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Esther Robards-Forbes

Esther Robards-Forbes covers the Hays County beat for the Austin American-Statesman. Esther is a native Austinite. She earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from Texas A&M University and her graduate degree in journalism from Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has worked at newspapers and magazines, big and small, and collected writing and photography awards along the way. When she’s not reporting the news, she enjoys practicing martial arts, horsemanship and archery. 

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Woman dies after attack at Cedar Park habilitation center
 A 38-year-old man being held in the death of a woman at a Cedar Park day habilitation center had a history of violent assault, according to court records. Yancy Laurence Faulkner has been charged with injury to a disabled person in the death of Gracie Arguijo, 62, at the Virtue day habilitation center in Cedar Park. Police said that Faulkner...

12:11 AM Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

A 38-year-old man being held in the death of a woman at a Cedar Park day habilitation center had a history of violent assault, according to court records. Yancy Laurence Faulkner has been charged with injury to a disabled person in the death of Gracie Arguijo, 62, at the Virtue day habilitation center in Cedar Park. Police said that Faulkner...
Pflugerville voters to decide on bonds for roads, parks
 Lake Pflugerville Park is a mostly barren shore, with a small beach where residents bring children and dogs to swim and enjoy a popular walking trail around the lake. Parks officials envision adding a boardwalk with shaded areas and a promenade that could host community events. When Pflugerville voters head to the polls starting this week...

10:46 PM Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Lake Pflugerville Park is a mostly barren shore, with a small beach where residents bring children and dogs to swim and enjoy a popular walking trail around the lake. Parks officials envision adding a boardwalk with shaded areas and a promenade that could host community events. When Pflugerville voters head to the polls starting this week...
Metayer, Marshall face off for Pflugerville City Council seat
 What’s the best way to bring public transit to Pflugerville? City Council member Brad Marshall, a 47-year-old owner of a custom home building company who is running for his second term, said he’d like the city to join Project Connect, a partnership between the Texas Department of Transportation, Capital Metro and other entities...

10:48 PM Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

What’s the best way to bring public transit to Pflugerville? City Council member Brad Marshall, a 47-year-old owner of a custom home building company who is running for his second term, said he’d like the city to join Project Connect, a partnership between the Texas Department of Transportation, Capital Metro and other entities...
Two candidates vie for Williamson County justice of the peace
 The two candidates running for Williamson County justice of the peace in Precinct 2, which covers Cedar Park, became interested in the job because they both ended up in front of such a court, but for very different reasons. Judge Edna Staudt, a Republican seeking a sixth term, came before a justice of the peace because of her daughter&rsquo...

9:39 PM Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

The two candidates running for Williamson County justice of the peace in Precinct 2, which covers Cedar Park, became interested in the job because they both ended up in front of such a court, but for very different reasons. Judge Edna Staudt, a Republican seeking a sixth term, came before a justice of the peace because of her daughter&rsquo...
Johnson faces challenge from Democrat in JP1 race
 Judge Dain Johnson grew up watching his grandparents run the justice of the peace court from the living room of their Round Rock home in 1960s and 1970s. When Johnson’s grandfather passed away while in office, his wife, who served as his clerk, took over his unexpired term and successfully ran for three more, Johnson said. Years later...

5:10 PM Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Judge Dain Johnson grew up watching his grandparents run the justice of the peace court from the living room of their Round Rock home in 1960s and 1970s. When Johnson’s grandfather passed away while in office, his wife, who served as his clerk, took over his unexpired term and successfully ran for three more, Johnson said. Years later...
Williamson County justice of the peace faces challenger in Precinct 1
 Judge Dain Johnson grew up watching his grandparents run the justice of the peace court from the living room of their Round Rock home in 1960s and 1970s. When Johnson’s grandfather passed away while in office, his wife, who served as his clerk, took over his unexpired term and successfully ran for three more, Johnson said. Years later...

1:16 AM Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Judge Dain Johnson grew up watching his grandparents run the justice of the peace court from the living room of their Round Rock home in 1960s and 1970s. When Johnson’s grandfather passed away while in office, his wife, who served as his clerk, took over his unexpired term and successfully ran for three more, Johnson said. Years later...
Round Rock native receives medals for service in Iraq, Afghanistan
 More than two years ago, Round Rock native Andrew Idol was injured by an improvised explosive device while serving with the Army in Afghanistan. On Tuesday, as his friends and family looked on, he received a Purple Heart, along with 10 other medals and military decorations earned during his service. “The medals were given to me on paper...

10:53 PM Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

More than two years ago, Round Rock native Andrew Idol was injured by an improvised explosive device while serving with the Army in Afghanistan. On Tuesday, as his friends and family looked on, he received a Purple Heart, along with 10 other medals and military decorations earned during his service. “The medals were given to me on paper...
Three candidates compete for Williamson Precinct 4 commissioner
 Two of the candidates running for the Precinct 4 place on the Williamson County Commissioners Court, which covers part of Round Rock, Hutto and Taylor, have very different ideas about what they would like to tackle, agreeing only that the county needs to address water issues. Republican Ron Morrison, 69, who is seeking his third term, said...

1:09 AM Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

Two of the candidates running for the Precinct 4 place on the Williamson County Commissioners Court, which covers part of Round Rock, Hutto and Taylor, have very different ideas about what they would like to tackle, agreeing only that the county needs to address water issues. Republican Ron Morrison, 69, who is seeking his third term, said...
I-35 overpass slated to get ‘diamond’ redo
 Drivers will soon see construction crews at Interstate 35 and University Boulevard/RM 1431, working on improvements designed to make it easier to get on the highway or to popular shopping centers. Some lane closures at the busy intersection are unavoidable, but crews will tackle the project in phases to minimize those closures, especially...

5:30 PM Wednesday, Oct. 08, 2014

Drivers will soon see construction crews at Interstate 35 and University Boulevard/RM 1431, working on improvements designed to make it easier to get on the highway or to popular shopping centers. Some lane closures at the busy intersection are unavoidable, but crews will tackle the project in phases to minimize those closures, especially...
Construction on “diverging diamond” intersection begins in Round Rock
 Drivers will soon see construction crews at Interstate 35 and University Boulevard/RM 1431, working on improvements designed to make it easier to get on the highway or to popular shopping centers. Some lane closures at the busy intersection are unavoidable, but crews will tackle the project in phases to minimize those closures, especially...

11:13 PM Tuesday, Oct. 07, 2014

Drivers will soon see construction crews at Interstate 35 and University Boulevard/RM 1431, working on improvements designed to make it easier to get on the highway or to popular shopping centers. Some lane closures at the busy intersection are unavoidable, but crews will tackle the project in phases to minimize those closures, especially...
Dan Gattis, Michael Custer face off in Williamson County judge race
 The two candidates facing off for Williamson County judge have very different priorities if they are elected. Republican Dan Gattis, who is seeking his third term in the Nov. 4 election, is facing a challenger in the general election for the first time. Gattis said his top priority is helping Williamson County secure more sources of water...

12:47 AM Tuesday, Oct. 07, 2014

The two candidates facing off for Williamson County judge have very different priorities if they are elected. Republican Dan Gattis, who is seeking his third term in the Nov. 4 election, is facing a challenger in the general election for the first time. Gattis said his top priority is helping Williamson County secure more sources of water...