Mike Parker

Editor, Pflugerville Pflag & Round Rock Leader

Mike Parker is editor of the Round Rock Leader and Pflugerville Pflag community newspapers. He previously worked on the Austin American-Statesman webdesk. Before that he oversaw the Cedar Park-Leander Statesman, which covered Cedar Park, Leander, Northwest Austin and southwestern Williamson County. Mike joined Austin Community Newspapers, an affiliate of the American-Statesman, in May 2005 as editor of the North Lake Travis Log. The weekly paper covered Jonestown, Lago Vista and Point Venture for 30 years before publishing its final issue in September 2011. In 2008, Mike helped create two new publications: the Cedar Park Citizen and Leander Ledger. Both papers were the impetus for creating the CPL Statesman, a weekly newspaper, in March 2012. The newspaper was delivered to nearly 30,000 homes until publishing its final issue Oct. 30, 2013. Mike has written for magazines and newspapers since his freshman year at Texas State University. He and his wife have a son and daughter. He enjoys playing guitar and bass, reading real crime novels and watching old episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Latest from Mike Parker

‘That Takes the Cake’ competition coming to Round Rock
 Do you love colorful confections? Are you pretty handy with a pan and a blender? Then an event kicking off this weekend should pique your interest. “That Takes the Cake” will fill the Round Rock Sports Center on Saturday and Sunday with decorated cakes and desserts created by beginners and pros alike. Over 300 works of sugar art...

Posted: a day ago

Do you love colorful confections? Are you pretty handy with a pan and a blender? Then an event kicking off this weekend should pique your interest. “That Takes the Cake” will fill the Round Rock Sports Center on Saturday and Sunday with decorated cakes and desserts created by beginners and pros alike. Over 300 works of sugar art...
United Way of Williamson County CEO retiring
 Above anything else, LeAnn Powers said she considered her role to be a connector and collaborator. The CEO of United Way of Williamson County said the agency owed its successes to the connections made between the numerous organizations serving county residents — and the positive impact they make on people’s lives. “People...

Posted: 2 days ago

Above anything else, LeAnn Powers said she considered her role to be a connector and collaborator. The CEO of United Way of Williamson County said the agency owed its successes to the connections made between the numerous organizations serving county residents — and the positive impact they make on people’s lives. “People...
Nancy Rabb was Round Rock’s ‘first lady’
 Nancy Rabb, who oversaw the largest locally owned chain of convenience stores in Central Texas and spent decades contributing to Round Rock as a philanthropist and volunteer, died Feb. 15. She was 79. Mayor Craig Morgan called Rabb “one of the city’s greatest cheerleaders,” who played a major role in making the city a great...

Posted: 2 days ago

Nancy Rabb, who oversaw the largest locally owned chain of convenience stores in Central Texas and spent decades contributing to Round Rock as a philanthropist and volunteer, died Feb. 15. She was 79. Mayor Craig Morgan called Rabb “one of the city’s greatest cheerleaders,” who played a major role in making the city a great...
United Way of Williamson County CEO announces retirement
 LeAnn Powers, who for a decade has led United Way of Williamson County in helping those most in need, announced on Friday she will retire this spring.  In an emailed statement, Powers said her need to be more available for family made it clear she needed to retire. “This has not been an easy decision, but I know in my heart it...

Posted: 8 days ago

LeAnn Powers, who for a decade has led United Way of Williamson County in helping those most in need, announced on Friday she will retire this spring.  In an emailed statement, Powers said her need to be more available for family made it clear she needed to retire. “This has not been an easy decision, but I know in my heart it...
Slew of Williamson County races on GOP primary ballot
 Voters in the March 6 primary elections — particularly those filling out a Republican ballot — will have quite a few decisions to make on a slew of state and county races. Early voting begins next week for both the Republican and Democratic primaries. While Democrats will only be voting at the state level, Republicans will be...

Posted: 9 days ago

Voters in the March 6 primary elections — particularly those filling out a Republican ballot — will have quite a few decisions to make on a slew of state and county races. Early voting begins next week for both the Republican and Democratic primaries. While Democrats will only be voting at the state level, Republicans will be...
Flu-like cases peak in Williamson County
 The number of flu-related illnesses reported last week in Williamson County is more than three times the number reported a month ago, Williamson County health district data show. A report released Friday by the Williamson County and Cities Health District shows nearly 3,500 reported cases of flu-like illnesses compared to 750 reported cases...

Posted: 9 days ago

The number of flu-related illnesses reported last week in Williamson County is more than three times the number reported a month ago, Williamson County health district data show. A report released Friday by the Williamson County and Cities Health District shows nearly 3,500 reported cases of flu-like illnesses compared to 750 reported cases...
Round Rock ISD high school holding lockdown drill after Florida mass shooting
 McNeil High School is holding a lockdown drill Friday following the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school on Wednesday. In an email to parents, McNeil High Principal Courtney Acosta said school staff typically don’t announce drills to students or parents to make them more authentic, but decided it would be prudent following...

Posted: 9 days ago

McNeil High School is holding a lockdown drill Friday following the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school on Wednesday. In an email to parents, McNeil High Principal Courtney Acosta said school staff typically don’t announce drills to students or parents to make them more authentic, but decided it would be prudent following...
McNeil HS
The front of McNeil High School campus. File photo, Mike Parker

Posted: 9 days ago

The front of McNeil High School campus. File photo, Mike Parker
Pflugerville Corp. offering $250K for commercial project
 The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation’s first incentives deal for 2018 will provide much needed commercial space to the city and give a boost to the local economy, officials said this week. The Pflugerville City Council on Tuesday approved the deal for commercial real estate developer Live Oak to construct three buildings...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation’s first incentives deal for 2018 will provide much needed commercial space to the city and give a boost to the local economy, officials said this week. The Pflugerville City Council on Tuesday approved the deal for commercial real estate developer Live Oak to construct three buildings...
Map shows cave squarely under two Williamson County homes
 An aerial map released by Williamson County shows a 200-foot long cave in the Brushy Creek neighborhood is squarely underneath two homes. County spokeswoman Connie Odom said county staff has kept the homeowners abreast of work on a portion of Cambria Drive that collapsed last week, revealing the cave. But because the homes are not owned by...

Posted: 10 days ago

An aerial map released by Williamson County shows a 200-foot long cave in the Brushy Creek neighborhood is squarely underneath two homes. County spokeswoman Connie Odom said county staff has kept the homeowners abreast of work on a portion of Cambria Drive that collapsed last week, revealing the cave. But because the homes are not owned by...