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Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter Furry Fidos are Free Event

Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter Furry Fidos are Free Event

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) is offering free adoptions for all adoptable dogs starting Friday, May 19, through Sunday, May 21, after taking in more than 125 dogs since the start of May. 

Thursday, May 18, 2023/Author: Yvonne Ramirez/Number of views (1109)/Comments (0)/
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The EV Diaries

Column by Commissioner Tery Cook

Commissioner Cook’s set radio stations are displayed on her 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 dash. This past summer, I had to consider that my 2000 Sienna van may be reaching its expiration date with the mileage approaching 380,000. I knew I didn’t want to invest in another internal combustion engine, yet it is still early for an electric vehicle adoption. 

I hit the internet and Consumer Reports shopping for prospects and reviews. Early on I was drawn to the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 with its designation of 2022 Car of the Year (not just EV car of the year). The videos were strong selling points. I was sold on a car I’d never touched nor ridden in. I wasn’t even sure of the interior, other than the console could be pushed back, freeing valuable floor space. 

My husband and I visited Round Rock Hyundai for pricing and availability. Well, high and long were two descriptors — quite the price and an eight- to 10-month wait list. Regardless, I put $500 down — my husband thought it was crazy — and we hoped for the best.

Next, I explored what all these charging stations for garages are all about and if we had the ability to add a 240V line to our power panel for a charger. I contacted an electrical contractor to do the analysis and lo and behold, we had a breaker slot that could accommodate the 60 amp/2 pole 120/240V circuit breaker. This is not a Home Depot item. Off to Elliott Electric Supply I went, but this breaker was in short supply, so I had to go to a Bastrop location to pick it up: $32.48 + gas + time.

Another research project informed me the level 2 charging station was the most affordable and practical. What brand? We settled on the ChargePoint Home Flex EV Charger from Amazon costing $810.79 with tax. We took our 100-foot climbing rope we brought from Colorado and routed it through our attics and to an exterior wall with the circuit panel (outdoors) to estimate how much power line we needed. Again, Amazon Prime came through for us and delivered the incredibly heavy power line. My husband was game to do this himself, or should I say on the cheap?

Next, where to install it? Last available wall space was also the perfect spot for the charging unit. Down came the drywall as hubby had to create a very strong framing assembly to support the charger and a long cable that could reach the car even if it was backed into place. We even purchased a fire extinguisher and mounted it as you walk into the garage from the house, as if it’s really going to make a difference should a fire occur. We also threw the circuit breaker, and nothing blew up. Then we waited, and waited; fortunately, the van kept running.

I did check in with the salesperson twice over the following four months. The bulk of the orders were for models that I wasn’t ordering, nor my color, the lone wolf on the prowl. Then on Feb. 8, as I pulled into the parking lot near the Homerun Dugout at Dell Diamond, my phone rang — strange number — however, I answered. My now new salesperson announced that my long-awaited 2023 car would arrive about Feb. 28.

Thursday, May 18, 2023/Author: Doris Sanchez/Number of views (1580)/Comments (0)/
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Mental illness impacts us all

Column by Commissioner Cook

Attendees chat during the April 6 open house of the Williamson County Diversion Center in Georgetown, a partnership between the Commissioners Court and Bluebonnet Trails Community Services. Williamson Commissioner Terry Cook: Mental illness impacts us all (statesman.com)

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. So much is being declared the result of mental illness, but why?

Yes, our youths are suffering from high levels of anxiety post-pandemic. Would it be the same without COVID having gotten in the way of their developing social lives? Is it the result of being tied to social media on smartphones? Is it the result of failing to develop social skills (phone/pandemic/isolation)? Have they just lost the hope previous generations held to in the maturation journey?

The data on mental illness is pretty clear: one in five people are affected by mental illness each year; one in 20 adults in the U.S. will experience a serious mental health illness that negatively impacts their lives, their families, schools, places of employment and their community. The National Alliance on Mental Illness states that 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14(!), and 75% of all lifetime mental illnesses begin by age 24. Sadly, it is reported that the average delay in treatment following onset symptoms is a whopping 11 years.

Thursday, May 18, 2023/Author: Doris Sanchez/Number of views (1515)/Comments (0)/
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Ozone Action Day Thursday, May 18

Ozone Action Day Thursday, May 18

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has declared Thursday, May 18, as an Ozone Action Day for the Austin metropolitan area. This means that air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023/Author: Yvonne Ramirez/Number of views (1292)/Comments (0)/
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Mid-May 2023

Mid-May 2023

In this edition of WILCOunty Line, come celebrate our 175th birthday at Dell Diamond, learn more about what your Justice of the Peace does and much more!

Tuesday, May 16, 2023/Author: Yvonne Ramirez/Number of views (0)/Comments (0)/
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