Judge seeks more state troopers after Austin council opts to reduce police funding and more Williamson County news

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell requested additional state troopers following Austin City Council decision to reduce police funding. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell requested additional state troopers following Austin City Council decision to reduce police funding. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell requested additional state troopers following Austin City Council decision to reduce police funding. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Williamson County judge requests additional state troopers following Austin City Council decision to reduce police funding

About 55,385 city of Austin residents also live in Williamson County, County Judge Bill Gravell said. Because of that, he said he is concerned for their safety after Austin City Council voted Aug. 13 to reduce the police budget by $150 million and reinvest some funds into community programs as well as reassigning some typical police functions to separate departments.

Here are the candidates running in Williamson County elections in November

With 76 days until the November election, here is who you can expect to be on the ballot for Williamson County positions.


Williamson County adds 2 beds to area mental health facility in FY 2020-21 budget

The Williamson County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to add the cost for two additional beds at Bluebonnet Trails Community Services during its Aug. 11 budget meeting.

Bluebonnet Trails is a mental health facility that provides services to adults and children with serious mental illness, emotional disorders, chemical dependency and more.

Gatherings of more than 10 allowed in Williamson County beginning Aug. 13

Beginning Aug. 13, Williamson County will allow gatherings of more than 10 people in outdoor spaces so long as masks are still worn and social distancing measures are in place.

Ali Linan and Christopher Neely contributed to this report.


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New mosquito trap tests positive for West Nile virus in Cedar Park

Seventeen mosquito trap samples have tested positive for the West Nile virus in Williamson County this year. This is the most samples reported in a year for the county since its testing program began in 2012.

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October home sales increased 22% in Cedar Park, 50% in Leander

In Leander, October home sales increased 50% from 2019, with 153 closed sales.

The Commissioners Court approved funding for the program Nov. 24. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County funds COVID-19 convalescent plasma program

Some 252 Williamson County patients have received the therapy of the 1,300 total patients.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for the state Nov. 23 for a vaccine he said could be available as soon as December. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

The vaccine could start being distributed "as early as next month," according to a Nov. 23 news release.

As of Nov. 23, there are 63 patients hospitalized, 23 in intensive care units and 12 on a ventilator. (Community Impact staff)
376 new cases, 2 additional deaths reported in Williamson County from Nov. 20-23

As of Nov. 23, there are 63 patients hospitalized, 23 in intensive care units and 12 on a ventilator.

P. Terry’s Burger Stand is expected to open its long-awaited Pflugerville location this January. (Courtesy P. Terry's Burger Stand)
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Williamson County reports 203 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death Nov. 20

Williamson County reported 203 new cases of the coronavirus and one death Nov. 20.

Festival attendees will have access to augmented reality artworks throughout the galleria. (Courtesy Bee Cave Arts Foundation)
Inaugural interactive light festival coming soon to Bee Cave and more Central Texas updates

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The Round Rock Express play at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock. (Courtesy city of Round Rock)
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Schools now have the power to temporarily suspend on-campus instruction if “a significant number of the instructional staff at the campus is impacted due to a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak." (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Education Agency authorizes schools to close doors for 14 days due to coronavirus-related staffing concerns

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Kalahari Resorts & Conventions ended its grand opening event with a fireworks display Nov. 14. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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There are 15 graves in the cemetery, including that of Mary Ann Manlove Fisk, Greenleaf Fisk’s first wife. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Residents protect graves of first Williamson County judge and his family

Mariann Laughlin has worked the last 16 years to preserve her family’s cemetery, the nearby Fisk family cabin and the stories of her ancestors.