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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March

GTX Film

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


April

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.

May

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.

June

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.

July

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.

August

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.

October

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.

November

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.

December

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.


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Public schools cannot require students, teachers, parents and other staff members or visitors to wear masks after June 4, Gov. Greg Abbott declared in an executive order issued May 18. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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The foundation provides funding to partner agencies that positively impact Georgetown. (Fernanda Figueroa/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Effective June 26, unemployed Texans will no longer be eligible to receive the $300 weekly unemployment supplement from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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lack man who died in Williamson County Sheriff’s Office custody in 2019. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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