Upgrades coming to SE Inner Loop and 3 other things to know this week in Georgetown, Oct. 8-14

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Here is some news to know this week in and around Georgetown.

1. SE Inner Loop will receive roadway upgrades

Roadway improvements have begun on SE Inner Loop to widen portions of the road and create new right-turn and left-turn lanes at Wilco Way and Rockride Lane near the Williamson County Animal Shelter and the Williamson County Central Maintenance Facility. Officials with Williamson County, the city of Georgetown and Georgetown ISD held a ground breaking ceremony for the $5.3 million project on Oct. 6. Work is expected to finish in spring 2018.

2. Frank Leffingwell announces run in 2018 for county judge seat

Round Rock City Council Member Frank Leffingwell announced last week he would run for the Williamson County judge seat in November 2018.  Judge Dan Gattis, who has served three terms in the position, said he would not seek re-election in 2018. Leffingwell, a Republican, is a native of Round Rock, where he has run a law practice since 2008. He is the son of former Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell. He graduated from Southwestern University in 1989 and from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1993.

3. New text-to-911 system launches 

Williamson County residents can now contact emergency services by texting 911 instead of dialing. The Capital Area Council of Governments announced last week the new service works on four major cellphone service providers—Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile—in Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson counties. CAPCOG’s Emergency Communications Director Gregg Obuch said while the service is great to have, cellphone service providers only offer text messaging as a “best effort service,” meaning providers do not guarantee a message will be delivered.

4. ACL Festival tightens security measures for attendees 

Attendees to the Austin City Limits Festival this year will have to scale down the size of the bags they bring with them. As the first of the festival’s two consecutive weekends started Friday, organizers said attendees can no longer bring in bags with capacities greater than 18 liters or roughly 1,000 cubic inches, which equates to about 10 inches in width, 10 inches in length and 10 inches in depth. The new policy comes in wake of the deadly shooting attack at a country music festival in Las Vegas. More information regarding prohibited items is available on the official ACL Festival website.

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