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Flag talk resumes in Cedar Park

Last week, the Cedar Park City Council discussed how to allow the public to participate in the reselection of the city flag.A flag was revealed in December at the annual holiday tree lighting event at Heritage Oak Park, but public outcry against the … more

Students make 3-D prosthetic hand for classmate

Students from Summit Christian Academy in Cedar Park didn’t need to ask "when are we going to use this in real life?" when they used a 3-D printer to make a classmate a prosthetic hand.Two weeks ago, fifth-grade students spent the day working on … more

Blanket drive a big success

Happy Tails Pet Resort announced that their Winter Blanket Drive benefiting Texas Humane Heroes was successful.Thanks to the generosity from the community and clients, they were able to donate 98 blankets to the nonprofit pet adoption agency this … more

Four issues raised to emergency status

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his second biennial “State of the State” address to a joint session of the Texas Legislature on Jan. 31. In exercising his prerogative as governor, Abbott presented a short list of emergency items for … more

Black History Month celebration soon

The city of Leander will hold its fourth annual Black History Month program Feb. 17 with special guest speaker Dr. Mark Clanton, MD, MPH and Chief Medical Officer of Accenture Operations. Leander Economic Development Manager and event organizer … more

LISD approves 2017-18 calendar: February conference moved to August

The Leander ISD board of trustees approved a 2017-18 calendar at their board meeting last week. Various calendars were presented to the board at the Jan. 19 meeting. School board members received a presentation containing results from a survey … more

LISD selects new AD

Jody Hormann is excited to come home. The former Leander and Vandegrift girls’ basketball coach was named the new athletic director on Friday, retuning to the area after spending two years in the same position with Prosper ISD.“LISD is a great … more

Leander students create program to help teens: Organization lets teens anonymously cope with problems

Keep your chin up. Be strong. Look on the bright side. Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can never hurt you. Everything happens for a reason. All of these are well-meaning responses to someone who is coping with a personal battle. … more

Longtime hearing aid business to move to Medical Parkway

After a decade in Cedar Park’s Rail Yard Shopping Center, Cook Hearing and Balance is relocating to Medical Parkway next month.The business has served more than 5,000 patients since its opening. They offer hearing aids, hearing tests, balance … more

Abbott tells sheriff to reverse sanctuary policy or lose funding

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has stepped up the pressure on Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez to participate in immigration enforcement, warning that she could lose state funding if she refuses.In a Jan. 23 letter, Abbott urged the sheriff to … more

Cedar Park PD hosts training to avoid child abduction

Public servants must be prepared to teach children how to avoid and escape abduction. The Cedar Park Police Department is partnering with Strategos International to host one-day child abduction Train the Trainer Course for adults interested in … more

WilCo approves funds for prep work on animal shelter

Early next year, construction should be starting at Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. The shelter plans a 20,000-square-foot expansion of nearly $10 million. Last week, commissioners voted in favor of  spending up to $20,000 with Balcones … more

Purses for domestic violence survivors

Many women carry a purse containing their car keys, a wallet and their phone. For women who are domestic violence survivors, a handbag can serve a much greater purpose. That’s why last week, Handbags for Hope made an appearance at T-Werx … more

Relief a reality: Little Elm Trail extension to relieve Cypress Creek Road is complete

Cedar Park and Williamson County officials joined together to dedicate the Little Elm Trail Extension Project last week. The project is part of an interlocal agreement with the county, providing drivers with an additional east-west route. The … more

Program promotes interfaith understanding: The Red Bench encourages discussion among faith communities

Have you ever wanted to ask someone a question about his or her religion or beliefs, but didn’t for fear of coming off as rude? The Red Bench is a fix for this common dilemma. The Red Bench is an ongoing dialogue program designed to address … more

Local weighs in on Women’s March on Washington: Cedar Park resident protested in D.C.

We talked to a Cedar Park resident and nurse who gave up her Saturday to hit the D.C. streets for the Women’s March on Washington. Read our Q&A with Diane Villarreal to hear about her experience. Why did you march? I went to Washington … 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

Marches come one day after inauguration

AUSTIN — Thousands of Texans were on hand to witness the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20 in Washington.President Trump closed his 16-minute inaugural address by saying: “Together, we will … 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

Leander home sales up, Cedar Park sees decline

Last year was yet another record-breaking year for Austin-area home sales. The Austin Board of Realtors’ year-end 2016 Central Texas Housing Market Report showed single-family home sales across the Austin and Round Rock area climbed 3.9 percent in … more
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