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Leander ISD hires new head of Information Technology

Leander ISD hired a new executive to oversee IT for the district, officials said. Superintendent of Schools Dan Troxell, Ph.D., announced Laurie Vondersaar as the new Senior Executive Director for Information Technology Services. “As the new … more

Police identify Leander teen boy’s body who drowned in Lake Georgetown

A 16-year-old boy from Leander who drowned while swimming at Lake Georgetown on Tuesday has been identified by police as Nathan Ellis. Georgetown police said Ellis and two other swimmers were trying to swim across a narrow portion of the lake on … more

Dog House Drinkery and Dog Park

Melissa Barton, owner of the Dog House Drinkery and Dog Park in Leander, is part of a growing national trend by pet entrepreneurs who want to offer gathering places where dogs and their owners can socialize together, while the owners have a drink or … more

Rep. Tony Dale files sextortion bill

State Rep. Tony Dale (R-Cedar Park) filed a bill in response to “sextortion,” a crime that he said is growing rapidly and that typically affects children who are using the internet. Sextortion is a relatively new form of sexual exploitation … more

Troxell presents ‘State of the District’: Growth, achievement and progress highlighted

Leander ISD Superintendent Dan Troxell presented the annual State of the District address at Hill Country Bible Church on Feb. 17. What’s on the horizon for Leander ISD? Growth, growth and more growth.“I want to begin by saying that the state of … more

In Austin, Sessions touts Trump's hardline stance on immigration

During a visit to Austin on Friday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a harsh rebuke of what he called the “open borders” lobby, praised the Texas Legislature for passing a controversial immigration enforcement measure and doubled down on some of President Donald Trump’s most controversial proposals, including the construction of a wall of the country’s border.

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Local produce startup launches in Leander

Vinder, inc. (www.veggievinder.com), an online community marketplace for homegrown produce, launched in Leander and 30 other cities across six states on Feb. 26 with growers and buyers eagerly waiting for the live launch. Vinder is a … more

Senate races through agenda to get to other-than-Sunset bills

AUSTIN — The 85th Texas Legislature convened at the Capitol on July 18 for its first called session, the main purpose being for lawmakers to extend the life of certain state agencies scheduled for termination, and then to proceed to other … more

Freebirds World Burrito opens in Cedar Park

One of Austin’s soulful fast-casual burrito restaurants has come to roost in Cedar Park’s Parke retail center. Freebirds World Burrito will be opening its newest branch of casual Mexican fare at 5001 183A Toll Rd. Ste. R500 on Friday, July … 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

Senate races through agenda to get to other-than-Sunset bills

The 85th Texas Legislature convened at the Capitol on July 18 for its first called session, the main purpose being for lawmakers to extend the life of certain state agencies scheduled for termination, and then to proceed to other matters. more

State budget awaits final approval from governor

Governor Greg Abbott as of June 4 had not signed Senate Bill 1, the 2018-2019 state budget finally approved by both houses of the 85th Texas Legislature on May 27. SB 1 appropriates $216.8 billion in total spending for the state’s budget during the 2018-19 biennium. more

Cedar Park businesses, homes destroyed by tornado 20 years ago this week

Current Cedar Park Fire Chief James Mallinger, a young firefighter who had been on the job just over a year, was one of the city's first responders on May 27, 1997 when a powerful tornado tore into Cedar Park destroying businesses, homes and … more

Leander Citywide Cleanup next month

Spring-cleaning anyone?Leander is hosting the 12th annual citywide cleanup April 22 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the city’s public works facility located on 607 Municipal Drive. It’s important for residents to have advance notice on this so they can … more

Kase Jacob Brady

Lindsey and Jake Brady are proud to announce the arrival of their first born, Kase Jacob Brady. Kase was born at 3:01 a.m. in New Braunfels, Texas on July 24, 2016. Weighing in at 7 lbs. 10 oz. and 20 inches long. Kase’s maternal … more

Follow the Star illuminates the season

It’s no longer a surprise to area residents that each holiday season, Cedar Park is home to the most elaborate living nativity scene in Central Texas. It’s marked by a spotlight, six-feet in diameter, beaming up in the night sky. The light … more

Mike Clark hoping second race is the key to winning seat in Congress

Mike Clark, a popular Democrat activist who was the Democratic nominee against longtime Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. John Rice Carter in 2016 but lost handily, is hoping a second race will be the key to his goal of serving in Congress.Clark … more

Cedar Park 1997 Tornado

This home in the Buttercup Creek subdivision was one of 11 homes declared a total loss. Several dozen more sustained severe damage during the storm. more

HCCM November Sunshine Award

Patti Watkins has been a volunteer with Hill Country Community Ministries for four years. She is regularly working multiple shifts in the food pantry, and also does a bread pickup run every week. She has also volunteered at other events, such as … more

Decorated military hero Mary Jennings Hegar announces candidacy for Congress

Mary Jennings Hegar, who grew up in Cedar Park and graduated from Leander High School, announced her candidacy Thursday, July 6 for the 31st District Congressional seat of longtime Republican U.S. Rep. John Rice Carter.Hegar, a resident of Round … more
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