The Williamson County Sun

Williamson County

Covid-19 Statistics
Cases in 28 Days 10,807
Deaths in 28 Days 77
Total cases 69,994
  Confirmed cases  59,557
 Additional Probable cases 10,437
Total Deaths 599

Vaccinated: Eligible Population (age 12 and up)

Fully 68.66%
Partially 78.11%

Total Population

Fully 57.3%
Partially 65.2%

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CDC vaccine info

Hospital beds available 532
% hospital beds avail. 13%
ICU beds available 2
% ICU beds avail. 0%
GA-32 Total TSA % 13.72%
Phase Red
  • Green - Minimal Spread
  • Yellow - Moderate Spread
  • Orange - High Spread
  • Red - Uncontrolled Spread

Updated September 21

  • WCCHD strongly encourages vaccination, social and physical distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands.

*Available Hospital beds, ICU beds and ventilators includes all units in Williamson County.


Cases by City

City C Δ
Georgetown 12,653 +118
Round Rock 16,023 +92
Hutto 4,557 +37
Cedar Park 4,454 +26
Leander 5,470 +31
Austin (in wilco) 5,707 +38
Other towns 8,326 +115
Confirmed Cases by Age
Age C Δ
Under 5 1,484 +11
5 to 10 4,040 +69
11 to 13 2,622 +37
14 to 17 3,667 +57
18 to 30 13,213 +59
31 to 40 10,492 +68
41 to 50 9,521 +58
51 to 60 6,912 +35
61 to 70 3,996 +20
71 to 80 2,200 +13
81 and over 1,410 +4

  C=Confirmed Cases

Deaths by Age Group
Age Total Δ
18-50 47 +1
51-60 78 +1
61-70 95 +1
71-80 153 --
81+ 226 +1

Outside Wilco

Location Cases Deaths
Bell 35,525 604
Travis 112,620 1,055
Texas 3,949,052 62,071
U.S. 42,291,718 676,268







Families grieve Sunday at facility gate

A woman stands outside a memorial.

New cases in GISD by week.

Stacey Gamboa of North Williamson County mourns the death of her family's dogs, Rudy and Buddy, as she stands outside the Ponderosa Pet Resort on Sunday afternoon. A late Saturday night fire at the boarding and training facility at 2815 North Austin Avenue resulted in the death of 75 dogs. Gamboa's mother, Walburg resident Stephanie Wright, was the primary owner of Rudy and Buddy, but Gamboa has been helping care for the dogs while her mother is out of town. Photos by Andy Sharp


75 pets die in Saturday night fire at Ponderosa Pet Resort



Don Richards and Pam McMillan were married on Friday, and so festivities with family and friends could continue uninterrupted through the weekend, they boarded their beloved Shelties — Bunny and Clyde — at Ponderosa Pet Resort.

The joyous celebration, however, turned into tragedy and heartbreak on Saturday night.

Bunny and Clyde, both just four months old, were among the 75 beloved pets that died in a fire at Ponderosa, 2815 North Austin Avenue.

Every animal at Ponderosa died in Saturday’s fire, Georgetown Fire Chief John Sullivan said at the scene on Sunday morning. There were 75 dogs in the facility.

“We were unable to save even one life in this building,” he said. “The conditions and the smoke allowed the situation to be not tenable — and that’s difficult for us to wrap our brains around.

“Our hearts go out to these pets’ families. This is a big deal when you lose an extension of your family.”


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People salute a statue.

Community remembers First Sgt. Chapman


A ceremony took place September 10 at the Nathan R. Chapman Memorial in Georgetown  to remember the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and to memorialize the American servicemen and women who died in the August 26 suicide bombing at the Kabul International Airport earlier this year. 

First Sgt. Nathan Chapman was the first American military casualty of the War on Terror.  He was killed in action in January, 2002.  His memorial was erected with private donations in 2006 and stands at the corner of Fourth Street and Forest Street. At the time, his parents resided in Sun City.

Members of The Williamson County Grays, Camp #502 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, staged the ceremony at the memorial. Retired members of the U.S. Marine Corps, Army and Navy services read the names of the 13 who died while trying to evacuate American citizens and Afghan support personnel at the Kabul Airport.  Following the reading of each name, a single bell chime was rung.  

In this photo, retired U.S. Army Col. Shelby K. Little (left) and Grays  Commander Tommy Turner salute those servicemen and women who died on August 26





Parents ask GISD to take stronger stance on masking


District Covid-19 policies support personal freedoms

New cases in GISD by week


New cases in GISD by week.

*data through Wednesday, September 25.



On the eve of the new school year, Georgetown ISD residents Amy and Marv Varhley decided to withdraw their two students from the school district due to relaxed Covid protocols.

GISD officials released their new Covid-19 guidelines for the school year two days before the first day of class. Unlike last year, when masks were required and teachers enforced social distancing in the classroom and during other school activities, the district made masking optional in its policies.

Ms. Varhley said she didn't believe the updated guidelines would be able to keep students safe, especially compared to the stricter policies from last year and those of other nearby school districts.


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Georgetown budget set for final vote

Second readings for budget, tax rate scheduled for September 28




The City of Georgetown’s proposed $483 million fiscal year 2022 budget and a proposed property tax rate of 40.1 cents per $100 valuation, received first-reading approval from the Georgetown City Council Tuesday. 

The council scheduled  second readings and final adoption votes on the budget and tax rate ordinances for September 28.

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Biz briefs

U.S. Chamber recognizes  Wag Heaven 

Earlier this month, Wag Heaven was one of more than 1,000 applicants to be recognized during the Annual Small Business Awards Program in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists for its annual Dream Big Awards, celebrating the achievements of small businesses and honors their contributions to America’s economic growth. Wag Heaven was chosen to receive a LGBTQ-Owned Business Achievement Award. The Dream Big Awards Ceremony, part of The Big Week for Small Business virtual event, will be held October 21, at 4 p.m.   

Wilco top earning community 

Williamson County was listed fifth in Texas for highest median  incomes in a recent analysis by financial technology company SmartAsset. The study analyzes data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Five-Year American Community Survey to determine the counties with the highest earners. These rankings are a contributing factor in an overarching study on the places with the most purchasing power. The rankings covered the top ten cities for amount earned annually. The study also listed cost of living as $44,153 on average and median income at $87,337. 

Mini donuts now available

Theo Mini Donuts is open and serving Georgetown. The locally based bakery offers online ordering and is also available at the Wolf Ranch Farmers Market. The selection ranges from classic flavors to hibiscus and coffee cayenne. The bakery also offers vegan and gluten-free options.

Planet Fitness coming to Georgetown

Planet Fitness will set up shop next to Tuesday Morning in the Rivery in the coming months. The gym offers personal training as well as common gym equipment. Monthly memberships are available. 

Teapioca Lounge under construction

Wolf Crossing will have a Teapioca shop by the end of the year. The store offers tea, coffee and frozen drinks with a variety of boba options. The store will be located near The Yard and Beverly Nail Salon.



ROCK’s Barn Dance back again




Ride on Center For Kids is setting up for their annual Barn Dance, and will once again welcome people in-person to their facility October 16.

The Barn Dance is one of ROCK’s staple fundraisers, and goes to fund their operations as an equine assisted therapy facility. 

“For many people, Barn Dance is one of the highlights of their year,” said Nancy Krenek, ROCK’s founder and chief executive officer. 

“The Barn Dance makes the difference in covering the cost to our families who come to ROCK. This is the financial assistance that makes it happen. The people who come here have conditions that don’t go away the next day, and the Barn Dance goes toward provisioning lessons, camps and everything that we do here. We couldn’t do it without that additional funding.” 

Lessons at ROCK start back up on Monday, and will again operate at 100 percent capacity after limiting offerings because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Barn Dance is traditionally a spring event, but was postponed in 2020 to the fall and eventually converted into a virtual event. 

It was postponed again this April, with the hopes of making it an in-person event later in the year. Finally, it has the green light, Ms. Krenek said. 

“This year, the Barn Dance is going to make up about a third of the budget for the year,” she said. “That goes directly into helping us do what we do. We’ve kept in touch with our donors all year, but we hope this will be a safe way to celebrate together.”

This year, the dance will be a little over half its usual size, Ms. Krenek said, to allow for spaced out tables and social distancing. The venue will be outdoors, and they have added a few more bars to help with the flow of people at the event. 

While tickets to the Barn Dance are officially sold out, there is a waitlist option available for anyone who wishes to attend the event. The night will be hosted by Chet Garner of The Daytripper and will feature a special performance by musical guest Wynn Williams.

For anyone wishing to support ROCK’s classes and camps, an online auction will be available at beginning Friday, October 8 at noon and closing at 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 16. 

The 2022 Barn Dance is scheduled for April of next year, returning to its normal place in the spring.