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Leander PD hosts self-defense class

Working with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Leander Police Department officers have been hosting self-defense classes for women ages 18 and older. more

Approved Cedar Park budget lowers tax rate

The Cedar Park City Council approved a $193 million budget that will lower the city’s property tax rate for the fifth year in a row, officials said. more

Hill Country News moving offices

After 19 years at its location at 103 Woods Lane in Cedar Park, Hill Country News will be moving its offices to the Discovery Boulevard Business Park Friday, Sept. 22. more

Texas casting agency seeking teenage girls for lead and supporting roles in upcoming feature film

A Texas casting agency is searching for central Texas girls, age 12-14, to play lead and supporting roles in an upcoming feature film. more

Williamson County launches new emergency preparation app

In the event of a natural disaster, a new smartphone app will be able to aid Williamson County residents with emergency communications, evacuation routes and creating a family preparedness plan, officials said. more

First Texas Gold Star monument to be dedicated in Cedar Park Saturday

A monument honoring Central Texas families who have lost loved ones to military service is planned to be placed at Cedar Park Veterans Memorial Park, Saturday, Sept. 23. more

Leander City Council approves budget

The Leander City Council voted 6-0 Thursday to ratify a proposed property tax rate reflected in its 2017-18 city budget and then voted 6-0 to approve the proposed $128 million annual budget. more

12th Annual Bluegrass Festival scheduled for Leander

Six top bluegrass bands and a bevy of arts, crafts and food vendors will be featured at the City of Leander’s 12th annual Bluegrass Festival the weekend of Sept. 22. more

Recreation supervisor joins Leander's Parks and Rec

The City of Leander has a new recreation supervisor who will be dedicated to managing and creating community events. Heather Taylor, who has helped develop programs for young people at 10 military … more

WilCo YMCA Teen Court seeking participants

Organizers for the 22nd Williamson County YMCA Teen Court program are seeking students to participate in mock trials on real life cases Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Twin Lake YMCA … more

Community members assist driver, flip overturned van

About a dozen people in Cedar Park flipped an overturned van upright at the Bell Blvd. and Cypress Creek Rd. intersection following a traffic accident Wednesday evening, police said. more

First-time teacher strives at building student relationships

Khione Stevenson knew she wanted to be a teacher when she was five years old. She dreamed about becoming one for 17 years and now, at 22 and full of nervous hope, she taught her first day as a full … more

Williamson County adopts $191 million budget

The Williamson County Commissioners Court adopted a $191 million budget for fiscal year 2017-18 and reduced the overall county tax rate by one cent per $100 valuation as compared to last year. more

Texting and driving ban enforced statewide

As authorities gear up for the start of Labor Day weekend, a new statewide law banning texting and driving took effect Friday, Sept. 1. more

Locals team up to feed Harvey first responders, survivors

A group of central Texans and about 800 pounds of pork, chicken, sausage, eggs and two big barbecue pit trucks to cook it all left for Seadrift, Texas Wednesday. more

Local businesses collecting donations for flood victims

Several local businesses in Cedar Park and Leander are coordinating efforts to donate needed items to the Austin Disaster Relief Network. more

Cedar Park woman files lawsuit after her car dropped seven stories

A Cedar Park woman who was injured July 13 when her car plunged seven stories off a parking garage deck in downtown Austin has filed a lawsuit in Travis County District Court seeking $1 million in damages. more

Residents struggle with flooding

Officials and residents of Cedar Park and Leander struggled over the weekend and into the week to cope with the high wind and flood water that hit the Austin area as a result of Hurricane Harvey. more

Hurricane Harvey down to Tropical Storm, rainfall, flooding still a risk

As of 1 p.m. today, Harvey was downgraded to a tropical storm, however, the rainfall and flooding remains a threat and could continue for several days. more

Suicide Task Force working to compile current data on mental health crisis

Concerned about the increasing number of suicides in Williamson County, a 16-member Suicide Task Force Review Team has begun an extensive effort to compile current data on what it believes is a mental health crisis. more
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