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Williamson County shines spotlight on opioid ‘epidemic’

Round Rock - Statesman Online by Brad Stutzman

  • 22 August 2017
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Photo courtesy of LifeSteps  The  Mobile Outreach Team, MOT,  is trained to administer Narcan (Naloxone),--a drug that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose--to patients in an emergency. MOT trains people to use Narcan in an emergency and helps them obtain it from local pharmacies, MOT, or from the TONI project.  

Against backdrops of purple — a color symbolizing hope — the photographs stood as mute testimony to lives cut short.

In them: A 40-year-old man held his daughter, maybe age 2, with a hand pressed to her father’s chest and a flower in her hair. A 29-year old woman faced away from a sunset and smiled. A 31-year-old man played acoustic guitar, his wind-blown hair tossed about.

None of those people will ever do any of those things again. They are among the Williamson County residents who have died from drug overdoses this year. They looked on, frozen in time, and those who loved them looked back in memory, as Williamson County hosted its second-annual Overdose Awareness Day program.

 

Second Annual Williamson County Overdose Awareness Day at Lakeview Pavilion, Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock

  • 11 August 2017
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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OD_Day. press release 2017.pdf

Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District Expansion Celebration

On July 15, Commissioner Cook joined the Brushy Creek MUD to celebrate the grand opening of its expanded Community Center. Pictured is the teen area ribbon cutting.

  • 19 July 2017
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Avery Ranch HOA Celebrates Fourth of July on July 3

Commissioner Cook was invited to speak and read a patriotic poem by the Avery Ranch HOA, and here she is reading Independence Day by an unknown author. (Select Read More for poem.)

  • 11 July 2017
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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INDEPENDENCE DAY

Author Unknown

 

In the year of 1776

That paper was decreed -

They were tired of oppression

And wanted to be freed

 

They wrote a Declaration

So the whole world would see -

This was, "the home of the brave

And the land of the free"

 

Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs Festival at Old Settlers Park

Commissioner Cook reads a Proclamation that she introduced and which was approved by the Williamson County Commissioners Court.

  • 23 June 2017
  • Author: bawassink
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Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs Festival at Old Settlers Park

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; and

WHEREAS, this announcement ended the last major vestige of slavery in the United States; and

WHEREAS, the Order issued by General Granger 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,” which set off jubilant celebrations of former slaves in Galveston; and

WHEREAS, from those initial celebrations, Juneteenth spread across the State of Texas, and through The 2nd Great Migration from the 1940s to the 1970s, spread Juneteenth commemorations throughout the United States; and

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

WHEREAS, this holiday honors the courageous Black Texans who have long struggled for civil rights in the 152 years since General Granger’s proclamation and honors those who continue this struggle today by replacing violence, hate, and bigotry with peace, love, and respect; and

WHEREAS, Williamson County residents value history, ethnic heritage, and culture, thus we recognize these along with the deep roots and rich traditions of African Americans in Williamson County and across Texas; and

WHEREAS, in the spirit of this 152nd Anniversary of Juneteenth Emancipation Day, let us all be reminded that our nation will not achieve its full potential until each of us has been granted unfettered opportunity to reach our own full potential and be the absolute best that we can be.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAMED, believed for the first time, that the Williamson County Commissioners Court takes this action and hereby recognizes and proclaims, June 19, 2017 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.

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