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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

Dyslexia Decoded: Cedar Park native demonstrates life with dyslexia in simulation

Cami Cox, a dyslexic student at Baylor University, says Dr. Seuss books are still a challenge.  But undaunted, she will return this August as a sophomore and put in extra time to decipher college-level textbooks in her studies to become an … more

Wilco Sheriff's Office to host Junior Deputy Academy

Thirty children in Williamson County will soon become the region’s youngest “crime fighters” in the police department’s first Junior Deputy Academy summer program in mid July.The new program comes as an effort to increase relations between … 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

Summer reading programs underway at the Cedar Park Library

Summer reading programs are underway at the Cedar Park Library. The popular library has become the go-to hotspot for Cedar Park residents featuring summer reading, kids chess, knitting classes, veteran's activities and reading and music programs for … more

Leander firefighters recognized for helping save heart attack victims

The Leander Fire Department was honored at a Leander City Council meeting in early June as a recipient of an award from the American Heart Association for saving the lives of heart attack patients. The firemen received the Mission Lifetime EMS Gold … more

Governor applauds lawmakers’ intentions for special session

Gov. Greg Abbott, in the last 10 days of June, posted news releases pointing out specific lawmakers and their plans to file bills that fulfill his expectations for the 30-day special session, which he called to begin July 18. more

Is Texas handing over my voting data to the federal government?

Hey, Texplainer: Is Texas handing over my voting data to the federal government? more

Why one of the largest counties in Texas is going back to paper ballots

Frank Phillips spent last Wednesday staring down 600 boxes of election materials — voted ballots, blank ballots, precinct records — sitting in a warehouse run by Denton County. After sitting in … 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

Cedar Park roads, office closings for July 4

The City of Cedar Park is preparing for its annual Fourth of July Parade and Celebration to take place on Tuesday, July 4. Parade details (10 a.m.) The City of Cedar Park will host its Fourth Annual Fourth of July Parade on Tuesday, July 4, at … more

Texas is putting troubled nursing homes on notice

Texas nursing homes beware: The state’s tolerance for mistakes is dropping fast. In September, a new state law takes effect that will make it more difficult for long-term care facilities cited … 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

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 … 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

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

The biggest and best Fourth of July celebrations in the Austin area

It’s that wonderful, hot-as-heck time once again in our fair and free country. It’s time to fire up that grill, crack open some cold ones, inflate those pool toys and stock up on the mother of all personal fireworks displays like there’s no … more

McAlister's Deli is giving away free iced tea today

In honor of National Iced Tea month, McAlister's Deli will say thank you to its guests by treating each of them to a 32-ounce glass of McAlister's iced tea, today, Thursday June 29.  From open to close today, McAlister's Deli will give away its … 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

Drunk driving enforcement to increase during July 4 holiday weekend

Cedar Park police will be increasing patrols on major roadways for DWI enforcement this week. The Cedar Park Police Department is continuing its successful Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) this week through July 4th in an effort to … more
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