Neighborhood News

Commissioner Cook Speaks to Pack 174 Cub Scouts

  • 4 octubre 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 1979

Commissioner Cook is showing Pack 174 Cub Scouts a large poster of what Texas Counties Deliver.Commissioner Cook is explaining what her role is in the county and what counties do for their citizens to members of two Cub Scout dens in Pack 174.

The Scouts are in 4th and 5th grades and attend Great Oaks Elementary.

There are four boys in one den and two girls in the other. 

The meeting was held on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Cat Hollow Park Pavilion.

Hairy Man Road Closures During Road Safety Improvements

  • 11 agosto 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2102

The temporary roadway closure of Hairy Man Road will be left in place until 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 13, at which time it will be removed.

The closure will then be reset on Monday, August 16, at 6 a.m. and remain in place until 5:30 p.m. on August 20.

This project is 2.2 miles in length and includes safety improvements between Brushy Bend Drive and Sam Bass Road.

Improvements will include the addition of shoulders along the roadway, addition of rumble striping along the shoulders, and addition of turn lanes into the adjacent parks.

The detour will remain the same via Brightwater Boulevard and Creek Bend Boulevard. Local traffic on Hairy Man Road will be allowed from Sam Bass Road to the bridge at Brushy Creek (under the Creek Bend Bridge).

Workforce Wednesdays Virtual Career Expo Continues

Information below is from Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area

  • 14 julio 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2394

Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) has launched a new Workforce Wednesdays Virtual Career Expo campaign within the nine-county Rural Capital Area of central Texas, to connect employers and job seekers at weekly online hiring events.

With a world-class labor force of more than 520,000, and the unemployment rate continuing to decline across the region as employers begin to safely reopen amid COVID-19 concerns, Workforce Wednesdays represent a collective effort among Rural Capital Area communities and industries to empower their workforce through virtual interactive events and continue to help the region compete at a global level.

“We are proud to continue to innovate our services to present new workforce opportunities for local businesses, families, and job seekers,” said WSRCA CEO Paul Fletcher. “These are difficult times for our communities, but we’ll get through this together. By hosting virtual hiring events each week during Workforce Wednesdays, we are helping our fellow Texans find sustainable careers to support their families, all from the safety and convenience of their mobile device.”

Honoring and Preserving History in Wilco’s Cemeteries

Column by Commissioner Cook

  • 17 junio 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2315

Members of the Round Rock Black History Organization gather to place flags for Veterans Day at Hopewell Cemetery on Nov. 7, 2020. They are from left: Tiffany and husband Paul Gibson, Julie Chapa, Tina Steiner, Ella Morrison, Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks and his Father, Craig Walker, who was visiting from Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Photo courtesy of Kathryn Effinger.

Ella Morrison: "We need to give credit to two others who helped in recent  years. Bobbie Withriow who cut tree limbs, cleaned Veteran headstones, and donated and helped place flowers on every grave in the cemetery, and planted three Crepe Myrtle trees. Sherry Richards also helped with cleaning and planting in the recent past. Bobbie Withriow and The Fallen Org. can never be compensated enough for his help." 

While ancestral research can be found online, in family Bibles and from records like death certificates maintained by counties, another good source is tombstones.

But many cemeteries are in the middle of nowhere!

Wayne Ware, chair of the Cemetery Restoration Committee, under the direction of the Williamson County Historical Commission, told me that years ago in Granger a woman whose husband had died put him in the back of her wagon and started down the road. A stranger saw her and told her to bury him on land nearby.

Also, over 100 Wilco cemeteries are behind locked gates or not yet located. Sometimes a property owner will give permission to relatives or others to get on their land, but many landowners don’t live on the property, so gaining access is nearly impossible.

Yet the cemetery committee plods on. It currently has 16 active volunteers who maintain 20 neglected cemeteries in the county on a rotation basis. The history buried in these cemeteries motivates the volunteers who call the interned “the pioneers” of Williamson County.

The committee has identified 236 cemeteries, 26 of which have received the Historic Texas Cemetery designation by the Texas Historical Commission.

Nancy Bell, treasurer for the Historic Commission, said some of these cemeteries date back to the 1840s. Starting in the spring, the volunteers mow and clean the cemeteries. In the fall, after the weeds and grass die down, they remove old, dead trees and underbrush.

​Last fall, the volunteers spent many hours clearing out the Hargis cemetery, located on an acre south of Taylor and north of Coupland. A fund was established by the Hargis family for its upkeep, but the money’s whereabouts is unknown.

However, the plot had become impenetrable from overgrown brambles, brush, shrubs and trees and is known for an abundance of rattlesnakes. Still, the volunteers cleared it.

Eloise Brackenridge, chair of the Historical Commission, tells another story about the Taylor cemetery that began after someone died during a gunfight, and the townspeople needed somewhere to bury the dead.

Round Rock residents Tina Steiner, her Aunt, Ella Sauls Morrison, Morri

Commissioner Cook encourages Wilco residents to take Community Health Survey

Sponsored by the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD)

  • 12 mayo 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2362

Graphic with writing that says "Do you have a moment" and "Take the 2022 Community Health Survey" with images of people on it.The Community Health Survey will be open from May 3-14, 2021.

Our community is working together to improve health and wellness in Williamson County. The Community Heath Assessment (CHA) engages community members and local public health system partners to collect and analyze health-related data from many sources. A survey is now available to collect the community’s feedback on what they believe are the most pressing health needs for Williamson County. The feedback will be used to inform decision-making, prioritize health issues, and assist in the development and implementation of Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

Health care providers, faith-based organizations, public health, school districts, non-profit organizations, local governments and community members are working together to address health issues where we live, learn, work and play.

Surveys in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean are available at: www.healthywilliamsoncounty.org/cha.

Paper surveys are available by emailing [email protected].


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