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About 40 Georgetown students in grades K-8 participated in Camp Invention June 19-23. As part of the district's After School Action Program (ASAP), kids enjoyed exciting activities that explore STEM applications. ASAP Program Coordinator Carey Thornell explains, "This camp is designed to expose the kids to basic science skills and encourage their curiosity in science and engineering at the earliest age. They learn creative problem solving, brainstorm together and use real tools found in their every day lives. We also have visiting inventors to share with the kids how their ideas can become reality." Mid-week, the 1st and 2nd graders learned about propulsion and physics with Carver science teacher Kendall Olmstead. They made their own small scale rockets with syringes, while the 7-8th grade group built bridges from toothpicks and gumdrops to determine which designs would hold the most weight. Groups of four built and applied weights; the boys team added 214 nuts at 3758 grams (just over 8lbs) before breaking. At last count, the girls' minimalist design was up to 230 nuts, which broke the weight basket before the bridge fell. They also take apart household machines and re-engineer them into other useful
things as well as create and design original inventions like Toy Box Entry Alarms. Another group was busy working on shields made from recyclable items to determine which materials and structure would keep them dry in a water balloon fight. "All of the activities have an element of competition and gaming to make it more motivating and exciting," Thornell says. "Some of the kids laugh at people who ask them why they are in summer school since it's 'not like school at all.'" In addition to science, the Duct Tape Billionaire group invented several new things using only duct tape and accessories. Once their creations were complete, they were given fake money and had to produce and market their products as well. Seniors Nik Schiaffo and Timothy Lillian agree, "The best part of camp is seeing the enthusiasm of the kids when they learn
Georgetown on the Silver Screen
Mayor Dale Ross and wife Mickie settled in at City Lights for an exclusive look, sponsored by Paramount Pictures, of "An Inconvenient Sequel". The full-length documentary is a follow up by the 2006 film about global warming that features Vice-president Al Gore's forecasts for
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film. "I am pleased with the exposure, not just in Texas but around the world," Ross says. "Georgetown is more than just a suburb of Austin. We are finding solutions for ourselves and leading the way."
something new but it is challenging to be everywhere at once and trying to explain concepts to an excited group." Another goal of the camp is to create a pathway and a means to gather kids who might be recruited for STEM and the Aerospace program once they reach high school. "We want to catch them in elementary school and hone those problem solving skills. As we grow up, we learn how things really work and how it's been done before so we lose a little of that creative purity along the way. This way the students are well prepared and interested ahead of time, so they can't wait to get to high school."
Photos: Clockwise from top: ASAP coordinator Carey Thornell and 8th grade mentor Reagan prepare • 1st grader Addison practices with her air-rocket • 7-8 grade bridge engineers John, David, Nathan and Eli add weights to their project
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Nearly 100 guests enjoyed famous Schwertner Ranch hospitality June 29 at a fundraiser for 368th District Judge Rick Kennon. Jim Schwertner (left) and Sheriff Robert Chody (right) introduced Judge Kennon, who is running for his second term in the March 2018 Republican Primary.
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The camp is also sponsored in part by the Georgetown Project, which provides need- and merit-based scholarships to those who can't afford the fees, and for those who receive As and Bs in science during the school year. "We don't want anyone to be discouraged or left out because of money," Thornell says.
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State of $avings. City Closings July 4
City of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. Facilities closed on Tuesday, July 4, include: • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive • Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. Walden Drive • City Hall, 113 E. 8th St. • Economic Development, 809 MLK Jr. St. • Library, 402 W. Eighth St. • Municipal Complex, 3001 Industrial Ave. • Municipal Court, 101 E. Seventh St. • Parks and Recreation Administration, 1101 N. College St. • Planning Department, 406 W. Eighth St. • Public Safety Ops and Training Ctr, Records and Support Services offices, 3500 D.B. Wood Road • Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave. • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive • Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh St.
On Tuesday, July 4, the outdoor pools at River Ridge, Village, and Williams Drive will be open 17 p.m. The outdoor splash pads at San Jose Park and downtown at Ninth and Main streets also will be operating on July 4. There will be regular solid waste and recycling collection for City of Georgetown customers on Tuesday, July 4. For questions about trash or
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You are invited to a day of free medical care on Saturday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Seton Medical Center Williamson, 201 Seton Parkway, Round Rock, TX. The Seton family will provide both children and adults with a free doctor’s appointment and connect families with community resources and follow-up care. All services are free and no insurance is needed. Services are provided on a first come, first served basis until 4pm. Services include medical care, prescription services, vision screening and glasses, urgent dental services, behavioral health screens, spiritual care, sports physicals and immunizations, connections to community services and skin cancer screening.
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St David's Receives Gold Plus Award
St. David’s Georgetown Hospital received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes a hospital’s commitment to—and success in— ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines. In addition to receiving the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, St. David’s Georgetown Hospital earned the Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll award. Each facility earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based care with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. “When a stroke occurs, every second matters, and this achievement demonstrates St. David’s HealthCare’s commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” David Huffstutler, president and chief executive officer of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “This recognition from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association further reinforces our team’s hard work and commitment to excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients.”
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Fireworks Safety Tips
City of Georgetown ordinances prohibit the use of fireworks in the City Limits of Georgetown OR within 5000 feet of the city limits, unless they are used in a permitted display authorized by the Georgetown Fire Department. Neither the possession nor the discharge of fireworks is legal within this city. Fines may result. To check an interactive county map with the fireworks free buffer zone area, visit GIS.wilco.org/ maps/?viewer=countymap and click “I want to…” and choose View Notifications. Officials believe the safest way to enjoy fireworks is by attending a professional fireworks display sponsored by various jurisdictions and organizations throughout the area. There is not a fireworks’ ban or burn ban in place for unincorporated areas of Williamson County; however, fireworks are not permitted in Williamson County parks. Consumer fireworks can be dangerous when used improperly, causing serious
burns and eye injuries. Always check with your local fire department/district for recommendations or suggested precautions; then, follow safety tips from the Office of Emergency Management: • Only buy from reliable fireworks sellers • Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place • Find a smooth, flat surface, away from the house or other buildings, dry leaves or grass • Be sure to have water handy in case of a malfunction or fire • ALWAYS have adult supervision. • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. • Always read and follow
label directions, warnings and instructions • Be considerate of your neighbors • Only ignite fireworks outdoors and away from houses and out buildings • Light only one firework at a time • Never try to re-light fireworks that have not fully functioned • Never give fireworks to small children, even sparklers cause serious burns • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks • Never throw fireworks at another person, vehicle or animal • Never carry fireworks in your pocket • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers • Dispose of spent fireworks properly For a full list of consumer fireworks safety tips, please visit www.FireworksSafety.org. For other emergency preparedness tips, follow OEM on Facebook at www.facebook.com/preparingwilco.
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St. David’s New Helipad, Completes Parking Expansion
Georgetown Fire Chief John Sullivan, St. David's CEO Hugh Brown, Commissioner Pct 3 Valerie Covey cut the ribbon backed up by STARFlight rescue helicopter. Courtesy St. David's Healthcare St. David’s Georgetown Hospital announced today the opening of a new helipad and the completion of its parking lot expansion, which includes 81 additional spaces. A new helipad will save time in transporting critical patients to and from St. David’s Georgetown Hospital. The additional parking spaces are necessary to meet the growth in volume of patients and employees. “We have patients from all over the state transported via air ambulance to
St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, and a new helipad will allow us to better serve critically ill or injured patients,” Hugh Brown, chief executive officer of St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, said. The helipad and additional parking are among the latest capital investments for St. David’s Georgetown Hospital. In February, the hospital completed renovations to the emergency department, which included five additional treatment spaces.
In November 2016, St. David’s Georgetown Hospital completed the construction of a new driveway and signs along I-35 to provide improved, more visible access to the hospital for emergency vehicles, patients and employees. St. David’s HealthCare continues to invest in capital improvements in Georgetown—one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S.—to meet the need for high quality healthcare close to home.
2016 Annual Report
An annual report for the City of Georgetown for the 2016 fiscal year is now available online and in print copies. The report, titled America’s Fastest Growing City, highlights projects, initiatives, and financial information for the 2015-16 fiscal year that started Oct 1, 2015, and ended Sept 30, 2016. The report highlights projects and initiatives related to the City’s growth, responding to growth, preserving what makes Georgetown special and preparing for the future. A financial section includes details on revenues, expenses, assets, assessed valuation, and taxes. The annual report is available online georgetown.org. The document was designed by Presley Design Studio and features photographs by Rudy Ximenez
and City staff. A limited number of free printed copies of the annual report are available at the Georgetown Public Library. Pick up a copy near the book drop in the lobby or at the Reference Desk on the second floor. The annual report provides a brief overview of the 2016 fiscal year with key financial information. The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which is a much longer report for the 2016 fiscal year, is available online at finance.georgetown.org. Click the green box for “Annual Budget/ Publications.”
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2017 Sheriff's Posse Rodeo
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Posse held its annual Rodeo June 23-24 and delighted guests with dozens of cowboy events and entertainers. Each year they host the Georgetown WCSP Rodeo with open riding events at the San Gabriel arena. This year they held mutton busting events for 20
kids. Friday and Saturday also included calf roping, the HEB Steer Saddling Challenge; contestants put a saddle on a wild steer and Attempted to ride. The winning team received a $150 prize. There is great history in the WCSP. The Posse was formed in 1943 to help out the Williamson County
Sheriff’s Department. During WWII, the WCSP members helped out the Williamson County Sheriff’s office as many of the men were off at war. As the years moved on and the WCSP was not needed as much to support the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department the direction of the Posse changed and they now facilitate community events year round. Save the date for next year’s rodeo, which is always held on the fourth weekend in June. Top: New Georgetown residents James Victorine (6), mutton busting champ, with dad Seth. • Leon the Clown and his fireworks car • Left: Rhylee (5) and her mom Amber Ramsey recover after the calf scramble.
City Parks Department awarded $200,000 trail grant
The City of Georgetown was awarded a $200,000 trail grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in early June. This grant will help fund a nearly halfmile concrete trail expansion from San Gabriel Park along the San Gabriel River to the Katy Crossing subdivision. The project will also include bridges, fencing, signage and a drinking fountain. Design of the trail will coincide with
Phase 2 of San Gabriel Park improvements, which is underway. Construction is expected to start in spring 2018. The grant is a part of a $3.46 million grant program to help enhance 22 motorized and non-motorized recreational trail-related projects throughout the state, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
1st Annual Georgetown VFW Post 8587 Cook Off Come Celebrate our nations Independence July 7-8, 2017 Categories: Grilled Cheese Jackpot Pinto Beans Chicken Ribs Brisket
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Georgetown receives 2017 National Main Street accreditation
The City of Georgetown’s Main Street Program has been designated as an accredited Main Street America program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its coordinating program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach. “Thanks to our incredibly dedicated board, volunteers and staff, we are pleased to have earned accreditation once again from the National Main
Street Center,” Downtown Development Manager Kim McAuliffe said. The Georgetown Main Street Program is a preservation-driven, economic development organization. In just the past 10 years, Georgetown has seen a total reinvestment of $53.5 million in private and public projects, which has resulted in a net gain of 40 businesses and 320 new jobs created in the community. “Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship, and support downtown housing is more important than ever. Across the county, Main Street America programs truly
strengthen the economic, social, and cultural fabric of their entire communities,” said Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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Latin habet tamen magni pretii
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We may not find Virgil on Facebook but Latin is still very much alive at Grace Academy school in Georgetown. Case in point, an end-of-year project by academy student Rebekah Schwab was recently featured in a national classical language blog, "Latin Alive!". Her analysis of Aeneas on the Bank of the River Styx by Pietro Testa expertly blended her knowledge and interpretation of the language, her reading of The Aenead and study of the classic artwork. The Advocate asked Rebekah to share with readers the importance of this standard of language many centuries later. What sparked your interest in the Latin language and Roman culture? It was a mandatory class starting in the third grade but I always enjoyed it, although it was difficult at times. I decided to continue with Latin beyond the mandatory years because of how much knowledge I already had in it, which would allow me to translate ancient works and see for myself what they meant, as opposed to trusting the work of other translators. It was the idea that I now knew a language thoroughly enough that I could translate works written thousands of years ago that enticed me. I didn’t come to appreciate Roman culture as much until I took AP Latin and realized just how much I had gained through the years of reading the ancients and their history. It is said that Latin helps us learn other languages and think logically. Do you agree? I would agree Latin is similar to many other romance languages. Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, and Romanian all spring directly from Latin. I have been able to pick up on the basics of Spanish without taking a class, and other languages have similar enough forms that it is often not too difficult for me to make an educated guess about a translation based on my knowledge of Latin. My parents saw in 5th grade or so that I was using logic skills to solve problems and no one was teaching us logic. We did some checking and eventually concluded, with my Latin teacher, that studying Latin was helping me learn logical problem solving. Studying Latin grammar for all these years has also helped me with my English grammar and writing skills, seeing how other writers from years past constructed sentences, etc. Do you enjoy the language? I do enjoy learning and translating the Latin language, but I wouldn't be able to carry on a conversation of great length with an Ancient Roman citizen without a Latin to English dictionary. The Latin vocabulary is quite extensive and even after this many years, I don’t know it all. That in itself helps me understand how five languages could originate from Latin.
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Your art analysis was very in-depth—do you have a love of art distinct from your Latin studies? I am not well gifted in the fine arts, so art has never been much of a favorite of mine. But in this project, I was able to combine everything I had been studying for years. I had background knowledge of the scene in the painting, as well as the original Latin text about which this art piece was painted. This really opened my eyes to hidden details of the painting that I would have missed if I hadn’t been introduced to all this prior knowledge. I found that analysis of great works of art is one of the ways I can enjoy art since I’m not particularly gifted in the creation of it. How and/or why might you encourage a friend or younger student to explore Latin studies? First, Latin is fascinating. Studying Latin the way we’re taught at Grace Academy opens the eyes of even a young child to history, Roman culture, and some of the roots of western civilization. That has to happen to understand what various Latin texts reference. It is this overall knowledge, combining the language with the culture, that I find the most fascinating about my studies in Latin. Secondly, studying Latin is truly a good basis for future linguistic studies. Now that I have taken Latin for so many years, I am well equipped to learn other languages as I would like to or need to. I’ve been given the tools to learn and to teach myself. Why is it still important for students, or people of any age, to learn the language, or understand the impact Latin has had in western civilization? A glance through western civilization’s history of architecture, government, philosophy, and the arts (at the very least) provides ample evidence that Roman society continued to influence new cultures long after its demise. As one tiny example, consider the Latin inscriptions on collegiate and federal government buildings in the United States. Though Rome fell, and historians are still arguing as to the exact cause, we can begin to understand the impact Rome had on our own country by a close study of their history, literature, philosophy, and government.
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"The Ugly" of the 85th Legislative Session
Over the last two articles, we looked at the good and the bad from the 85th Texas Legislative Session; first, how legislators from all sides came together to build a budget agreement, and then how a fight over differing political agendas brought the session to a stand-still that necessitated a special session this July. Now that I’ve given you the good and the bad, it’s time to face the ugly truths that set the stage for both. We have come to a place in our politics where persuasion isn’t even considered anymore, where cooperation is a dirty word, and where defeat of the opposition is the only option considered. One of the advantages of being a “freshman” legislator is that it enabled me to be just that, a fresh-man, one coming into this system from the outside, viewing it with fresh eyes, unaffected by its culture and history. No stranger to politics in the Department of Defense or on Capitol Hill, I saw the legislative process as one where you work with your colleagues, regardless of party or caucus affiliation, to craft good legislation for the people we represent. This meant taking good ideas where I found them, and trying to make them better, even if it meant pulling one good idea out of an otherwise bad bill. As the legislative session developed, I found it interesting that most other legislators shared that same overall goal and thought process individually, but the layers of distrust, division, and partisanship had made many lose sight of the possibility that we could work together to manifest a better vision for the future of Texas. There is a culture of fear
in the legislature; one that blinds legislator, constituent, and interest groups alike from being able to trust, communicate, and work with one another. An inability to effectively communicate makes everything worse, as it forces people to work off their own assumptions. When so much is on the line, and information is limited, human instinct kicks us into survival mode. When people operate in survival mode, as ridiculous as it may sound, everyone and everything is treated as either predator or prey, a threat to our existence or something to be exploited for our own ends. I saw this over and over again during the 85th session, with no example so clear as the debate surrounding the first budget vote in the House. I wrote two articles outlining my reasoning for voting for the original House Budget, over 1,500 words of detailed policy explanations and political strategy. I had some constituents express concern for how I voted, and I sat down and talked with every one of them. We always came to an understanding, with liberals, moderates, and conservative minded people alike seeing where I was coming from and finding my reasoning acceptable. However, with those who did not feel like they could communicate, or simply did not care to, my vote became a declaration of war. One prominent political activist group, in fund raising mode and needing to do some saber rattling, chose to send a form letter condemning everyone who voted for the House budget as a full supporter of the establishment, an enemy of the conservative cause. These attempts to rile up emotions in order to open the wallets of potential supporters speaks to the cynicism and lack of care for real discussion that pollutes our current system. No attempt was made to communicate or understand, no thought given to the possibility that there may be more to our votes than a binary question of food or foe. We were either acting as food for their enterprise, or we were a threat to it. With these kinds of
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Carter's Congressional Veteran Commendation Applications Available Congressman John R. Carter (R-TX-31) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Congressional Veteran Commendation (CVC) program. This program allows the distinguished veterans of District 31 the opportunity to be formally honored for their wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement. The CVC program is nomination-based, designed to recognize veterans within the 31st district of Texas and preserve their stories for future generations of America. “I encourage you to nominate a family member or friend that you see as a fine American and exceptional veteran so that our community can say thank you. The CVC program is a great way to honor the brave men and women across our community for their faithful service while protecting our Great Nation and continuing to lead in their communities here at home,” said Rep. Carter. “Central Texas has a proud tradition of serving in the armed forces and I have had the privilege of meeting many who deserve this honor and exemplify the American spirit.” Everyone is welcome to nominate a veteran, and you may nominate as many persons as you see fit for the award. To qualify, nominees must currently reside
in Texas’ 31st district, have served as active duty military personnel or have been reservists called to active duty, and be retired or honorably discharged from a branch of the United States Armed Forces. During the selection process, leadership and service to the community will be strong factors in consideration. The 2017 CVC honorees will be announced and recognized by Congressman John Carter at a special ceremony. Complete nomination packets and more information can be found online at https:// carter.house.gov/congressional-veteran-commendation-program/. The
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IN MEMORIAM Jerry Robert Hammerlun 1953-2017
Preserve Local Control, Fix Public School Funding The City of Georgetown is the fifth fastest growing city in the United States with a population over 50,000 and the 2nd safest city of our size in Texas. We are perennially ranked as one of the top places to retire in the country. Our citizens expect this trend to continue. As such, our ability to respond to challenges associated with growth, including funding public safety, improving mobility, administering predictable land use and annexation plans, and fostering thoughtful economic development, is paramount. Georgetown has a long-standing tradition of providing our citizens with high-levels of service, while ensuring the city remains affordable for those who choose to live here. In fact, a 2016 citizen survey showed that almost 80% of Georgetown residents believe the value of the city taxes paid is either good or excellent. You read that right. Eight in ten respondents said they received good value for their city taxes. Additionally, over 80% of residents feel the city provides services that are either good or excellent. This rating is higher than all other levels of government. The same survey showed that only 62% of Georgetown resident felt State services were either good or excellent. Several items on the Governor’s special session
call could severely limit Georgetown’s ability to provide core services to the level and manner in which our citizens have come to expect. These initiatives limit Georgetown’s ability to maintain our standards of safety, respond to increasing demands on our resources, and proactively encourage quality development. This focus on city property tax limits is a legislative sleight of hand. The real issue facing Texas is how the state funds public schools. Per the Texas Constitution, a “general diffusion of knowledge being essential to the preservation of the liberties and rights of the people, it shall be the duty of the Legislature of the State to establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools.” It is important to note that in Georgetown, city-related property taxes only account for 18% of the total property tax bill. Williamson County accounts for 21%. Any small savings realized by property tax caps will be overshadowed by school districts needing to increase their tax rates to cover for dwindling
resources for public education from the State. Had the originally proposed tax cap of 5% been in place in 2017, Georgetown voters would have saved $10 on their city-tax bill, but their school tax bill would have still increased $290. Since 2012, state funding of public education has decreased as a percentage of overall education funding. In 2012, the State accounted for 45.9% of total education funding. By 2019, state funding is projected to be just 37.9%. Further, G.I.S.D. continually budgets more dollars for recapture payments. In 2017, $3.5M was budgeted to go to the state due to the “Robin Hood” plan. That number is expected to increase over 170% to almost $9.5 million in 2018. If you like where you live and think we should educate our children, I would ask that you call your state representative and ask for two things. First, request their support for maintaining local control. Second, please encourage them to refocus their efforts on the state’s real challenge, school finance.
Former Georgetown City Council member Jerry Hammerlun passed away June 17. Jerry was elected to the Georgetown City Council in 2012. He also served on the boards of the Georgetown Education Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of Georgetown amongst many others. As an active member of the community he served on the Austin Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, was chair of Austin Adopt-a-school and Georgetown Partners in Education. Jerry loved his family, was a man of God, he was passionate about his career, and service to others and the community. He was born in Norfolk, Nebraska on September 14th, 1953 to Chester and Mavis Hammerlun. After graduating from Norfolk High School, he graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Architecture and the University of Nebraska College of Law. In 1975 he married his high school sweetheart Vickie Mullins Hammerlun. They were blessed with two children Peter Gregory and Lindsey Leigh. Mayor Dale Ross said, "[My wife] Mickie and I were so saddened to learn that one of Georgetown's best, Jerry Hammerlun, had passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with Vickie and the other members of the Hammerlun family at this most difficult time. Jerry's many significant contributions to his city, the school district and his church will never be forgotten." Mr. Hammerlun began his career in Omaha, Nebraska in 1978. Moving his family to Austin, Texas in 1985 he began working with O’Connell Robertson and
Associates. In 2001 he joined Huckabee and Associates as the President, CFO, and in-house counsel. In his career he took pride in providing students across Texas access to outstanding educational facilities. CEO Christopher Huckabee writes, "In 2009, Jerry passed the torch to a young leader at Huckabee and focused on a new role as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer. Jerry was recognized for his outstanding leadership in 2011 when he was named CFO of the Year by the Fort Worth Business Press. After nearly 40 years in the business, Jerry’s professional achievements are impressive, but for those who knew him or worked with him, he was so much more than a list of accomplishments." His best days were with his wife, their children, and their six grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling, watching sports, and most of all the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
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Jarrell's Business Boom
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provides ample evidence of the growth and new businesses that arrive in the city and surrounding area every day. Summer of 2017 includes opening the doors on long-awaited chain stores like Sun Fresh Market on Town Center Blvd and Tractor Supply Company just across the street. Additionally, Eagle Auto Parts and We-Rent-It opened earlier this year. Chamber President Bill Chapman says, "Businesses are coming where the people are and all of our new retail and service providers are driven by the growth in our residential rooftops. Jarrell ISD has had 13 percent growth year over year and those families are coming hand in hand with businesses that make a community thrive." Chapman says while the EDC is working and encouraging new business with incentives and infrastructure, the residents themselves are making businesses profitable, and making Jarrell a destination for jobs and services. Chapman is also the Jarrell ISD superintendent, and explains "Having new schools in 2007, 2010 and 2014, as well as renovations, has meant greater facilities, more jobs and all the services necessary to administer to the education needs of our kids." Part of a well-known Jarrell family and business, Jeff Stockton is also encouraged and excited about the prospects of so many jobs coming to the city. "We have places like Flasher Equipment, which has 40 employees and supports our community; that's the kind of business we like and look for. Eagle Auto Parts recently opened and had over a dozen jobs open. "If you want to work, there are companies here with a lot of jobs, especially given the fact that four people move to Jarrell every day. They need homes; those
homes need foundations, and windows and HVAC and a lot of other things. All those things are being done by companies right here in Jarrell. There are houses being sold, and so many opportunities for employment and promotion. We are just at the beginning of it!" The new Sun Fresh Market of Jarrell is a 25,000 square foot store with a complete assortment of grocery, fresh meat, fresh produce, specialty foods and health care items. Next door is the Twisted Sister salon, owned by Tammy Haire, an experienced entrepreneur who relocated her talents from Salado to Jarrell, having recognized the potential in the community. Haire, in turn, encouraged her friend Willie Dowell to re-open the Rider's location as Micah's Restaurant. Dowell and her son Jeremy are cooking up comfort food six days a week. Also in the culinary lane is Rodriguez Mexican restaurant, which operated out of a food truck for many years, but is making the leap to a brick and mortar, which means more jobs for residents. "We are getting some traction, like a snowball," Stockton says. "Now that we're moving, the momentum itself is growing. We can't stop it." Stockton credits good leadership and the people who had the vision to prepare for the growth ahead of time. "People like (Jarrell Town Center President) Troy Bradshaw who invested their own money in our infrastructure so we would have a community that was ready for the influx of new people rather than trying to catch up after the fact." These are just some of the recent changes, and more businesses open every month; find more information at JarrellCOC. com.
The Pool “Noodle” Not Just for Relaxing It is officially summer in Central Texas, and that means more time spent in the water. While you’re cooling off by the pool or in the lake, consider doing aquatic exercises to increase your metabolism, build muscle mass and improve joint health. At St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital, many of our patients benefit from the buoyant and resistive properties of water in our indoor therapy pool. One of the tools used most frequently for exercise in our pool is the “noodle.” These inexpensive flotation devices can be found almost anywhere during the summer season. Below are just a few of the many exercises you can do with the noodle at the pool. Try them out next time you find yourself in the water. Getting started: • Start in the deep end of the pool, where your feet will not hit the floor. • Keep your body vertical with your legs underneath you, rather than out in front of your body. • Straddle a large-diameter noodle between your legs, as if sitting on a horse. • Sit up “high in the saddle” – don’t slouch! • Engage your abdominal muscles by pulling your belly button in and up.
Keeping your legs straight and ankles flexed, “scissor” your legs as if cross-country skiing. Bring one leg to the front while the other goes slightly behind you. Remember to stay vertical. You can do any of the above exercises quickly,
slowly or at your own pace. In general, slower movements will be larger and will help you stretch your muscles. Quick movements will be smaller and will provide more resistance for strengthening of the muscles. Make sure not to go so fast that you end up sacrificing good form. When you feel comfortable enough, you can add arm movements to these exercises. This will increase your cardiovascular activity and offer a better overall workout. To do so, keep your arms straight and cup your hands for resistance as you make circles. You can also swing your arms at your sides or bring them horizontally out and in across the surface of the water.
Pedal your legs as if riding a bicycle. Begin slowly with large revolutions to stretch out your muscles. Gradually pedal faster once your muscles have warmed up.
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Keeping your legs straight and ankles flexed (toes pulled up toward you), bring your legs out to the side and then back together in the center. It’s like doing jumping jacks without using your arms. With these tips, you’ll enjoy the benefits of low-impact exercise and stay cool in the process. Enjoy the summer and your new water exercise regimen! Kay Taylor is a certified physical therapist and supervisor at St. David’s Rehabilitation in Sun City.
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JULY 8, 2pm & 7pm: The Historic Globe Theatre presents "101 Dalmatians" (1961) on the big screen as part of our 2017 Kids Summer Movie Series. When a litter of Dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella de Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement. Enjoy this Classic in a 1935 art deco single-screen theatre with friends and family. Kids ages 3-17 get in for $2. (Bring an Adult for $5). For the matinée, get popcorn, pretzels, cookies, candy, and kids drinks in the lobby. Or, at 7pm, enjoy "Cool Hand Luke". This Classic Paul Newman movie is a 1967 American prison drama featuring George Kennedy. Newman stars a prisoner in a Florida prison camp who refuses to submit to the system. At the evening show, Locals Neighborhood Grub food truck will serve Pulled Pork Tacos, Burgers, and Brisket Nachos 6-9pm just outside the theatre.
JULY 14, 8pm: Grab a blanket or some chairs and enjoy "The Jungle Book" in the great outdoors. Bring some snacks and enjoy family movies. Free to the public at San Gabriel park. Movies will be canceled if weather conditions are predicted to be too wet or unsafe. Cancellations will be decided by 2:00 p.m. on the date of the event, and notice will be posted on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Joe Austin, the head football coach at Southwestern University, announced today that he will be hosting a football clinic with a couples theme. The clinic will be held at The Georgetown Palace Theatre (810 S. Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626) at 7 PM on August 3rd and will be Austin’s third annual clinic. In 2015 and 2016 he held events geared toward female football fans. “The two Women’s Academy events were very well received and a blast for me and the attendees. A lot of participants told me how much fun they thought
it would be to do this with their husband, boyfriend, etcetera, so this year I’m going with their suggestion and hosting a Couples Clinic,” Coach Austin said. “What we have created is a fun and relaxed evening where the goal is to build knowledge and enjoyment of the game for fans. I think we’ve been successful in doing that the last two years. It’s all the Xs and Os without the macho. The crowd is always very interactive. This will make for a great summer date night.” The 2015 and 2016 events received excellent
reviews from fans and media alike. Reserved seat tickets are $25 for a single ticket and $40 for a couple. Tickets are available now through The Georgetown Palace Theatre website (www. georgetownpalace.com) and will also be available at the door the night of the event. Doors open at 6 PM. In 2016 Austin’s team at Southwestern posted an undefeated conference record in route to claiming the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. Austin was tabbed as the conference’s Coach of the Year for his efforts.
JULY 15, 9am: Being the church extends beyond weekly gatherings in a building. Serve Day '17 is a great opportunity to show the love of Christ in tangible ways to our surrounding communities. Contact email: serve@celebration. church. 512-763-3000. Westinghouse Campus, 601 Westinghouse Rd
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Is it weird to use The Inferno for a summer vacation column? Was trying to find something as profound as the feeling of not thinking about work for ten whole days in a row. Dante fits the bill, one, when you go to Hawaii; two, you leave the inferno of Texas in June, and three, go away long enough to forget all your passwords. That was awesome. It was a oncein-a-decade kind of trip, but totally worth it. Still, I wouldn't be Advocatie if I didn't find things to make fun of. First off, why did I get ugly and grouchy and totally freak out starting 48 hours before? Cleaned my house as if there was going to be a royal visit of some kind while I was gone. Cut the lawn in the dark because I was busy doing three weeks of work in the final four days and didn't want to read the HOA nastygram about my tall grass the minute I got back. Blighters. Debated much too long on what temperature to leave the thermostat so I turned it off. Big mistake. My living room was 92 degrees when I got home and it took nearly 24 hours to cool off. When visiting our 50th state, plan to bring a bucket; not for sand but for the cash you will need at the grocery store. Yesterday at Walmart I paid $1.88 for Progresso beef barley. Last week at the North Shore FoodLand, it was $7.99. So
much for saving by eating in the room. No surprise there are many homeless in Hawaii, and considering it cost me two paychecks to fly there, it's not like unfortunate folks can go somewhere else to find work. And can someone explain to me why a shrimp meal—at a shrimp restaurant that is, literally, six feet from the shrimp pond where I could actually see the shrimp farmer harvesting the shrimps in real time for the shrimp plate— should cost $16? I could understand the production costs if I ordered a Louisiana catfish or Maine lobster, but, wow. I also have to give it to President Trump for finally telling the world how bad some of our U.S. airports are. Having been outside the country a few times, I have often been impressed with the mall-like quality and appearance of our global counterparts. And while there are many clean, lovely and downright homey hubs here at home, I am now embarrassed that so much of the world comes to America through LAX. For the airport that feeds Hollywood and some of our most famous, glamorous people, that place was unbelievably rude, inconvenient and dirty. Skip it if you can. Movie stars are not running from the paparazzi, they are avoiding listeria.
The most memorable thing, other than the $25 tab at Burger King (no kidding) was the bouncy young woman who was live streaming in Arabic and mugging at her cell phone; proving millennials of all nations love shortshorts, tongue rings and their Instagram followers. On the plus side, I will make fun of myself. While vacation in 1977 was board games, sand castles, Archie comics and fighting with my siblings, vacation in 2017 was binge-streaming Hulu TV in the sand, pausing briefly only to take a quick phone photo of the sand crab cleaning out his little home next to my chair and illustrating my attitude about having to go home. So I guess I can't complain too much about progress. Yes, I know I was lying on one of the world's most beautiful beaches, but I had pretty much taken in the scenery by day 8 and half a season of "The Man in the High Castle" with waves lapping my feet was pretty awesome. Lord knows I have developed technology-ADD in the last decade and was really glad to have such an effective distraction while my back was burning. Oh yeah, I'm still an idiot who thinks an hour without sunscreen at 20 degrees north of the equator is not dangerous. Excuse me while I go dip my back scratcher in aloe.
ASK THE JUDGE is no evidence to support the jury’s finding or if an issue is contrary to a finding established as a matter of law. In a criminal case, the rules do not provide the same authority, but rather allow the judge to grant a new trial based on insufficient evidence to sustain the conviction upon motion of the defendant. Do you ever watch judge shows on TV? Are those judges actually good? I haven’t watched any “legal” shows in years. When Court TV began on cable TV in the 1990s I would watch it for hours. Those were real cases, they were interesting. The “judges” on TV seem to say things they think viewers want to hear and have little to do with the law.
Can a judge be called for jury duty? Absolutely! Judges are not excluded from jury service under that law; however, the odds of being selected are quite slim. Most litigants do not want a judge on their jury. In all likelihood, if selected, the other jurors would look to the judge as a leader who would have influence on the outcome. If the litigants wanted a judge to determine the outcome, they would not have elected to have a jury trial to begin with. Is there anything a Judge can or should do if he or she feels like the jury made the wrong decision? It is important to remember that trials to a jury verdict are a cornerstone of our judicial system. When parties to litigation elect to have a jury serve as the ultimate finders of fact, their verdict should not be disturbed unless provided for by the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure and Texas Rules of Criminal Procedure. If the jury’s verdict is contrary to the evidence in a civil case, the civil rules allow the judge can grant a judgment notwithstanding the verdict (commonly referred to as a JNOV) upon a written motion of the moving party. The JNOV effectively changes the outcome in favor of the moving party. The judge should grant a motion for JNOV if there
If it's truly an accident, is it unjust to send someone to prison for it? I think the word accident can mean different things to different people. The question would be whether or not something is truly accidental or whether the outcome is a result of an intentional, knowing or reckless act. Under the law, for conduct to be criminal, an action must be either intentional, done with knowledge that a particular outcome could result, or with recklessness. These culpable mental states are elements that must be proven at trial before guilt can be established and a prison sentence assessed. Many offenses require an intentional act while others establish a lower threshold of knowing or reckless. Remember, the burden is on the prosecution to establish the defendant’s mental state beyond a reasonable doubt. If the judge or jury finds that the mental state is proven and the offense is punishable by confinement in prison, a prison sentence is within the discretion of the fact-finder, the judge or the jury. The Honorable Judge Donna King was appointed and later elected to serve in Texas' 26th District Court. Send your "Ask the Judge" questions to email@example.com
Is it just an urban myth that officers touch the car or the trunk to leave fingerprints in case something happens? No, it is not an urban myth. Officers used to do it to leave fingerprints (before departments began video recording everything) and to make sure the trunk was closed so no one could easily surprise or ambush an officer. Some officers, especially those who started before video cameras, still do it. Is there any good answer to "Do you know why I pulled you over?" Yes, a good answer is “Don’t YOU know why you pulled me over????” I’m being a little facetious but I hate when officers
ask that. This is a horrible, confrontational way to start a traffic stop and actually violates the way we are trained. The proper way is to approach and greet the driver, identify yourself and your agency, and tell the driver why he or she was stopped. For example, “Good morning, I am Officer Tchida with the Georgetown Police Department. The reason you are being stopped today is because of your speed. You were going 40 mph in a 30 mph zone. Is there any reason for your speed today?” I see flashing lights in my rear view but it's a dark empty road or there is no safe place to pull over. How do I let you know I'm complying but not immediately? Turn on the flashers, slow down, and point to where you are headed. If need be, let 911 know where you are and what you are doing so they can notify the officer behind you. Make sure you pull over at the first available opportunity. We recognize this might happen but if you do nothing,
it adds some tension to the stop because we can never be certain of your intent until after the fact. Have you ever come across something spooky or weird in your duties that you just couldn't explain? Yes, we had to clear a house in old town one night. A neighbor called in and said they saw someone walking around the upstairs of the residence through the windows. The homeowner had died the week before. I am not overly superstitious but while we were walking around that house, I kept getting the feeling that we were not alone. Do you have any funny stories about things kids say from the back seat? Yes, but none that I can repeat in polite company!! Cory Tchida is the Assistant Chief of the Georgetown Police Department. Send your questions for the Chief to firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVVY SENIOR How to Hire a Home Helper
Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to hire a personal assistant/home helper for my mom to assist with some simple household chores like house keeping, errand running, driving her to the doctor, and keeping her company. But mom doesn’t require personal/ physical caregiving nor does she require any home medical care. Any tips to help us find someone? Looking for Mom Dear Looking, Getting your mom some help at home to handle some of her household chores can make a big difference keeping her independent longer. Here’s what you should know, along with some tips to help you find someone reliable for your mom.
For seniors who could use some help at home – but don’t need a caregiving aide for personal care – there are a bevy of personal assistance/home helpers out there that can help make life a little easier. Most home helpers can assist with any number of things like shopping, running errands, transportation, light house keeping, laundry, meal preparation, arranging services (home maintenance, lawn care, etc.) and other household chores, along with providing companionship and support. And, if your mom gets to the point she needs personal/physical care like bathing or dressing, they can usually help with this too.
Most home helpers are part time workers who work a few hours a day or a few days per week. You also need to know that while Medicare does cover home health care services if a doctor orders it, they do not cover home helper/personal assistant services. There are two ways in which you can go about hiring someone for your mom; either through a home care agency, or you can hire someone directly on your own.
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Hiring a home helper through a non-medical home care, or non-medical companion care agency is the easiest, but most expensive option of the two. Costs run anywhere from $12 up to $30 an hour depending on where you live and the qualification of the assistant/aide. How it works is you pay the company, and they handle everything including assigning appropriately trained and pre-screened staff to care for your mom, and finding a fill-in on days her helper cannot come. Some of the drawbacks, however, are that you may not have much input into the selection of the aide, and the helpers may change or alternate, which can cause a disruption. To find a home care
agency in your area, Google “non-medical home care” followed by the city and state your mom lives in, or you can use Medicare’s home health agencies search tool Medicare.gov/ hhcompare. Most home health agencies offer some form of non-medical home care services too. You can also check your local yellow pages under “home healthcare services.”
Hiring a personal assistant/home helper on your own is the other option, and it’s less expensive. Costs typically range between $10 and $20 per hour. Hiring directly also gives you more control over who you hire so you can choose someone who you feel is right for your mom. But, be aware that if you do hire someone on your own, you become the employer so there’s no agency support to fall back on if a problem occurs or if the assistant doesn’t show up. You’re also responsible for paying payroll taxes and any worker-related injuries that may happen. If you choose this option make sure you check the person’s references thoroughly, and do a criminal background check. To find someone, ask for referrals through friends or check online job boards like CraigsList.org, or try Care.com, CareLinx.com, CareFamily.com or CareSpotter.com. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.
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Texas has a heart the size of the state but he thinks he's a lap dog. Texas lights up when his person is around. He wags his tail so fast that he does a wiggle dance of happiness. Texas knows lots of commands already, and he's a gentle guy. He enjoys going for a walk or for a ride in your car, maybe to a park where he can cool his feet off in a nice pool of water. Texas' likes: car rides, treats, squeaky toys, wading in the water, being a big love bug and living in a calm, low activity home. Texas has an Adoption Angel - so his adoption is paid for!
Taking the Best Care of Your Best Friend!
Small Animal Medicine • Vaccinations Wellness Exams • Dentistry • Surgery Spay/Neuter • Grooming & Boarding Microchipping • Hills Science Diet Heartworm/Tick & Flea Prevention
Emergency Services • House Calls
(254) 947-8800 www.saladovet.com 16231 FM 2115 Salado, TX 76571 (I-35 Exit 282 )
New Hope Baptist ChurcH
“The Barn Church” Pastor Kevin Ross
Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sat 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Sun. 4-5 pm pickup only
Sunday Services Sunday School: 9:45 am | Worship: 11am Sunday Evening Service: 6 pm Adult Service & Youth Service (7th -12th grade)
Wednesday Services: 7 pm Adult Bible Study RA & GA(Boys & Girls 1st - 6th grades) Youth Group (7th -12th grade)
1700 CR 305 | Jarrell, TX | (512) 746-2828
FIRST NATIONAL BANK of Fort Stockton formerly Community Bank of Jarrell
READY TO MEET ALL YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS TOMMY GONZALEZ, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
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CALL TODAY! 512-746-5135
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We can help with supplies for & questions about your next project!
MOBILE HOME SUPPLIES Specializing in Interior & Exterior Mobile Home Supplies & Products
Offer Expires 08/31/17
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1913 Eagles Way • Leander, TX Mon, Tues, Thurs 12 pm - 5 pm Wed & Fri 10 am - 5 pm Saturdays By Appointment
(in the heart of Leander, off Bagdad)
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Xtreme Performance and Automotive Center
Let us cater your next event! 254.527.3929
9447 Lark Trail • Salado 254-773-8007 Facebook.com/XtremePerformAC Tires Aftermarket Accessories AC Repair All Maintenance Work Transmissions Differential Repair/ Engine Upgrades
Good Homestyle Cooking!
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Looking for the area’s BEST dermatologists? “Best experience I've ever had in a doctor's office. (At 80 year’s old I've had quite a few.) I've referred a friend to Dr. Johnson, and she has an appointment next week.” – Darrylin C
formerly Dermatology Associates
They’re right in your neighborhood GENERAL DERMATOLOGY | MOHS SURGERY | COSMETIC DERMATOLOGY | AESTHETIC SERVICES
NOTICE A SPOT OR CHANGE IN YOUR SKIN? IF YOU NOTICE THESE SIGNS – SCHEDULE A SKIN CHECK
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! The AAD recommends annual Skin Cancer Screenings by a Board Certified Dermatologist to help detect skin cancer early.
Sores that don’t heal New growths on the skin Spots that are changing, itching or bleeding
Weilan Johnson, MD, FAAD Schedule your annual skin check. Board Certiﬁed Dermatologist Georgetown | (512) 615-1450 Skin Cancer Treatment Medical Dermatology
101 W. Cooperative Way, Suite #110 Georgetown, TX 78626
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Biergarten Season IS HERE!
Live Music Under the Stars! Fridays & Saturdays!
Karaoke Thursday Evenings!
*Music schedule available online at www.Dales-Essenhaus.com N Exit 268 Walburg
Reserve our Banquet Hall for your Reunion or Wedding Ask about special pricing on our Outdoor Party Garden
Great for any event!
Check Out Dale’s Specials!
Dates still available! Seats up to 300!
4 miles FM 972
Mon -Thurs: 11 am-9 pm Fri & Sat: 7:30am-10pm KEEP YOUR CAR CLEAN DURING THE ROAD CONSTRUCTION!
Tuesdays - Homemade Meatloaf Wednesdays - Chicken & Dumplings Thursdays - BBQ • Fridays - Catfish Country-Style Breakfast Saturdays 7:30 - 3
• Take 195 Exit to 35N Access Road • Turn right on CR 150 (first road on the right) • Follow CR 150 until it ends at FM 972 •Turn Right
3900 FM 972 • Walburg • 512.819.9175 • Dales-Essenhaus.com SHOPPING & DINING
MANO’S MEXICAN FOOD
Family Food Mart
205 Sonterra Blvd. • Jarrell Next to Mexicano Grille & Bar
Mon-Thurs: 6 am - 11 pm Fri-Sat: 6 am - Midnight Sun: 7 am - 11 pm
103 N Patterson Florence
700 S. AUSTIN AVENUE • GEORGETOWN
20 YEARS OF SERVICE TO FLORENCE & SURROUNDING COMMUNITY
We have the lowest prices in town!
WAYNE E. CAVALIER Attorney at Law
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HEALTH & MEDICAL
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(512) 746-2918 212 N. 5th Street · Jarrell IH-35 - Exit 275
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Complete Auto Service
607 Leander Rd. • Georgetown 512-869-6993 Over 20 years of Quality Service Monday - Friday 7:30am - 6pm
Office Hours by Appointment 235 S. Dalton • Bartlett, TX (254) 527-3993 www.drjamiesueferguson.com
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900 N. Austin Ave. Suite 113
Smith Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.
(512) 746-5641 (512) 869-1032 St License # TACLA4518C
Residential • Commercial TACLA 006424C
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Your Business Here
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Live Music! SEVEN DAYS A WEEK!
Sunday – Thursday 6 pm – 8 pm Friday and Saturday 7 pm – 10 pm
Visit www.GumbosNorth.com for the latest line-up! HAPPY HOUR
Monday – Friday: 2 pm - 7 pm Wine, Cocktail & Appetizer Specials!
1/2 PRICE BOTTLES OF WINE
All Day Mondays and Wednesdays
$5 Martinis all day
11 am -3 pm Downtown & East Side Call 512-943-4214 or 512-217-0368
Happy Hour ALL DAY & NIGHT
SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS
Brunch Served 11 am – 3 pm
701 S. Main St. • Georgetown • 512.943.4214 • www.GumbosNorth.com
BUY ONE LUNCH ENTREE, GET ONE 1/2 PRICE (Excludes Tenderloin)
Valid Sunday-Thursday 11 am - 3 pm Not valid on holidays, brunch, or with any other offer.
KIDS 10 & UNDER EAT FREE With the purchase of an adult entree (1 per adult - Excludes Tenderloin)
Valid Sunday-Thursday Not valid on holidays, brunch, or with any other offer.
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In Loving Memory of
JOHN G. WARDEN A great friend to all!
Born: May 14, 1955 ▪ Raised to Eternal Life: June 28, 2014
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
“...he had a passion to share his love for his Lord and Savior to anyone who would listen, and lovingly prayed for those who wouldn’t.”