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Georgetown PD Earns Statewide Accreditation

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received the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Recognized Law Enforcement Agency award. The department earned the award from the TPCA’s Law Enforcement Recognition Program in May after a more than two-year application process that included a critical review of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities, and operations. Georgetown is only the 154th agency out of more than 2,700 agencies in the state to receive the recognition. “Achieving this status places Georgetown among the state’s top law enforcement agencies,” Chief Wayne Nero said. “This process provided for an independent review of the department’s operations and should assure the residents of Georgetown that its police department is conforming to current state-of-the-art standards and practices in law enforcement. It also supports our relationships in the community to instill confidence in our abilities and our compassion for the people we serve.” These best practices cover all aspects of law enforcement operations, including use of force, protection of citizen rights,

vehicle pursuits, property and evidence management, and patrol and investigative operations. In simpler terms, he says, consider a person who needs surgery. Patients want the doctors and teams who are certified in a particular specialty rather than general practice. The Georgetown Police Department is now that specialist; certified as an

Jarrell PD Hosting Local National Night Out

Neighborhoods throughout

Jarrell are invited to join the local police and more than 38 million neighbors across 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, and military bases worldwide for the city's first local National Night Out event October 1. From 5pm–9pm, neighbors throughout Jarrell and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on their front porch lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and law enforcement. This national program enhances the relationship among and be-

tween neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. It provides the opportunity for bring police and neighbors to come together under positive circumstances, and also raise money for the police association and Blue Santa program. In past years, Jarrell Police joined the Williamson County Sheriff's Department for activities in Jarrell and Sonterra, but Sergeant Chris Bryce says the department is providing its own program this year to enable law enforcement to really focus on their own community. The event is family-friendly

elite law enforcement organization—equal to the best departments in the state. "This is just the beginning," Chief Nero says. "Having reached this benchmark, we will continue to implement best practices over succeeding four-year periods to keep our organization on solid ground, maintain strong legal foundations in our investigations, and mitigate anything that gets other

and there will be parking at the Tractor Supply store. Free activities include a bounce house, dunk tank, vendor information booths and Jarrell Fire Department displays. Local participating retailers will have keychains, koozies, and other branded items for guests. There will also be food trucks, shaved ice and an opportunity to "Jail-nBail" a friend, teacher or family member for $1 to help raise more funds. Jailbirds may see the judge to pay a "fine" or spend 15 minutes in lockup. Jail-n-Bail funds will also be contributed to purchasing gifts for the needy. Sgt. Bryce says, "I'm excited about Jarrell having this event

departments in trouble." Chief Nero has always embraced a philosophy of excellence and maintaining high standards; "When you expect more and give clear guidance, people perform better." He also gives much credit his staff, all of whom had input on training, policy development and engagement in the process, especially Lt. Renee Koog who did a great deal of work on rewriting department policies, and Capt. Amy Janik who oversaw the whole process. Chief Nero said, "Our region has a long history of being safe and the data proves it. Georgetown is the number 2 safest city of our size in Texas and the Safety Center our resident bond approved continues to be a part of our achievements. There is nothing like it, in one place, in the state, and we realize that to whom much is given...I'd like to think we are delivering on that promise. This accreditation is good evidence of that." Ironic but impressive, GPD continues to maintain these high public safety ratings with the lowest officer to citizen ratio in the state, and has plans in place to be even more proactive with greater resources.

and the opportunity for people to come out and meet their neighbors. It's not just about law enforcement, it's about community. I'm glad that we will have a bigger presence and a means to get more people involved. We want to help out more and generate awareness for the needs around Jarrell."

The event will take place rainor-shine, unless the weather gets bad enough to create a safety issue. Sgt. Bryce says to look for more information on their Facebook page and an LED billboard that will be installed on I-35 early this month. Visit JarrellTxPD on Facebook.

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Car Seat Check-up Event

It's the time of year when children are heading back to school. Kids in Cars and Georgetown Fire Dept want to make sure little ones are safe on the road regardless of the driver or car. Nannies, grandparents, daycare providers, and/or neighbors...they want to see you Tuesday, Sept 10, 2-5pm. For those interested in this event, call the TOTS line for a free appointment 512-324TOTS (8687). The schedule is very full but the agency can plan to add staff and volunteers if there are more appointments set.

A Day for Moms Conference

A Day for Moms Conference is a day of fun, relaxation, learning, shopping and winning fabulous door prizes. Free childcare is available on a limited basis. Saturday, Sept 28, 9:30am–3:30pm at 1205 Ash St, Georgetown. This event is hosted by Mommie Support Network and tickets are available at Momcare Network provides self-care support and encouragement to mothers of all ages and stages in Williamson County, especially during the 18-month postpartum period. This support includes education about the importance of physical and emotional care and how to achieve wellbeing as an individual and mother.

Williamson Museum Membership Drive

The Williamson Museum announced the kick off of the 2019 membership drive sporting the theme “Discover The Stories”. Beginning with its opening in 2003, The Williamson Museum, located on the square in historic Georgetown, has offered free and exciting hands-on educational programs to the public through innovative exhibits, tours and educational resources, designed to promote the culture and heritage of Williamson County. The Williamson Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation established in 1997 to collect, preserve and exhibit items relating to the rich culture and heritage of Williamson County. “Since we opened our doors, the pop-

ulation of Williamson County has more than doubled with families coming from all over the country. The Williamson Museum gives them the opportunity to learn and experience the stories that tell the history of Williamson County,” said Mickie Ross, Executive Director of the Museum. Museum membership benefits include a subscription to Williamson Museum e-newsletter, discounts at the Museum Store, invitations to member-only events along with discounts on many ticketed events and educational programs. Business members also receive advertising on the museum’s website and in the gallery. “We rely on the support of our members and business partners to continue to expand our educational resources, preserve our county’s history and enhance the Museum visitor experience,” said Ross. The “Discover The Stories” membership drive will run from through September 30, offering new members and business partners a 13 month membership for the price of an annual membership. For more information or to join visit

Fitness Fusion Sept. 14

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is hosting Fitness Fusion at the Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and features 24 fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, cycling, and Silver Sneakers classes. The goal of the event is to showcase the variety of fitness programs available at the recreation center that accommodate all ages and fitness levels. During the event, fitness instructors will host 20-minute sample classes in four locations within the recreation center. Guests can participate in as many of the classes as they would like. Representatives from Airrosti, Hibbett Sports, and Silver Sneakers will also be onsite to visit with attendees. The event is free for Georgetown Recreation Center members and non-members. For more information, visit

Vote for the Best of Georgetown

Where is the best boutique in Georgetown? Where is the best live entertainment? The best hotel or bed and breakfast? The best hair cut? The City wants to know your favorites during the month of September in the Best of Georgetown, TX contest. This year’s contest will have two phases— a nominations phase and a voting phase. Nominations will be accepted from 9 a.m. on Sept. 1 until noon on Sept. 7. A business or organization must receive three nominations in an individual category to be on the ballot for the voting phase. Nominations will not be counted toward the final vote total. The voting phase begins Sept. 10 at 9 a.m. and ends on Sept. 30 at 11:59 p.m. To nominate businesses for the Best of Georgetown, TX contest, please visit The list of winners will be posted at Winning businesses receive window decals as well as certificates showing their award and category. In addition, the business name will be listed on the 2019 winners’ flyer at the Visitors Center and on the website for one year. Winners will have access to the Best of Georgetown 2019 logo for use in their websites and printed material. The annual Best of Georgetown, TX contest is sponsored by the City of Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau.


in civil disputes to work through their case faster and without having to take time off of work to physically go to court,” said Judge Evelyn McLean. “Plus, they have the opportunity to help construct the final outcome of their case rather than having it handed to them by the judge.” With this tool, those involved can work through their small claims case directly with the other party or in consultation with a licensed mediator, if they choose to include one, from any computer or internet-connected mobile device. If the parties are not able to come to an agreement online, they still have the option of going through the traditional, in-person court process. Participating in online dispute resolution allows the involved parties to resolve the case before the scheduled hearing date, and, on average, in about half the time of the traditional court process. It also gives participants the opportunity to work through the dispute from anywhere at any time, so they do not have to travel to court during regular business hours.

JP3 Offers Citizens Online Court Process

Williamson County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 is the first in the County to offer an online dispute resolution platform, called Modria. Citizens can now resolve small claims cases faster and often without judicial intervention using this online dispute resolution platform. “Modria helps citizens involved

The Test Every Kid Should Take Before Going Back to School

Before schedules get too hectic, experts say parents should prioritize a visit to the eye doctor this back-to-school season. “An annual comprehensive eye exam is essential for optimal wellness, as well as ensuring your child reaches his or her full academic potential,” says Dr. Jennifer Wademan, VSP network eye doctor. The incidence of visual impairment in preschool children is expected to increase 26 percent over the next 45 years, affecting almost 220,000 children, according to a recent study by the USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute. What’s more, kids have more demand on their eyes and vision than ever before due to the increased use of digital devices. To help ensure a smooth transition, consider the following tips and insights:

Comprehensive Exam

Many parents are under the incorrect impression that the vision screening conducted by the school nurse or at the pediatrician’s office is sufficient. Although many schools offer abbreviated vision screenings, they can miss up to 80 percent of

vision problems, including serious conditions like amblyopia (lazy eye), which can lead to vision loss if untreated. An annual comprehensive eye exam is the best way to detect vision problems, as well as other conditions related to the eyes that can affect overall health. “How a child’s brain processes visual information is complex, and a screening alone isn’t a substitute for a comprehensive exam, nor is it the most reliable way to track a child’s eye health,” says Dr. Wademan. “A comprehensive eye exam with an eye doctor however, evaluates multiple aspects of vision, including the close-up skills essential for reading, tracking and focusing.”

Don’t Wait Certain changes to eyesight can happen gradually, and children may not realize that their vision is impaired. Dr. Wademan points out catching problems early is important; “When a child’s visual system is not given a clear and focused image, and if his or her eyes are not working together, the child could fail to ever achieve

normal visual acuity,” she says. “These patients end up struggling to see well in adulthood, even with contacts or glasses.” To find an eye doctor near you, visit VSP. com. Remember, vision and learning are

directly connected, as approximately 80 percent of what a child learns is presented visually. For success in the classroom, the sports field and more, start the school year right with a comprehensive eye exam. (StatePoint) PHOTO: (c) Valerii Honcharuk / stock.

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Candidates file for Special City Council Election in November The candidate filing period for the special

City Council District 1 election in Georgetown on Nov. 5 ended September 4 at 5 p.m. Mary Calixtro, Alex Fuller and Stevie Nicole Jones filed for the District 1 race. The candidate elected to fill the vacancy created when Anna Eby resigned from the council on Aug. 2 will complete the remainder of the term ending in May 2021. 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. The drawing to determine the order of names on the ballot will take place Friday, Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. in the lobby of City Hall. The last day to register to vote in the November election is Oct. 7. Early in-person voting is Oct. 21-Nov. 1. In the early voting period, voters may cast ballots at any early voting location in

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LEGACY OF RICHES: Pastor Rudy Williams (center) enjoyed a special Sunday service with his former coaches and life mentors who came together at Friendly Will Church to honor Williams' life and success in basketball, youth mentorship and church leadership. From left to right, Paul Peak (one of the most successful coaches in SWU history), high school coach Lloyd Long, youth coach Isaac Alfred and NCJAA Hall of Famer Lewis Orr; all contributed to Williams' own legacy from pee-wee basketball to his college career at Southwestern University. Coach Alfred says, "He had the right attitude, and God allowed him to go very far in basketball. I just kindled the fire and the rest of these great coaches developed his raw talent and kept moving him up." Coach Orr added, "It's just a matter of time and he will be inducted into a hall of fame of some kind. He didn't lose too many games, and whatever I am playing, sports or not, I want him on my team."





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he Texas Teen Book Festival celebrates the teen reading experience by inviting fans to visit with some of the most popular and critically acclaimed young adult authors in the country. The one-day TTBF is Saturday, October 12th from 8:30am-6:30pm at Southwestern University in Georgetown. TTBF remains free and open to the public thanks to generous donors, sponsors, and dozens of committed volunteers. The Festival was born as the Austin Teen Book Festival in 2009, when librarian Heather Schubert partnered with BookPeople to organize a gathering at Westlake High School. Five hundred guests and 16 authors attended the first year and the event has grown every year. One of the largest gatherings of its kind anywhere, the annual TTBF takes place in the fall on the campus of Southwestern University. The 2019 author lineup will feature award-winning authors Mary H.K. Choi, David Yoon, Gabby Rivera, Abdi Nazemian, Christopher Myers, Lauren Shippen, and others. This year marks the 11th anniversary for the Texas Teen Book Festival, which will take place on Saturday, October 12th at Southwestern University and remains free and open to readers of all ages. “I am so excited about our phenomenal lineup this year,” says Texas Teen Book Festival Program Director Meghan Goel. “Featuring a

dynamic slate of books that range from terrifying thrillers to star-crossed romances to epic fantasies, this list truly offers something for every reader. We are also proud to highlight such a wide variety of new books and imprints that celebrate culture, identity, and foster dialogue about social awareness and engagement. As we move to our new home at Southwestern University, I look forward to reconnecting with the thousands of attendees who have supported this festival for 11 years and meeting new readers in Georgetown.” Attendees will be able to enjoy author sessions and panels, book signings, workshops, and vendor displays perfect for young adult readers of all ages. This year’s lineup is full of renowned and award-winning authors. Among others, Mary H.K. Choi, culture correspondent on Vice News Tonight and New York Times bestselling author of Emergency Contact, will discuss her newest novel, Permanent Record, a witty, heartfelt romance featuring the inescapable influence of social media on everyday life. TTBF will also showcase David Yoon, illustrator of New York Times bestseller Everything, Everything, who will present his debut novel, Frankly in Love, a thoughtful story of navigating expectations and first love. Producer, screenwriter, and author Abdi Nazemian, whose novel The WalkIn Closet won the 2015

Lambda Literary Award, will present his most recent work, Like a Love Story, a love letter to queer individuals seeking self-expression and individuality. Lauren Shippen will present The Infinite Noise, her debut novel based on her award-winning science-fiction podcast, The Bright Sessions. Award-winning children’s author and illustrator Christopher Myers will discuss the launch of his own imprint with Random House Children’s Books, Make Me a World, which reflects Myers’ vision: to publish a selection of books that open up new worlds, possibilities, and pathways for young readers of all ages. Award-winning author Akwaeke Emezi will also present their new YA novel, Pet, the first novel to be published by Make Me a World. The Texas Teen Book Festival is a collaboration between Texas Book Festival, BookPeople, a dedicated team of librarians, and Southwestern University. The program is also made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, please visit and keep up with announcements at and on Twitter and Instagram @TXTeenBookFest.


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Q. I used castor oil mixed with baking soda to treat a prominent actinic keratosis that I'd had for years. It was gone after two days and hasn't come back two years later. I can't remember where I heard about this remedy, but others might want to know about it. A. Actinic keratoses are precancerous skin lesions. They are common on aging skin that has been exposed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun and may feel scaly or rough. Sometimes they itch or burn. All such spots should be seen by a dermatologist, as they could be an early form of skin cancer. You are not the first person to report that castor oil could help an actinic keratosis, though other readers did not include the baking soda. We could not find any published studies of this remedy, but it seems benign. If it doesn't work, the dermatologist can use a more standard approach such as freezing it off (cryotherapy) or applying a medicine like 5-fluorouracil cream, imiquimod cream or ingenol gel.

Q. When is a good time to take melatonin? Typically I go to bed at 10:30 p.m. and read for an hour before lights out. I often awaken at 1 or 2 a.m. and can't fall back to sleep. A. Melatonin appears to be most helpful if taken 30 minutes to an hour before sleep. In your case, that would mean taking it at bedtime. Although melatonin could help you fall asleep more quickly (Neurological Research, June 2017), we don't know whether it will help you stay asleep. A prolonged-release formulation might be useful for that purpose (Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy, April 2012). You can learn more about melatonin and other nondrug approaches to overcoming insomnia in our eGuide to Getting a Good Night's Sleep. Look for this online resource in the Health eGuides section at www. © 2019 by King Features Syndicate

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Immigration Restriction is Not Hate

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tion agenda has always been considered exclusionary and prejudiced by progressives; now they consider it tainted by mass murder. The El Paso massacre, carried out by a white nationalist waging a lunatic war against Hispanic immigration, is being used as a bludgeon against Trump and immigration restriction more broadly. After years spent trying to rule immigration restriction out of bounds, the left is doubling down. It can't be that the only reason for

protecting the border, rejecting bogus asylum-seekers, re-orienting the legal immigration system toward skills rather than family unification and reducing overall numbers is rank hatred bordering on homicidal malice. It can't be that the only choice is between extremely latitudinarian policies that allow asylum-seekers into the country, often never to be seen again, or mass murder. It can't be that the only respectable position on immigration, safe for the general public, is whatever the Democrats' center of gravity on the issue is at any given time (always in flux and always moving left). First, let's stipulate that Trump's words on immigration often are crude and inflammatory. Yet nothing he's ever said could possibly justify indiscriminately shooting people. Trump is not a terrorist, a supporter of terrorism or an enabler of terrorism. The El Paso shooter's apparent manifesto overlaps with some of Trump's rhetoric, but what defines the document is its apocalyptic argument that slaughter is the way "to reclaim" the country. The gulf between that view and Trump's -- that Congress should build a wall and change some highly technical asylum rules -- is vast. It is the difference between justifying criminality and advocating legislation, between quitting on America and calling for policies to solve one of its

problems. Much is made of Trump's use of the word "invasion," which also features in the manifesto. This is a loaded term best avoided. It speaks to a hostile intent among immigrants who, by and large, come here to improve their lives. But, again, the impulse to gun down these supposed invaders shopping at Walmart and the impulse to exclude them from entry, or quickly and safely return them home once here, don't exist in the same moral universe. For all that the language police profess to care deeply about words, they aren't very careful about rendering Trump's. No one notes that in his Florida rally where a rallygoer notoriously yelled "shoot them" and Trump shook his head, smiled and said "only in the Panhandle," the president was in the midst of saying of border agents, "Don't forget, we don't let them, and we can't let them, use weapons." The discrediting of views that show up in the manifesto only works one way. The shooter expresses a fear of automation and support for the universal basic income. Should we hold that against Andrew Yang? The shooter fears we're on the verge of an environmental disaster. Should Jay Inslee tone it down? When a member of ANTIFA was shot

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dead by police while attacking an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Washington state, Democrats weren't made to answer for their harsh attacks on immigration enforcement. It's even a count against Trump that the shooter, too, says that Democrats favor "open borders." If it's going to be unacceptable to use the term "open borders" of a party that is getting closer and closer to embracing a policy of open borders, we might as well shut down the immigration debate now. Which is, of course, part of the point. What much of the left won't acknowledge is that restrictionists have a sincere belief that secure borders and a reformed legal immigration system would be better for our laws, our economy and our cultural cohesion. If Trump is a flawed tribune for this point of view, he's not culpable of murder, either. The charge that he somehow is, is yet another symptom of our rapidly degrading public debate rather than a call to elevate it.

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ments. Paper or plastic. Trump or Socialism. Tastes Great!...Less Filling! Sweet or Unsweet. And before I go on, can we just establish that there’s no such thing as UNsweet tea? It’s just tea. To “Unsweet” tea you would have to remove the sugar from what is arguably already the world’s best natural drink. How about Not Sweet, or Never Sweetened tea? Let's face it—it's "Swamp-Ade". That's the only other place you find leaves soaking in water without sugar. Just sayin'. Anyway, a few years ago the toilet paper industry did a survey to determine that the toilet paper roll should be placed with the flap on top. Exceptions exist if you have a cat that likes to paw at the roll until it is all over the floor, in which case you may put the flap on the bottom so Kitty will just spin the spool without paper coming off. There, that’s settled. Now for the really big problem. Is the thermostat too hot or too cold? I’m just going to say it. Hot is better than cold. Now, I'm not saying I enjoy the necessity of pot holders to touch my steering wheel in the Texas summer. But, if you're quiet enough, you can hear the arguments in every office, master bedroom and car. Some of us are just hot- or cold-natured and we didn't choose to be this way so please stop looking at each other like everyone else is just *wrong*. People who are Hot think the people who are Cold should just layer up and be quiet about it. Put a space heater under your desk. Get a blanket. But, there’s only so much clothing I can put on before I look like a giant tick and really can’t get my work done. Ever try to type or use a mouse with mittens on? Yes, I turn on the seat warmer when it’s 70 degrees out. Actually I do it when it's 90 degrees out and the air conditioner is on... it loosens the muscles in my back that are sore from shivering all day in the office. I have six king-sized fleece blankets in my house. I can’t sit under a ceiling fan when the air conditioning is blowing. We who are Cold think it is tedious that we have to pack a sweater whenever we want to go to the movies, a restaurant or office in July because someone else might develop a bead of perspiration over lunch if the air conditioning is above 65 degrees. I want to eat my sandwich, not fossilize it. Sitting on my hands in the staff meeting because my fingernails are blue while the person sitting next to me is fanning herself in the path of an oscillating fan -- both of us wondering how on Earth can she be [the opposite of me]? I’m dying here!

Here are some facts. • Your breathing and your memory are better when your body is warm. Warm air is relaxing to your lungs; especially when it’s moist. Your blood pressure decreases so your brain works better. • Sweating improves the look of your skin and helps boost your immunity. • You are twice as likely to die from extreme cold than extreme heat. Cold hurts. If you’re outdoors any length of time and not bundled up like an Eskimo, you start talking like you’re drunk because you can’t move your jaw. In the heat you may sweat buckets, but as long as you drink plenty of water, you’re good. • There’s no such thing as “heat-bite” that will cause your fingers and toes to turn black and fall off. • No one ever closed a road because there was too much sunshine, or cracked a skull on a sidewalk that was too dry. • Very few people retire from Texas to North Dakota. • Heating your house costs less than cooling it. • Even a fever is good for you; kills off whatever’s making you sick. • And I don’t care how hot-natured you are; no one wants to sit on a cold toilet seat. Neither one is comfortable, of course, and that’s exactly the point—pick your misery. Let’s face it: Even the most hardy among us can live comfortably without insulation only in an extremely narrow range. Most people only say “beautiful day” somewhere between 65-80 degrees. Down sweaters or linen shirts help, but the comfort window is still small and the longer we spend exposed, the more likely our defenses activate; shivering, sweating...and complaining. For those of you who insist that 65 degrees is the perfect temperature for sleep, I stipulate that may be true—on average. But that is only for your head, and if you’re a hot/ cold person who prefers another number, you’re just as likely to have a bad night’s sleep because your brain is always working to achieve your perfect state. The right number is whatever lowers *your* body temperature a few degrees at night. And of course you have to be able to stick your "thermostat" foot outside the covers to warm/cool the rest of your body appropriately. I suppose my point is that for whatever reason, thyroid, body mass, metabolism, it’s rare to be in sync with any one or more persons,- but somehow, we cold people get more flak for being cold. Y’know, cause we’re doing it on purpose, right? ​In the plus column for cold, I bet no one ever complains about the smell of the athletes at the Iditarod or in a snow-angel competition. So there, one point for cold. Meanwhile, I’ll be drinking cocoa in a hot tub at a beach on the equator if anyone needs me.


Online Lotharios’ Only Love Is Money by Matilda Charles

Think you're immune from

getting scammed in an online romance? Think again. Authorities recently charged 80 people with running scams around the world designed to defraud women of money. Only 17 of those crooks have actually been arrested as authorities try to hunt down the rest -- no easy feat when it comes to dealing with other countries. In one scam, a Japanese woman fell for a man she believed was a U.S. soldier in Syria. She hooked up with him through an online pen pal site. In reality, he was in Los Angeles and was part of a whole crew of thieves. In less than a year she sent him $200,000 -- money she had to borrow. There were quite

a few warning signs she didn't acknowledge. She and her new love never talked on the phone, and he wanted her to do some business for him. In this case, it was to manage a shipment of diamonds he claimed to have found. Meanwhile, as the scam progressed, he kept asking her for more and more money. One problem is that these investigations take so long. The one above started in 2016. You can't start an

online relationship and two weeks later decide to check the news to see if there is a current investigation or string of arrests. It might take years, and meanwhile you're in danger of losing your money. Some things to think about: These online scammers are experts at what they do. They follow cleverly written scripts when they woo. They look for your weak points. If you send someone money, understand that you'll never see it again. If anyone asks you to send money, make a report to the authorities. Yours might be the clues the police need. (c) 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.


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its annual Yellow Ribbon fundraising gala September 21 at 5:30pm at the Georgetown Sheraton to raise money for programs that support our armed forces at home, in the field, when rendering aid during disasters like Hurricane Harvey, and much more. Tickets are $100 and available at This event constitutes approximately 75-80 percent of the annual operating budget. USO Director Isabelle Hubbard is pleased to announce that even if you aren’t able to buy the $100 ticket, you can still participate in the silent auction at https:// “We have so many great things available this year, and even though we are a military organization, this auction has something for fans of everything from Cowboys football to Star Wars.” The live auction has nearly a dozen VIP packages, destination packages, commemorative airplane rides, and even a full cardiac screening from Family Emer-

gency Medicine in Wolf Ranch. Tickets include dinner, live entertainment by Rotelle and the Hot Tomatoes, silent auction and live auction. Hubbard says all the money raised at this event stays in the Central Texas area. “Our fundraising is for our community so we can continue providing services and programs for our active duty personnel in the military community, including the Reserves,National Gala Committee: Anthony Triola, Anne Marshall, Graves Erskine, Tiffany Enos, Dwayne Erickson, Guard and Border Patrol. Isabel Hubbard, Mary Jo Burton, and Betty Schleder Wherever soldiers go, we go.” and volunteer staff. “But we will need a programs for retired personnel and their For 2020, the USO has a capital plan to lot more volunteers to fill that new space spouses, as well as expansion of existing move from their current facility, which is at Fort Hood so we encourage anyone who services for the growth in the area and the 5,500 sq/ft wood building to a 32,000 sq/ft wishes to help, no special skills required, to number of veterans who choose to remain brick and mortar. Hubbard says they have visit in Central Texas after completing their outgrown their space in terms of soldiers New services include veteran transition service. served, programs created, as well as paid

2nd Annual Veteran Job Fair

Services available to all job seekers

The City of Georgetown, along with the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area, hosted the second annual Veterans Job Fair Aug. 21 at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St. Georgetown EDC Director Michaela Dollar explained, "The City did a workforce analysis and discovered that we have access to more than 700,000 people in our labor shed. We wanted to find ways to tap into that pool of talent, which includes many military veterans and their spouses. We have worked hard to reach out to that

population and find ways to engage them in our recruitment. We partnered with the Chamber and the Texas Veterans Leadership Program last year and, in our first job fair, we broke the record for the number of hires from a single event in this area." More than 40 businesses from Georgetown and the surrounding were onsite accepting applications and resumes. Veterans and their spouses were invited the event was opened to the public for the last hour. The event was free to employers and job seekers to ensure everyone who wants a job has the opportunity to find one. At the tables were 56 employers from engineers to the arts, and more than 170 job seekers

pre-registered. Casey Wade from the The Texas Workforce Commission added, "We exist to assist veterans in their transition back to civilian life. Whether they've been in for four years or 20, we connect them with resources and tools to bridge the gap; resume help, mock interviews, even how to dress for success." Craig Henry is a Business Solutions Consultant, said, "If job seekers were unable to attend, they can visit any Texas Workforce

Solutions office where they will have free access to phone, fax, email and workshops on how to get work. If you are a taxpayer, you are eligible for all our free services. Visit for more job fairs and resources.



Public Safety and Quality-of-Life Top 2020 Priorities officer and a fire protection engineer also address growth demands. The budget also includes operational costs and staffing for Fire Station 6 and Fire Station 7, scheduled to open in 2020.


Making investments to enhance commu-

nity safety and quality of life are key priorities for the fiscal year 2020 budget plan for the City of Georgetown. Budget specifics and the tax rate are being discussed and approved this month by the City Council. Georgetown’s population growth remains an important factor for the budget. This year Georgetown was ranked the seventh-fastest growing city in the U.S. with more than 50,000 residents by the U.S. Census Bureau. Georgetown has been one of the top 10 fastest-growing cities in the country each of the past five years. Maintaining quality of life and community safety while responding to population growth are core elements of the proposed 2020 budget. These themes are evident in the programs and projects proposed for 2020.

Public safety

Two patrol officers, one community engagement officer, two emergency communications operators, and one digital forensics investigator are proposed for the Police Department to respond to growth in the city. An additional code enforcement

New projects include the design of the third phase of the renovation of San Gabriel Park, an update to the Parks Master Plan to guide future parks development, plans for regional trail development, and upgrades to the Heritage Community Gardens near Annie Purl Elementary.

Transportation and mobility

Responding to a top priority for residents, mobility projects include widening Leander Road from Norwood Drive to Southwest Bypass, widening Southwestern Boulevard from Raintree Drive to SE Inner Loop, the next phase of sidewalk improvements, and continued funding for GoGeo transit. Construction on the Northwest Boulevard bridge over I-35 funded in 2019 will continue in 2020.

Electric utility

A new energy portfolio management contract, a new risk management policy, and a new general manager for the electric utility are all currently underway and included in the 2020 budget. New feeder and transformer improvements and other upgrades address growth in our service area.

Water utility

New major projects addressing our growing population include the expansion of the Lake Water Treatment Plant water intake, a Round Rock supply pump station and ground storage tank, the Stonewall Ranch pump station, and other line upgrades.

Photos by Rudy Ximenez, courtesy City of Georgetown Major wastewater projects include the next phase of the Berry Creek wastewater line, the San Gabriel wastewater line, and rehabilitation of the San Gabriel Wastewater Treatment Plant, and other lift station and line upgrades. Other new positions funded in the budget include a new director of community services to add focus to animal services, code enforcement, and emergency management; a director of communication and public engagement; staff for the Visitors Center, purchasing, and the Georgetown Public Library; and program managers for performance management, business improvement, and staff training. The 2020 budget includes a total of 15.5 new positions compared to 30 in the 2019 budget. No rate changes are proposed for water, wastewater, electric, or drainage utilities. A 75-cent increase in the monthly solid waste and recycling fee for residential customers

is proposed to reflect increased operational costs by Texas Disposal Systems. The proposed 2020 budget includes a property tax rate of 42 cents per $100 property valuation, which is the same rate as 2019. For an average home in Georgetown valued at $285,357, city taxes would increase by $30 from 2019. While the tax rate is the same as last year, the increase in valuation will increase the taxes paid for the average home. The budget public hearing and the first public hearing on the proposed tax rate was on Sept. 3. The second public hearing on the tax rate is Sept. 10. Adoption of the budget ordinances is set for Sept. 10 and Sept. 24. Fiscal year 2020 starts Oct. 1. Go to the City of Georgetown website at to see details about the proposed 2020 budget or to see the complete schedule for budget hearings and adoption.


Summer is coming to an end and I’m looking forward to cooler weather. We’ve had a long streak of hot days that stressed the livestock, and our pastures, as well. With little or no rain and a lot of heat, some plants become stressed and can be dangerous for cattle, goats and sheep. One problem cattle operators can face with dry conditions is prussic acid poisoning.  Prussic acid, or hydrogen cyanide, is found in certain plants like Johnsongrass, Milo, and other forage sorghums. Drought can concentrate prussic acid in the leaves; when fed as chop, or when cattle heavily graze an area, as is the case in high stocking density grazing operations, animals can become affected and die very quickly. The best bet for livestock producers is to reduce broadleaf weeds through herbicide application and stay away from sorghum green chop during these hot times.  Also, if you used 2,4-D Amine late in the spring to kill off problem weeds, any


remaining Johnsongrass will have high concentrations of prussic acid. Signs of prussic acid poisoning include staggering, labored breathing, foaming at the mouth, and laying down and thrashing around. Call a vet if you see these signs. High stocking density (HSD), or rotational grazing is a land management practice in which livestock herds are combined and moved through pastures in a rotational basis. This strategy allows most of the land to “rest” and not be grazed while a smaller percent of the management area is grazed more heavily. It is a good way to let the land replenish itself, especially during drought conditions.  There are multiple benefits to this approach, including increased trampling of the landscape to press organic material into

the soil; grazing of less desirable plants or areas of the landscape; and reducing parasite burdens to the livestock. The downside is that there is an initial period that requires more labor and monetary investment in fencing and water for the smaller paddocks. This strategy also requires diligent attention to the animals and the land to make sure the pasture is not grazed too closely.  The land should never be grazed to dirt, unless total defoliation is the objective. If defoliation is the objective, then parasite control and vaccination for preventable respiratory diseases need to be aggressively implemented and supplemental feeding must be made available. Drought can cause forages to produce

less vitamin A. Low vitamin A can lead to problems with calves like weakness and blindness, so be sure to give a vitamin A and D shot about 30 days before calving if your cows are near the end of their gestation. Another shot to calves at birth is also recommended. Surviving the Texas heat can be a challenge for both humans and livestock, but with a little extra caution, knowledge and planning, your herds can thrive here. After graduating from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Carlton served four years in the United States Army as a Veterinary Corps Officer. Stationed at Fort Hood, his patients included the Military Working Dogs of Air Force Security Forces, Army Military Police, Army Rangers, Special Forces, and the Marines. While serving as an Army veterinarian, he also was the vet for the horses of 1st Cavalry Division. He honed his clinical skill set working on these unique animal populations, and now 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 and Facebook Dr. Carlton will share news and views for your pets and animal friends as a regular writer for City Insider. Send your questions to



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