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Faith Roundtable: With all of the Christmas commercialization, how do you (the church) balance the true message and importance of Christmas with the enjoyment of all the commercial part that sweeps most of us up?

I saw a bumper sticker on the back of a car this morning that said, “Christmas is for Christ.”  Right next to it were four other bumper stickers: “Native Texan,” “I love Beef,” “In God We Trust” and “I am a Christian and I … more

Faith Roundtable: With all of the Christmas commercialization, how do you (the church) balance the true message and importance of Christmas with the enjoyment of all the commercial part that sweeps most of us up?

My spouse and I enjoy buying Christmas gifts.  In fact, she’s the one who put the joy in it for me because she loves giving, all forms of giving; time, money, herself.  Her generosity is contagious.I didn’t learn the joy of giving from … more

Reading in a Winter Wonderland

The Leander Public Library is putting on its Winter Wonderland Celebration this weekend.Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Dec. 10, the celebration features crafts, Christmas treats and even a visit from Santa himself. The Family Winter Reading … more

Lt. Gov. mischaracterizes tax burden for Texans

It is nearly time for the 85th Texas Legislature to begin the five-month journey to a quality budget that meets both the needs of Texans and their taste for ever-lower taxes.Some want a balance, and some want to sell out programs, education and … more

Documenting the Manification of Jody Fuller

Last week, I drank my water from a straw. We all slip up from time to time, so let me explain.“Wild at Heart” was released in 2001, but I just recently got around to reading it. It’s an awesome book and very enlightening, in a manly kind of … more

Still time for giving

With just over two weeks to go before Christmas, trees are beginning to be populated with festively wrapped gifts of every size and shape, as we count down.That same anticipation around the holiday hits many people differently, though, as they … more

New ACC degree tackles logistics skill shortage

Austin Community College is introducing a new career-technical program in spring to meet growing workforce demands for logistics and global supply chain management. Classes start in January.The program prepares students for careers in … more

Finding new strengths

In our most recent issue of The Compass, our co-publication with Hill Country News, you may have read about recent Cedar Park High School graduate Charlie Hoppe, who won first place in the state Future Farmers of America (FFA) competition in … more

Obituary: Robert “Bob” Allan Gammill, Jr.

Robert “Bob” Allan Gammill, Jr., age 88, passed away peacefully at home in Leander, Texas surrounded by his loved ones on Nov. 27, 2016. He was born Oct. 9, 1928 in De Queen, Ark. to Robert and Bertha Gammill. Bob is survived by his wife, … more

Mike Knipstein

Mike Knipstein is the new Williamson County EMS director.  more

Mike Knipstein named EMS Director

Williamson County Senior Director of Emergency Services John Sneed has selected Mike Knipstein, currently deputy director for Williamson County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), to be director of Williamson County EMS.Knipstein has been with … more

Luci Albertson, Lindsey Ledyard

Cedar Park volleyball players Luci Albertson, left, signed her NLI to play at Fairfield University in Connecticut while Lindsey Ledyard signed on to play at Tulsa next season.  more

Keaton Hervey

Cedar Park basketball player Keaton Hervey signed his NLI to play at Incarnate Word in San Antonio.  more

Cole Quintanilla

Cedar Park pitcher Cole Quintanilla signed his NLI to play at Texas last season. more

Grab a star

The adopt-a-senior giving tree is located at Legacy at Crystal Falls in Leander.  more

Operation Secret Santa at Legacy

Stop by Legacy at Crystal Falls in Leander and take a star off their giving tree.Starting now, those who want to make a difference this holiday season can choose to participate in Operation Secret Santa program for seniors. Legacy at Crystal Falls, … more

‘Tis the season to be safe.

The holidays can quickly turn dangerous if simple precautions are not taken. more

Deck the halls safely this year

The holiday season is upon us and many families have already started decorating their homes and searching for that perfect tree. However, the Leander Fire Department urges locals to take precautions before diving headfirst into a box of Christmas … more

LISD Board welcomes MacKay

The Leander ISD Board of Trustees swore in two returning members – Pam Waggoner and Grace Barber-Jordan – and welcomed new member, Jim MacKay at its meeting last week.Rather than vote to reorganize the board through the election of new officers, … more

Old Town Rudolph Run

The first annual Old Town Rudolph Run took place during Saturday’s Old Town Leander Christmas Festival. The last half mile of the course ran through the Old Town Christmas Market. more
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