Here are some things to know this week in and around Georgetown.
1. Voters picked their candidates in last week’s primary election
With the March 6 primary election over, voters have had almost a week now to sort out the results as winning candidates prepare for the general election Nov. 6. The Texas Tribune has a rundown of statewide primary results, including those for governor, lieutenant governor and Congressional races.
One of most-watched races on the local level ended with Bill Gravell defeating Frank Leffingwell in the Republican primary race for Williamson County judge. Gravell will face Democratic candidate Blane Conklin in the general election. Conklin ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Other local primary election results included:
- Incumbent Scott Heselmeyer wins the Republican primary election for Williamson County treasurer
- Schwertner, Walsh win in Texas State Senate District 5 primary election
- Cynthia Flores wins 2018 Texas State Representative District 52 Republican primary election
Here is a wrapup with results from other races in Williamson County.
2. ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ will film in Williamson County
Postapocalyptic zombie horror will come to Williamson County this week after county commissioners voted March 6 to allow several road closures near Thrall and Taylor roads for production of “Fear the Walking Dead,” a prequel spinoff to AMC’s popular TV show “The Walking Dead.” Production company Stalwart Films will film an upcoming “Fear the Walking Dead” episode under the working title “Bats” from Monday to Thursday. More details here.
3. Georgetown deploying ‘ambassadors’ to enforce downtown parking rules
Two new part-time city employees will begin monitoring downtown Georgetown’s three-hour parking ordinance this month in an effort to increase the number of available street parking spaces near businesses and municipal offices in the city’s historic Square, according to a news release from the city. Georgetown’s downtown parking ordinance limits on-street parking in certain locations to no more than three hours at a time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. The employees, known as “parking ambassadors,” will serve dual roles by enforcing the city’s downtown parking rules while also directing residents and visitors to free parking lots as well as downtown restaurants, shops and other locations.
4. Georgetown ISD students on spring break
GISD students will be out of class this week for their spring break vacation, according to the district.
Please note that all GISD schools and offices are closed March 12-16. Have a safe and restful holiday. And if you’re looking for activities for your kids, our friends at the City of #georgetowntx have #springbreak programs all week. Check them out: https://t.co/LaJ1MYsH9C pic.twitter.com/kMrjQWYhyC
— Georgetown ISD (@GeorgetownISD) March 6, 2018
5. South by Southwest Conference and Festivals kicks off in Austin
SXSW began Friday in downtown Austin and continues through March 18. Here are 6 Texas companies that are competing in this year’s SXSW Accelerator Pitch event. Here are 10 locals from Austin who will make appearances during the conference’s Interactive portion. Readers can follow Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage of SXSW online at https://communityimpact.com/topics/sxsw or on Twitter by using the hashtag #CIsxsw.