Early primary voting wraps up and 4 other things to know in Georgetown this week, Feb. 25-March 3

Early voting in the March primary election ends Friday. Election Day is March 6.

Early voting in the March primary election ends Friday. Election Day is March 6.

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.


Heidi's Bakery offers several baked goods such as bagels, Bundt and coffee cakes, scones and cookies. (Courtesy Heidi's Bakery)
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Purple Sky Bookkeeping services Georgetown and the surrounding areas. (Courtesy Pixabay/Pexels)
Purple Sky Bookkeeping service now open in Georgetown

Purple Sky Bookkeeping offers various monthly bookkeeping services.

Leander Marketplace PUD would be located at the northeast corner of Hero Way and US 183. (Screenshot courtesy city of Leander)
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Mortgage purchase applications are down year over year, but the Austin housing market remains hot. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Pit Stop Grooming opened in Georgetown on July 1. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Dog grooming shop now open in Georgetown

The Pit Stop Grooming serves dogs of all breeds and sizes.

Complaints over roofing scams general rise after storms, and the city of Georgetown is looking at how to help residents find reputable roofers. (Courtesy Sarris & MacKir Roofing and Construction)
Roofing scam complaints lead Georgetown officials to consider how to protect residents

Unofficial complaints from residents generally increase after storms such as the recent April hail storm, and leaders are looking at ways to protect residents.

The business serves Georgetown and surrounding areas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Lice-removal service now open in Georgetown

The mobile company offers professional head lice removal at clients' homes and sells products geared toward lice prevention and treatment.

WCCHD vaccination drive
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Back to school bash. (Courtesy Wolf Ranch Town Center)
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Plays, a back-to-school bash, live music and more are happening over the next month.

Travis County has been discussing the possibility of a new Samsung facility with Samsung since January. (Community Impact Staff)
Travis County begins incentives negotiations with Samsung for possible $17B facility

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