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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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The Leander City Council will consider Thursday a proposal to limit public comments at council meeting to only agenda items and implement decorum rules.

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The Cedar Park City Council will consider Thursday reducing local restaurants' regulatory burden and saving them money by extending how long their Health Department permits can be used when participating in city-sponsored events.

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The Cedar Park Police Department announced Saturday it is investigating the drowning death of a 4-year-old child at a backyard swimming pool.

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An overflow of more than 400 Williamson County veterans, police and residents filled Beck Funeral Home Thursday morning in Cedar Park to honor the Leander veteran who none of them knew and none of them had ever met.

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The Cedar Park City Council plans to hold its third hearings and subsequently adopt its Fiscal Year 2020 city budget and new property tax rate during its Thursday meeting.The proposed budget is based … more

The Texas Lottery announced Wednesday morning that ticket with the recently drawn numbers for the $227 million jackpot was purchased in Cedar Park.

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The Williamson County Commissioners Court vote Sept. 17 to pay for the funeral of a Leander veteran who died with no known family members and is inviting the public to attend his funeral this Thursday in Cedar Park.


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“There are a ton of people in this room who want their voice to be heard about a variety of issues. If they believe they could say something to change the hearts and minds of you guys up here, I … more

Several police officers responded to Henry Middle School at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to resolve an incident with a “disruptive student,” according to a statement by Henry Middle School Principal David Ellis.


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The Leander City Council unanimously approved its $168.89 million Fiscal Year 2020 budget Thursday.The budget is about $10.22 million smaller than the current city budget, and is supported by a … 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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