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Hearing into Greg Kelley conviction continues, family issues statement

UPDATED: State District Judge Donna King ruled that no bond would be set for Greg Kelley today. more

Texas Ranger testifies Greg Kelley treated unfairly, acknowledges two additional suspects

A Texas Ranger testified at a packed Williamson County court hearing Thursday that he believed Kelley had been treated unfairly. more

In Texas House, property tax proposals range from minor tweaks to abolishment

Last week, amid a flurry of votes on more than a dozen other issues, the Texas Senate passed its main measure addressing Gov. Greg Abbott's call to reform the laws related to property taxes. On … more

House, Senate have not yet engaged in back-and-forth on key bills

Not a single bill had been agreed to by the state House and Senate as of July 28, exactly 10 days into the 30-day special session of the Texas Legislature. more

With retired teachers' health care at stake, legislators clash on fixes

When David Hatcher got a blood test at his oncologist's office two summers ago, the doctor spelled out his results decisively: “The bad news is you’ve got leukemia. The good news: It’s the kind … more

Cedar Park Council considers ordinance prohibiting drones over events

The Cedar Park City Council is considering an ordinance prohibiting the flying of unmanned aircraft, frequently called drones, over special events in the city. more

Lightning strikes in Leander and Cedar Park cause fires

Several homes were struck by thunderstorm lightning in Leander and Cedar Park last week, causing fires and more than $1 million in damage to three homes in Leander last week. A fire caused by lightning was also reported at a home on Paden Circle in Cedar Park. more

Hill Country News launches new website

There’s a whole new look to hillcountrynews.com. more

Region’s firefighters participate in fitness training

Firefighters from Cedar Park and Leander were among the men and women from 17 different Williamson County fire departments who participated in a five-day wellness-fitness training program at Georgetown Operations and Training Center last week. more

Beat the heat with frozen treats: Austin Ice Cream Festival takes place Aug. 12

Hot August heat waves got you down? Entertaining your kids on summer vacation got you feeling delirious? There’s soon to be an event the whole family can enjoy, all while enjoying some cold … more

Williamson County receives budget award

Williamson County has received a budget award from the Government Finance Officers Association. Budget Officer Ashlie Koenig said the award reflects the commitment of the county and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. more

Sweeping upgrades proposed for LISD Schools

A $453.8 million bond package was proposed at the LISD board meeting in June. The funds are mostly allocated for growth … more

Houses of Hope: Organization provides permanent homes for the disabled

Bright, fortifying light streams through six-foot windows in the bedrooms of mentally and physically disabled residents who moved in January to their new forever home, a duplex built by Hope House on … more

What it means for Texas colleges if Trump targets affirmative action

For about a year starting in June 2016, the practice of affirmative action in Texas university admissions seemed secure. The University of Texas at Austin won a U.S. Supreme Court case on the … more

Capital Metro President and CEO Linda Watson announces retirement

Linda Watson, Capital Metro president and CEO, announced she will retire at the end of year after seven years as head of the region’s transportation agency. more

Bathroom bill debate highlights barriers to updating birth certificate in Texas

Though he tries to avoid restrooms “at all costs,” high school student Jason Foster says they’re sometimes unavoidable at school. Leander Independent School District requires students to … more

Disabled Texans say bathroom bill could further complicate their lives

For Octavio Armendariz, using the bathroom while he’s home is no big deal. When the autistic eight-year-old is out in public with his mom, it’s a different story … more

Rick Perry: "I totally support" Trump's ban on transgender troops

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he backs President Donald Trump’s move to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military … more

Despite Texans' support, effort to repeal health care law narrowly defeated in U.S. Senate

The efforts of U.S. Senate Republicans to repeal former President Obama's 2010 health care law collapsed early Friday morning, thanks to a shocking defection from U.S. Sen. John McCain … more

Rising Tide: High Lake Travis level leads to local business boom

In July 2013, Lake Travis, the reservoir lake that provides drinking water for the Austin metro area, was a low 625 feet deep in the dead heat of a lingering drought. more
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