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“All politics is local.”

That phrase, often associated with former House Speaker Tip O’Neill, is worth remembering. While statewide and congressional races are certainly meaningful, local elections have a more … more

Confusing Facts & Opinions

The Pew Research Center quiz was harder than I expected.Ah, yes, you speak of the recently released survey in which Pew quizzed 5,035 adult Americans to determine their ability to distinguish between … more

Texas defense stands strong in win at Iowa State

Defense reigned supreme on Thursday night as the Texas Longhorns opened Big 12 play with a 17-7 road win at Iowa State. In a rare weeknight game, Texas looked to continue their … more

Cedar Park Veterans Day parade and ceremony planned

The City of Cedar Park will pay tribute to the men and women in uniform, past and present, with the Veterans Parade and Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. more

Blessed are the merciful

Bryan Stevenson is an inspirational figure who founded and leads the “Equal Justice Initiative.” The mission statement of his organization reads: “Ending mass incarceration and excessive … more

Revisiting the "Neighborhood"

HCN_20180628_OPINION_Scott columnBy SCOTT W. COLEMAN, Hill Country NewsIf you don’t see but one more movie this summer, it should be “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.”The poinginant documentary … more

Texas officials condemn “hate, bigotry” in Charlottesville

A white supremacist rally that turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12 spurred several Texas officials to release statements condemning the violence that took place that killed one and … more

This Week's TV Best Bets

The Toy Box, Season Premiere! In its second season, the toy-inventor competition welcomes a new rotating panel of five kid judges per episode, featuring … more

Cedar Park City Council approves public safety statue to be built at CPPD

The men and women who work to keep Cedar Park safe are going to be recognized with a bronze statue outside the city’s police department. more

Brushy Creek Lake Park dam reopens

Nearly a decade’s worth of work to improve the dam at Brushy Creek Lake Park came to a successful conclusion last week as officials from several governmental entities gathered to cut the ribbon and … more

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

Cedar Ridge rolls over Westwood in playoff tuneup, 49-3

Cedar Ridge handily defeated Westwood in the regular season finale at Dragon Stadium 49-3 on Friday night. With both teams preparing for the postseason, the win earned Cedar Ridge the 13-6A title.

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Criticism builds for Texas DPS decision to lay off 117 older officers

In its latest attempt to address budget cuts, the Texas Department of Public Safety is again facing harsh criticism. Multiple lawmakers and the department’s officers association have … more

Facebook knows what about me?

A chat window opened on my computer screen. A Facebook "friend" I didn't know began communicating with me."Happy birthday, Tom!" wrote the woman."Who told you it was my birthday?" I wrote back."You … more

The Bee’s Knees: Hive safely removed from new home in Mason Hills development

It’s not every day that new homemakers move into a residence not yet on the market. But, several dozen of them moved into the newly built luxury home at 1325 Ackerly Lane in Leander’s Mason Hills … more

Tick Tock: Pitch clocks speed up minor league baseball, MLB next

Express manager Jason Wood always enjoyed going to baseball games when he was growing up. He didn’t wish he was at the ballpark less or home quicker after the games. Those in charge of … 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

Texas A&M rolls New Mexico on senior night

It took a total of 28 seconds for Texas A&M to turn senior day into a party. more

Baylor won’t say which coaches are to blame for its sexual assault scandal. How are other schools vetting them?

A bid to better their football team’s offense put University of Houston officials on the defensive this past week. It’s a posture several schools have had to adopt in recent years … more
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