2019 roundup: All 13 Georgetown feature stories from the year

Stefan Sanders leads the Central Texas Philharmonic for its inaugural performance Sept. 8. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Stefan Sanders leads the Central Texas Philharmonic for its inaugural performance Sept. 8. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Stefan Sanders leads the Central Texas Philharmonic for its inaugural performance Sept. 8. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Whether it's people, nonprofit organizations or new businesses, here is a look at our 2019 feature stories.

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GTX Film

For Cindy Weigand, starting Georgetown’s first film festival was not easy but something she said she knew she had to do.


Red Poppy Festival

An art display featuring blown glass red poppies will call the Square its new home as part of the celebration of the Red Poppy Festival’s 20th year.


Fatih in Action

With the growing need for more door-to-door transportation for Georgetown residents in their senior years, staff and board members at the nonprofit Faith in Action spent much of 2018 taking close looks at ways to improve the organization, which provides volunteer service that gives clients rides to medical appointments, shopping trips and other excursions.


Q&A: Williamson County and mental health care priorities

As of 2019, Williamson County has put $500,000 toward inpatient beds at the Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute, which provides emergency services for people experiencing mental health crises.


Q&A: The Williamson County judge reflects on first six months in office

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell took office Jan. 1. In the time since, he said he has prioritized improved communication between the county and constituents as well as preparation for future growth.


St. David’s Georgetown Hospital

Forty years ago, Georgetown’s only hospital was established by a group of local doctors who saw a need in the community. Today, medical professionals at St. David’s Georgetown Hospital said they work to balance a high level of care while maintaining a sense of community.


Barrels and Amps

It was a right-place-at-the-right-time scenario for Mark Thompson, the owner of 600 Degrees Pizza, and couple Dina and Karl Meixsell when they decided to open Barrels & Amps, a whiskey bar located in the heart of Georgetown.

Central Texas Philharmonic

Nationally recognized conductor Stefan Sanders led the Central Texas Philharmonic through the works of Jacques Offenbach, Igor Stravinsky and Ludwig van Beethoven as part of the Central Texas Philharmonic’s inaugural concert Sept. 8.


Daniel Bethapudi, general manager of Georgetown electric utility

Daniel Bethapudi began his role as the general manager for the electric utility for the city of Georgetown on Oct. 7. He oversees the 75 employees and annual $77.4 million operating budget for the utility, which serves nearly 27,000 customers, according to the city.

Field of Honor

An anticipated 2,000 flags will fly in Georgetown’s San Gabriel Park for the third annual Field of Honor event beginning Nov. 9.


Lamppost Coffee

Brian Burns wandered into a coffee shop in downtown Round Rock when he was 13 years old. By the time he left, he had made up his mind to someday open his own cafe.

Davide Kellerman

Eight pairs of boots and five months later, David Kellerman, a Georgetown businessman, did what few have been able to accomplish: He completed a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail and raised money for veterans along the way.

League of Women Voters

One hundred years after its formation, the Texas League of Women Voters organization is returning to its Georgetown roots.
By Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


Some Georgetown facilities are open now, while others will open June 15 or later. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
LIST: What Georgetown facilities are open now, when the rest will open

A drive-in celebration is being planned for the 4th of July, where guests would watch entertainment from their cars similar to a drive-in movie theater.

Utility billing late fees, including water, electric, sanitation, stormwater and wastewater, have been temporarily waived. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Georgetown utility bill late fees waived through June; disaster declaration to continue

City Council agreed to maintain the disaster declaration despite Williamson County ending the countywide declaration May 19.

About 50 hospitals and more than 800 patient care sites fall under the Baylor Scott & White umbrella, including this hospital in Frisco. (Courtesy Baylor Scott & White)
Baylor Scott & White Health to lay off 1,200 after reporting 'drastic drop' in visits

The layoffs represent 3% of the health system’s workforce.

Starting May 19, water parks will be able to open up to 25% capacity. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Abbott issues proclamation allowing water parks to open

Starting Friday, May 29, water parks will be allowed to open but must limit guests to 25% of their normal operating capacity.

The flute section of the Rouse High School marching band from Leander performs in this 2017 file photo. (Courtesy Leander ISD)
Texas schools may begin hosting sports workouts, band practices June 8

The University Interscholastic League released guidelines for allowing sports workouts and marching bands to practice.

Williamson County Commissioners Court approved two grant programs for specialty courts during a special meeting May 26. (Screenshot courtesy Williamson County)
Williamson County Court at Law 2 seeks grant funding for veterans and DWI/drug treatment specialty courts

The Williamson County Commissioners Court approved the grant applications during a special meeting May 26.

Here is a noncomprehensive timeline of coronavirus-related events in Georgetown March 3-May 26. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
UPDATED: See a Georgetown-specific timeline of coronavirus events March 3-May 26

Here is a noncomprehensive timeline of coronavirus-related events in Georgetown.

Georgetown's Southwest Bypass officially opened May 26. (Courtesy Williamson County and city of Georgetown)
Georgetown's Southwest Bypass officially opens

The new roadway connects Hwy. 29 to RM 2243 to the southbound access road of I-35 at SE Inner Loop.

The Goodwater Trail around Lake Georgetown is one of two Texas trails with an International Mountain Bicycling Association Epic designation. This distinction means a trail is considered technically demanding, physically challenging and set within a landscape that is beautiful to behold. (Courtesy Paul Littlefield/Georgetown Cyclewerx)
Slaying ‘The Dragon': Goodwater Trail at Lake Georgetown draws adventure-seeking cyclists

The trail is one of only two in Texas with an International Mountain Bicycling Association Epic designation.

Members of the Dawoodi Bohra community have sewn more than 100 masks for essential workers and have donated them to The Mask Brigade of Williamson County. (Courtesy Mubaraka Malbari)
Austin Islamic community Dawoodi Bohra provides financial assistance, face masks during pandemic

The Dawoodi Bohra community of Austin has worked to provide financial assistance and offered support to first responders and essential personnel during the health crisis.