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Posted: Oct 24, 2022
Categories: PIO
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Author: Connie Odom

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, for the Joint, General and Special Elections. For voting times, locations, sample ballots and more, click here.

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Posted: Oct 20, 2022
Categories: PIO
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Author: Connie Odom

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is installing a traffic signal at the heavily traveled intersection of FM 1660 and Chandler Road in Hutto. The signal is part of the Austin District’s non-site specific signal installation program which will install high priority signals across the 14 counties in the district. Currently, the intersection has stop signs on FM 1660, and vehicles traveling on Chandler Road have free movement and do not stop.

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Posted: Oct 20, 2022
Categories: Comm 1
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Column by Commissioner Terry Cook

A Williamson County paramedic holds a box of Naloxone (Narcan), medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. All Williamson County paramedics are trained and equipped to administer injectable Naloxone while the public can access only the single-use nasal spray form. Courtesy Williamson County EMShttp://Williamson Commissioner Cook: All hands on deck in fighting opioid crisis (statesman.com)

All hands on deck in fighting opioid crisis

Much press has been devoted to covering the opioid epidemic across the country. We here in Williamson County are not immune to opioid use and overdoses. The county has been teaching first responders how to use Narcan, the manufacturer’s name for Naloxone, a compound that when administered displaces opiates from the brain’s receptors, thus reversing their effect.

Taken in high doses, opioids can suppress an individual’s breathing, causing a heart attack and death. The Narcan nasal spray form is safe for dispense by an opioid user’s friends and family members, but it only works if the heart attack has not yet occurred.

The preponderance of opioid street drugs has grown, and most are now spiked with fentanyl, a very strong opioid, once a commonly prescribed pain medication but now a carefully monitored prescription medication. Opioids are addictive and result in strong withdrawal symptoms when their use is suspended.

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Posted: Oct 20, 2022
Categories: Alerts, PIO
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Author: Connie Odom

Dr. Taylor Ratcliff with Baylor Scott & White Healthcare has been named the new medical director for Williamson County Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Dr. Ratcliff will be the county’s third medical director since the founding of the service in 1975. Dr. Ratcliff is replacing Dr. Jeff Jarvis who has accepted the position as chief medical officer and system medical director at MedStar in Fort Worth.

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Posted: Oct 19, 2022
Categories: PIO
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Author: Connie Odom

Under bright blue skies, officials cut the ribbon on Williamson County’s CR 200 safety project, marking the completion of the county’s 200th voter-approved road bond project! Williamson County Precinct 2 Commissioner Cynthia Long and County Judge Bill Gravell were joined by representatives from the City of Liberty Hill and road contractors to celebrate this milestone project which extends from the Capital Metro (CMTA) Railroad to CR 201, a distance of approximately one mile.

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