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The Cedar Park Police Department ruled Monday that the death of a homeless man found over the weekend in the brush and tree line behind the Texaco gas station located at 2509 South Bell Boulevard, near the Lakeline Boulevard and Highway 183 toll road intersection, was due to a medical condition.

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The Leander City Council voted Thursday to block further discussion of their new, controversial public comments rules using a procedural maneuver, bringing into question their repeated claims the new rules would not silence anyone. 

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Leander Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Bruce Gearing launched an early test of his relationship with trustees.


Thursday night, he recommended throwing out Goal 1 of the District Improvement Plan.  Some board members, however, disagreed with the recommendation, and tensions rose quickly throughout the discussion.


Goal 1 relates  to improving STAAR test results by 3 percent.

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Leander residents will have an artful new way to enjoy the books they check out at the Leander Public Library following the installation Thursday of three new art benches in the library's art garden. 

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The Leander City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to select Galveston Assistant City Manager Rick Beverlin III as the finalist in their search for a new Leander City Manager.

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Williamson County residents will have two bonding proposals to consider on the Nov. 5 ballot that will fund a wide variety of park and road projects throughout the county.

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Leander Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Bruce Gearing turned the tables when he got up from his seat and walked around to sit opposite LISD school board members at the Oct. 3 school board meeting, during a presentation regarding ideal school sizes.  Gearing then shared his plans for the school district.

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The Pride Storytime held Saturday at the Leander Public Library was peaceful, simple and without incident.

The relatively mundane event, which the library normally holds every June to celebrate Pride Month, unintentionally provided a sharp contrast to the last Pride Storytime held last June in the library during the Leander church Open Cathedral's LGBTQA-supportive festival. The library had to be closed during that storytime due to safety concerns related to approximately 300 people protesting outside in support or opposition to the event.

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The Leander City Council will continue its debate on its new restrictions on public comments Thursday during the council meeting. 

The recently passed rules limit non-agenda item discussion to a maximum of 15 minutes, divided on a first-come, first-serve basis among the people that sign up, and reduces citizens comments time from 3 minutes a person to 2 minutes a person if more than 10 people sign up for the same agenda item.

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Residents from Cedar Park and surrounding cities had a doggone good time Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park dressing up along with their canine companions for the Cedar Bark Festival.

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Local law enforcement officials have embraced recently enacted Senate Bill 976, more commonly known as the ‘Samuel Allen Law,’ which allows persons with communication impediments relating to autism, Asperger syndrome, deafness, hearing impairment, PTSD, Parkinson’s Disease, mild intellectual disabilities and more the option to disclose this information when registering vehicles and licenses through the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. The diagnosis of the individual would then be placed privately in the Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (TLETS) in order to alert officers of the conditions prior to approaching a vehicle for a traffic stop. 

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The nearly annual arrival of a massive swarm of crickets forced the Tuesday closure of the restaurant First Watch off of Lakeline Mall Drive in Austin, near the border with Cedar Park.

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The Leander City Council saw another disruptive meeting Thursday with council members and citizens shouting and hurling divisive criticism at each other, continue the partisan trend that has embroiled the city and Cedar Park for months.

But the meeting also showed a glimmer of hope that civility could potentially return to the meetings. Several citizens and council members made an effort to reach across the aisle during Thursday's meeting.
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Local artist Adrian Matthys, of Cedar Park, began creating unique wood-carved art pieces just four short years ago. A talent born out of a work retreat now acts as a stress reliever and even earns Matthys a little bit of extra spending money. 

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In a major funding shift, the Leander City Council voted 6-to-1 to begin redirect 15 percent of all future revenues generated from developers through the City of Leander's Parkland Dedication requirements to the city's Public Arts Fund.


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Public comments on non-agenda items will be limited to a maximum of 15 minutes at Leander City Council meetings, divided among speakers on a first-come, first-serve basis, due to the council voting 5-to-2 to approve a controversial ordinance amendment and implement decorum rules for the public.

Public comments on agenda items won't be capped. However, if 10 or more citizens sign up for an agenda item, their speaking time will shrink from 3 minute each to 2 minutes each.

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A group of trailblazing parents addressed the importance of meaningful inclusion in special education at the Leander Independent School District board meeting Thursday. Several parents spoke about their own experiences with special education in LISD, and how those experiences will shape their children’s lives in the future. 

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The Cedar Park City Council voted 5-to-2 Thursday to adopt the lowest property tax rate in 22 years for Fiscal Year 2020, marking the seventh consecutive year the tax rate has been lowered.

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Dr. Bruce Gearing, Leander Independent School District’s superintendent as of Sept. 3, holds many titles --- world educator, wind-surfer, musician, community member, father, husband, future-thinker and outdoor enthusiast, among many others. 

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The City of Leander will celebrate National Night Out tonight from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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