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Moving from Galveston, Leander’s newest city manager brings experience in tourist communities

Leander’s new city manager, Rick Beverlin, came to Leander from Galveston, where he had served as the assistant city manager since 2016


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Russo’s New York Pizzeria in Cedar Park has closed

Russo’s New York Pizzeria in Cedar Park closed Jan. 20, according to a sign on the location’s front door.



Moonshine Comfort & Cocktails brings modern southern food to Avery Ranch

After serving locals and tourists alike at its downtown location for more than 15 years, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill opted to open a new location in 2018. Now just over a year old, the Avery Ranch location—called Moonshine Comfort & Cocktails—is bringing the same Southern comfort food and atmosphere to North Austin communities with a slightly modern flair.


Central Health will explore minimum wage bumps for its employees

The health care district is considering increasing its minimum wage to $15 per hour.


Peace Lutheran Church Preschool on FM 620 celebrating 20th anniversary

Peace Lutheran Church Preschool is celebrating its 20th anniversary this academic year.


Speed limit to be reduced on Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Leander

The speed limit on a 1-mile stretch of Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Leander is being reduced from 65 mph to 50 mph.



Cedar Park, Leander prepare to reap more hotel tax revenue in 2020

As Cedar Park’s annual hotel occupancy tax, or HOT, revenue is expected to top $1 million in fiscal year 2019-20—and Leander begins receiving HOT revenue with the opening of its first hotel—city officials say they are considering how to best allocate funding to deserving entities.


Leanderthal Lounge opens to showcase small-batch liquors

In three years, Leanderthal Distilling founder Scott Calame has seen his business evolve.


Travis Central Appraisal District board will host in-person meetings for informal protests in 2020

The Travis Central Appraisal District board of trustees voted to bring back in-person meetings for informal protests this year.


Austin-Travis County officials establish nonprofit to raise funds to support complete census count

Officials in Austin and Travis County have formed a complete count committee to support the 2020 census effort.



Cedar Park transit study offers possible future public transit options

The purpose of the Cedar Park transit study is to “identify available transit options and to evaluate options based on cost efficiency and effectiveness."


Toyota of Cedar Park seeking to expand by 9.22 acres

Cedar Park City Council plans at its Jan. 23 meeting to consider a Future Land Use Plan Amendment that could potentially lead to a 9.22-acre expansion of the Toyota of Cedar Park dealership.


Annual Community Guide: Cedar Park-Leander restaurants that opened in 2019 or are opening in 2020

Cedar Park-Leander restaurants that opened in 2019 or are opening in 2020


Capital Metro starts electrifying its transit fleet; first 2 electric buses go into service Jan. 26

Capital Metro will roll out the first two electric buses in late January.



Sweet Shack Candy Shop moves from Bell Boulevard to Cypress Creek Road

Sweet Shack Candy Shop opened at its new location at 1525 Cypress Creek Road, Ste. G, in Cedar Park on Dec. 14.


Annual Community Guide: Cedar Park-Leander retailers that opened in 2019 or are opening in 2020

These retailers opened in the Cedar Park-Leander area in 2019 or will open in 2020


Starlight Village in Leander to be final stop on Austin Modern Home Tour

Leander has again been selected as the final destination and site for a block party during the 12th annual Austin Modern Home Tour.


Leander ISD taps brakes on changing school start times, bus schedules

A Leander ISD committee formed in 2018 to recommend new school start times and bus schedules has requested additional time to get more feedback from LISD stakeholders.



Leander’s new comprehensive plan to begin with online poll, February open house

A six-week online poll and an open house in February are the first steps Leander is taking to gauge community priorities for the crafting of its next comprehensive plan.


Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy on Avery Ranch now under new ownership

Spouses Mark and Heather Magarian have purchased the Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy at 15111 Avery Ranch Blvd., Austin.


Travis County commissioners pursue easement to bring water to Las Lomitas subdivision

Travis County commissioners are working to address colonias—unincorporated areas in the county that lack basic utilities.


Austin Public Health confirms city’s first rubella case since 1999

Austin Public Health is investigating a confirmed rubella case, the first case of the contagious viral infection in Travis County since 1999.



Important dates to know for the May 2 general election in Cedar Park, Leander

Entities throughout the state of Texas are preparing to or have already called elections for May 2.


Travis County commissioners consider revisions to peace office pay

Travis County commissioners are considering options that will revise the pay scale for peace officers, including law enforcement, corrections and park rangers.