Cedar Park and Leander’s top 10 articles of 2017

Look back at the year with this countdown of the 10 most popular articles about Leander and Cedar Park on Community Impact Newspaper’s website from Jan. 1-Dec. 27.

10. 10 things to look for in 2017 in Cedar Park and Leander

Just as we look back on the year now, readers looked forward at the year ahead in January with this article about important 2017 topics.

9. Texas utility commission approves route for LCRA Round Rock-Leander transmission line
The Public Utility Commission of Texas voted in favor of a route for a proposed transmission line running from Round Rock to Leander in a decision that has since been contested by several cities involved and a landowner group.

8. AMC Theatres to open in former Regal Cinema location at Lakeline Mall
The only Impact in the top 10, this story announced an upgraded movie theater at the mall.

7. Meet the Simpsons: Husband and wife principals of Leander, Rouse high schools share their stories
Chris and Christine Simpson serve as high school principals in Leander ISD, and their shared profile piece was among the most-read articles of the year.

6. Old, Nameless Road in Leander renamed Thursday
Old FM 2243 West and a portion of Nameless Road inside Leander city limits were renamed to Hero Way West after a decision by Leander City Council on May 18.

5. Leander paves the way for tiny homes
Leander City Council approved building regulation modifications to allow for Council to review requests for tiny homes in the single family urban manufactured housing district.

4. Cedar Park Chuy’s opens in The Parke today
The Austin-based Tex-Mex restaurant opened Jan. 31.

3. Leander police to issue parking citations to unoccupied vehicles violating law starting Oct. 1
Common violations include parking in front of a driveway or within 20 feet of an intersection’s crosswalk.

2. Dick’s Sporting Goods, Field & Stream announce opening in Cedar Park
The Parke shopping center proved a popular topic, as the announcement for the stores’ opening on March 3 was the second most-viewed story of the year.

  1. Low water crossings closed in Cedar Park and Leander

After Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in late August, this article on low water crossings was updated daily to keep readers in the know about local closures, topping the list of popular articles from 2017.



Photo of ACL Fest
Zilker Park closes in preparation for Austin City Limits Music Festival

Zilker Park closes in preparation for Austin City Limits Music Festival

Wayback Burgers specializes in cooked-to-order burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. (Courtesy Wayback Burgers)
Wayback Burgers coming to Leander; fire kills 75 dogs in Georgetown and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

Wayback Burgers specializes in cooked-to-order burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. (Courtesy Wayback Burgers)
Wayback Burgers to open Leander restaurant

The burger joint is scheduled to open in mid-2022.

 Busy Nurse's Station In Modern Hospital
Williamson County seeking input on community health needs

The Williamson County and Cities Health District is holding two focus group sessions through September with the goal of collecting public feedback on community health needs throughout the county.

DATA: How population changed in Texas counties between census counts in 2010, 2020

Texas added nearly four million people between 2010 and 2020, according to the latest Census data.

A volunteer unloads food from a truck during the Central Texas Food Bank's April 4 event to feed families in need at Nelson Field in Austin. (Courtesy Central Texas Food Bank)
Central Texas Food Bank delivering boxes of food directly to homes through 2021

Some families will be eligible to have boxes with food for 25 meals delivered by Amazon.

Former LISD board member Jim MacKay was elected in 2016 as Place 5 representative and reelected in 2020. (Courtesy/Leander ISD)
Former Leander ISD school board member writes email explaining his resignation

Former Leander ISD board member Jim MacKay cites his disapproval of the board's handling of reading material selection as his reason for resigning.

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Early voting dates, polling locations approved for Williamson County

Early voting for the upcoming election will take place Oct. 18-Oct. 29.

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization said the 10 projects will complement existing priority projects in Central Texas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Central Texas transportation organization advances $7 million in funding for 10 priority projects

The group also provided updates on efforts to restructure the loan it extended for the MoPac express lanes.