Neighborhood News

Brown Santa brings cheer to recipients, supporters

Column by Commissioner Cook

  • 18 noviembre 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 160

Commissioner Cook puts a box of toys into the Williamson County Brown Santa donation box at the Jester Annex in Round Rock

If you’re looking to brighten the holidays for a child or family this season, I have the total package for you: Williamson County’s Brown Santa program.

Although not new to Wilco, this year our sheriff’s office is restructuring Brown Santa to ensure it’s bigger, better and reaches every deserving family they can find.

The program annually aids approximately 600 to 800 families living outside the geographical limits of any town or city within the county that does not already provide a similar program.

Five individuals serve on the Brown Santa Board and approximately 10 are on the committee, and all are employees of the sheriff’s office. The program is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

The board’s goal is to fulfill 100% of any family’s request during the holiday season for things like toys, clothes and books suitable for children from birth to high school ages. All donations must be unwrapped.

Williamson County employees and citizens in the community are also welcomed as volunteers. So, if you’re itching for something to do right now, why not Brown Santa?

Donations aren’t accepted just during the holidays. The program collects items and cash donations throughout the year. So, if you get the holiday spirit in July or August, just remember Brown Santa.

Community events are also held to collect donations. This past Halloween, Brown Santa sponsored its first family-friendly “Trunk or Treat” event outside the sheriff's office in Georgetown on Oct 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

They recruited 22 sponsors who decorated their vehicles and filled them with candy. Then the surrounding streets were closed to traffic so kids could safely trick or treat.

The trunk-or-treat was a huge success attended by over 500 people. Plans include adding activities and sponsors to future events.

Look for more fundraisers like a golf tournament on March 28, and the Brown Santa Barbecue Cook-Off being planned for 2022 with local Veterans of Foreign Wars groups.

Commissioner Cook Speaks to Pack 174 Cub Scouts

  • 4 octubre 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 431

Commissioner Cook is showing Pack 174 Cub Scouts a large poster of what Texas Counties Deliver.Commissioner Cook is explaining what her role is in the county and what counties do for their citizens to members of two Cub Scout dens in Pack 174.

The Scouts are in 4th and 5th grades and attend Great Oaks Elementary.

There are four boys in one den and two girls in the other. 

The meeting was held on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Cat Hollow Park Pavilion.

UPDATED Sept. 24, 2021: Street Closures Extended at RM 620 Roundabout Project

Information from the Texas Department of Transportation

  • 24 septiembre 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 937

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced Briarwood Street at RM 620 will be closed through Saturday, Sept. 25 from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

Drivers should follow the posted detour signs and use Brentwood Street until work is complete.
TxDOT also announnced that Brentwood Street will be closed again at RM 620 on Mon., Sept. 27 through Weds. Sept. 29 from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

Drivers should follow the posted detour signs and use Briarwood Street until work is complete.

Hairy Man Road Closures During Road Safety Improvements

  • 11 agosto 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 670

The temporary roadway closure of Hairy Man Road will be left in place until 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 13, at which time it will be removed.

The closure will then be reset on Monday, August 16, at 6 a.m. and remain in place until 5:30 p.m. on August 20.

This project is 2.2 miles in length and includes safety improvements between Brushy Bend Drive and Sam Bass Road.

Improvements will include the addition of shoulders along the roadway, addition of rumble striping along the shoulders, and addition of turn lanes into the adjacent parks.

The detour will remain the same via Brightwater Boulevard and Creek Bend Boulevard. Local traffic on Hairy Man Road will be allowed from Sam Bass Road to the bridge at Brushy Creek (under the Creek Bend Bridge).

Workforce Wednesdays Virtual Career Expo Continues

Information below is from Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area

  • 14 julio 2021
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 997

Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) has launched a new Workforce Wednesdays Virtual Career Expo campaign within the nine-county Rural Capital Area of central Texas, to connect employers and job seekers at weekly online hiring events.

With a world-class labor force of more than 520,000, and the unemployment rate continuing to decline across the region as employers begin to safely reopen amid COVID-19 concerns, Workforce Wednesdays represent a collective effort among Rural Capital Area communities and industries to empower their workforce through virtual interactive events and continue to help the region compete at a global level.

“We are proud to continue to innovate our services to present new workforce opportunities for local businesses, families, and job seekers,” said WSRCA CEO Paul Fletcher. “These are difficult times for our communities, but we’ll get through this together. By hosting virtual hiring events each week during Workforce Wednesdays, we are helping our fellow Texans find sustainable careers to support their families, all from the safety and convenience of their mobile device.”


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