The Williamson County Sun

In the Wednesday Issue

Officer under investigation for misconduct

A Georgetown police officer is on paid administrative leave after he appeared to trip and shove high schoolers storming the field after an historic state championship over the weekend.

Rivery extension will knock out four houses

The price of progress will be costly for some Georgetown residents as the city plans to extend Rivery Boulevard across Williams Drive, which would force the leveling of four homes in the 1600 block of Park Lane.

School board candidate strives to find balance

Melanie Dunham, a media maven and mother of four, is running for Place 5 on the Georgetown Independent School District Board of Trustees to replace outgoing Trustee Mike Hewlett.

Poppies galore

Georgetown’s favorite flower is having a banner year, just in time for this weekend’s Red Poppy Festival.

Get your primp on for prom

Rachel MacKay had never curled her hair before. But her mother, Kathy, was confident the new look would be perfect for prom.

New mural to adorn South Main

On the south side of the Square, across from the Georgetown Art Center, a red brick wall stares blankly at passersby as they make their entrance to the historic downtown.

County offices want beaucoup hires

Williamson County departments have asked for more than 120 new positions in preliminary 2014-15 budget discussions.

Square retailers: parking is No. 1 issue

Business owners are pleased with their location in downtown Georgetown but desire more parking options.

No time wasted at networking event

There is speed reading. There is speed dialing. And over the past decade, we even started speed dating.

But the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce is partial to speed networking.

R.O.C.K. dance raises $350K

Ride On Center for Kids’ annual Barn Dance fund-raiser last month brought in a record $350,000 for the local non-profit organization.

Shelter looks to expand footprint at current site

The Williamson County Regional Animal shelter is looking for room to grow.


Friday Update

Boys and girls holding watering cans.

Joyce May

Paige Tynes and Traynor Collier Wednesday at the Arbor Day Celebration and Flower Show sponsored by the Georgetown Garden Club.


Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86, low around 65. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.


3-day weather history at the airport [here]


Burn Ban lifted: Outdoor burning is still not allowed on critical fire danger days.

Lake levels Thursday

          Georgetown: 14.5 feet low

   Stillhouse Hollow: 11.55 feet low


Todd York will replace Phil Blue as athletic director for Georgetown Independent School District starting May 5 after trustees voted Wednesday to hire York, the athletic director in Kaufman, outside Dallas. It’s a return to Georgetown for York, whose first job out of college 29 years ago was offensive line coach for the Georgetown High School football team.

Business owner seeks Jonrowe investigation:

Downtown Georgetown Association President Dan Marek told Georgetown City Council Tuesday he believes City Councilwoman Rachael Jonrowe defamed the DGA. Mr. Marek alleged the councilwoman told other downtown business owners the DGA was in financial distress and another similar group would soon be formed. Councilwoman Jonrowe denied the allegations, saying “miscommunication” had occurred. Mr. Marek asked for a committee to be formed to investigate his claims, but there was no indication the city would move forward with any inquiry.

Council approves Wolf Ranch MUDs

Georgetown City Council conditionally approved on Tuesday the formation of a Municipal Utility District for the tract of undeveloped opposite Wolf Ranch shopping center. Although the council voted 7-0 to approve the item, council members told developers to work further with city staff to align the project with the council’s vision for the area. Council wants commercial development of the land, while the developer has more residential plans in mind.



Opening reception for this year’s Southwestern University Student Art Exhibition, Wood-Avant Foyer on campus, 1001 East University Boulevard, 4:30-6 p.m. Exhibit open 1-5 p.m. daily through May 5.

Georgetown High School Powder Puff football game, 2211 North Austin Avenue, 6 p.m.

Navigating College 101, taught by life coach David Giese, 805 West University Avenue, 6:30-8 p.m.

Historic Architecture Review Commission meets in council chambers, 101 East Seventh Street, 6-8 p.m.

“Wildflowers of Central Texas” by Master Naturalist Wayne Rhoden, Williamson County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Meeting Room, 3141 Southeast Inner Loop, 6:30 p.m.

Sun City Singers present the second day of their Spring Concert, “What a Wonderful World,” Sun City Ballroom, 2 Texas Drive, 7 p.m.

Dance Repertory Theatre, Alma Thomas Theater at Southwestern University, 1001 East University Avenue, 7:30 p.m.



Red Poppy Festival kicks off with performance by funk band Dysfunkshun Junkshun, Red Poppy Stage downtown, 7 p.m.

Moon Over Buffalo at the Palace Theatre, 810 South Austin Avenue, 7:30 p.m.

Dance Repertory Theatre, Alma Thomas Theater at Southwestern University, 1001 East University Avenue, 7:30 p.m.



Deaths • Services

Clifford Louis “Cliff” Lambert, Jr., died April 11. Service at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park.


Gary Milton Sharar died April 17. Service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the Masonic Center, 800 Rose Avenue, Modesto, California.


John Lawrence Babicki, Sr., died April 18. Service at a later date at Saint Peter's and Saint Paul's Cemetery in Springfield, Pennsylvania.