The Williamson County Sun


 

Teen dies after cliff jumping at Lake Georgetown 

 

A teenager who was hospitalized over the weekend after cliff diving at Lake Georgetown was pronounced dead Monday evening around 8 p.m. 

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Austin increases security at Candlewood site


Homelessness facility could be up and running in six months

In response to the former Candlewood Suites hotel being vandalized two weeks ago, City of Austin officials have stated the city will make changes in security at the Williamson County site. 

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GISD to offer summer learning programs, free meals for students

 

Summer learning in Georgetown ISD will focus on students’ individualized needs through JumpStart!, a program for children in grades 3-8.

The program was launched last year to address learning lapses during Covid. The program provides hands-on and personalized learning for students, and participation is by invitation only. 

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Georgetown sets dates for free family movie nights at San Gabriel Park

 

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Central Texas Philharmonic

 

Tickets are available at CentralTexasPhilharmonic.org.

 


Commissioners pass new tax exemption rates

 

By KATE THURMOND

Precinct 2 Commissioner Cynthia Long received support from her fellow Williamson County Commissioners for a motion to increase tax exemptions for residents. 

“We heard last week there are massive increases in [housing] appraisals,” she said Tuesday. “This is our opportunity to do something, at least on the residential side.”

Ms. Long proposed to increase the general homestead tax exemption to 5 percent and set the rate for disabled and over 65 residents at $125,000. 

 

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A country music festival could take place in San Gabriel Park next year.

Shelter seeks adoption, foster families

 

Williamson County Animal Shelter may publish first euthanasia list in years

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Georgetown councilmembers and city staff shovel dirt during the South Lake Water Treatment Plant groundbreaking ceremony, Monday. The incoming plant will double the city’s daily water treatment capacity.  Photo by Brigid Cooley

 

Georgetown Leaders celebrate

Water treatment plant project begins

 

By BRIGID COOLEY 

Roughly 40 people gathered for the South Lake Water Treatment Plant groundbreaking ceremony on Monday. The event marked the beginning of construction at the new Georgetown plant, which is expected to open between 2025 and 2026. 

“This is going to be a great, great project for the City of Georgetown,” Mayor Josh Schroeder said during the event. “We have been working to make this happen for the community for some time now.”

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Wag Heaven


After low ranking, JISD superintendent outlines recent improvements

 

By KATHERINE ANTHONY

When U.S. News & World Report last month rated Jarrell High School at the bottom of Williamson County’s 21 high schools, Jarrell ISD Superintendent Toni Hicks was prepared to come out swinging. 

“The [report],” she said, “is based on data from 2016-2019. It does not reflect the significant gains we’ve made this school year.” 

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Community 

PARADE OF GRADUATES
May 21, 9 a.m. 
Georgetown ISD’s Community Parade of Graduates will go on as scheduled at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. The parade will leave Georgetown High School at 9 a.m., travel south on Austin Avenue and circle the Square. Families and the community are invited to celebrate the graduates along the route.

Art

LET US PRAY
Through May 31
The “Let Us Pray” exhibit will be shown at the Williamson Museum from May 3 to May 31. Exhibit photographs by Wes Odell and Ellen Greeney capture religious images and houses of worship from near and far: Socorro and Taos, New Mexico;  Georgetown, New Sweden and Clifton, Texas; Moscow, Russia; Sukhothai, Chiang Rai, and Ayutthaya, Thailand; Paris, France; Reykjavik and Gardabaer, Iceland; and Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The opening reception is Friday, May 6 from 6 - 7 p.m., 716 South Austin Avenue, on the Square.

Performances 

The Odd Couple
Through June 19
Neil Simon’s revision of his hugely successful play, The Odd Couple, sees the lead characters transformed into Olive Madison and Florence Unger on the Playhouse Stage. Olive and their group of girlfriends are enjoying their weekly Trivial Pursuit night in Olive’s messy and ill-equipped apartment. As the game continues, Florence arrives, fresh from being dumped by her husband. Fearful that the neurotic Florence might attempt suicide, Olive invites her to move in as her roommate. However, Olive and Florence have very different personalities. www.georgetownpalace.com

Museum

HISTORY TOURS
May 21, 10 a.m.
Georgetown’s historical markers will come to life in downtown Georgetown from 10 a.m. to noon on May 21. Join The Williamson Museum and Preservation Georgetown to stroll around and meet the characters who helped shape our city. This is a free event. Maps are available on the day of the tour at The Williamson Museum, 716 South Austin Avenue, and Preservation Georgetown, 811 South Main Street. For more information, visit www.williamsonmuseum.org or call 512-943-1670.

Happenings

MENTAL HEALTH PRESENTATION
May 24, 6 p.m.
Ava Harper, a junior at Georgetown High School, will present her capstone presentation in the Georgetown High School Theater. The project is a bound collection of poetry, prose, and artwork speaking on mental health and loss to suicide. Ava is president of the Hope Squad at GHS, a suicide prevention organization. This show is free to attend.