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Commissioners Court Approves National Prevention Week Proclamation by Commissioner Cook on Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Week designation created by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

  • 12 May 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 976

Shown in photo inside the Historic Courthouse Commissioners Courtroom are from front from left: Martha Paddie, LifeSteps Coalition Coordinator; Rosana Sielaff, Director of Prevention; Barbara and George Brightwell, LifeSteps Founders: and Kelly McCaffrey, LifeSteps Executive Director. In back are from left Commissioner Cook, Commissioner Cynthia Long, Judge Bill Gravell and Commissioner Russ Boles.WHEREAS, National Prevention Week, created by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), is an annual time to raise awareness of the importance of substance use prevention and implementing positive mental health changes; and

 WHEREAS, this year’s National Prevention Week theme is “Youth Leading Prevention,” recognizing youth prevention leaders across the country and the power that each young person has in influencing positive community change; and

WHEREAS, according to the 2020 Texas School Survey, 42.8% of high school students (grades 9-12) and 21.3% of middle school students (7th and 8th grades) report drinking alcohol in the previous 30 days, and the 2019 Texas College survey found 54.8% of college students acknowledged alcohol use in the previous 30-days; and

WHEREAS, mental health workers around the world have reported increased feelings of stress, fear, anxiety, and isolation in people of all ages, where youth have been especially impacted, during this pandemic leading to increased use of alcohol and other drugs to cope with this uncomfortable reality; and

WHEREAS, preventing substance use before it begins is the most effective way to eliminate the damage caused by drugs and alcohol abuse; and

Commissioners Court Approves Elder Abuse Prevention Proclamation by Commissioner Cook

  • 11 May 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 984

Staff of Texas Adult Protective Services in Williamson County and Commissioners Cook, Long, Judge Gravell, and Boles stand in background.

WHEREAS, our elderly population are vital and integral members of our society and their wisdom and experience have enriched our lives; and

WHEREAS, abuse and exploitation of the elderly in domestic and institutional settings are wide-spread problems, affecting hundreds of thousands of people across the country; and

WHEREAS, Texas Adult Protective Services In-Home Caseworkers in Williamson County investigated 1,284 allegations of which 388 cases of Abuse, Neglect and/or Exploitation were confirmed against our elderly Texans in 2020; and

WHEREAS, elder abuse, which happens to men and women of all income levels, all cultural and ethnic groups, in good health or incapacitated in some way, and across every type of community, is grossly underreported because the elderly who are being abused, find it very difficult to tell anyone, are usually ashamed, sometimes afraid, or may not be aware that someone they trust is taking advantage of them, or, in fact, not understand they are being abused; and

WHEREAS, the Williamson County Attorney’s Office serves an important role in the investigation and prosecution of elder abuse and exploitation, and they also have a strong victim services program to assist those who have been targeted for the abuse;

Wilco Vaccine Providers Accessibility Data Reported Since 4/30/2021

  • 3 May 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 898

Some of these are  Williamson County medical offices who offer their doses only to their clients.

This data is self-reported as their inventory for 1st doses from 4/30/21  to 5/2/2021.

Click here to view the accessiblity data for vaccine providers.

Final Update on COVID-19 Vaccinations

Information from the Williamson County Public Information Office

  • 27 April 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 1063

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell reported yesterday that this week will be the last week that first doses will be given at the County’s mass vaccIcon of circle with the coronavirus and an injection drawn inside produced by Johns Hopkins Medicine.ination sites. The County’s contracts with FHS and Curative will terminate in May after second shots have been given for those who received first shots at one of the County’s mass vaccination sites. 

“The mass vaccination sites will be closing down in the future, but this isn’t the end. We are moving forward with the mobile units and kiosk units,” stated Cristin Meehan, director of vaccine distribution for Curative. “We want to make sure everyone knows that we are going to be here. You can go to Curative.com and put in your location. There are lots of appointments that are available. There still are plenty of doses to get out. Curative’s mission is to end this pandemic. That is what it has been since we started this back in March of last year, and that is still our goal.”

Williamson County discontinued keeping a centralized waitlist earlier this month due to decreased numbers of new registrations. Instead, individuals can schedule their COVID-19 vaccination directly with the provider of their choice. Currently, there are 25 vaccine providers in Williamson County with more than 20,110 first shots available

Commissioner Cook Reminds Wilco Residents to Vote

Information from the Williamson County Elections Office

  • 20 April 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 861

Icon of a female and male inserting a blank paper ballot into voting box by Vecteezy.




Last Day to Register to Vote: Thursday, April 1

Last Day to Apply for Ballot-by-Mail: Tuesday, April 20

Early Voting Period: Monday, April 19 to Tuesday, April 27

Early Voting Schedule  (pdf)

Dates and Times for All Locations:
Monday, April 19th through Saturday, April 24th from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
NO SUNDAY VOTING                                                                         
Monday, April 26th and Tuesday, April 27th from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm 

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