The Williamson County Sun

Taylor offers alternative parade to quell exclusion 

Two holiday parades will make their way through downtown Taylor this weekend.



Holiday Home Tour on horizon

The holidays are around the corner and the Kiwanis Club of Sun City Georgetown has opened ticket sales for their annual Holiday Home Tour. Five Sun City homes will be decked out in Christmas and holiday garb by homeowners and professional decorators. 


Ron Swain to become SU chaplain

The Reverend Ron Swain — who has served as director of transformative mission ministries at First United Methodist Church since 2014 — will be chaplain and director of religious and spiritual life at Southwestern University beginning November 1.


GoGeo expands services 

Georgetown residents 65 and older can once again turn to GoGeo to get around town. The city’s paratransit service has expanded its curb-to-curb services to include older adults. 


G’town seeks resident feedback on transportation network

The City of Georgetown has asked residents for feedback on potential projects and needs for the city’s transportation network.  Feedback will be considered as the city pursues updates to its Future Mobility Plan. Comments can be submitted via an online form available on the city’s website through December 1.  


Eggs In My PocketAnniversary

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Central Texas Philharmonic

 

Tickets are available at CentralTexasPhilharmonic.org.


Georgetown Project rings in 25th year

The Georgetown Project, one of the county’s most active nonprofit organizations, celebrates 25 years of service this month. Created in the mid 1990s, The Georgetown Project formed as a collaborative effort between the city and county, education, law enforcement, healthcare, nonprofit and faith communities in Georgetown to address concerns facing local children.


Work on Williams Drive could begin next month 

Phase 1 of Georgetown’s Williams Drive Mobility Enhancements Project could begin as early as December. An overview of Georgetown’s Williams Drive Mobility Enhancements Project, as well as a rough outline of its timeline, was discussed during a city council workshop November 8. The presentation was given by city transportation manager Lua Saluone. 


Legacy fund distributes $185,000 to 15 nonprofits

The Anna+Anton Olson Legacy Fund has announced the recipients for its second year of grants, including its new emerging grant program that adds an additional $50,000 for area nonprofits, bringing this year’s total to $185,000. The fund is part of the Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation, whose mission is to connect donors to organizations with effective solutions to meet community needs in Williamson County. The fund was founded in 2021 by Georgetown resident Larry Olson, who created it in memory of his grandparents.

 

 

 

 

Twin sisters Brianna (right) and Jacqui Spencer February 10, 2013, as they get to know Dusty, a 2-year-old dog that was up for adoption at the Georgetown Animal Shelter. Sun archive photo

More shelter space needed

Recognizing the Georgetown Animal Shelter’s limited capacity amid an influx of animals in need, city leaders are evaluating possible partnerships and avenues for a new facility. 

Members of city council and staff discussed the issue during a November 22 workshop.

 


Wilco launches tax break investigation

Earlier this month, Williamson County Commissioners discussed a future investigation into the Texas Essential Housing PFC — a group based in Travis County — applying its low-income housing tax credits or exemptions to properties being developed within Williamson County. The result of the alleged action would allow the entity’s developments to avoid paying property taxes to local governments like Georgetown and Williamson County, without having to qualify locally for low-income housing tax exemptions.


A collection of traditional chanukiahs and elaborate menorahs. The candle holders are perhaps one of the most recognizable symbols of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights celebrated every year in the winter time. This year, Hanukkah begins December 18. Brigid Cooley photo

A collection of traditional chanukiahs and elaborate menorahs. The candle holders are perhaps one of the most recognizable symbols of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights celebrated every year in the winter time. This year, Hanukkah begins December 18. Brigid Cooley photo

 

Hanukkah highlights Jewish traditions

The holiday begins each year on the 25th day of Kislev, a month in the Hebrew calendar that corresponds with November and December. Since the Jewish religion does not follow the Gregorian calendar, its dates change from year to year, Ms. Hausman said. This year, the celebration begins at nightfall on Sunday, December 18, and concludes at the end of the day on Monday, December 26. 


Wag Heaven


Nonprofit Blue Moon Sanctuary’s founder, Anna Eby, sits with miniature horse Franklin, one of her first rescues. Katherine Anthony

Nonprofit Blue Moon Sanctuary’s founder, Anna Eby, sits with miniature horse Franklin, one of her first rescues. Katherine Anthony photo

 

Georgetown Volunteer Guide

As we count our blessings this Thanksgiving, our thoughts turn to ways we can better help others. The Sun has compiled this Volunteer Guide, featuring a list of opportunities to help organizations, individuals and families in Georgetown and Williamson County. Browse the list to see where your interests and talents can make a difference and become a volunteer this holiday season and in the coming new year. This list is not comprehensive.


Georgetown Mayor Josh Schroeder, right, and District 2 Council Member Shawn Hood toured unfinished 3D printed houses, the product of homebuilder Lennar and manufacturers ICON, Tuesday, November 15. The homes are part of a 100-house section of the Wolf Ranch master planned community. Photos by Brigid Cooley 

Georgetown Mayor Josh Schroeder, right, and District 2 Council Member Shawn Hood toured unfinished 3D printed houses, the product of homebuilder Lennar and manufacturers ICON, Tuesday, November 15. The homes are part of a 100-house section of the Wolf Ranch master planned community. Photos by Brigid Cooley 

 

 

Georgetown welcomes 3D printed homes in Wolf Ranch

In an attempt to cut construction costs and timelines, homebuilder Lennar is partnering with ICON — an Austin based home manufacturing company — to bring 3D printed houses to Georgetown.  Once built, the 100 units planned will be sold as a part of the Wolf Ranch master planned community. Homesales are expected to begin in 2023, with anticipated costs starting in the mid-$400,000s.


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Georgetown council approves view corridor waiver process

Georgetown City Council is paving the way for exceptions to the city’s Courthouse View Corridor restrictions. Council on first reading established a waiver process via an executive text amendment to the Unified Development Code during its Tuesday, November 8, meeting.


Workforce Housing Summit panel members, from left, Kelly Moreno, Workforce Solutions; Georgianne Hewitt, The Wesleyan; Debbie Hoffman, Habitat for Humanity Williamson County; and Rita Healey speak at the Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel. Katherine Anthony

Workforce Housing Summit panel members, from left, Kelly Moreno, Workforce Solutions; Georgianne Hewitt, The Wesleyan; Debbie Hoffman, Habitat for Humanity Williamson County; and Rita Healey speak at the Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel. Katherine Anthony

 

Housing summit explores needs, options for affordable housing

A panel of large Georgetown employers, a housing provider and a provider of workforce development services agreed a lack of affordable housing impacts area business and the quality of life. 


Georgetown to welcome first music festival next year

The Two Step Inn country music festival, hosted by C3 presents, will dance its way to San Gabriel Park April 15-16 of next year. The Georgetown event dominated discussions at city council workshops and meetings earlier this year.  The two-day long festival began making appearances on city meeting agendas in May of this year, when city staff proposed the idea to city council members. 

 


 

   

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Southwestern Candlelight Service
December 1
For over 100 years, Southwestern University has hosted the Candlelight Service in their Lois Perkins Chapel. There are two identical services at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on December 1. The service celebrates Advent and the Christmas season. The Season of Advent, which begins the Christian year, is the four weeks prior to the celebration of Christmas and marks the season of anticipation and preparation. Candlelight services are free and open to the public.

Christmas Stroll
December 2-3
The 41st annual Georgetown Christmas Stroll takes place downtown with dozens of vendors December 2-3. Visitors can tour the Bethlehem Village, enjoy live entertainment on two stages and get their photos taken with Santa. Activities take place 5-9 p.m. on December 2 and kick off December 3 with a parade at 10 a.m.

A Tuna Christmas
December 2 - December 30
Residents of Tuna, Texas, host their annual Christmas Yard Display Contest and get into hoards of holiday shenanigans in this lighthearted comedy. The production is held at the Palace Playhouse.


 

 

Veterans Day Salute to Service

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