Williamson County began issuing same-sex marriage licenses June 29  after initially holding off from doing so June 26.

The county clerk’s office issued 21 marriage licenses by the end of the day, including four for same-sex couples, according to the county Public Affairs Manager Connie Watson.

While some Texas counties began issuing same-sex marriage licenses immediately following the 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which made same-sex marriage legal throughout the county, the Williamson County Clerk Nancy Rister waited to receive legal advice on how to proceed, according a statement from Williamson County Attorney Dee Hobbs.

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Former professional tennis player Andy Roddick plays games with children from Pecan Springs Elementary School on June 29. The Andy Roddick Foundation began the Summer Learning Program in 2014 to keep students learning during the summer months.

Former professional tennis player Andy Roddick plays games with children from Pecan Springs Elementary School on June 29. The Andy Roddick Foundation began the Summer Learning Program in 2014 to keep students learning during the summer months.

In one year, a summer program for Pecan Springs Elementary School students has grown from five weeks to six, from 70 students to 88 and from 81 volunteers to 88.

The Summer Learning Program, funded by the Andy Roddick Foundation, gives Pecan Springs students the opportunity to continue learning during the summer, while school is out. The program launched its second year on June 18.

Former professional tennis player Andy Roddick visited the campus on June 29, playing games with the children on a hot summer day.

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Collin College Board of Trustees founding member and local restaurateur Tino Trujillo passed away last week while visiting family in Mexico, according to a statement released by the college on June 25. He was 82.

Fortino “Tino” Trujillo was elected to Place 7 on the college’s first board of trustees in 1985. He won five elections for 6-year terms before retiring last year after nearly 30 years of service as treasurer, secretary and vice chair.

Trujillo was born in Villa Victoria, Mexico and attended the University of Mexico City, where he majored in economics and worked as a federal tax collector, industry inspector and economist for the government of Mexico before immigrating to the United States in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army and eventually became a partner at his first restaurant in Glendale, California. After moving to Texas, he opened Tino’s Restaurant and Cantina in 1976, when the population of Plano was just 43,000.

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Pflugerville officials are asking for feedback by July 28 on a plan to fund improvements to parks, sidewalks and recreational programs.

The funds are available through the Community Development Block Grant program, which provides annual grants to qualifying communities for improving housing and economic opportunities for low and moderate-income residents.

At a June 23 council meeting, Pflugerville city staff recommended several ways to utilize the grant, including $40,000 for accessibility improvements at the Pflugerville Recreation Center, $75,000 for a pavilion at Windermere Park, $20,000 for a sidewalk extension along Foothill Farms near the Travis County Health and Human Services building and $15,000 for youth recreation program scholarships.

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Residents of the Village of Creekside Park have rallied to oppose the impending construction of a Walmart store planned near the village. The proposed Augusta Woods Village development, which includes Walmart and multi-family housing, is located 100 feet south of The Woodlands boundaries, in unincorporated Spring.

At a June 18 Woodlands Township Board of Director’s meeting, the Coalition Against Walmart, which is comprised of a group of Creekside Park residents, solicited the assistance of the township in a quest to stop construction of the 186,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenter. The store is planned to be located at Kuykendahl Road and Augusta Pines Drive, just south of Timber Creek Elementary school.

Michael O’Neal, director of information for the coalition, said his children will attend Timber Creek Elementary. O’Neal asked the board to consider his concerns regarding the proposed construction.

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