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Williamson County Brown Santa Hosting Trunk or Treat

Information from Williamson County's Public Information Office

Flyer announcing Trunk or Treat even with Halloween images and colorful font.Are you looking for a safe and family-friendly event for the little ones this Halloween? The Williamson County Brown Santa Program is hosting a trunk or treat event Saturday, Oct. 30.

The event will be held at the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, located at 508 S. Rock Street in Georgetown from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Brown Santa provides low income families or those at or below the poverty level with children ages 0 to 15 with toys, books and other items needed to make the holidays merrier and to positively impact families that, without assistance, will not have what others in the world often take for granted.

For more information, call 512-943-1300, email [email protected] or visit the official Williamson County Brown Santa webpage here.

Monday, October 25, 2021/Author: Doris Sanchez/Number of views (94)/Comments (0)/
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Williamson County Tax Offices Closed Tuesday, Oct. 26

Williamson County Tax Offices Closed Tuesday, Oct. 26

All Williamson County Tax Assessor-Collector’s offices will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, due to a staffing shortage. All offices will reopen Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 8 a.m.

Thursday, October 21, 2021/Author: Chris Stoltz/Number of views (176)/Comments (0)/
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Teen Court clears records while teaching law

Column by Commissioner Cook

Rayna Jacob, a Round Rock resident and Meridian student, started with Teen Court in 2019 as a freshman. Last summer, Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Judge Evelyn McLean received emails from the Future Leaders Scholarship program director telling her how impressed they were with Jacob’s work in the advanced law and trial internship Jacob served at Harden & Pinckney PPLC.

“All rise, Williamson County Court is now in session,” announces a lithe, youthful judge in the Precinct 3 justice of the peace courtroom in Georgetown.  A 16-year-old prosecutor presents the case against a 16-year-old youth charged with driving 11 to 20 mph above the speed limit. 

Also seated is a jury of peers, attentively listening to the judge who says, “By the oath you’ve taken, you have become officials of this court; participant’s duty is to listen, not to talk with anyone.”

The prosecutor approaches the bench and presents the details of the case against the young driver. The driver participates virtually. “Clear weather, no traffic on a county road north of Georgetown,” she responds to a question concerning conditions under which the alleged violation occurred. The student, who was alone in the car, also identified herself as a serious student, working 15 to 20 hours per week and active in extra-curricular programs.

The prosecutor is unswayed and declares the defendant to have “willfully chosen to speed and irresponsibly created a hazardous condition.” She clarifies that this is a Class 2 misdemeanor and suggests 20 to 30 hours of community service and one jury term.

The youth assigned as the defense attorney then rises and presents the defendant as a responsible person, demonstrated by her involvement in the community, working, maintaining high grades and actively participating in school activities. The attorney further states that her actions that day reflected an urgency to reach school on time and recommends only 20 hours of community service.

With the defense’s closure, the jury is released to convene on the case to a deliberation room near the courtroom.

I’m listening and viewing this activity virtually. Wow – this group of teens understood their responsibilities and were holding a real court hearing with consequences. How did this come to be?

Thursday, October 21, 2021/Author: Doris Sanchez/Number of views (140)/Comments (0)/
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Commissioner Cook Presents National Manufacturing Day Proclamation in Commissioners Court on Oct. 19, 2021

Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area promoted the recognition.

Pictured in front from Lf to Rt with Workforce Solutions are: Opal Berry, Business Solutions Consultant; Carol Braun, Business Services Manager; Diane Tacket, COO; Brian Hernandez, Chief Storyteller. In back Lf to Rt are Commissioners Cook and Long, Judge Gravell, Commissioners Covey and  Boles.

WHEREAS, National Manufacturing Day is held annually on the first Friday in October, as a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers and to educate the public at large on the importance of the role manufacturers play in our daily lives and the growing skill-shortage despite the high volume of job openings in the sector; and

WHEREAS, the local manufacturing sector comprised of more than 400 businesses consistently contributes the most significant portion of the gross domestic product in Williamson County, exceeding $6.3 billion in 2020; and

WHEREAS, Williamson County recognizes the importance of a thriving manufacturing sector and works to fuel economic growth and build a sustainable future for our citizens. The prosperity of our community depends on the education and vocational opportunities that align with our manufacturers' skilled labor needs, as well as continued development of advanced manufacturing capabilities and processes; and

WHEREAS, manufacturing jobs are critical to the economy of Williamson County, and the industry should be recognized for its high-tech, high-skilled, and well-paid career options — careers where average annual compensation and benefits are higher than the average across all sectors; and,

Tuesday, October 19, 2021/Author: Doris Sanchez/Number of views (68)/Comments (0)/
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Williamson County's Inaugural Fair and Rodeo Oct. 21-23

Rodeo Cowboy — Stock Photo, ImageThe Why!

The county fair tradition is woven into the fabric of nearly every American community. It presents opportunities for young people to foster life skills such as communication, leadership, goal setting, work ethic, responsibility and sportsmanship. Community engagement and youth education in agriculture are the focuses of the Williamson County Fair and Rodeo. In future years, the development of a scholarship program will provide deserving Williamson County students with scholarships to colleges and universities.

The How!

In December, the Williamson County Commissioners Court approved an agreement with the Williamson County Fair Association relating to funding the county’s first fair and rodeo in 2020. The agreement states that Williamson County will fund $100,000 to be used as seed money for the Williamson County Fair Association. The association will reimburse the county within four years, or the Commissioners Court has the ability to forgive all or a portion of that amount.

The What!

The mission of the Williamson County Fair and Rodeo is to provide a fun, family event that educates the public, promotes agriculture, and brings communities together to celebrate the traditions of Williamson County.

For tickets and more information: https://www.wilcofair.com/

Friday, October 15, 2021/Author: Doris Sanchez/Number of views (131)/Comments (0)/
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