Mayor Chris Fielder gave the state of the city address, a city which now includes 48,000 residents.“This has been a record-breaking year for growth in Leander,” Fielder told the Hill … more

Capital Highlights: Hurricane Harvey debris removal funding gains approval

Gov. Greg Abbott and leaders of the Texas Legislature on Nov. 9 announced the approval of $90 million in emergency state funding to help Hurricane Harvey disaster-declared counties pay for the removal of debris. 

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Local students to tour Italy, Costa Rica: Travel group wants to be put to work

A group of local high school students will have the opportunity of a lifetime next summer. The students, ages 15-17, will be traveling abroad on an educational international adventure. Students were selected based on their character and on traits … more

Cedar Park school for autistic children ceases operations: Closure a blow to students, parents

The Hector Ponce Academy for autistic children was forced to shut its doors after two donors backed out of their $100,000 commitment. After only four months of operation, owner Tina Ponce learned the donors were not going to continue with their … more

Cedar Park City Council approves expanding scope of police department review to include patrols

The Cedar Park City Council Thursday approved expanding the scope of an ongoing independent review of its police department to include its patrol division. more

Biking without a light leads to arrest

A bicyclist stopped for riding without a light at night turned out to be a suspect in several Cedar Park-area burglaries.Cedar Park police officers stopped the suspect, Christopher David Harper, on April 18 and noticed that Harper’s bike and … more

Residents want pipeline rejected

Last week during Williamson County Commissioners Court, several runners and birdwatchers asked commissioners to vote against a proposed sewage pipeline in Berry Springs Park and Preserve, a park located outside of Georgetown.At this time, … more

Edible Books Contest coming up

This weekend, the Cedar Park Public Library is holding a Edible Book Contest. An edible book is a food-based creation that depicts a fictional or non-fictional literary work or literary character. It can look like a book in form and shape, be … more

Glenn H.S. theatre UIL performance advances: Underclassmen cast competes against juniors and seniors

Glenn High School’s theatre department isn’t letting their lack of upperclassmen get in the way of their strive for stardom. Under the direction of Neal Gage, the cast of the school’s One-Act Play, “Proof,” has been advancing through the … more

House OKs reversing cuts to disabled children's therapy services

The Texas House gave tentative approval Thursday to a measure that would partially reverse a controversial cut to disabled children’s therapy services that was ordered by the 2015 … more

Almost 400,000 Texans' insurance at risk after Congress fails to renew CHIP

Insurance coverage for more than 390,000 Texas children and pregnant women is in jeopardy after Congress failed to renew authorization for a federal program. Congressional authorization for the … more

Cedar Park Regional Medical Center opens dedicated orthopedic center, now accepting patients

The Cedar Park Regional Medical Center celebrated the grand opening of its Joint and Spine Center on the fourth floor of the hospital Aug. 1. more

Flat-fee primary care helps fill niche for Texas’ uninsured

Darrell Kenyon had been punting for years on various medical issues — fatigue, headaches, mood swings. The 43-year-old uninsured carpenter was particularly worried about his blood … more

Free car seat event in Leander next month

Williamson County Emergency Medical Services will be working in conjunction with Austin-Travis County EMS to conduct a child car safety and booster seat fitting event for area residents from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2. The safety seat … more

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
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