Four Points News is an established, weekly community newspaper delivered to 5,300 homes and businesses in Steiner Ranch, River Place, Grandview Hills, Westminster Glen and Comanche Trail.
We cover the Leander Independent School District, commercial development, roadways, traffic, the housing market, Lake Travis, community events and so much more.
Since 2005, Four Points News has been the only weekly, community newspaper focusing relevant news in the geographic area located by RM 620 and RM 2222.
We have local reporters who are very active in the community. We are also locally owned and operated, headquartered in Steiner Ranch, Austin, Texas!
Our Staff :
About Lynette Haaland, Publisher and Editor
A Steiner Ranch resident since 2006, Lynette Haaland has been reporting for Four Points News since 2008.
The veteran journalist started her career before graduating from Texas Tech University with a Journalism degree in 1992.
Haaland worked for the Rochester Business Journal, a weekly business newspaper, for 12 years including nine years as a freelance writer. She has won several national reporting awards.
Her work has also been published in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and other publications. In the 1990s, she worked at the ABC affiliate in Lubbock, KAMC-TV 28, as a reporter and photographer.
In June 2011, Haaland and her company, Four Points News LLC, purchased Four Points News. The weekly community paper was started in June 2005 by Granite Publications LLC.
Haaland is on the Board of the Viper Nation Education Foundation, the local academic booster club that gives tens of thousands of dollars each year to schools in Four Points.
A charter member of the West Austin Chamber of Commerce, Haaland served on the Board and believes business leaders and entrepreneurs are the backbone of our local community.
Haaland is married to another career journalist, Bill Seitzler, and the couple has two daughters who attend Canyon Ridge Middle School. They are active in the Four Points community, church and their daughter’s soccer teams.
About Cassie McKee, Senior Reporter
Four Points News
Cassie moved to Austin in 2003. She recently started writing again after working for about eight years in state and federal politics. For five years, she served as the director of district outreach for U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul. Prior to that she served as the communications director for State Rep. Harvey Hilderbran during the 2007 legislative session.
She lives in Austin with her husband, Michael. They enjoy movies, hiking, traveling, trying new restaurants and volunteering with the local refugee community. Cassie also serves as a mentor with the Seedling Foundation, a non-profit organization that pairs mentors with children of incarcerated parents. She and Michael are very active in their church, Austin Stone Community Church.
About Jennifer Roberts, Graphic Designer
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Jennifer Roberts has been involved with the Four Points News since 2007.
She earned an associates degree in journalism from Austin Community College. She got her start as a graphic designer in 2007 at the Hill Country News.
Recently, she started her own company called Wired Graphic Designs.
She has three girls that keep her on her toes. Her family spends their time at the softball fields and outdoors.
She is fascinated with Astrology and Numerology and always pushes herself to grow mentally and emotionally on a daily basis.
About Sarah Doolittle, Reporter
Sarah Doolittle is a stay-at-home parent living in Steiner with her husband and three cool kids.
Besides volunteering with Care Communities, an organization providing care to HIV and cancer patients and their families, she is now starting her third year as an LISD mentor. She is also a Girl Scout leader and Director of the Lake Austin Girl Scouts Service Unit that serves the entire Four Points area. Next year she hopes to begin working with Hospice Austin.
Besides her volunteer work, Sarah’s passions are her family and friends, writing, reading, languages (she speaks four) and travel. She grew up on the West Coast, then lived on the East Coast, including a two-year stint in Germany, before moving to Austin in 2011.
She hopes to bring a global/local perspective to her work for the Four Points News that reflects the diversity of our community.
About Kim Estes, Reporter
Four Points News
Kim Estes and her husband moved to Austin in 2013.
She has 16 years experience in public relations, including employment with a hospital in Oklahoma and, most recently, a rural school district in east Texas. She also has four years experience in small newspaper markets, first in the Cedar Creek Lake area of east Texas and, later, in Sherman, Texas.
Estes has a degree in Mass Communications from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. Making pottery is her hobby and she also likes movies, yoga, and reading. She attends Hill Country Bible Church and enjoys, occasionally, the honor of serving there.
She is the mother of one daughter, who lives in Washington, D.C. and works for a global advisory firm focused on frontier markets.
About Maggie Tate, Contributor
Four Points News
Maggie Tate has been a Four Points area resident since 1994.
She started vegetable gardening in 1997 and has been digging in the dirt every season since, becoming a Travis County Master Gardener in 2011.
She completed her Firewse Landscaping Specialist training in 2012 and is in the process of becoming a Vegetable Specialist.
Maggie received a Plan II degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1993 and a Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education in 1994.
She and her husband Bruce have two daughters who attend VHS.
When not working in or writing about the garden, Maggie fills her time managing two Gulf Coast vacation rental properties and volunteering with the Travis County Master Gardener Association, Covenant Presbyterian Church, the Lady Vipers Lacrosse Board and National Charity League.