The Williamson County Sun

Georgetown pools to close for season

The Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department will close its outdoor swimming pools on the following dates:

• Village Pool – Last day to swim is August 14.
• River Ridge Pool – Last day to swim is August 14.
• Recreation Center Outdoor Pool – Modified hours, noon-7 p.m., beginning August 8. Last day to swim is August 17.
• Williams Drive Pool – Last weekday to swim is August 17, but will remain open on weekends through Labor Day, September 5.

City splash pads will remain open through September 30, with the exception of the Garey Park splash pad which will remain open until October 31, weather permitting.

— Katherine Anthony


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Suspect arrested in Florence murder case

The Criminal Investigations Division of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday that they made an arrest in the murder case of 70-year-old Diana Pier. 

Joshua Anthony Gilbreath, a 26-year-old man from Pflugerville, was arrested on the murder charge. He was allegedly apprehended without incident from a parking lot on Gattis School Road in Round Rock.

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Fred Brent speaks to a crowd

Jennifer Hipp began her duties as victim services coordinator and homeless liaison for the Georgetown Police Department in late June. She is just one piece of the puzzle addressing the needs of those experiencing homelessness in the community. 


Pieces of the puzzle

Georgetown addresses homelessness through programming, community assistance



Identifying available resources for those experiencing homelessness plays a big role in Jennifer Hipp’s new position as the Georgetown Police Department’s homeless liaison.

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The nine dogs rescued from a possible animal cruelty case will stay at the county shelter for the foreseeable future. 


Animal cruelty case puts strain on shelter



The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter Tuesday night received a surprise drop off consisting of 44 animals: 28 chickens and roosters, nine dogs, six ducks and a goose.

The animals were brought to them by local law enforcement as part of an ongoing animal cruelty investigation, meaning there is no firm timeline for how long the animals will be at the shelter, or if the shelter will be tasked with rehoming them. 

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Proposed Williamson County expenditures up 8.8 percent compared to last year


County Budget Officer Ashlie Holladay presented Williamson County’s Fiscal Year 2023 expenditure recommendations to commissioners Tuesday, with a shown recommended increase of $22.5 million over last year. 

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Fred Brent speaks to a crowd

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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August 12 – September 11
Stampeding elephants, raging typhoons, runaway trains! Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race. Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant as they race to beat the clock. Phileas Fogg has agreed to an outrageous wager that puts his fortune and his life at risk. With his resourceful servant Passepartout, Fogg sets out to circle the globe in an unheard-of 80 days. But his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he’s a robber on the run. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as five actors portraying 39 characters traverse seven continents in Mark Brown’s adaptation. This show will take place at the Palace Playhouse.


August 11-13, 10 a.m.
Tiemann Art Gallery and Frame Shop located at 1706 North Mays in Round Rock is having a liquidation sale beginning at 10 a.m. and going until 6 p.m. August 11-13. The gallery is closing operations with a final sale. All art, used frames, framing equipment and materials, and furniture are available now for purchase and are priced to sell with large discounts.; call or text 512-917-8952


Asian Business Owner Chamber Circle
August 16
A partnership between the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber Circle focuses on inspiring those in the Asian community or those that want to work with Asian owned businesses to come together and find synergies that result in positive growth for the businesses, customers, and Georgetown. The target audience for this event includes any Asian owner of a business in the Georgetown area, and anyone interested in learning how they can support or work with Asian-owned businesses. The August 16 meeting will be at 2 p.m. at Wang Architects, 608 East University Avenue, Georgetown.