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Commissioner Cook Presents Juneteenth Proclamation in Commissioners Court

  • 19 June 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, Juneteenth recognizes that on June 19, 1865, almost three years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, Union General Gordon Granger announced in Galveston the freedom of all slaves throughout Texas, which read in part: “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free;” and

WHEREAS, this announcement ended slavery in Texas; and

WHEREAS, Juneteenth is the oldest African American holiday, and in 1980, Texas established Juneteenth as a state holiday; and

WHEREAS, this Commissioners Court recognizes that the early Black inhabitants of Williamson County were brought here as slaves; and

WHEREAS, in the 153 years since General Granger’s Proclamation, the struggle against bigotry, hate, and violence continues today; and

WHEREAS, we believe that peace, love, and respect for one another and an emphasis on historical accuracy can overcome deep-seated mistrust and move our society towards a goal of a more inclusive and equitable community;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAMED, that the Williamson County Commissioners Court hereby recognizes and proclaims, June 19, 2018 as:

“JUNETEENTH – TEXAS EMANCIPATION DAY”

in Williamson County, and encourages all Williamson County employees and residents to learn more about Juneteenth and support the noble purpose of this day.

Commissioner Cook Celebrates US Army's 243rd Birthday on June 14, 2018

The Party was held at the Round Rock Armed Forces Reserve Center.

  • 18 June 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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The Army birthday cake and saber lying beside it.Commissioner Cook served as the honorary public official at the Army's family-friendly 243rd Birthday Bash! 

The U.S. Army was founded on June 14, 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of expert riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year. For more on the history of the U.S. Army, click here: https://history.army.mil/html/faq/birth.html

Commissioner Cook (center) gets help from (left) Debra Babcock with Commissioner Covey's (Pct. 3) Office and (right) Private Lydia Byrns as all three hold the saber to cut the Army birthday cake.

Commissioner Cook Presents Williamson County Senior Fraud Prevention Program at Court at Round Rock

Residents of the Independent Living and Assisted Living Facility learned about how to avoid fraud through scams and other crimes

  • 15 June 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Commissioner Cook holds up the front side of a Senior Fraud Prevention Placemat.Commissioner Cook Gave Out Laminated Senior Fraud Prevention Placemats As Shown In Photos

Between 2010 and 2017, Texas experienced the largest senior population increase nationwide, both in number and percentage change, with an addition of 3.1 million seniors—up 12.6 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Williamson County saw an even more dramatic increase in the senior population between 2010 and 2016, with a gain of 24,405 people, or a 65 percent increase in the number of people at or above the age of 65, according to the census.

In 2017, it was reported that older Americans lose $36.5B each year to financial scams and abuse, and this number continues to rise.

Financial scams and abuse are done through numerous ways. This is not an exhaustive list:

Telemarketing scams “You’ve won a ‘free’ gift, vacation, or prize.” But you have to pay for “postage and handling” or other charges. Or “You must act now.”

IRS scams “There was a problem with your taxes, and you still owe. Pay now or police will come to your door.” Frequently, these calls look like they are coming from inside the United States. In fact, they are large foreign operations trying to steal your money. The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.

A family member is in jail A person posing as a grandchild says that they are in jail and need bond money.

Commissioner Cook holds up the back side of a placemat standing at the podium.When a scammer uses fraudulent emails or texts, or copycat websites to get you to share valuable personal information – such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, or your login IDs and passwords. Scammers also use phishing emails to get access to your computer or network then they install programs like ransomware that can lock you out of important files on your computer. Phishing scammers lure their targets into a false sense of security by spoofing the familiar, trusted logos of established, legitimate companies. Or they pretend to be a friend or family member. 

Unfortunately, The National Center on Elder Abuse reports that 90 percent of the perpetrators are family members or people the victims know well, such as neighbors, friends or caregivers.

We have brought 4 organizations that will give you important information and tips on what you should do to ensure you are not a victim of fraud and what to do if you do become

Commissioner Cook Officiates and Speaks at Williamson County and Cities Health District Ribbon Cutting

The WCCHD ceremony was held Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 355 Texas Ave. in Round Rock

  • 29 May 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Commissioner Cook speaks at the outdoors ribbon cutting ceremony for the WCCHD. Marlene McMichael, Board Chair, John Teel, Exec. Director, and Precinct 4 Commissioner Larry Madsen are in the background.

County officials, dignitaries and WCCHD staff members stand outside the new building holding the ribbon as it is about to be cut.

Marlene McMichael, Chair of the WCCHD Board, speaks to the audience before officially cutting the ribbon as Precinct 4 Commissioner Larry Madsen and Commissioner Cook look on in the background.John Teel, WCCHD Executive Director, greets the crowd gathered. Precinct 1 Commissioner Valerie Covey and Precinct 4 Commissioner Larry Madsen are standing in the background.

The Williamson County and Cities Health District has provided public health services to Williamson County since 1943. Public Health Centers and offices are located in Cedar Park, Georgetown, Round Rock, and Taylor. 

Public health departments play an extremely important role in improving and protecting the health of individuals and communities.

The WCCHD offers essential public health services to the public, such as preventing disease, ensuring access to safe food and water, immunizations, and preparing for and responding to health emergencies.

For more information, please visit http://www.wcchd.org/about_us/index.php

Please click on READ MORE for Commissioner Cook's speech.

Commissioner Cook Speaks to Leadership Round Rock 2018

  • 17 May 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Commissioner Cook stands in the Williamson County Historic Courthouse and speaks to the Round Rock Leadership Class of 2018.Commissioner Cook spoke to the 2018 Round Rock Leadership Class at the Historic Williamson County Courthouse on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. She explained her role as a County Commissioner and the responsibilities of the Commissioners Court regarding the budget, transportation and roads.

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