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Jason Ernst, a 1995 Leander High School graduate, was promoted to Texas Ranger in January 2020 after working for the Texas Department of Public Safety for 15 years.  more
By noon Saturday, many shelves at the Wal-Mart on Whitestone Boulevard were either empty or nearly empty, as shoppers scoured to find supplies after President Donald Trump declared a national emergency and Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a statewide disaster on Friday due to the spread of COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus.  more
Local pop artist Bill Whiting or “WillyB,” known for his brightly-colored pop art acrylic paintings and community art projects in Cedar Park, said he believes creativity and the arts offer hope during the coronavirus pandemic.  more
Marshall Charloff & the Purple Xperience, a high-energy, five-piece Prince tribute, will be coming to Austin’s One World Theatre on Saturday, March 14. The Purple Xperience is the only tribute band licensed by The Prince Estate.  more

Local bookstore Patchouli Joe’s co-owner Diane Mayes received a $500 holiday bonus from bestselling author James Patterson. 


Patchouli Joe's owners Diane and Joe Mayes said they turned the holiday bonus awarded to them into a Christmas bonus for their own employees. 


Joe said both he and a regular customer of Patchouli Joe’s had nominated Diane, who was shocked to who have been chosen as a recipient for this prestigious grant for independent bookstores. 

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“Everything comes in waves,” local artist Matthew Flynn said.


A 31-year-old Round Rock resident, raised in Cedar Park, Matthew Flynn paints feelings, thoughts, ideas and obsessions with hard lines, soft colors and a psychedelic aesthetic. 

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