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FULLER RUNS FOR DISTRICT 1
Things to Know on the Ballot
"Preserve Our Historic Charm"
County voters will have
Attorney Alex Fuller is on the ballot
for the vacant District 1 seat on the City Council. Mr. Fuller has lived in Georgetown for 20 years and says he is running for the open position because he has always believed in public service and paying back. He has been on the Planning and Zoning commission for four years and is also Chair of the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Fuller says, "I have always felt if I'm going to enjoy the great aspects of Georgetown I am going to have to volunteer and pay back sometime." He is confident he is well-qualified for the job, having been a practicing lawyer for 42 years. "I have great depth and breadth of experience, having represented large hospitals, corporations and businesses, and I've also been involved in communities with low-income housing and challenges in transportation. I can see
that we are beginning to have some of those same challenges in Georgetown. My training and my work on the city boards means I am ready to work on day one." Fuller hopes voters will see his enthusiasm about Georgetown and District 1, with particular respect to historical preservation. "I am all for development, but I want to make sure we balance it with our historic buildings and facilities. Where I live, there are no homeowner associations, so I want to step up and keep an eye on preserving our beautiful historical areas for many years to come." He also says his experience in mediation will help facilitate good working relationships on Council and help everyone move forward as a team. "I don't just represent District 1, but all of Georgetown. No one is against historic preservation, but I
want to stand up for it publicly." Fuller assures voters that he has no personal agenda and is just excited to help maintain Georgetown as the charming, small-town kind of place that he and his wife were attracted to 20 years ago. "I love all the amenities here as well as the history and I want to help those things mesh; not put one over the other." Fuller promises to be available to anyone who wishes to speak to him, not just district constituents, and, as his signs say, he will "Put Alex Fuller to work for you" throughout his time on Council. He is scheduled to visit several candidate forums in October as well as a variety of voter groups in Georgetown. Events and information are on Facebook at AlexFullerCampaign. See page 7 for the Advocate Endorsement
an opportunity this month to vote on two propositions regarding issuing general obligation bonds for roads and parks not to exceed $447 million. Proposition A is for $412 million for roads and Proposition B is for $35 million for parks and recreation. Specific information about the road and parks projects is available on the county website at Wilco. org/BondElection. In Precinct 3 bond improvements will include building a new pavilion and adding restrooms to Berry Springs Park and Preserve. Berry Springs Park and Preserve is utilized for passive recreational uses including camping, hiking and fishing. The park features a 2.5 mile hike/bike trail that will eventually connect to Georgetown Parks and Recreation trails. Berry Springs Park and Preserve was voted "The Best Kept Secret" in the 2010 "The Best of Georgetown" contest. The park was also recognized for its outstanding trails and picnic facilities.
It is worth mentioning that Ballot Referendum #4 requires a very close read.
Texas Proposition 4, the Prohibit State Income Tax on Individuals Amendment, is on the ballot in Texas as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment. A "yes" vote supports this amendment to prohibit the state from levying an income tax on individuals. A "no" vote opposes this amendment, thus continuing to allow the state to enact a tax on individuals in the future through a statewide referendum. Simply put, if you do NOT want to pay a state income tax, you need to vote for this proposition. You are not voting for the tax; you are voting to prohibit the state from assessing one. The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early voting starts October 21 and runs through November 1. Early voting and Election Day Vote Center locations are available online at www. wilco.org/elections. All voter registration applications must be postmarked by that date. The Elections Office is located at 301 S.E. Inner Loop, Ste. 104, in Georgetown. Voter registration applications and ballot by mail applications are available in the Elections Office or on-line at Wilco.org/elections. For more information, contact the Elections Office at 512943-1630.
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Sunday, Nov. 10 • 1-4 p.m. Garey Park Don't miss this reel-y good time! Georgetown Parks and Recreation's Youth Fishing Derby for ages 12 and under is a fun way to enjoy the great outdoors with the entire family at the beautiful Garey Park. Admission into the derby is $3 per person for anyone who plans to fish (including parents/guardians). Garey Park admission fees will be waived during the event. Advanced registration is suggested, as the event attendance will be capped. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Limit one pole per person, please. BYO pole and bait! A fishing permit is required to fish in Garey Park for ages 17 and older. Permits will not be sold at the park, so please purchase in advance.
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Recycling for multifamily, customers outside city limits
One of the most frequently asked questions the City receives is where can people who live outside the city limits or in apartment complexes recycle? Georgetown water or electric utility customers, including those without curbside solid waste or recycling pick up or living in multifamily complexes, can drop-off recyclable materials at no charge at the Georgetown Transfer Station, 250 W.L. Walden Drive. The transfer station is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
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Chisholm Trail Special Utility District dissolved
The Chisholm Trail Special Utility District has dissolved as a governmental entity. At a public hearing on Sept. 30, the district board members voted unanimously and adopted an order of dissolution. The district was officially and formally dissolved. Facing challenges with water availability and financing, the district approached the City in 2011 about the possibility of merging the two water systems. After two years of feasibility studies, public meetings, and hearings, the board voted unanimously in 2013 to consolidate the two water systems. The merger was approved by the Public Utility Commission of Texas in 2014 and the assets and liabilities of the district were transferred to the City of Georgetown water utility. At that time, Chisholm Trail SUD water customers became City of Georgetown water customers, and Chisholm Trail employees became Georgetown employees. The merger and transfer of service area was approved unanimously by the PUC in 2015 and subsequently affirmed in a series of legal challenges. Senate Bill 248, passed by the Texas Legislature in 2017, allowed Chisholm Trail SUD to dissolve after Aug. 31, 2019, whether or not third-party legal actions were resolved. Due to the deadline to cancel an election, which was in August, candidates for the Chisholm Trail SUD board will be on the Nov. 5 ballot for residents who live in the former service area of the district. Votes will be tabulated and reported in the election. However, candidates in the election will not be seated or serve on the Chisholm Trail SUD board since the district no longer exists as a legal entity.
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Recyclable materials include: • Glass bottles (all colors accepted) • Aluminum cans • Steel cans • Cardboard cylinders from paper towels, toilet paper • Empty prescription medicine containers and caps (medications can be disposed of at the medication kiosk located in the Public Safety Operations and Training Center at 3500 DB Wood Road) • Plastics No. 1-No. 7 (except Styrofoam No. 6; flatten beverage containers, caps can be left on the container) • Hard plastics (from product packaging with any paper or twist ties removed) • Newspapers and inserts • Magazines • Books with covers removed • White paper • Junk mail • Pasteboard (cereal, tissue boxes) • Telephone books • Aluminum foil, pie plates (clean and balled) • Corrugated cardboard • Asceptic and gable top cartons (such as milk or juice cartons) • Plastic bags and plastic film, cellophane (ONLY within the yellow Bag-the-Bag stuffer bag) For more information about recycling options in Georgetown, visit recycle. georgetown.org or contact Environmental Services Coordinator Teresa Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The City of Georgetown is hosting a riverbank cleanup event in San Gabriel Park on Nov. 1 from 9 a.m.-noon. During the event, trash bags and gloves will be provided. Participants are asked to wear appropriate clothing such as long pants, hats, and sunglasses, as well as com-
fortable closed toe shoes. Individuals interested in volunteering can email email@example.com to sign up. The cleanup event maybe canceled in case of bad weather. Follow the City’s social media page for updates.
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Bettye Logan and Gordon Logan speak to the crowd while Museum Director, Mickie Ross awaits the presentation. house during the Poppy Festival. he Williamson Museum hosted one of Honoree Gordon Logan and his wife Georgetown’s premiere events Oct. 19 at Bettye have been recognized not only for the Sheraton Georgetown; the 8th Annual the growth and success of their business Cattleman’s Ball. Museum Director Mickie but, since 2009, have also received many Ross put on a spectacular evening to raise awards across Central Texas and nationalmoney for museum events and exhibits, ly for philanthropy, with a focus on their as well as to celebrate Honoree SportClips family's passion for Veteran support and CEO Gordon Logan and his family for agencies, and provide resources of all kinds their legacy of caring, generosity, and comfor our youth. munity involvement in Georgetown and The Cattleman's Ball raises funds that across Williamson County. enable the museum to provide engaging, The capacity crowd dismissed work, hands-on programs to help families across politics, and even sports rivalries to enjoy the county "discover the stories." All are music, steaks, TapSnaps, raffles, and welcome to become members of the muimpressive silent and live auctions. Among seum to support their mission of providthe top prizes were a seven-day trip, arting leading-edge historical and cultural work, jewelry, and special “to-do” things education with a focus on the heritage of like a party for 20 at the Historic CourtWilliamson County.
From top: 2019 Honorees with Congressman Carter (center) • Congressman Carter with Col. Anthony Skubi (US Army Retired) • Captain Tony Dale (US Army Retired) receiving his commendation from the Congressman during the ceremony.
(TX-31) awarded 11 constituents October 5 with Congressional commendations at Texas A&M Central Texas campus. The Congressional Veteran Commendation is a nominations-based program designed to recognize the wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement of residents of the 31st Congressional District of Texas. Honorees are noted for being exceptional Americans in every way. Former State Representative, and US Army Captain Tony Dale said, "I am honored to be recognized and I especially want to thank the soldiers and NCOs who served with me. Also so much thanks to my wife and daughter, who are here with me today." Colonel Anthony Skubi, III, of Georgetown was also recognized and added, "I am very honored to receive the recognition for service that I was more than willing to give to my nation."
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PROPOSITION A $412 million to accomplish a long list of road improvements from every part of Williamson County. Relieve congested roads and intersections. Improve road safety and emergency response abilities. Upgrade drainage and flood prevention.
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Propositions A and B Financially Responsible Meet the Challenges of Growth Improve our Quality of Life Help Grow our Local Economy Early voting begins on Monday, October 21 Election Day is Tuesday, November 5
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Georgetown Veteran on Honor Flight #64
Jones will be a special guest on Honor Flight #64, which is reserved exclusively for Vietnam Veterans and is flying November 1. Rodger and his wife, Barbara have been residents of Georgetown for 11 years. The VIP Veterans will visit all of the combat memorials in the Nation's Capital; the Vietnam Wall, Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Korean and World War II memorials, and more. Honor Flight is especially poignant for the special details the agency includes on every flightâ€”most importantly, the rules at the airport are relaxed, ONLY for Honor Flights, to allow family, friends and well-wishers to greet their returning vets with signs,
flags and posters. Barbara says, "That is something Vietnam Veterans never had, the welcome home they so richly deserved all those years ago." Rodger Jones served 37 years in the Marine Corps and Air Force. He was immediately deployed to Vietnam when he enlisted in the Corps and when he came home from combat, he enjoyed civilian life for two years before rejoining the Air Force and completed his service as a logistics officer. Rodger was PCSed (permanent change of station) multiple times and sometimes to locations his family could not move to as well due to the nature of his work. "When people thank him for his service," Barbara says, "I stick my hand out and tell them I
worked every day of those 37 years." Rodger's final deployment, before retiring, was to Iraq. He is one of a small group of veterans who served from Vietnam to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Rodger says he is looking forward to being able to share stories with people who were 'there.' "He talks to me a lot," says Barbara. "But he always says I wouldn't understand. He doesn't talk about it, he won't watch movies or television shows about the wars. He does wear his apparel sometimes and when he meets people with the same campaign ribbons, he lights up and I go about my business and leave him to enjoy the camaraderie. He's always more animated after he has those talks." The Jones' have sons and grandsons who are Marines so he can talk to them but most veterans say, until a person is really in theater, he or she really can't understand. Rodger says he is also looking forward to seeing the wall for personal reasons. He lost a cousin in the Conflict and Rodger was the one who brought him home. His primary goal at the wall is to find his cousin's name and make an impression of it. Honor Flight has had many special flights since they began operations in 2013. While it began with World War II Veterans after the construction of that
memorial, there have since been all Sun City flights, POWs, Korean and now Vietnam flights. Any Veterans interested in the program may apply for a future flight at HonorFlightAustin.org.
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November Musings I’m channeling my inner Steven Wright
this week. I did have an article about fake news and Donald Trump, but I’m tired of thinking about it. And I also found out I have a great-great uncle named Trump on my mom’s side. No idea who the G-G-U might be related to, but just in case, I don’t want to possibly lose my visit to the White House. So I’m wondering… since it’s Fall, should pregnant women or people with a heart condition have to sign an EMS waiver before going into a corn maze? Or maybe give them a flare gun just in case? Should we give men a conversion chart of apologies when they start dating or get married? For example, “Good=Good; Fine=Bad.” If you’re late, buy flowers. If you’re late because you had drinks with your ex-girlfriend, see Jewelry Chart. If you slept with her, check the hours of operation at Nyle Maxwell. If the dentist is more than ten minutes late for your appointment, I think you should be allowed to eat Oreos while you wait. Usain Bolt would get a ticket for running in a school zone. “Cleave” means to unite and also to separate. “Fat Chance” and “Slim Chance” mean the same thing. I couldn’t live the life of a dog. You’re always naked, you don’t understand what anyone is saying, people always want to touch you and you spend your day hoping someone will scratch your butt. Remember when your elementary teacher said, "You won't always have a
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calculator everywhere you go"? Thank you iPhone. Why do we spend a lot of money to water our grass to make it grow just so we can cut it every week? If you want someone to really smile when you take their picture, tell them, “I love you” instead of “say cheese.” The number of people in the world who are older than you will never get any larger. Plus, the oldest person in the world was born with a complete different set of humans. I really wish someone would invent a "sarcasm" font. Do you think the lobsters on the Titanic high-fived each other when they heard the crash? The greatest benefit to cell phones is not communication or information. It’s knowing that only the world’s most depraved jackwagons will still push you into a pool. If I majored in German in Germany instead of English in Virginia and was born in 1928 rather than 1968, I could have been an actual grammar Nazi. GoogleMaps really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood and I'm not supposed to play with my phone once I'm already driving. Ever pull on a piece of skin that is bugging you, realize it's going to be too deep and bleed and you yank it off anyway? Golf is the only sport with a ball in which the lowest number wins. Ambi-textrous: the word to describe my condition during the 6-15 minutes between taking an Ambien and total sleep when I send absolute nonsense messages on my phone. We all know if you have second thoughts about a trip to Indian country, it’s a Reservation reservation reservation. But you might not realize if Captain Kirk started a rental car company aboard ship it would be the Enterprise Enterprise enterprise. Even under ideal conditions I can't find my car keys in my purse – but I can find and push the snooze button on my phone from 3 feet away with my eyes closed. Just sayin'...
City Council Special Election November 5 by Mike Payne
In the Georgetown City
Council District 1 election, the winner will serve the last 18 months of Councilwoman Anna Eby’s original term. Ms. Eby was required to resign her position when she moved out of District 1. Whom should the voters of District 1 select as their council member? The selection should be the person who is most qualified, and who is able to hit the ground running since there will be no time for a lengthy learning curve.
The only candidate who meets these two criteria is Alex Fuller. Mr. Fuller and his wife, Sue, have lived in their historic home for almost 20 years. This substantial period of time in Georgetown, combined with his seven years of service on City of Georgetown boards, gives him a unique understanding of Georgetown and District 1, which will allow him to step in this role, participate, and lead from day one. Mr. Fuller is an attorney with 43 years of legal and business experience. His public service and community involvement includes four years on the Georgetown Planning and Zoning Commission. He is currently the Chair of the Georgetown Zoning Board of Adjustment; he has been a board member of “Texans For Cures” for eight years; and a member of Preservation Georgetown for eighteen years. He earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Texas, and a law degree from the University of Houston.
Based on recent candidate forums and all of the candidates’ responses in the voter guides in various publications, it is clear that Alex Fuller is uniquely qualified to be the next council representative for District 1. His responses are as refreshing as they are thorough. When asked why he is running, rather than re-stating problems and concerns in the City in General and District 1 in particular, his answers are heavy with plans and solutions that ring positive and proactive. He has done in-depth homework on the issues; he has the educational background and significant business experience; and he has significant Georgetown City board experience to be successful on day one. The editorial board of the Advocate newspaper endorses Alex Fuller for Georgetown City Council District 1 in the election held on November 5, 2019.
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Happy Thanks-mas, Georgetown! Lighting of the Square, November 29
kids throughout Georgetown and Williamson County for the Blue and Brown Santa programs respectively. (Wilcobrownsanta.com for Brown Santa or Bluesanta.georgetown. org for Blue Santa.) Both programs accept toy donations until mid-December. Look for donation barrels at the Courthouse and at All Things Kids on Main Street.
Native-American fiction writ-
er Stephen Graham Jones says, “Some people are born for Halloween, and some are just counting the days until Christmas.” Fortunately, if you are one of the latter and you live in and around Georgetown, there are plenty of decades-old traditions that usher in the most wonderful time of the year. Starting November 29, Georgetown will celebrate the official start of the City’s holiday cele-
bration. Mayor Dale Ross will headline the festivities and pull the switch to light up Texas’ Most Beautiful Town Square. Customarily, around 6pm, the Mayor and his special guests lead the crowd in a “Santa!” chant to bring the big red man to the stairs before turning on the million-plus lights, supported by Georgetown Utility Systems. Crews are already hard at work wrapping trees for the event. The growth of the holiday
lighting project was spearheaded by a joint fundraising collaboration between city leaders and the Main Street Advisory Board. Downtown businesses continue to support these efforts through beautification and lighting additions of their own, and private contributions are always needed and welcomed to continue the expansion. There is also a window decorating contest for businesses on and around the Square and
the shops will be open late for the crowd. Entertainment will be provided by the Austin Carolers, with help from more than 100 youngsters. Santa will be available for photos and accept donations for needy
The 39th annual Christmas Stroll is coming up in downtown Georgetown around the Courthouse Square. This holiday festival, sponsored by the Downtown Georgetown Association is 5-9pm on Friday, December 6; 10am to-8pm on Saturday December 7. The Stroll is a rain or shine event. In the event of severe weather conditions such as lightning or high winds, festival activities will be adjusted as warranted. Check the City social media pages for updates. Saturday begins with a parade at 10am, live entertainment on three stages, and holiday shopping at 150 booths as well as downtown merchants. The Bistro Food Court offers hot chocolate, funnel cake, and other seasonal treats. Enjoy Santa’s Village all day Saturday; photos and visits with Santa and the Whoo-village children’s area Friday night and Saturday. There will be rides for the kids, the popular Whoo-hair booth, and the Grinch himself.
It’s literally the season for making a list, and it’s a good time to look at what you’re going to be trampling people over at Toys R Us or Walmart for this year. We’re not going to advertise a brand, but you can do a search on our generic labels to find some that are right for you.
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Even more things to do with your phone...
This year look for mobile lenses for the camera in your phone as well as mini-projectors that will turn your phone into a portable cinema. Also in the high-tech world, 3-D pens are an easy and safe way for your kids to experience creativity in a new way. Instead of being limited to paint and pencils on paper, your kid may design and construct 3D items that spin, roll, and stand up. Or, for your house, bring a little bit of home to your out-of-state relatives, or remind yourself of your own with the "Homesick Scented Candle." Using input from locals in various states, Homesick crafted scents that embody those places and bring people back home.
MAYOR'S UPDATE • BY DALE ROSS industrial space on Aviation Drive near the Airport. Half of the space will be speculative for industrial tenants. The Westinghouse Business Center, a 98,000-square-foot business park on Westinghouse Road, will provide speculative space for a variety of commercial uses, such as medical, technology and professional services, as well as retail space. Holt Caterpillar’s new regional 85,000 square-foot facility on Airport Road for the sale and service of construction equipment is set to open in the next month. The dealership will have a net benefit to the City of more than $13 million over 10 years.
New Jobs, Retail, and Commercial Development If 2020 follows the recent
trend, we can expect many new people will begin to call Georgetown home in the next year. Our town has been one of the top-10 fastest-growing cities in the country for the past five years in a row. Since 2010, our population has increased more than 56 percent. Why are so many people moving here? There are many reasons—our safe neighborhoods, top-notch parks, award-winning library, and having the
Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas. All of this contributes to an authentic sense-of-place that makes Georgetown unique. Despite its challenges, it is fair to say that the phenomenal growth we are experiencing also is our biggest opportunity. Georgetown is currently seeing a significant increase in retail and commercial development. These projects add jobs to our local economy and attract investment that strengthens the tax base for our schools and local
Retail and downtown
government services. Given the key role that commercial development
plays in our local economy, the City of Georgetown remains focused on expanding employment opportunities, while preparing for the growth that we know will come. Our community wants the city to grow in a strategic way, while retaining its character and “small town charm.” Several significant commercial projects that fit into our overall economic development strategy are currently under construction or have recently opened. These include office, mixed-use, industrial, and retail developments.
Office and professional services
A key economic development strategy is to encourage more professional service businesses in Georgetown. Sedro Crossing, a 170,000-squarefoot professional medical
and office development, broke ground earlier this year on Williams Drive. This represents the largest office project in Georgetown to-date. Mixed-use developments including Riverplace and Heritage Court are also on schedule to open in 2020, bringing new residential, office, and retail space to downtown. Riverplace will be the new home to WBW Development, a company relocating from Killeen in a strategic move to attract talent.
Industrial and commercial
Texas Speed and Performance, one of the largest high-performance auto engine parts retailers in the country, announced their expansion plans this year. The Georgetown-based company plans to construct 200,000 square feet of
In addition to the Academy Sports and Outdoors on SH 29, the first stores at Wolf Crossing are beginning to open. When complete, the 200 million dollar, 250,000-square-foot retail center will feature restaurants, medical facilities, a hotel, and a grocery store – all identified as targets in the City’s 2016 economic development retail analysis. Even with all this growth, we haven’t forgotten what makes Georgetown unique – our historic downtown. The most beautiful town square in Texas has experienced incredible reinvestment. In fact, in 2019 alone, we’ve had over 11 million dollars in private commercial development in downtown. New shops, restaurants, bars, offices, apartments, and a bookstore have all opened this year – with more retail slated for 2020. The increase in unique consumer experiences has truly created a live-work-play atmosphere for every age. The City Council’s vision for Georgetown—a caring community honoring our past and innovating for the future—is apparent in many ways across the city. From major infrastructure investments in projects like the Southwest Bypass, to the public art in downtown, we are a city committed to retaining our character while paving the way for opportunity.
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Early Voting thru November 1 Early in-person voting continues until October 26 and Oct. 28-Nov. 1. During the early voting period, voters may cast ballots at any early voting location in Williamson County. Polling places, dates, and times, as well as voter ID requirements and sample ballots can be found at wilco.org/elections. For voters in the City of Georgetown, the Nov. 5 ballot includes the Williamson County Proposition A bond for road projects and Proposition B bond for parks and recreation projects. The road projects in Proposition A include these projects in Georgetown: • Southwest Bypass extension from Hwy. 29 to Wolf Ranch Parkway would construct a roadway and include intersection improvements at Hwy. 29. • SE Inner Loop extension from Hwy. 29 to Sam Houston Avenue would construct a roadway with a bridge over SH 130. • Four projects in Sun City include: 1) CR 245 from north of RM 2338 to Ronald Reagan Boulevard involving reconstructing and widening to four lanes, 2) Ronald Reagan at Silver Spur Boulevard turn lanes involving constructing
intersection improvements, 3) Ronald Reagan at Sun City Boulevard turn lanes involving construction of intersection improvements, and, 4) Hwy. 195 northbound off ramp at Ronald Reagan involving construction of exit ramp. Voters in Georgetown’s City Council District 1 can cast ballots to determine who will fill the vacancy created when Anna Eby resigned from the council on Aug. 2. The winner of the election will complete the remainder of the term ending in May 2021. Candidates running for District 1 include Mary Calixtro, Alex Fuller and Stevie Nicole Jones. Georgetown City Council members typically serve three-year terms representing one of seven single-member districts. To see maps of council districts, go to maps. georgetown.org/council-district-maps. On Election Day on Nov. 5, voters may cast ballots at any vote center location in Williamson County. Polling places, dates, and times during Early Voting and on Election Day are listed at wilco.org/elections.
clinic in Jarrell lately, you probably noticed a blue, 76’ square-body Chevy pickup with a vet box in the parking lot. I’ve always loved those square body pickups—the simple lines of the truck; no computers; it’s rugged and dependable, and if I treat it right, it’ll probably be rolling down the road long after I’m gone. I rode out to a client’s house in that pickup last week. The suspension is tight and the old bench seat is full of springs that launch you into the ceiling if you take a bump too hard. Kaitlin, our practice manager, and I rumbled down the driveway bouncing and jostling around the cab like kernels in a popcorn bag. We were there to vaccinate a couple of show pigs for a student in the high school FFA. The easiest way to vaccinate a pig is to put them in a squeeze and then give them the shots; the next “easiest” way is to grab their front legs, pick them up and turn them over onto their backs and squeeze their shoulders between your feet. They hate it and scream like crazy, but if you keep them that way for a minute or so they stop struggling and
you can give those shots. Since we had no squeeze, we commenced to flipping hogs around and giving shots. After our hearing returned, we said our goodbyes and went back to the office. Why give pigs vaccines? Pig breeders give them shots at weaning, so why go through all this? There are some changes that have occurred lately that have made vaccinating even more important. There are new federal rules about medicated feed that prevent the use of feeds with antibiotics without the prescription of a vet. For years, medicated feeds prevented disease outbreaks of Erysipelas, but without the medicated feeds, we are seeing this disease come back. Show pigs are brought together from all over which means they are exposed to infectious agents constantly. Vaccines can help prevent or reduce the symptoms seen in a disease process. Also, a sick pig with a weakened immune system will be more likely to contract other diseases like
the flu which can further compromise the animal, or allow for re-assortment of viral DNA or RNA into new combinations that can affect people. Pigs can actually be infected with human, avian, and swine influenza viruses to make an antigenic shift to a new influenza A subtype that can infect people. So, like riding in an old pickup, giving pigs shots is not fun, but it is important for the health of the animal and the people around them. Dr. Carlton served four years in the United States Army as a Veterinary Corps Officer. He honed his clinical skill set working on these unique animal populations, and brings that special knowledge to the community at Jarrell Animal Hospital. Dr. Carlton is a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and he continues to serve in the United States Army Reserve. Jarrell Animal Hospital 191 Town Center Blvd. Jarrell JarrellAnimalHospital.com and Facebook
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IN MEMORIAM Robert “Bob” John Klepac
Robert “Bob” John Klepac, passed away Oct 15, 2019, in Fredericksburg with family members at his side. Bob was born on October 22, 1931, in Robstown, Texas to John and Mary Klepac. He grew up in Robstown and Corpus Christi, Texas. He attended Texas A&I in Kingsville and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. While working in San Antonio, Bob
met and married Caley Nell Jones, on August 25, 1956. They moved to Blanco where Bob joined his parents in the early stages of Blanco Greenhouses, Inc., which later became Klepac Bros. Greenhouses Inc., with his brother Jim. The Klepac family were members of St. Ferdinand’s Catholic Church for many years. When Bob was not working, you could find him fishing on the coast or hunting in South Texas with his family. Bob is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, Nell Klepac; his parents John and Mary; and his brother Jim. He will be deeply missed by his two sons, Robert Klepac; Michael Klepac. His three daughters, Laura, and husband Todd Petty; Jackie, and husband Eric Ashley; Marilyn, and husband Alan Gray. He was the beloved “Papa” of Courtney, Kathryn, Raleigh Klepac; Michael Jr. and Claire Klepac; Ryan Petty and
Danielle and husband Steve Sorenson; Joshua, Rachael and Emily Ashley; Caley and husband Andrew Powers; Kimberley and husband Kelly Miller; Kyle Gray and two great grandsons Nolan Powers and Hayes Miller. Bob is also survived by his sister, Anna Marie Eszlinger. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at the Chapel of St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Blanco, TX. A Christian burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Twin Sisters, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to one of the following organizations, The Spirit Center- Attn: Sister Martha Ann Snapka, 5201 Lipes Blvd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78413 Ave Maria Hospice PO Box 3445 Fredericksburg, Texas 78624.
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