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Classical guitar concert coming next month 

Sardinian classical guitarist Cristiano Porqueddu is coming to Georgetown thanks to the Williamson County Guitar Society. 

The ticketed concert event takes place at 7 p.m. on October 15 at the First United Methodist Church, 410 East University Avenue. 

"We are thrilled to be able to present such a fantastic artist in a rare U.S. performance," Kevin Taylor, the guitar society’s president, said in a statement. "Cristiano is a great virtuoso and a consummate artist.”

Mr. Proqueddu is an Italian musician and an internationally acclaimed guitarist. According to a press release, he will be premiering works by this century’s greatest guitar composers during the October concert. The local concert is a long time coming, having been previously rescheduled twice because of the pandemic, the press release reads. 

Those interested in attending can purchase tickets to the concert online at www.wilcoguitar.org/ticket-sales. There are only 150 seats available.


Woman’s Club sets Harvest Festival for September 20 

Annual Games Day and Luncheon gets a new look

The  San Gabriel Woman’s Club is bringing back its Games Day and Luncheon under a different name and theme: the Harvest Festival. 


 

Wilco lifts burn ban after recent wet weather

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell Wednesday lifted a burn ban Wednesday after having previously placed it on unincorporated areas in the county.

The county was under a burn ban because of the dry conditions and sporadic high winds since June. 


 

Central Texas Philharmonic

 

Tickets are available at CentralTexasPhilharmonic.org.


 

JISD’s 2022 district and campus ratings were:
  2019 2022
Jarrell ISD (district wide) B C
Igo Elementary School NR
Jarrell Elementary School D NR
Jarrell Middle School F B
Jarrell High School  B C

STAAR tests were not administered in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid.

Jarrell ISD superintendent working to fill learning gaps left by Covid-19


In 2022, the TEA awarded “Not Rated” scores to campuses with STAAR scores that fell below a C. Jarrell ISD Superintendent Toni Hicks said there are multiple causes for the district’s two elementary schools — Igo and Jarrell — being Not Rated in the most recent assessment.


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Avid volunteer Jennifer Saurage Moreland named Florence Citizen of the Year


Last weekend, the Florence Chamber of Commerce named Jennifer Saurage Moreland their Citizen of the Year at the chamber’s annual gala. A local business owner, when it comes to supporting the community, Ms. Moreland is a part of more than 15 local organizations.


Cameron Goodman joins Georgetown staff as new economic development director 

 

Cameron Goodman has been appointed as the City of Georgetown’s new economic development director. He will begin his new role with Georgetown on October 10.


Rendering of a pedestrian bridge next to Austin Avenue.

A conceptual mockup of what a pedestrian bridge along Austin Avenue over the North and South fork of the San Gabriel River could look like. Georgetown city staff are preparing to issue Requests for Qualifications from eligible design firms and organizations by the end of this month for the Austin Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Project. 

 

Austin Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, roadway rehabilitation projects explored by Georgetown City Council 


As Georgetown eyes the start of road rehabilitation on the two existing Austin Avenue bridges over the San Gabriel River, city council members discussed preliminary timelines and details for proposed Austin Avenue pedestrian bridges during a September 13 workshop.

 


Wag Heaven


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Barry Barnett practices standing in a suspended harness after his amputation.

 

Martial arts lover gets fighting chance with new St. David’s Georgetown rehab tech


Local resident Barry Barnett was the first to experience a new step in rehabilitation at St. David’s Georgetown Hospital’s Lake Aire Rehab Center. The rehab center on Williams Drive added an overhead harness system that allows patients to hang suspended, allowing those with limited mobility like Mr. Barnett to work on rebuilding muscles and coordination after surgery.


Free, reduced-price school meals benefit qualifying families


Not all students must pay full price for school prepared meals. 

Georgetown ISD is urging eligible families to sign up for free and/or reduced-price meals. Under this plan, reduced school breakfasts are available for 30 cents and lunches for 40 cents.

 

Without federal Covid-19 funding, Georgetown ISD parents run up $10,000 tab for student meals

While free meals were available to students during the past two school years through the federal government as part of Covid-relief aid, parents this year have been slow to adjust to the return of full-priced meals in Georgetown ISD.


September sales tax revenues up 17 percent in Georgetown compared to last year

Monthly sales tax revenues in several Williamson County County cities — including Georgetown, Liberty Hill and Hutto — increased in the September report when compared to last year.


The Mamma Jamma Ride

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Cyclists, several (in pink jerseys) members of the Major Taylor Cycling Club, leave Heritage Square Park at the start of the Mamma Jamma Ride September 17, 2022. The Major Taylor Cycling Club is a national group, with chapters around the country. The groups today came from San Antonio and Austin. The Mamma Jamma Ride, sponsored by Lone Star Circle of Care, benefits their Big Pink Bus, used for breast cancer screenings at low or no cost to patients. The non-competitive ride offered ride distances from 15 to 70 miles. Photo by Andy Sharp.


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The location being considered for a par-3 golf course in Sun City. Brigid Cooley photo

 

Sun City exploring new par 3 golf course

Sun City could soon add a fourth golf course to its community. The proposed three-par course would be nine holes across nine acres.


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The Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument stands in front of the Williamson County Courthouse. Sun archive photo

 

Williamson County confederate monument subject of federal lawsuit

More than two years have passed since Williamson County Commissioners passed a motion to form a committee tasked with providing information and options to the court about the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument standing in front of the Williamson County Courthouse. Now, a federal lawsuit has come to a head surrounding the county’s actions — or alleged inactions — regarding the monument and committee since the motion passed. 



Georgetown City Council approves $722 million budget for 2023 fiscal year

Georgetown’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget was approved by city council September 13, and included a tax rate that will generate 20.9 percent more in property tax revenues for the city compared to last year’s budget.


Retired educators seek cost-of-living raises

Last raise was in 2013

By KATHERINE ANTHONY

Williamson County retired teachers heard what they wanted to hear Friday — the Texas Retired Teachers Association will fight for a cost-of-living adjustment to their annuities in the 2023 Session of the Texas Legislature.

Tim Lee, TRTA executive director and guest speaker at the September 9 meeting of the Williamson County Retired Teachers Association, didn’t need to remind his audience that retired teachers and other education retirees haven’t had a cost of living adjustment since 2013 — a 3 percent raise, capped at $100 per month, benefitting only those who retired before 2004.

“First and foremost, our message is that more than half of retired school employees in Texas have never had a raise,” Mr. Lee said. “We will work for a meaningful cost of living adjustment for you in 2023."



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A rendering shows the external facade for The Oscar at Georgetown, a senior living facility being constructed near the Goodard School of Georgetown on Williams Drive. The facility is expected to open in the spring of 2023. 

 

New senior apartments coming soon

Community could open this spring

By BRIGID COOLEY 

With construction underway at The Oscar at Georgetown — an apartment community geared toward active older adults — lease applications are now being accepted. The development is anticipated to open in the spring of 2023.



Wilco sets new budget, tax rates

Next year's budget tops $282.4 million

By KATE THURMOND

Williamson Commissioners Commissioners approved the official Fiscal Year 2023 budget and set the county tax rate for the coming year at its meeting August 30. The decision came after weeks of discussion and public hearings.

The adopted FY 2023 General Fund budget was set at $282,468,650.  


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From left: John Peters, TxDOT area engineer; Nick Woolery, Georgetown assistant city manager; David Morgan, Georgetown city manager; Shawn Hood, Georgetown city council District 2; County Judge Bill Gravell; Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey; Andrew Batten, Joe Bland Construction; Christen Eschberger, HNTB; Russell Fishbeck, Williamson County senior director of parks; Loretta Schietinger, HNTB; Oscar Salazar Bueno, HNTB.

 

Southwest Bypass enters last phase


Extension completes direct connection to Highway 29

By Nicholas Cicale

Construction on the final section of the Southwest Bypass is officially underway. 

Williamson County and the City of Georgetown Wednesday held a groundbreaking for the segment of road that will connect Wolf Ranch Parkway, Highway 29 and the bypass project.


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River and Ranch will carry everything the outdoorsperson needs from clothing to tools. Rifles are also sold in the store.  Photo by Kate Thurmond

 

River and Ranch Provisions

Mesquite Creek owners open hunting, fishing store on the Square

By KATE THURMOND

Those searching for an outdoorsy retreat near the Square can now visit newly opened River and Ranch Provisions. The store sits just past the corner of Austin Avenue and Sixth Street behind Kilwins and officially opened its doors August 27.  


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A conceptual look at a commercial and multi-family development  planned for the intersection of Williams Drive and Rivery Boulevard. Rendering by Partners Development Company

 

G’town approves rezone request for Williams Drive mixed-use project

By BRIGID COOLEY 

The development firm that purchased old McCoy Elementary School last year received rezoning approval from Georgetown City Council Tuesday that would allow a high-end mixed-use development including both commercial and multi-family units at the intersection of Williams Drive and Rivery Boulevard. 

During its Tuesday meeting, city council unanimously approved rezoning two tracts of land from residential single-family to a Planned Unit Development to make way for the project. The PUD will include both general commercial and high-density multi-family zoning.


 

   

Performances 

How I Became a Pirate
September 30-October 2
A normal day at the beach turns into a day of adventure when young Jeremy Jacob spots a band of pirates rowing to shore. In between singing, dancing and finding a place to bury their hidden treasure, hopefully Jeremy Jacob can make it home in time for soccer practice. This is a Southwestern University production at the Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones Theater.

Arts

Art Hop
Through October 8
Cooler temperatures make fall the perfect time for the Georgetown Public Library and Georgetown Art Center’ 2022 Art Hop. Patrons can enjoy a juried show featuring artists from across the state beginning September 20, and the Progressive Artists Reception at the Georgetown Public Library will be at 2 p.m. October 8. From there, viewers will then “hop” over to the Georgetown Art Center for the award ceremony. This year, artists applied from all over the state of Texas. Selected exhibits range from photography, representational art, 3D and abstract pieces. This event is free to attend.

Area happenings

Fiesta Georgetown
October 1
The inaugural Fiesta Georgetown is a city-wide celebration of Hispanic culture, with food, dancing and family fun. It takes place noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, at the Georgetown City Center, 808 Martin Luther King Jr. Street. The event also serves as a fundraiser for the City of Georgetown’s Promise Fund scholarship, which benefits members of marginalized communities within the city. The event is free to attend and open to the public.