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Travis County engineers prefer route F as permanent new road for Steiner

By LYNETTE HAALAND
Four Points News

This near one-mile, $7.2 million road would connect Steiner Ranch’s Flat Top Ranch Road with RM 620. It is called route F and it is the preferred choice of Travis County engineers. Source: Travis County

The Travis County Transportation & Natural Resources department has a preference to move forward with route F as a new permanent road for Steiner Ranch. The near one-mile, $7.2 million road would cut through the greenbelt to connect Flat Top Ranch Road with RM 620, intersecting RM 620 close to Mansfield Dam.

“TNR has a preference and route F is the preference,” said Kathy Hardin, an engineer with Travis County Transportation & Natural Resources Capital Improvement Projects. “This is the route of least resistance.”

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Steiner parents ask for compassion of grown son with mental illness

By SARAH DOOLITTLE

Four Points News

Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Mary and Adam are the parents of a daughter and son, both adults. Their daughter works in education and looks forward to getting married and raising a family. Their son Paul, however, suffers from mental illness, which includes delusional and erratic behavior. For Paul, who is currently not taking medications, this means he is unable to keep a job, date or enjoy a life considered “normal” by most. As best his parents can tell, Paul is currently homeless and living in his car in and around Steiner Ranch.

Background

Paul grew up in a loving and stable home. His parents, both working professionals, raised their children in a steady faith tradition, something that became an important part of Paul’s life. Not only was he active in Future Farmers of America and Boy Scouts of America, earning his Eagle Scout, he was also a Eucharist minister and usher/hospitality minister at his church and became a 4th degree Knight of Columbus. He played sports and joined the Junior ROTC. “He’s very, very, very wholesome,” said his mom.

He was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) at age six and was prescribed an increasing number of medications, but eventually was taken off the meds when they caused an adverse reaction. By middle school he was on a total of 14, which left him feeling sluggish and sleepy. “We even said to the doctors, can we take him off of everything and just see who he is and start all over?” Mary remembered asking.

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VHS trombonist releases electronic dance music

Kurt Wokoek, a junior trombone player at Vandegrift, writes electronic dance music and is being represented by AWAL out of London.

Kurt Wokoek, a junior at Vandegrift, got his first big break in December. He’s been writing EDM, electronic dance music, for several years but during Christmas break, Wokoek received the email he’d been anxiously waiting for, AWAL was going to represent him.

AWAL is a British distribution company and record label with its headquarters in London. They handle distribution, data analytics, artist marketing, playlist and radio, and funding of the artists they represent.

AWAL handles some big names like Don Diablo, deadmau5, R3HAB, and Madison Beer, to name a few.

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ViperBots win UIL 5A/6A State Championships

Three Vandegrift ViperBots robotics teams won the state championships in the FIRST Tech Challenge division:7161 Hydra, 6299 QuadX and 4545 Ouroboros.

“We won state for the FTC Division,” said Rad Allen, VHS ViperBots advisor and computer science teacher.

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