Here are some news items and other things to know this week in and around Georgetown.


1. Early voting for primary elections ends Friday
The early voting period for the March primary election races began last week and continues until Friday. Election day is March 6. During the early voting period, voters can vote at any location in the county in which they are registered. Read more here.





2. Hearing will address Williamson County affordable housing
Williamson County Commissioners Court hold a public hearing Tuesday regarding the need for a regional housing authority to provide affording living options for residents. Commissioners are considering a formal partnership with the Texas Housing Foundation, a housing authority out of Marble Falls that operates properties in Georgetown, Round Rock and Liberty Hill. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Williamson County Courthouse, 710 Main St., Georgetown.





3. Georgetown ISD approves next year's school calendar
GISD trustees approved the school district's 2018-19 calendar last week. Class will begin Thursday, Aug. 16, and end Thursday, May 30, 2019. Read more here.





4. Wine bar plans to open on North Austin Avenue
A new wine bar and bistro will take over the former location of Scott's Oyster Bar, which closed in 2017. Shade Tree Wine Bistro plans to open in April or May at 103 N. Austin Ave., Ste. 105, Georgetown. The business will offer a variety of wines and beers, along with food. Memberships are also available.





5. Texas Education Agency revising corrective action plan for special education system
The Texas Education Agency hopes to have a revised draft ready Thursday for a corrective action plan following a January report from the U.S. Department of Education that found the TEA failed to ensure all special education students in the state were given access to appropriate services. Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the TEA to address failings found in the federal report, including findings that said the TEA failed to identify, locate and evaluate children with disabilities and to monitor school districts to ensure they met requirements laid out in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.