Judge: Williamson County has no control over water, electricity utilities and other popular news from Central Texas

Williamson County, like the entire state of Texas, continues to deal with rolling blackouts, but county Judge Bill Gravell wants to remind residents the county does not have any control over water or electric utilities. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County, like the entire state of Texas, continues to deal with rolling blackouts, but county Judge Bill Gravell wants to remind residents the county does not have any control over water or electric utilities. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Williamson County, like the entire state of Texas, continues to deal with rolling blackouts, but county Judge Bill Gravell wants to remind residents the county does not have any control over water or electric utilities. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read popular news from the past week from the Central Texas area.

Williamson County

Judge: Williamson County has no control over water, electricity utilities

County Judge Bill Gravell reminded residents the county does not have any control over water or electric utilities.

“Let me be clear, Williamson County does not control the power,” Gravell said in an interview with Community Impact Newspaper.



San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

'God put it in my heart': San Marcos restaurant gives away nearly all of its food during crippling winter storm

As co-owner of both locations of OMG Seafood—one in Bryan and one in San Marcos—Shane Billiot said it was in part due to his experience with the Houston and Louisiana disasters that led him to give away more than $12,000 of food from his establishments Feb. 16.

Austin

U.S. Postal Service operations in Austin suspended indefinitely since Feb. 16

The U.S. Postal Service confirmed to Community Impact Newspaper on Feb. 18 that delivery service has been suspended indefinitely and has remained that way since Feb. 16. Feb. 15 was a holiday—Presidents Day—which means Austinites have not received regular mail since Feb. 13.

Vaccines arrive in Central Texas hospitals, clinics and pharmacies thanks in part to research developed locally

Typically, it takes 12-18 months to develop a new vaccine, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. But vaccine researchers—including some in Austin—wasted no time, kicking into high gear in January 2020, before the coronavirus ever reached the United States.

Georgetown

Upscale private gated RV community coming to Georgetown

Upscale private gated RV community Reagan Ridge RV Park is coming to Georgetown in spring 2022. The park will have 71 RV spaces and require a private code to enter the property.

Ali Linan, Olivia Aldridge, Brian Rash and Christopher Neely contributed to this report.



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Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

Homes are expected to continue to sell at record rates in Georgetown, Williamson County and the five-county metropolitan statistical area. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
See Georgetown real estate trends for January

Homes are expected to continue to sell at record rates in Georgetown, Williamson County and the five-county metropolitan statistical area.

Jo's Coffee opened a North Austin location in January. (Courtesy Chad Wadsworth)
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Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

New restaurant District Six coming to the Georgetown Square. (Courtesy District Six)
New restaurant District Six coming to Georgetown Square

The restaurant plans to open March 5.

Here is everything you need to know about Williamson County’s COVID-19 vaccine plan. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Here is everything you need to know about Williamson County’s COVID-19 vaccine plan

Here is a breakdown of what happened, how decisions were made and how vaccine distribution is moving forward in Williamson County.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.

A lone runner jogs on a snow-covered road in Austin. Transportation projects across the city were briefly paused due to Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT: Texas power system was less than 5 minutes from collapse during winter storm

ERCOT's CEO offered details into what led to the massive blackouts that left millions of Texans in the cold last week.

If approved, the bill would also establish goals for emissions reductions by 2030, 2040 and 2050. (Courtesy James Talarico)
After Winter Storm Uri, Rep. James Talarico files climate action plan in Texas House

The Texas Climate Action Act would require the development of a climate action plan to help alleviate future climate-related disasters and establish goals for reducing emissions for 2030, 2040 and 2050.

Georgetown ISD sees an improved dropout rate and a higher graduation rate in a state report. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown ISD sees improved dropout rate, higher graduation rate in state report

The full report can be viewed online on the TEA website or via a print copy at each campus and the Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning building.

Georgetown ISD prepares for an uncertain budget cycle. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown ISD preps for uncertain budget cycle

The board must adopt a budget by June 30. The new budget cycle begins July 1.