The Williamson County Sun

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Smoke billows near Wilderness Cove, off CR 262/Russell Park Road at approx. 4pm, Saturday. Priscilla Jones photo

‘Sparks’ from tools to blame for 

San Gabriel fire

Williamson County Emergency Services updated the county on the San Gabriel fire, which last week claimed 445 acres of land near Liberty Hill. 

The fire was initially reported July 23 as a small vegetation fire in the 2100 block of Tower Road. The fire quickly spread due to the dry conditions and was tended to over the next four days by a total of 24 crews including the National Forestry Service. While the largest part of the fire was put out the first evening, hot spots were still being addressed during the following days.

Williamson County Fire Marshal Michael Dickens investigated the fire and determined it to have been caused by “unintentional sparks” from the use of metal cutting or grinding tools. 

Although a nearby neighborhood was evacuated for safety on July 23, no structures were damaged and no injuries were reported during the five day operation.



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Superintendent Fred Brent, seen here speaking at the 2022 State of the District event, spoke to the Sun this week about the upcoming school year. Sun archive photo


Time for GISD, community to reconnect 


Superintendent says upcoming school year will be ‘year of discovery’ for the district


Reconnecting to parents and the community will be a focus for Georgetown ISD this school year now that Covid-19 is mostly in the rearview, Superintendent Fred Brent told the Sun Monday.

He said 2022-23 will be “a year of discovery.”

“I think this year we’re going to need greater clarity on where our kids are, academically speaking, and also on what their needs are socially and mental health wise,” he said.

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Georgetown Police Department Lt. Erik Grasse gets ready to corral  fifty rubber ducks floating toward the finish line in the San Gabriel River October 12, 2019. Sun archive photo


Annual duck race fundraiser returns

Registration opens for event supporting scholarships

Hundreds of rubber ducks are getting ready for their seventh-annual race down the San Gabriel River, which is set to take place on September 24.

The Georgetown branch of the American Association of University Women is again hosting the annual duck race, which is used as a fundraiser to support scholarships for Georgetown, East View and Richarte High School seniors. 

About 300 yellow rubber ducks are used during the yearly race, which takes place across multiple heats. Ducks are released and guided down the river beginning at the lower dam crossing in San Gabriel Park, while fans cheer from along the banks of the San Gabriel River. 

Residents can participate in the race by registering and paying $10 to adopt a rubber duck for a chance to win prizes. Prizes are awarded to the top three ducks. Different sponsorships are also available. 

AAUW is a nonprofit group that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. 

For information on how to adopt a duck for the race, contact Polly Herriott at 786- 525-4402.

— Nicholas Cicale



Monkeypox cases on the rise


Infectious disease specialist talks about risks


While Covid-19 is still present and spreading, Monkeypox is quickly becoming the most discussed disease in United States. However, much of the information being passed around may not be the most accurate. Dr. Brian Metzger, medical director of infectious diseases for all of the St. David's HealthCare system, spoke with the Sun to share information on the virus. 

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Austin Avenue encompasses five miles of roadway running from Southeast Inner Loop to the Northeast Inner Loop North in Georgetown. An upcoming corridor study planned for the roadway will gather data surrounding traffic patterns, pedestrian access and other transportation related information.

Austin Avenue being evaluated


City shares info, timeline of upcoming corridor study


One of Georgetown’s key north-south corridors, and one that takes motorests through the city’s historic downtown, will soon be evaluated for needed changes and upgrades. 

Details of the upcoming Austin Avenue corridor study were shared during a July 26 workshop for the Georgetown City Council. A presentation on the study was given by Assistant City Manager Nick Woolery. 


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Through August 14
Relive the classic tale of Dorothy, Toto, and her friends as she’s swept away over the rainbow, and her journey to find her way back home. Don’t miss your chance to see this musical classic on the Springer Mainstage. Call 512 869-7469 or go to for tickets and details.



August 12
The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is bringing its summer Sunset Movie Series to a close. The final screening will be of Encanto on August 12 at about  8:30 p.m. in the Legacy Pavilion in San Gabriel Park. This is a free community event. Moviegoers are welcome to bring blankets, chairs and picnics. For details, visit