Beyond the coronavirus pandemic, Williamson County readers this year were also interested in “Live PD,” the racial justice movement and the 2020 election. Read on for the 10 most-read Williamson County stories of 2020.
1. Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody petitions to keep his sworn testimony sealed in ‘Live PD’ contract case
Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody filed a motion Sept. 30 to keep sworn testimony sealed from the public in a legal battle between the sheriff and county commissioners over a “Live PD” contracting dispute.
2. Williamson County commissioners hire law firm to address ‘Live PD’ controversy; move could mean future legal action
Williamson County Commissioners Court voted May 5 to hire an attorney to handle “Live PD” matters after the show continued to film Williamson County Sheriff's Office activity without a legal contract.
3. Williamson County commissioners to issue cease and desist against Big Fish Entertainment, Sheriff Robert Chody after continued ‘Live PD’ filming post contract termination
The Williamson County Commissioners Court voted 4-0 to send a cease-and-desist letter to all “Live PD” affiliates after Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody ignored their decision to terminate the county’s affiliation with the show.
4. November 2020 election: Here are the candidates on the ballot in Williamson County
The November 2020 ballot was longer than usual after the May elections were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
5. Locals shaken by growing rock mining industry in Williamson County, push for reform
Williamson County is home to the most rock mining operations in Texas, which has led community members to seek stronger regulations as the negative impacts of the industry move closer to home.
6. Williamson County sets early-voting locations for November election
Williamson County commissioners set 19 early-voting locations ahead of the November election during its Aug. 11 meeting.
7. ‘Live PD’ will continue to cost Williamson County despite new sheriff elected
Williamson County will have a new sheriff Jan. 1 after Robert Chody lost his re-election bid in November, but the ramifications of Chody’s tenure, including an unauthorized contract with “Live PD,” will continue to cost the county and taxpayers money for years to come.
8. A brief history of the Confederate statue in front of the Williamson County Courthouse
In front of the Williamson County courthouse is a statue dedicated to Confederate soldiers, the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument, that has been in place since Nov. 10, 1916, when America was on the verge of entering World War I, according to Williamson Museum documentation.
9. GALLERY: Nearly two dozen protestors meet in front of Williamson County courthouse for removal of Confederate statue
About two dozen people gathered in front of the Williamson County courthouse June 18 to protest the Confederate statue that stands in front of the building. To counter, about 10 members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans stood in favor of the statue remaining in its place.
10. Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody spends nearly $700,000 in final month of re-election bid
In his final campaign finance report before the Nov. 3 election, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody's campaign reported spending nearly $700,000 in one month's time.
Top 10 Williamson County non-coronavirus stories of 2020
Williamson County commissioners issued a cease-and-desist order against Big Fish Entertainment and Sheriff Robert Chody after "Live PD" continued filming post-contract termination. (Screenshot courtesy Williamson County)