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Round Rock hotel slated for construction in spring
 Construction of a new Embassy Suites hotel and conference center in northern Round Rock is slated to begin in the spring, with plans now calling for a six-story building. A 6.6-acre lot adjacent to Cavender’s clothing store on Bass Pro Drive will host the new hotel and conference center. City officials have said the development is a...

Posted: 2 days ago

Construction of a new Embassy Suites hotel and conference center in northern Round Rock is slated to begin in the spring, with plans now calling for a six-story building. A 6.6-acre lot adjacent to Cavender’s clothing store on Bass Pro Drive will host the new hotel and conference center. City officials have said the development is a...
Galápagos Islands focus of Round Rock photo exhibit
 A Round Rock exhibit showcases the vibrant flora and fauna found on the Galápagos Islands through the lens of a local award-winning photographer. The exhibit, “Henry Huey: Galápagos,” at Papi’s Pies will continue through Feb. 11, offering a glimpse of the unique wildlife found on the volcanic islands. This...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Round Rock exhibit showcases the vibrant flora and fauna found on the Galápagos Islands through the lens of a local award-winning photographer. The exhibit, “Henry Huey: Galápagos,” at Papi’s Pies will continue through Feb. 11, offering a glimpse of the unique wildlife found on the volcanic islands. This...
Curtains rise for Round Rock ISD musical theater season
 Weeks of planning, preparation and rehearsals are culminating this week in the first performances of the spring musical theater season for the Round Rock school district. Five district high schools and Ridgeview Middle School are presenting award-winning Broadway hits, from the classic ’50s tale, “Grease,” to the irreverent...

Posted: 4 days ago

Weeks of planning, preparation and rehearsals are culminating this week in the first performances of the spring musical theater season for the Round Rock school district. Five district high schools and Ridgeview Middle School are presenting award-winning Broadway hits, from the classic ’50s tale, “Grease,” to the irreverent...
Ex-officer sues Pflugerville police over K-9 compensation
 A former Pflugerville police officer is demanding back pay for taking care of his police dog at home and after regular work hours, according to a lawsuit filed this month. Jefferson Schaefer filed suit on Jan. 3 in United States District Court claiming he did not receive any compensation for overtime work, which would be a violation of federal...

Posted: 5 days ago

A former Pflugerville police officer is demanding back pay for taking care of his police dog at home and after regular work hours, according to a lawsuit filed this month. Jefferson Schaefer filed suit on Jan. 3 in United States District Court claiming he did not receive any compensation for overtime work, which would be a violation of federal...
Round Rock’s Forest Creek Golf Club getting $5.1M in renovations
 Round Rock’s Forest Creek Golf Club is undergoing a multifaceted renovation project that entails closing the 18-hole public course until late summer. The $5.1 million in projects slated for the city-owned course include rebuilding all 18 greens to United States Golf Association standards, creating an optional 19th hole, renovating the...

Posted: 9 days ago

Round Rock’s Forest Creek Golf Club is undergoing a multifaceted renovation project that entails closing the 18-hole public course until late summer. The $5.1 million in projects slated for the city-owned course include rebuilding all 18 greens to United States Golf Association standards, creating an optional 19th hole, renovating the...
Typhoon Texas deal ranks high for Pflugerville Corp. in 2017
 If you ask Amy Madison, 2017 started with a big splash. Just days into the new year, the executive director of the Pflugerville Community Development Corp. watched as the City Council approved a city agreement for Typhoon Texas to take over operations at Hawaiian Falls Water and Adventure Park. “I don’t think anything tops that...

Posted: 12 days ago

If you ask Amy Madison, 2017 started with a big splash. Just days into the new year, the executive director of the Pflugerville Community Development Corp. watched as the City Council approved a city agreement for Typhoon Texas to take over operations at Hawaiian Falls Water and Adventure Park. “I don’t think anything tops that...
Report: Pflugerville ISD students testing mostly above average
 Pflugerville school district students are scoring mostly above statewide and regional averages, according to a report released in late 2017. The Texas Academic Performance Report compiles state testing results, attendance and dropout rates and other data to offer a comprehensive look at district and campus performance. The report gave the...

Posted: 19 days ago

Pflugerville school district students are scoring mostly above statewide and regional averages, according to a report released in late 2017. The Texas Academic Performance Report compiles state testing results, attendance and dropout rates and other data to offer a comprehensive look at district and campus performance. The report gave the...
Woman charged with murder in fiancé’s death in Hudson Bend
 Authorities are charging a woman with murder in relation to a fatal shooting of a man early Sunday in the Hudson Bend area. A woman called 911 requesting an ambulance in the 4800 block of Doss Road about 4:19 a.m. Sunday, according to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies arrived to find Austin-Travis County EMS first responders...

Posted: 19 days ago

Authorities are charging a woman with murder in relation to a fatal shooting of a man early Sunday in the Hudson Bend area. A woman called 911 requesting an ambulance in the 4800 block of Doss Road about 4:19 a.m. Sunday, according to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies arrived to find Austin-Travis County EMS first responders...
Cedar Park Lone Star Grille closing for good
 Lone Star Grille in Cedar Park is closing its doors for good this week, a decision its manager said has much to do with a stricter city noise ordinance enacted in the spring. Jared Hairell, who began managing the restaurant and live music venue three years ago, said Cedar Park City Council members approving a revised city noise ordinance...

Posted: 22 days ago

Lone Star Grille in Cedar Park is closing its doors for good this week, a decision its manager said has much to do with a stricter city noise ordinance enacted in the spring. Jared Hairell, who began managing the restaurant and live music venue three years ago, said Cedar Park City Council members approving a revised city noise ordinance...
Report: Round Rock ISD outperforming state, region
 The Round Rock school district students are testing better on average than students statewide and regionally, according to a state report. The Texas Academic Performance Report compiles state testing results, attendance and dropout rates, and other data to offer a comprehensive look at district and campus performance. The Round Rock district...

Posted: 25 days ago

The Round Rock school district students are testing better on average than students statewide and regionally, according to a state report. The Texas Academic Performance Report compiles state testing results, attendance and dropout rates, and other data to offer a comprehensive look at district and campus performance. The Round Rock district...
Multiple seats contested in March primaries
 March primaries in Travis County range from noncontested races for several district judges and county commissioners to a wide field of candidates for a county court-at-law judge seat and the House District 46 seat held by embattled state Rep. Dawnna Dukes. Dukes, D-Pflugerville, faces five challengers in the Democratic primary election in...

Posted: 26 days ago

March primaries in Travis County range from noncontested races for several district judges and county commissioners to a wide field of candidates for a county court-at-law judge seat and the House District 46 seat held by embattled state Rep. Dawnna Dukes. Dukes, D-Pflugerville, faces five challengers in the Democratic primary election in...
Pflugerville City Manager Brandon Wade leaving city
 Brandon Wade announced Friday he is resigning as Pflugerville city manager after accepting the assistant general manager position with the Gulf Coast Water Authority. In a city news release, Wade said he is “deeply moved by the trust and confidence given in me to serve the community.” “It takes an extraordinary opportunity...

Posted: 29 days ago

Brandon Wade announced Friday he is resigning as Pflugerville city manager after accepting the assistant general manager position with the Gulf Coast Water Authority. In a city news release, Wade said he is “deeply moved by the trust and confidence given in me to serve the community.” “It takes an extraordinary opportunity...
Round Rock Fire Department adding 2 vehicles to fleet
 Two new fire engines costing the city $2 million are set to be added to Round Rock Fire Department’s growing fleet of emergency vehicles. The Velocity PUC Pumper and Aerial Platform vehicles — at a cost of $725,454 and $1.3 million, respectively —are part of the Fire Department’s semiregular purchases to either add...

Posted: 30 days ago

Two new fire engines costing the city $2 million are set to be added to Round Rock Fire Department’s growing fleet of emergency vehicles. The Velocity PUC Pumper and Aerial Platform vehicles — at a cost of $725,454 and $1.3 million, respectively —are part of the Fire Department’s semiregular purchases to either add...
Cedar Park Police scrap the tickets, offer gifts instead
 Cedar Park police officers kept their citation book in the car and instead were spreading holiday cheer by handing out toys to children on Thursday morning. Parents and children were pleasantly surprised to see the officers grabbing toys out of a sack and handing them out as they waited at the intersection of U.S. 183-A and East Whitestone...

Posted: 30 days ago

Cedar Park police officers kept their citation book in the car and instead were spreading holiday cheer by handing out toys to children on Thursday morning. Parents and children were pleasantly surprised to see the officers grabbing toys out of a sack and handing them out as they waited at the intersection of U.S. 183-A and East Whitestone...
Semi-truck catching fire causing traffic delays on I-35
 Drivers on Interstate 35 should expect delays near Wells Branch Parkway due to a semi-truck catching fire. The fire, which authorities said occurred before sunrise Thursday, led to first responders closing a northbound lane on the highway. All Interstate 35 service lanes remain open.

Posted: 30 days ago

Drivers on Interstate 35 should expect delays near Wells Branch Parkway due to a semi-truck catching fire. The fire, which authorities said occurred before sunrise Thursday, led to first responders closing a northbound lane on the highway. All Interstate 35 service lanes remain open.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Interstate 35 lane shut down in Round Rock
 A stalled 18-wheeler has shut down a northbound lane of Interstate 35 just north of Texas 45. The Round Rock Police Department posted the traffic alert about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday on Twitter. Drivers should expect delays on the highway as a wrecker comes to the scene.

11:02 PM Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

A stalled 18-wheeler has shut down a northbound lane of Interstate 35 just north of Texas 45. The Round Rock Police Department posted the traffic alert about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday on Twitter. Drivers should expect delays on the highway as a wrecker comes to the scene.
National political climate spurs Dems to run in Williamson County
 John Bucy said the outlook for Democrats in the November 2018 general elections in Williamson County is bright — so much so that he’s running for office. Bucy said the political climate on the national stage — from President Donald Trump’s plummeting approval ratings to Alabama incumbent Roy Moore being defeated  for...

6:00 AM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

John Bucy said the outlook for Democrats in the November 2018 general elections in Williamson County is bright — so much so that he’s running for office. Bucy said the political climate on the national stage — from President Donald Trump’s plummeting approval ratings to Alabama incumbent Roy Moore being defeated for...
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