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Leander wins Texas Municipal League award: Animal Services program recognized

Leander’s “LPD Social Media Reunites Pets” program was recognized by the Texas Municipal League. On Oct. 5, city representatives from around Texas gathered for the annual Texas Municipal League Conference held at the Austin Convention … more

Leander dedicates $95k in legal fees: Additional money granted for LCRA transmission line case

The Leander City Council voted in favor of committing an additional $95,000 in legal and witness fees for Lower Colorado River Authority’s (LCRA) case on running a transmission line from Round Rock to Leander. LCRA is looking to construct a … more

Lower speed limit for charter school? Parents and teachers ask for Cedar Park Charter Academy to be school zone

The Cedar Park City Council held a public hearing on enforcing a 20-mile-per-hour school zone in front of the Cedar Park Charter Academy during their Oct. 13 meeting. Although no one spoke during this item’s public hearing, several parents … more

WilCo: New family shelter needed

The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) released a new report that shows the largest increase in the number of women killed in domestic violence homicides since the inception of the project 25 years ago. The women were killed in domestic … more

Middle school percussionists win big: Wiley students top International Percussion Ensemble Contest

It wouldn’t be off base to say that Wiley Middle School’s band percussion members are the world champions of middle school percussion.  In an annual competition called the International Percussion Ensemble Contest, only one middle school is … more

Leander PD competes in beard battle

Now through Dec. 12, some of the personnel at the Leander Police Department will be sporting facial hair in the name of charity. As part of the department’s “service first” philosophy, Leander Police Chief Greg Minton has relaxed the grooming … more

Changes on the books at library

Changes in regards to check out periods, library accounts and fees are now in effect at Cedar Park Public Library.According to Cedar Park Library Director Julia Mitschke, every two years the library staff conducts a benchmark study to make sure … more

In SAT, LISD excels state and nationwide

Sixty-seven percent of last year’s Leander ISD graduates took the SAT with the average total score increasing by 15 points more than the previous year.“Leander ISD is very proud of the increasing number of students taking the SAT and the … more

LISD Place 5 candidates face off

The Hill Country News asked the following questions to each school board candidate. This week we are featuring responses from the Place 5 candidates. The Place 4 candidate’s answers can be found in the Sept. 29 edition of the Hill Country News and … more

Head to the polls prepared

With the Oct. 11 voter registration deadline quickly approaching, it is crucial that voters understand the steps they need to take to get their votes in. In order to vote in the Nov. 8 election, voter registration applications must be mailed to the … more

Leander Fire Chief named Firefighter of the Year: Gardner awarded prestigious honor

Leander Fire Department’s Chief Bill Gardner was named the Firefighter of the Year on Sept. 25. The award, given by the Central Texas Firemen’s and Fire Marshal’s Association, is one that firefighters in 21 Central Texas counties were in the … more

Shelter expansion underway: Project aims to end overcrowding, house more homeless pets

After two years of discussions, the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is moving forward with a $10 million expansion project that will double their 15,000-square-foot shelter.The no-kill shelter, which opened in 2007, received funds from … more

Cedar Parks adopts new budget, decreases tax rate

Last week, the Cedar Park City Council moved to adopt a $133 million budget for fiscal year 2016-17. They also voted to lower the tax rate for the fourth year in a row.  “I think this is a good budget and the tax rate is moving in the right … more

LISD Place 4 candidates discuss district challenges

The Hill Country News asked the following questions to each school board candidate. This week we are featuring responses from the Place 4 candidates. The Place 5 candidate’s answers will be included in our Oct. 6 newspaper and the Place 3 … more

Leander, Cedar Park prep for National Night Out

Neighborhoods throughout Leander and Cedar Park are joining forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the National Night Out 2016 event.National Night Out is a gathering of a large number of neighborhoods on the first Tuesday night of … more
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