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

Crime Stoppers asking for help in locating suspect in Round Rock vehicle burglaries, credit card fraud
 Williamson County Crime Stoppers is asking the public for help in locating a suspect who broke into vehicles in Round Rock. According to a post on the Crime Stoppers Facebook page, the suspect burglarized vehicles in the Teravista subdivision and used a stolen credit card to make purchases at a Walmart on Oct. 23. Submit tips by calling 1-800-253-7867...

Posted: 14 hours ago

Williamson County Crime Stoppers is asking the public for help in locating a suspect who broke into vehicles in Round Rock. According to a post on the Crime Stoppers Facebook page, the suspect burglarized vehicles in the Teravista subdivision and used a stolen credit card to make purchases at a Walmart on Oct. 23. Submit tips by calling 1-800-253-7867...
Marsh, Metayer, McDonald clinch victories in Pflugerville election
 Rudy Metayer and Jim McDonald both succeeded in their second attempt to join the Pflugerville City Council, and Jeff Marsh narrowly retained his seat, according to unofficial results from Nov. 7 elections. Marsh, a homebuilder, won by less than two percentage points, receiving 1,365 votes (50.9 percent) against Hanovers Draught Haus owner...

Posted: 16 hours ago

Rudy Metayer and Jim McDonald both succeeded in their second attempt to join the Pflugerville City Council, and Jeff Marsh narrowly retained his seat, according to unofficial results from Nov. 7 elections. Marsh, a homebuilder, won by less than two percentage points, receiving 1,365 votes (50.9 percent) against Hanovers Draught Haus owner...
Facebook tips lead to arrest in flip-flop store theft in Pflugerville
 A woman who police said stole more than two dozen flip-flops from a Pflugerville retail store got arrested through the help of tips on Facebook. Pflugerville police said authorities arrested Amalia Aguilera, 33, on Monday after she stole 28 pairs of flip-flops on Oct. 3 from Rack Room Shoes in the Stone Hill Town Center shopping center. Aguilera...

Posted: a day ago

A woman who police said stole more than two dozen flip-flops from a Pflugerville retail store got arrested through the help of tips on Facebook. Pflugerville police said authorities arrested Amalia Aguilera, 33, on Monday after she stole 28 pairs of flip-flops on Oct. 3 from Rack Room Shoes in the Stone Hill Town Center shopping center. Aguilera...
Kaleidoscope Toys in Round Rock to close after 28-year run
 Kaleidoscope Toys, a longtime staple in Round Rock for young ones and those young at heart, announced late Thursday it will close its doors for good at the end of the year. Owner and “Toy Lady” Terry Myers said she felt a need in her heart to move on to a new chapter in her life after nearly three decades of selling toys. &ldquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

Kaleidoscope Toys, a longtime staple in Round Rock for young ones and those young at heart, announced late Thursday it will close its doors for good at the end of the year. Owner and “Toy Lady” Terry Myers said she felt a need in her heart to move on to a new chapter in her life after nearly three decades of selling toys. &ldquo...
Pflugerville in search of board, commission candidates
 The city of Pflugerville is reaching out to residents with a sense of civic duty to fill more than two dozen openings on city boards and commissions. The boards and commissions which are filled through appointments by the Pflugerville City Council play a role in oversight and providing direction for various facets of local government, from...

Posted: 5 days ago

The city of Pflugerville is reaching out to residents with a sense of civic duty to fill more than two dozen openings on city boards and commissions. The boards and commissions which are filled through appointments by the Pflugerville City Council play a role in oversight and providing direction for various facets of local government, from...
Pflugerville Council OKs Costco economic deal
 The Pflugerville City Council approved an interlocal agreement and economic incentives deal that could potentially offer $6.25 million to bring a Costco retail store to the city. The deal — which involves the city receiving funding through the Pflugerville Fire Department and Pflugerville Community Development Corporation — provides...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Pflugerville City Council approved an interlocal agreement and economic incentives deal that could potentially offer $6.25 million to bring a Costco retail store to the city. The deal — which involves the city receiving funding through the Pflugerville Fire Department and Pflugerville Community Development Corporation — provides...
Austin mayor, Williamson County sheriff clash over Veterans Day parade
 Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s decision not to join an estimated crowd of thousands in the city’s Veterans Day parade has drawn the ire of Williamson County’s top law enforcement officer. Just after midnight Friday, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody chided Adler on Twitter and called on him to reconsider his decision not...

Posted: 12 days ago

Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s decision not to join an estimated crowd of thousands in the city’s Veterans Day parade has drawn the ire of Williamson County’s top law enforcement officer. Just after midnight Friday, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody chided Adler on Twitter and called on him to reconsider his decision not...
Wilco Sheriff Robert Chody to Austin Mayor Steve Adler: ‘Shame on you’
 Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody made his feelings clear following Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s decision not to join the city’s Veterans Day parade on Saturday. “Shame on you @MayorAdler! As a veteran I’m offended you would allow a small group dictate the true meaning of the intent of the parade,” Chody tweeted...

Posted: 12 days ago

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody made his feelings clear following Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s decision not to join the city’s Veterans Day parade on Saturday. “Shame on you @MayorAdler! As a veteran I’m offended you would allow a small group dictate the true meaning of the intent of the parade,” Chody tweeted...
GOP candidate announces run against longtime Justice of Peace Edna Staudt
 A Republican announced Thursday he will run against longtime Williamson County Justice of the Peace Edna Staudt in the March 2018 primary election. Bronson Tucker, a staff attorney at Texas State University’s Justice Court Training Center, said his expertise in the justice court system and his involvement in a state Supreme Court task...

Posted: 13 days ago

A Republican announced Thursday he will run against longtime Williamson County Justice of the Peace Edna Staudt in the March 2018 primary election. Bronson Tucker, a staff attorney at Texas State University’s Justice Court Training Center, said his expertise in the justice court system and his involvement in a state Supreme Court task...
$200M mixed-use development slated for Round Rock
 A real estate firm that owns properties in the La Frontera district has plans to further expand its footprint in Round Rock with a $200 million, 1 million-square-foot mixed-use development. The Round Rock Chamber announced California-based Mark IV Capital is developing The District on 65 acres east of the Round Rock Crossing shopping center...

Posted: 13 days ago

A real estate firm that owns properties in the La Frontera district has plans to further expand its footprint in Round Rock with a $200 million, 1 million-square-foot mixed-use development. The Round Rock Chamber announced California-based Mark IV Capital is developing The District on 65 acres east of the Round Rock Crossing shopping center...