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Major Texas overhaul aims to improve the odds for students who begin college unprepared

As Texas tries to educate a growing number of college students who come from struggling schools or speak English as a second language, a grim stat highlights the challenge it faces: 60 percent of all … 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

Leander, Cedar Park prep for National Night Out

Neighborhoods throughout Leander and Cedar Park are joining forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the National Night Out 2017 event. more

Leander Fire Dept. receives second highest insurance classification, may lower homeowner insurance premiums

The Leander Fire Department received the second highest rating for public protection classification last week from the Insurance Service Office. more

Texas Museum of Science and Technology renovates, opens two new exhibits

After closing in August for renovations, the Texas Museum of Science and Technology in Cedar Park has re-opened with permanent attractions and two brand new, interactive exhibitions. more

Governor extends aid for widespread needs caused by Hurricane Harvey

Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 20 extended his state disaster declaration for 60 counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. more

New Leander law fines owners for illegally parked cars

Leander Police will begin citing owners of unoccupied vehicles that are parked in violation of city ordinances or state law, starting Oct. 1. more

Leander PD hosts self-defense class

Working with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Leander Police Department officers have been hosting self-defense classes for women ages 18 and older. 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

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

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

Citizens, government agencies continue hurricane recovery work

Help-is-on-the-way announcements from the governor’s office came last week as residents of hard-hit counties of the state labored to pull themselves out the watery mire and windblown nightmare of Hurricane Harvey. more

Suspect in Leander carjacking held in Bastrop

A man suspected in a Sept. 3 shooting and carjacking in Leander has been arrested by Bastrop County law enforcement officers and is being held in the Bastrop County Jail in lieu of $1.1 million in bail. more

Texas casting agency seeking teenage girls for lead and supporting roles in upcoming feature film

A Texas casting agency is searching for central Texas girls, age 12-14, to play lead and supporting roles in an upcoming feature film. 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

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

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 City Council approves budget

The Leander City Council voted 6-0 Thursday to ratify a proposed property tax rate reflected in its 2017-18 city budget and then voted 6-0 to approve the proposed $128 million annual budget. more

12th Annual Bluegrass Festival scheduled for Leander

Six top bluegrass bands and a bevy of arts, crafts and food vendors will be featured at the City of Leander’s 12th annual Bluegrass Festival the weekend of Sept. 22. more
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