Posted: Nov 18, 2022
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The Williamson County Brown Santa Program helps local families by donating toys, clothes, books and adopting families for the holiday season.

If yGraphic of a green Christmas tree with a gold star on top and red ornaments - https://pixabay.com/illustrations/christmas-ornament-2971001/ou would like to donate, volunteer or adopt a family this holiday season please consider the    Williamson County Brown Santa Program sponsored by our Wilco Sheriff's Office.

For information, please visit Williamson County Brown Santa (wcbrownsanta.com)

Brown Santa toy collection barrels will be available at several county buildings for people to drop off new, unwrapped toys, including in the Jester Annex, 1801 E. Old Settlers Blvd. in Round Rock at the main entrance and by the Tax Office.  

On the website you can click on the Amazon Wishlist icon and buy toys and items selected by kids and their families, or you can donate directly on the website via VENMO & PayPal.

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Posted: Nov 17, 2022
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Column by Commissioner Cook


Photo shows voters at a polling site with a sign that reads: Vote (Aqui) Here --Among the state-mandated responsibilities is to process and maintain voter registration and conduct elections. Jay Janner/American Statesman

In Texas, county government is “an arm of the state.” We have 254 counties, and each is charged with carrying out state-decreed administrative and judicial responsibilities, some of which include actual funding.  

Go back 200 years. What did every county have? A sheriff, a traveling judge and someone to record legal documents such as marriages, divorces, land sales and lawsuits. Well, it’s bigger, better and much more expensive now. 

Let’s look at state-mandated responsibilities of counties. Nearly all are poorly funded by the state: 

  •  Process and maintain voter registration and conduct elections. All entities on a ballot contribute to the cost of running that election, such as cities, school districts, water control and improvement districts and community colleges. These entities contract with county elections departments to conduct their elections but don’t have to; they can run their own elections. It’s cheaper for each entity to join others, with the county conducting the elections. 

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Posted: Nov 9, 2022
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By Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area

Hiring Red White and You Statewide Veterans Hiring Fair

The 11th Annual Hiring Red, White & You! (HRWY) Statewide Veterans Hiring Event is being held in-person and online on November 10, 2022, to enhance career opportunities for veterans, transitioning military, and their spouses.

Virtual Hiring Fair

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Job Seeker Registration: https://bit.ly/wsrcahrwyvirtualfair

Round Rock In-Person Event


9 a.m. – 11 a.m. (Early Admission for Transitioning Service Members, Veterans and Spouses)

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Open to the Public)


Round Rock Sports Center

2400 Chisholm Trail

Round Rock, TX 78681

Job Seeker Registration: https://bit.ly/wsrcahrwyroundrock

Our Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Career Centers will have resource areas open to help you log in to take part in the virtual event. 

The statewide Hiring Red, White & You! hiring event connects Texas veterans and their spouses with Texas employers that value the experience, discipline, and other exceptional qualities inherent in a military background.

Hiring Red, White & You! is a joint initiative supported by all 28 Texas Workforce Solutions development boards, the Texas Workforce Commission, the Office of the Governor, the Texas Medical Center and the Texas Veterans Commission.

There are nearly 1.7 million veterans throughout Texas, of which 967,000 are working or actively seeking work, according to estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than 79,500 of those veterans call the Rural Capital Area home. 

By hiring more veterans and spouse candidates, employers can reduce turnover, maintain a more stable workforce over time, and may be eligible to earn up to $9,600 in federal tax credits through the Work Opportunity Tax Cre
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Posted: Oct 20, 2022
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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 17, 2022
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Event to be held at the Williamson County Expo Center at 5350 Bill Pickett Trail in Taylor.

Cowboy riding a stallion in an arena with people sitting on bleachers. https://pixabay.com/photos/rodeo-horse-competition-animal-3612846/

Note: Information from our Wilco Public Information Office and Williamson County Fair and Rodeo web page. 

Williamson County Fair and Rodeo - Oct. 26-29:

The Williamson County Fair and Rodeo will kick off with a Family Night on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Gate admission is free for all on Family Night. Carnival rides will require ticket puchase.

On Friday, Oct. 28, catch Ram Herrera & Yayo Castillo y Rumores during Tejano night.

You won't want to miss this year's final act Mark Chesnutt on the main stage Saturday, Oct. 29.

So, come join us for an action-packed rodeo, live entertainment, mutton bustin', carnival rides, a beer and wine garden, pig races, a petting zoo and much more!

To buy tickets to the Fair & Rodeo, or to learn more about what to expect, click here: https://www.wilcofair.com

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