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Local News

WilCo Forward issues over $15 million in grant funds to local small businesses

 The Williamson County Wilco Forward grant program, which was started to provide financial assistance to local businesses impacted by COVID-19, has issued more than $15 million in grants as of May 21. A total of 1,287 checks have been mailed to business owners who needed support to get back on their feet.  

Impact of Corona Virus

WilCo posts 2,400 Covid-19 tests in seven days

In the last seven days, WilCo health officials report more than 2,400 Covid-19 tests have been given, nearly 1,000 of those in the last two days That boost the total number of tests given in in the …

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Hospital Perspectives During the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it crystal clear just how much communities rely on their local hospitals and also how much we rely on you. During the past few weeks, we’ve felt an outpouring of support and we are grateful to everyone who has delivered a meal, sewn a facemask, left a card, or who has just reached out to our caregivers and support teams to say – thank you.

School News

LISD Trustees, administration still not seeing eye-to-eye on bell schedule

The Leander Independent School District Board of Trustees and administration are still not seeing eye-to-eye on the times presented for the newest version of the triple-tier bell schedule that may possibly be implemented in the 2020-2021 school year.


BREAKING: Texas unemployment rate hits worst on record at 12.8%

Until now, the state’s worst-ever monthly unemployment rate was 9.2% in November 1986, as Texas reeled from the last big oil bust. A combination of the coronavirus pandemic and a contracting energy industry are expected to slow Texas' economic recovery.


Needed: Clear, consistent guidance

The lack of clear, consistent, metric-based communications from our local, state and national leaders irritates nearly everyone who needs to forecast what the other side of this pandemic looks like. Or the metrics we need to hit to get there. Small business needs that guidance.

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Texas is locked in a battle over voting by mail. Here's how to do it.

It's unclear whether Texas will expand who is eligible for a mail-in ballot during the pandemic, as other states have. But the people who normally qualify to vote by mail can still do so in July.

High School Sports

Vipers stay hot in district play, eye first-ever playoff appearance

Vandegrift softball is off to its best start in school history, has already eclipsed their district win total from last year and is set up for continued success.