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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

Whew. What a year. 

We took a deep dive into the news vault with an eye to the most consequential stories of 2019. We resisted any attempt to classify some sort of “top 10” list because the majority of the issues we covered were spread out over the year.  We’ve recapped these story threads here and, except for the first, they are noted in no particular order of importance. 

However, there is little doubt that the first thread in our recap created a firestorm, one which has yet to be fully extinguished. That story dominated our pages in 2019. 

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The Leander City Council will consider Thursday applying for funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant program.The agenda … more

Elected officials from Cedar Park and Leander competed in a friendly competition last week, each seeking to raise blood donations for a drive to help save lives.

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The Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) announced four new positive COVID-19 cases at noon Thursday, bringing the County’s total number to seven individuals. The revelation … more
The Leander City Council will consider temporarily slashing the city's water and sewer utility late payment and reinstatement fees until June 30 during their regular meeting Thursday.The City of … more

A local Vietnam War veteran who rescued seven different people during that conflict rode a helicopter again for the first time in years last Thursday.

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The Leander Independent School District spent a large portion of last week’s meeting discussing local policy reviews and updates, specifically regarding student policies. At the Feb. 27 meeting, the board may take action to officially adopt the policy updates.  more

A local Vietnam War veteran who rescued seven different people during that conflict rode a helicopter again for the first time in years last Thursday.

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The Cedar Park Police Department is investigating a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred Saturday evening in Cedar Park.

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The city will pay $349,000 for the settlement, which included $200,000 for Cagle's owed severance, $100,000 for damages Cagle alleged in his lawsuit and $49,000 to Scott Perez LLP for Cagle's attorney fees.

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The Council's only had enough room to spread out because Council member Christine Sederquist is currently self-isolating herself at home. She explained Thursday she hasn't exhibited any symptoms of the virus but a member of a city board meeting she recently attended was experiencing flu symptoms, so she is taking precautions to ensure public health safety. more
The Cedar Park City Council will consider approving a $15.25 million Project Funding Agreement over a five-year period and a Master Development Agreement for the Bell Boulevard Redevelopment Project, … more

A group of approximately 30 local and Austin activists without specific religious affiliations, alongside some Wiccan and Pagan practitioners, gathered for a Peace Ritual Friday evening at Elizabeth M. Milburn Community Park in Cedar Park to protest recent controversial statements by two local Cedar Park Council members, who has received national attention for calling some of their critics a “satanic witch coven” and asked their supporters to pray against their “soul stealing sorcery.” 

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Cedar Park Assistant Chief of Police Mike Harmon was named the Interim Police Chief on Thursday following approval by the Cedar Park City Council.Harmon is replacing Cedar Park Chief of Police Sean … more
The Leander Independent School District Board of Trustees will hold a virtual Agenda Review meeting on Thursday, April 16 to discuss Phase II of the district’s Remote Learning Plan. Trustees will also consider the issuance and sale of two Bonds series, approval of costs for updates for two district campuses and an approval of costs for the construction of Tarvin Elementary. Though Trustees will review and discuss these items, decisions will not be made on any item until the following meeting.  more
The Leander City Council voted unanimously Thursday to waive all late payment interest fees and service reinstatement fees for City of Leander's water and wastewater utilities through June 30 to … more
The Leander City Council voted unanimously Thursday to adopt the creation of a new two-council member subcommittee to review all of the city's Fiscal Year 2020 Capital Improvement projects and make … more

The Williamson County Commissioners Court voted yesterday to bring all Covid-19-related financial expenditures before the court prior to any spending, after Judge Bill Gravell signed two pricey lease agreements, spending a total $31,360.

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Williamson County officials Tuesday rescinded the state of emergency declared as the result of the coronavirus pandemic. The declaration has been in effect since March 14. At the same time, the county reported that 23% of WilCo’s paramedic force is in at-home quarantine with confirmed Covid-19 tests results or awaiting those results. more
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