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U.S. Supreme Court ruling could imperil Texas sex offender rules

Texas rules barring some sex offenders from using certain websites were thrown into jeopardy Monday morning after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a similar statute in North Carolina violates the … more

How important is the 'bathroom bill' to Texas voters?

The “bathroom bill” that preoccupied the Texas Legislature for the first half of the year is important to only 44 percent of the state’s voters — and “very important” to only 26 percent, … more

Cruz: Congressional baseball shooting should be a "wake-up call"

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Saturday that the recent shooting at a congressional baseball practice should be a "wake-up call to us all," urging greater civility on both sides of the aisle. more

Despite "Texas miracle," affordable housing difficult for many urban dwellers

A new Harvard study found that Americans — especially poorer ones — are having a harder time find a suitable place to call home. Texas lawmakers, experts and development industry leaders say there are plenty of reasons why that's true here, too. more

Beermakers' efforts to get Abbott's veto go flat

House Bill 3287, which Gov. Greg Abbott didn't veto, will force larger breweries to pay a distributor to deliver their beer — even if they're delivering it to on-site taprooms just yards away from where it's produced. more

Amazon acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 billion

Austin-based health foods grocer Whole Foods Market is being acquired by online retail giant Amazon for more than $13 billion, the companies announced Friday. The deal has Amazon acquiring Whole Foods at $42 per share, including their net debt; … more

Toyota of Cedar Park dealership opens

At the grand opening of Toyota of Cedar Park, organizers rolled out the red carpet for an evening of food, drinks and live music celebrating the new car dealership Tuesday, June 6.A ribbon cutting ceremony with remarks from dealership executives … more

Leander tops ranking for ‘best place in Texas to raise a family’

Leander is the top city in Texas to raise a family, according to a study released by SmartAsset, a national mortgage and financial organization.SmartAsset said it gave Leander its top family ranking after analyzing data from more than 85 cities … more

Cedar Park Council gets rosy financial report

Kent Meredith, Cedar Park's director of finance, presented the Cedar Park City Council with a rosy financial picture at their Thursday meeting. "Revenues were better than expected and expenditures were lower than expected," Meredith told the … more

Cedar Park family physician seeks to unseat Congressman Carter

A popular Cedar Park family physician, who calls herself "a no name upstart," is campaigning hard for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 31st District and has set her sights on defeating entrenched GOP Congressman John Rice Carter in next … more

Governor demands action, calls lawmakers back to Austin

Gov. Greg Abbott on June 6 announced a special session of the Texas Legislature to begin on July 18 to address issues that went unresolved during the contentious 140-day regular session that ended May 29. 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

Josh Abbott Band to headline Leander's Liberty Fest

The Leander City Council was told Thursday that Texas country music star Josh Abbott will headline next month's Liberty Fest, the city's annual Independence Day celebration. Council members were briefed on plans for the event by Leander Parks and … more

Hats off to you, grads

As the class of 2017 walked onto the floor to the rousing melody of "Pomp and Circumstance" by their school band, their long graduation gowns flowed like ribbons over the bare floor of the HEB Center in Cedar Park, Saturday, June 3. more

Hats off to you, grads: LISD class of 2017 graduates with distinction

As the class of 2017 walked onto the floor to the rousing melody of "Pomp and Circumstance" by their school band, their long graduation gowns flowed like ribbons over the bare floor of the HEB Center in Cedar Park, Saturday, June 3. In the nearly … more

Hill Country News names new editor

Hill Country News is now under the leadership of a new editor. Nick Brothers, formerly of Fayetteville, Ark., was hired as managing editor of Hill Country News in May and started the new job May 30.  Prior to moving to the area, Brothers was … more

VFW Post honors veterans on Memorial Day

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10427, which has been serving Cedar Park and Leander for over 40 years, held a free cookout Monday to honor America's fallen warriors. The public was invited to the event at the VFW Post on 8760 Ranch Rd. in Leander, … more

Memorial Day

The leaders of Leander's VFW Post 10427 gathered at Reunion Ranch for the Military Appreciation Day activities. From left are: Terry Craig, Post Commander Dave Walden, Auxiliary President Phyllis Craig, Steve Hixon and Gilbert Vickers. more

Leander Police Department presented flag to honor fallen peace officers

 The Leander Police Department has been presented with an combat flag from Iraq as part of its own front to honor fallen police officers on Peace Officers Memorial Day.  The flag was presented to Police Chief Gregory Minton on May 15 by a Leander … more

Williamson County reopens Greg Kelley sexual assault investigation

Former Leander High School football star Greg Kelley has always proclaimed his innocence in the case that put him behind bars for 25 years with no possibility of parole. Kelley, now 22 and serving his sentence at a Huntsville prison, was convicted … more
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